Our names are Tony and Francesca. We have lived all our lives in Chianti, even if Tony’s mother is Canadian. Our aim is to provide for our guests the opportunity to experience Italian life in a charming, small medieval town. Our apartment is located in San Casciano, a pretty town with a traffic free center, sitting on the top of a hill, surrounded by the green of Chianti's landscape. You can appreciate the taste of an "espresso con cornetto" for breakfast at the bar down the street, or have an "aperitivo at 7 p.m. like a typical Italian, just a few steps away from the apartment before dining at one of the several excellent restaurants or pizzerias in town without the need of a car.
Close to Florence, San Casciano is small but offers everything you need for convenience and a real experience of Italian daily life; such as typical little shops, a main supermarket and every Monday morning the street market (which is a local social event with lots of Italian flavor) where you can buy food, linens, clothing and shoes at a good price. Several shops in town sell local wines, extra virgin olive oil, genuine and organic food products. You will also find all the services you need: banks with ATM, a post office, and pharmacies.
With attention to detail and care, we have furnished the apartment with our family furniture in the typical Tuscan style. We would be happy to answer any questions or spend some time with our guests to help them touch the Italian way of life.
San Casciano in Val di Pesa is connected to Florence and Siena by a dual carriageway named Raccordo Autostradale RA03, also called superstrada Firenze-Siena by locals. It leads to the entrance of Autostrada A1, a toll motorway connecting Milan to Naples going through the cities of Florence, Bologna and Rome.
If you want to get in the village, you can choose among:
If you come by train, as there is no train station in San Casciano in Val di Pesa, you'll probably arrive in the nearest one, which is Florence's Firenze Santa Maria Novella and then get a coach to San Casciano. The distance from San Casciano to Firenze SMN is 18Km, about 30-35 min by car, about the same time by SITA coach.
If you have someone waiting for you at the station, or you want to leave a car near it, you can also choose other railway stations as it's easier (and cheaper) to park or that are nearer to motorways. You have to consider that car traffic inside the centre of Florence can be very chaotic.
Railway stations we suggest are Firenze Campo di Marte (22 Km, 30 min), Firenze Rifredi (29 Km, 35 min), Empoli (24 Km, 35 min).