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Capanna Olivo

Certaldo, Florence



On top of a hill in the heart of the Chianti region, halfway between Florence and Siena.

Special Features

Detached barn transformed into a lovely country house with stunning views and a shared pool.

Prices € 2890 - 3190 per weekPrices, Availability & Booking
  • Air con
  • Chef
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Pool
  • Terrace
  • TV
  • Airport distance:
    Florence 40 km
    Pisa 80 km
    Rome 280 km


A house with wonderful views

This elegant farmstead is located in the most coveted region of central Tuscany. Strategically positioned in the middle of the Golden Triangle - Florence, Siena and Pisa - it sits on top of a hill. Capanna Olivo takes its name from the vast groves of olive trees that surround it in every direction, and will impress its guests with stunning views. Every window boasts an incomparable view of the surrounding landscape. Whether lying in bed or at the pool you will enjoy views of the gentle rolling hills leading to the ancient towers of San Gimignano. The silver-grey of the olives blends with the dark green of cypresses, creating a spectacular show of colours. The surrounding landscape resembles the background of Renaissance paintings admired in the paintings of Leonardo, Botticelli and Benozzo Gozzoli. The guests are free to stroll through the olive groves and adjacent vineyards, and sample the Chianti wines and olive oil produced by the family-owned farm. The farm organises wine tastings free of charge in the nearby wine cellar, and the recently awarded Super Tuscan wine is excellent.

The property consists of three buildings: the detached house Capanna Olivo offered here, the villa with tower of the property owner and adjecting to it a farmhouse transformed into four apartments (Villa Olivo / also featured in our portfolio). Capanna Olivo with sun pouring in through the French windows, its pastel colours and stunning views is the perfect place for an unforgettable vacation. The large terrace is wonderful for al fresco dining, and every day the sunset is the very special event. A private path leads to a magnificent Mediterranean style swimming pool with roman steps. The pool is conjointly used with the guests of Villa Olivo. On return from a day out, you can relax here whiling away late summer afternoons with a favourite novel.


At walking distance there are a family-owned Tuscan Restaurant (bring a torch if you like to walk - as the street is not illuminated), a mini-market and one of the oldest churches of the region. Just a few miles down the hill there is Certaldo Alto, the picturesque, walled medieval hilltop town renowned for being the birthplace of the poet and writer Giovanni Boccaccio, the author of "The Decameron". Here you can dine in one of the many local restaurants known for their delicious Tuscan food. In Certaldo the guests may attend music concerts und cultural festivals. For longer day trips and lovers of the Italian Renaissance, Florence, Volterra, Siena and Pisa are all within one hour driving distance.

The villa's location only 8 km from the railway station of Certaldo is a good base to visit Florence and Siena even without a car: You can park your car in Certaldo (free parking behind the railway station) and take the train in both directions. During the week, trains to Florence/Siena and back go regularly (approx. every 1.5 or 2 hours). The train ride takes less than one hour. In Florence the train will take you to the main train station which is right in the centre of Florence - it is just a short walk from the station "Santa Maria Novella" to the Cathedral or the Uffizi. In Siena the railway station is located approx. 3 km from centre, and you have to take a bus to reach the old town on top of the hill. One hour of driving takes you to the sea.


Villa Details

Capanna Olivo 6+3

The detached barn of the estate has been transformed into a lovely country home. It has private access with its own entrance gate, private parking, and a private path to the pool, which is shared. The house looks out onto the panoramic valley to south-west and develops over two floors. It is equipped with all the necessary modern comfort including air conditioning (although you'll rarely need it, as the hilltop location allows for maximum circulation of Tuscan breezes). The interiour is an atmospheric ambience designed with loving care for details. The layout and the decoration were a project of the property owner Paola. She invested a lot of time and love in choosing the right marble, tiles and light fixtures for the kitchen and the bathrooms, and in finding the right material for the sofas and armchairs as well as having a few choice pieces of antique family furniture restored. Brava Paola!

Ground floor:
1 large living room with fireplace, sitting area with piano, kitchen area and dining area (additional bed on request)
1 bathroom with shower
2 outdoor terraces, one facing north and the other facing south

Upper floor:
3 double bedrooms (one of the double beds cannot be transformed to twin beds)
1 smaller extra bedroom with two single beds (suitable for one adult or two children)
3 bathrooms with shower (two are en suite)


Private patio for al fresco dining
Private entrance gate
Private parking
Private path to the shared pool

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Weekly rates in

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15% discount for the weeks 12th May - 1st June 2018!
Capanna Olivo 24 Mar 2018 - 26 May 2018
22 Sep 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
26 May 2018 - 22 Sep 2018
Capanna Olivo
6+3 PAX 6
2890 EUR 3190 EUR Calendar Request BookingCapanna Olivo

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Reservations from Saturday to Saturday.
Availability only during the above mentioned dates.
Pool size: 6 x 14 m / opening dates: April 28th - October 13th.
Baby bed available.
Pets not allowed.

Extra services available on request on the premises:

  • Maid service (house cleaning): EUR 15 per hour.
  • Laundry service: please check price on the premises.
  • Pool towels: EUR 10 per towel.

Extra services available on request (cook), to be specified when booking and to be paid in euros on the premises at the end of each working day:

  • Cook for dinner during the week: EUR 50 per person (the fee is not inclusive of wine). A dinner can be prepared by a cook who lays the table. The dinner consists of an antipasto, a first course (pasta dish), second course (meat and vegetables) and a dessert. Dinners are available for a minimum of 4 people and are offered from Monday to Friday. Dinners must be booked when making the reservation (please indicate the date you wish the dinner). The menu can be discussed upon arrival.

Security deposit, telephone, wood for fireplace, air conditioning, heating, use of a shared washing machine, additional beds (for one adult or for 2 children), final cleaning to be paid in euros on the premises:

  • Security deposit: EUR 400 for Capanna Olivo, EUR 800 if all units are rented by one group (inclusive the apartments of Villa Olivo).
  • Telephone: metered.
  • Wood for fireplace: please check price on the premises.
  • Air conditioning and heating (if required): EUR 130 set price per week.
  • Shared washing machine: the use is free of charge - please tip the keyholder who explains you the washing machine.
  • Additional beds (for one adult or for two children) if maximum capacity PAX 6 is exceeded: EUR 100 per person per week.
  • Baby bed if maximum capacity PAX 6 is exceeded: EUR 50 per week.
  • Final cleaning: EUR 130.

Bed, bath and kitchen linens changed on Saturday, bath towels changed on Wednesday and Saturday, water, electricity, gas, Internet WIFI connection, wine and oil tasting at the winery, pool cleaning service and visitor`s tax all included in the price.


Please note: the Google Maps are only approximative, the exact address will be given after finalized booking.

Guests Reviews

Our Guests Reviews

Hosts and keeper could not be more gracious. Grounds immaculate. Location and accomodation better than pictures. Great base for day trips both to wine destinations, Florence, and day trips north and south.
F. Daniel, November 2017

Our week at the Capanna just couldn't have been any better. The villa was totally reconstructed in 2004 and has stunning views of the entire countryside through the many oversized windows and glass doors. We stayed there with another couple and both of our second floor rooms had large opening windows with commanding views of distant hillside castles and vineyards. The villa is very clean, comfortable and very nicely decorated. The grounds are extensive and surrounded with well cared for roses, all kinds of flowering plants, trees and lawn. There is also a large swimming pool with shade cabanas on the lower terraced area. We planned on eating out most of the time, however, this place was too nice to leave. We picked up food at the local Coop and Bbq'd on three of our nights. On the final night, the gracious owner Paola, cooked us an excellent full course dinner that was served by her onsite manager, Silvia. And, during our stay Silvia was extremely helpful, assisting us whenever we had questions or needed help. Paola, her brother alessandro and their family own and operate the Tenuta Della Luia Winery, which is about a mile from the villa. Alessandro's son Johnny gave us a tour and tasting which we thoroughly enjoyed. The view from the winery is almost as spectacular as the one from the villa and we tasted their excellent wines while seated in their garden overlooking the valley. The wine was so good that we had a case shipped to our home in the us. I highly recommend Villa Campanna and all four of us hope to return in the next few years.
Yorba, June 2016

Heaven is a place on earth!
Left on Nov 12, 2011 for a stay in Nov 2011
Having a vacation in november, in an unknown place at first might be strange...I was looking for a peaceful and quite place to rest, to read, to relax.... and I found a piece of heaven surrounded by olive trees, cypresses and roses, overwhelmed by a great panorama...I enjoyed staying here every day, every minute....walking through the olive trees, smelling the roses... enjoying the sunny days... I feel reborn, Tuscany is such a beautiful region and its inhabitants are even more....Even the great Michelangelo had to be from Tuscany I would like to show my apreciation to the owner signora Paola who made a dream come true and to her manager Silvia for kindness and care I hope to come back here soon.... I would like to see this piece of heaven in every season because if in late fall was so special, so beautifull in spring or summer must be even more.

Fantastic Tuscan Way of Living
Left on Jun 18, 2010 for a stay in Oct 2009
Being Tuscans we know what Tuscany is like. So we can judge what thi place really is offering: The absolute Tuscan feeling like in "Decamerone". Capanna is the only place to live this feelings. You're put back into Renaissance with it's hilly landscape. The factory also produces excellent wines, as good as Supertuscans!

Every day I dream of our delicious 4 week stay at Capanna Olivo...My teenagers talk of our stay with the fondest of memories...The perfect landscape, the perfect location, and the most delighful owner Paula, and groundskeeper, Silvia ...I have reccomended this beautiful home to many friends and even have some staying this august!! It is more beautiful than any picture can suggest!
L. Aceto, June 2010 

Left on Jun 9, 2010 for a stay in Oct 2008
I enyod my stay in Toskana very much, it was a wonderful week and I hope to return soon.

Hallo liebe Frau Röhrig,

Villa Olivo ist wirklich ein Traum ! Unser Urlaub in dem von Ihnen vermittelten Feriendomizil hat uns sehr gut gefallen. Die Ausstattung des Hauses ist gut, die Gastgeber sehr freundlich und bemüht, ein liebvoll angelegter und gepflegter Garten, die Lage des Anwesens ist traumhaft. Es waren sehr schöne Tage in der Toskana.
 Einziger kleiner Kritikpunkt: das Ristorante 'La Terrazza' in Montespertoli war eine einzige Enttäuschung! Wir meinen, Sie sollten es von Ihrer Empfehlungsliste streichen.

Liebe Grüße von gut erholten Bielefeldern,

G. Schönemann + H. Hruby, Oktober 2006

Dear Ms Roehrig,

We would like to thank you very for your advise. We spent wonderful holidays in Villa Olivo thanks to the excellent accommodation, owner's hospitality and beautiful surroundings.
A. Gnieszka & J. Michalowski, September 2006 

Our visit was wonderful!
 Thank you so much for helping making our trip so easy and enjoyable. We rented the Capanna villa at Villa Olivo the last week in March and it couldn't have been a more splendid place. We arrived after dark, and the next morning we were awestruck by the magnificent view we awoke to outside our windows. It was even better than we had dreamed. The location was perfect for day trips to Florence, Sienna, Pisa, the neighboring hill towns, and it wasn't even a bad drive to the Cinque Terra. The property owners were very friendly despite the slight language barrier, which we made the best of. The villa was furnished perfectly for a very comfortable stay, and we enjoyed every minute of it. If only we had more time to stay.
Please pass along our gratitude to the property owners and compliments on a magnificent place.

S. Brewer, April 2006

Cara Paola,
Finalmente sono ritornata a casa in Sud Africa. Ti ringrazio tantissimo per la tua ospilitalitá e amicizia quando abbiamo visitato la sua belissima casa. É stato un piacere immenso di incontrarvi. Ho amato moltissimo la vacanza in Italia - adesso posso sognare ancora della lavanda nel tuo giardino, i villagi vecchi con i ciottoli e le pareti di pietra antica, le opere d'arte storiche e tutta la genta molto gentile e amichevole!
L. Stannard, July 2005