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WATCHTOWER small castle by Florence

ItalyTuscanyBagno a Ripoli
Entire home/apt
6 Guests
2 Bedrooms
5 Beds
Per Night
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Romantic, Family friendly, Historically unique, Magical atmosphere, 360 degree views of the countryside and Florence. Convenient location: perfect for honeymoon/anniversary, family trips, friends traveling together, Chianti and Tuscany explorations.

WATCHTOWER small castle by Florence

The Space
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 5
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 10AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $17 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: $34
Weekly discount: 15%
Cancellation: Flexible


The Space

This 12th tower apartment is the "hat" of a small castle in the hills south east of Florence, Italy.
Totally private, includes living room with 2 single sofa beds, kitchenette, a large bathroom with bathtub and separate shower.
Can include 1 or 2 bedrooms, depending on your needs: the main one with queen size bed, right in the top of the tower (very romantic!) ; the other (optional) with 2 single beds that can be joined into a double upon request.
And the tower terrace, of course, with its 360 degree view!
There are stairs and more stairs to get to the tower apartment, but that is what makes it so private, romantic and panoramic.

There is WIFI, and books in English too.
As mentioned on some of the reviews, this place is also child friendly: toys, books, safe private gardens, a magical tower, friendly cats (OPTIONAL!), and the occasional babysitter on the premises.
Also special CHILD FRIENDLY COOKING CLASS available. (See "additional offers" further below).

The estate includes one shaded and one sunny garden, and a small olive grove shared with the other families in the building.

The tower portion dates back to 1146. The rest of the building was added on in the 1400s , 1600s and 1800s. Many lives were saved during WWII by my grandfather who risked his own, by offering hiding and shelter to total strangers in this villa. We want to continue this tradition by welcoming people from all over the world. Our children are the 6th generation in this home.

We live in the building, right at your doorstep! You have all the privacy (the tower apartment is all for you, with private entrance, bathroom and kitchen etc) but we are a knock away if you need help, wish to borrow some food or kitchen utensils, or are simply in the mood to share a glass of wine or cup of tea or coffee with us, and hear the history of this place.
We may be on vacation a few weeks in the summer, or a week end here and there. When so, our cousins who lives on the premises will make sure you have assistance in case of need.

Guest Access

WIFI, free parking, BBQ in the common garden, cooking class available, village with food supplies out the driveway. Use of washing machine and dryer (with assistance, and at 2€ per load including detergent and softener).
This villa is ideal if you play the piano and wish to practice during your vacation: there is a well tuned baby Grand Steinway in the common area, accessible at all times.

We live in the building, so we are always here in case of need, or simply to share a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.
We may be on vacation a few weeks in the summer, or a week end here and there. When so, our cousins who lives on the premises will make sure you have assistance in case of need.


A) Take a fun hands-on COOKING LESSON (right next door, same building) where you learn how to make pasta from scratch and ravioli with ricotta and spinach, then stay for dinner: that includes your creations and a whole meal, including home-made dessert and wine. The bonus: beautiful views, unlimited toppings of wine, and coffee. And you don’t have to do the dishes!. Cost per person: 60€ Credit card accepted. 5€ discount for cash payments.
If you are on a budget or prefer to have a romantic dinner at your place, choose option B:
take the 2–hour class and walk upstairs to your own private kitchenette with your freshly made pastas, and make your own dinner with your hand-made creations!
60€, for 2 people. (55€ for cash), 25€ for every additional person. Credit card accepted.

Interaction with Guests

Access to all private grounds: the sunny side garden, the shaded garden under the century-old holm oaks and the olive groves.
Numerous hikes start from our village, and a little forest is accessible without even leaving the property.
Also shared BBQ, picnic area and swing.
If you play the piano and wish to practice during your vacation: there is a Baby Grand Steinway Piano made in the '30s, in the common area, accessible at all times.

The Neighborhood

Local deli, freshly baked bread, cheeses, wine and beer shop, veggie stand, great cappuccino and top butcher of the valley all right across the street, 5 minutes walk.
NO RESTAURANT WALKING DISTANCE, but you can buy all the food you need to make your own meals, and the local butcher also offers lasagne and grilled chicken to eat there or tale home.
Very nice family style trattoria only 5 minutes driving from home, and a warm dish of pasta in the village community centre.

- OUR VILLA IS NOT ON THE HIGHWAY AS IT APPEARS ON THE MAP!The tower is the top of the villa which sits on top of the hills on top of the village...Great views and breeze, but only 5 minutes walk from the little shops, (veggies, meats, freshly baked breads, cappuccino, and a rotisserie which also serves meals etc), the local bars, and even a great wine and beer shop. Plenty of hikes start from here.

Getting Around

20 minutes drive to Florence, or 45 minutes by bus.
Greve 40 minutes,
Prada outlet 25 minutes,
Arezzo 45 minutes,
Rome 3 hours.
Use of car not necessary if you are planning to just visit Florence during the day and simply relax and enjoy the countryside, but HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for evening outings and explorations of Tuscany. The bus runs on weekdays until around 8:00 pm; but only 2 rides in the whole day on Sundays and holidays! If in need, we can pick you up or drop you off for a small fee.

Other Things to Note

- Standard check in time: after 4:00 pm, Standard check out time by 10:00 am. Both times are very flexible BUT PLEASE REQUEST IN ADVANCE if you'd like to arrive extra early, or leave later. We'd love to accommodate your needs compatibly with other guests.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PRICE DOESN NOT INCLUDE MANDATORY TOURIST TAX OF 1,50€ PER PERSON PER NIGHT, due for stays MARCH 1ST-OCT 31st, IN CASH. Please have correct amount in cash. We will issue you a receipt. Thank you for your understanding. (We have no saying nor gaining in this: we just serve as tax collectors).

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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check-in is after 4PM

- REVIEW instructions on how to get to your apartment and where to find the keys, so you are free to arrive anytime.

- REMEMBER there is no doorbell here at the villa, so carefully read the instructions you receive about how to get here and where to find your keys. We live in the building but will not know you have arrived unless you call/text.

- INFORM us of your ETA and ETD. Unless you do, we will expect you around 4-5 pm, and say goodbye about 10am

- BE READY to pay the due tourist tax in cash as required by law: 1,50€ per person per night. (We'll be happy to send official regional notice upon request)

- PARK in the main garden for loading and unloading ONLY (parking available on the property, on a lower level)

- SMOKING allowed outside only

- please RECYCLE garbage by following the guide in the house


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Safety Features
Fire Extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

sunny side garden of the villa facing south east

sunny side garden of the villa facing south east

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Majla Francesca

Majla Francesca

Florence, Italy · Member since April 2011

My children are the 6th generation in this medieval villa, and when our budget doesn't allow us to travel, we like a little bit of the world to come to us. My grandfather - a personal hero of mine - hid and saved many lives (often complete strangers, and foreigners), from the fury of the Fascists and Nazis during WW2, in the many nooks and crannies of this old home; and this has created in his heirs a tradition of opening this home to strangers.
I am more hospitable than impeccable...
I recently wrote a book about happiness.
My husband Marco is a retired professional yachtsman, and now a talented and passionate cook.
One of my favourite quotes is: "if you don't believe in connections, you miss them".

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