Self catering holiday house in Tuscany, Chianti region near Florence

Owners direct rental

San Casciano in Val di Pesa
(Florence province) Italy

Holiday house in Chianti near Florence (Tuscany)

Holiday house "Il Visciolo" is a typical Tuscan cottage situated in San Casciano in Val di Pesa, a Chianti village in the province of Florence.

The country house to rent is a converted barn (fienile in Italian) preserving the original aspect, its restoring ended in 2006. Il Visciolo is a two-storey detached house, not an apartment, with a dominant position over the Chianti hills. Chianti is a geographical area in Tuscany, between Florence and Siena, famous for its landscapes and agricultural products (mostly wine and extra virgin olive oil).

The vacation rental is managed by ourselves owners; we live in a next door farmhouse and we can help regarding travel tips, giving you information on places to visit, where to eat and to shop. In the single-family detached home for rent, at guests' disposal, there are some books, maps and travel guides in English about Florence and Tuscany.

The holiday house has been restored by ourselves following the traditional style of Tuscan country houses, keeping intact the exterior appearance. Large arch shaped windows allow a wonderful view of the Chianti landscape from both stories. A stone floored open space in front of the groundfloor rooms lets you to relax and sunbathe. You can also have meals outside under the gazebo sitting at a four seats table and using a stone and cotto (old bricks) barbecue.

The garden surrounding the house is full of olive trees that gives our family a fine extra virgin oil for ourselves and our friends.

Enjoy the village life while discovering Florence and Tuscany

The holiday house is 350 metres (382 yards) from the main square of San Casciano in Val di Pesa, and 16 Km (9.5 miles) from the historic centre of Florence.
San Casciano in Val di Pesa is a lively Tuscan village offering all facilities for tourists, connected to Florence and Siena by efficient public transports so that you can avoid using the car (parking is often a problem in those cities). The travel by bus from San Casciano to Florence Firenze Santa Maria Novella (central train station in the historic centre) — and the opposite — takes from thirty to fourtyfive minutes.
The trip to Siena by bus is longer (one hour and half) and you have to change buses in Pontassieve.

Country cottage Il Visciolo is not isolated in the open country, the property is not fenced and the back faces other San Casciano VP houses. That gives the opportunity to move without a car approaching other tourist places or enjoying the facilities the village itself offers. Our vacation home is the ideal accommodation for your holiday in Tuscany, being so close to Firenze/Florence and the other charming Chianti villages like Greve, Panzano, Radda, Gaiole et cetera.

An excellent starting point to visit Italy

From the holiday house there are just four kilometres (about seven minutes by car) to the entrance of RA03 (a dual carriageway) towards Florence (see map) and 3.4 Km (five minutes by car) to reach the entrance towards Siena (see). Taking the RA03 freeway you can reach in few minutes the entrance of Autostrada A1, a toll motorway that connects Florence to the south (Rome) and the north of Italy (Milan, Bologna, Venice). Il Visciolo is in a perfect position even for those who want to visit those italian cities. More information about road distancies are on the location page.

A fine location to explore Tuscany and Italy without a car

Il Visciolo is an excellent location to for your trips in and outside Tuscany. As an example, Rome and Venice can be reached by public transport in less than three hours. Just reach Florence's Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station (about thirty minutes) by SITA coach and from there get a fast train to your final destination. A fast train takes one hour and half to reach Roma Termini (main Rome station), two hours to Venice.

About the house rental

Minimum booking length is usually one week, there are exception, see the prices page for full details. We accept medium/long term rental (multi-weekly or montly rent), and discount are given for long stays.
Please note that "Il Visciolo" is a self catering accommodation, not an agriturismo, nor a bed&breakfast or an hotel. We cannot provide any professional service, food or meals to our guests but we do provide bedding, linen and weekly cleanings.

The property

Converted barn Il Visciolo is part of property called "I Chisci", consisting of a small group of three buildings, together with an old villa dating back to 1300 in its original part and a farmhouse in which we live.


Il Visciolo is a detached house (single-family home) finely furnished in the old Tuscan country style. It is about 80 square metres (862 square feet) large, on two levels.

Ground floor
a fully equipped kitchen (see appliance list below);
a living-room with a table from six to ten seats, two small armchairs, a three-seat sofa, a fireplace;
a bathroom with sink, W.C. and shower.
First floor
a double bedded room (bed measures: 160×195 cm) with a fine view on Chianti landscape, with a large wardrobe, air conditioning system and old chest of drawers;
bathroom with WC, sink, bidet and shower;
bedroom with two desks and a wardrobe. Two twin beds (measures: 80×190 cm) on a sleeping loft (a low space just for sleeping), air conditioning system.
in front of the house there is a terrace with a gazebo, four seats table, four chairs, stone barbecue, sink, two chaise longue (wood deck chairs), two wood chairs;
garden with olive trees;
15 metres on the back: private parking for two cars (inside the property).

Home appliances and amenities provided

Towels, linens, Broadband Internet access (ADSL with no data transfer limit), Adsl modem+router with Ethernet cable and Wi-Fi b/g/n, television set with satellite receiver (Free-To-Air), washing machine, iron, ironing board, fan, hoover, hair dryer, radio cd player, local maps and guides.

Kitchen: fridge with freezer, four ring gas cooker and oven, dish-washer machine, microwave, blender, toaster, American coffee machine, kettle (electric water boiler), cooking utensils, dishes, four seats table, a small under stairs closet and all necessary equipment to cook meals.

Il Visciolo at a glance:

  • Chianti Hills region in Tuscany, near Florence;
  • 16 km (9.5 miles) from Florence Historic Centre;
  • self catering holiday accommodation;
  • two-storey detached house;
  • 80 m², 4 sleeps, 2 bathrooms;
  • finely furnished in typical Tuscan style;
  • car not necessary to move;
  • frequent urban-suburban coach line to Florence centre and Siena (50 Km);
  • 350 mt from the village centre of San Casciano in Val di Pesa;
  • private parking space for two cars;
  • owner direct vacation rental;
  • broadband Internet connection;
  • special discount for medium/long term rental (multi-week/monthly).
  • air conditioning system in both the bedrooms (since April 2010)

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
5.0 of 5 stars
Based on 24 traveller reviews
Most Recent Traveller Reviews
  • 1 Nov 2014: “Beautiful.”
  • 6 Oct 2014: “Fantastic”
  • 26 Aug 2014: “Gorgeous views of Chianti”
  • 28 Jun 2014: “a brilliant holiday in a wonderful house”
  • 27 Dec 2013: “We miss it already!”
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External tuscan cottage view

The facade of our single-family vacation home

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