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La Scala

San Casciano Val di Pesa, Florence



1.5 km from San Casciano Val di Pesa in the Chianti region.

Special Features

Traditional apartment in walking distance to a village with shops and restaurants.

Prices € 850 - 1060 per weekPrices, Availability & Booking
  • Chef
  • Dog welcome
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Pool
  • Terrace
  • TV
  • Airport distance:
    Florence 25 km
    Pisa 118 km
    Rome 290 km


An apartment in walking distance to a village

La Scala is a modest apartment in a prime location: it sits on a beautiful historic estate in central Tuscany. This estate stretches out over a hillside covered with vineyards, olive trees and woodland. It is set in the very heart of Chianti near the main road from Florence to Siena, only 16 km south of Florence. The lovely estate on the western fringe of Chianti is owned by one of Italy's oldest families, descendants of both a saint and Pope Clement XII (who commissioned the Trevi Fountain in Rome). At one time the property owner could ride all the way from this estate to their palace in Rome without ever leaving their own land. Despite its august background, this property is a refreshingly friendly and relaxed estate: The Renaissance Villa (see picture below), one of the finest in Tuscany, stands on the highest hill in the very centre of the estate. The Italian garden overlooking the Pesa Valley and the vast fourteenth century wine cellars and oil jar-storage, built into the embankment in the garden, complete the picturesque scenario. There is a small family owned restaurant on the premises, by the winery, open for lunch from Monday to Sunday and on the evenings of Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The estate has two farmhouse holiday structures: La Scala offered here, a small and simple apartment for 4 people located in a large farm building with use of the large pool of the Renaissance Villa and La Corte, a detached farmhouse with its own swimming pool (also featured in our portfolio). The two structures are at a distance of approx. 300 metres from each other. 

Having entered the hudge estate, and having passed the wine cellars, an unpaved road of approx. 200 m leads to the large farm building: La Scala is located at the corner of the house, while the rest of the house is inhabited throughout the year by long-term tenants. In front of the apartment there is a beautiful fenced 300 sqm garden equipped for meals al fresco. The guests of La Scala are welcome to use the very large pool of the Renaissance villa. The pool is shared with the owners of the villa. Be assured that the pool will never be crowded. Flowers, bushes and a vegetable garden line the path to the elegant pool, which is approx. 250 m from the apartment. You will find sunloungers at the pool area and your private gazebo as well. The pool is spectacularly located on a plateau of English lawn and sits above the valley. Even when swimming in the pool you can savour the enchanting view of one of the most beautiful Chianti valleys. The panoramic view from here is magnificent. And to add to your pleasure, the pool is romantically lit in the evening.


The farmhouse is just outside of the village, approx. 1.5 km distant. You could even walk there! San Casciano offers a good choice of excellent restaurants, a gelateria, several Cappuccino bars, all kind of grocery shops, a cinema, a bank, a post office and a beautiful local market every Monday morning. In the house you will find a list of recommended restaurants and information about the region. If you travel during the colder months you will enjoy the heated public indoor pool of San Casciano which is only 800 metres from the property. The apartment's location only 1.5 km from the next bus stop is a good base to visit Florence even without a car. During the week buses go regularly to Florence (approx. every 1.5 hours). In Florence the bus 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.

La Scala is suitable for anyone interested in the inner workings of an olive-oil- and wine-producing estate. The extensive vine and olive cultivations stretch as far as the eye can see. A selection of the best vintages is stored in the winery cellars in large kegs, and the olive oil is delcious. The estate offers those seeking to immerse themselves in the green hills of Chianti Classico the possibility of absorbing nature, history and culture in one!


The Chianti area

The Chianti area
The hills of Chianti, criss-crossed with vines and crested with cypress trees have become the hallmark of Tuscany, the beauty of the landscape married to a quality of life which would be rare anywhere in the world. Chiantishire, as the English call it, has an infinite variety of hilltop villages where you can sip a cappuccino in one of the outdoor cafes in the medieval squares, of cellars where you can sample the local wines from the barrels, of little trattorias serving robustly satisfying Tuscan food with its hams and salamis and delicious pastas and wild boar stew with white beans and salads growing wild in the hedgerows. The back roads wind uphill and down, between old stone walls crested with pale violet irises past Romanesque cloisters, sandstone farmhouses and shepherds with their flocks of sheep producing the famed 'pecorino' cheese.

You are in the heart of Tuscany (San Casciano is "the doorway to Chianti"), and the list of excursions half or a whole day away is long: Florence, famous for its fine Renaissance art, the walled city of Lucca with its 99 churches, the leaning tower of Pisa, the Val d'Orcia with the Renaissance town of Pienza and the wine-making meccas of Montepulciano and Montalcino and the awe-inspiring abbey of Sant'Antimo are just a few...

Florence is 15 to 20 minutes away, Greve in Chianti 25 minutes, San Gimignano 30 minutes, while Siena can be reached in 50 minutes. Montalcino and Pienza are a one and a half hour's drive, while the Thyrrenian sea is one hour away. Pisa and Lucca are one hour by car as well while the jet-set sea resort of Porto Ercole can be reached in approx. two hours.

Airports and transport
The Florence airport is 25 kilometres away and Pisa is at 118 kilometres, while the airport in Rome is less than three hours away and approx. 290 kilometres further south. The nearest railway station with most travel options is Florence.

Villa Details

La Scala 4

The apartment is situated on a spur of the farm building and its position accounts for the unusual shape of its interior. A short flight of steps leads up to the private garden in front of the apartment. In the centre of the house, in keeping with true Tuscan tradition, is the charming kitchen with fireplace, which has been converted into a living room with kitchenette. A rather steep stone staircase (23 steps) leads to the upper floor with two bedrooms. There is a protection for children (small door) at the beginning of the staircase. 

Ground floor:
1 living room with fireplace and kitchenette
1 bathroom with shower
First floor:
1 double bedroom
1 small twin bedroom (beds can not be joined)
1 bathroom with tub

Fenced garden (300 sqm) equipped for meals al fresco
Use of the pool of the Renaissance villa

Please note: The accommodation is suitable for a family with two children, not two couples. The beds of the twin bedroom cannot be pushed together (the bedroom is suitable for children altthough the beds have a normal length).

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La Scala 01 Jan 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
01 Dec 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
31 Mar 2018 - 02 Jun 2018
01 Sep 2018 - 01 Dec 2018
02 Jun 2018 - 01 Sep 2018
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Reservations during July and August only from Saturday to Saturday.
Reservations during other months are not limited to rental periods from Saturday to Saturday. Minimum 7 days.
If rented longer than a week the number of nights will be invoiced.
PLEASE NOTE: For this property the check-in is possible between 4:00 and 5:30 pm.
The restaurant, by the winery, is open for lunch every day and also on the evenings of Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Pool size: 15 x 6 m, depth 0.4 - 1.2 - 2.4 m / opening dates: beginning June - end of September. Pool towels are provided.
Baby bed with linen and high chair available: free of charge.

Extra service available only on request (first shopping, extra set of linen, babysitter), to be specified when booking and to be paid in euros on the premises at the end of each working day:

  • Cooking courses for adults: EUR 100 per person, minimum 2 people. The fee is not inclusive of wine. Cooking courses can be arranged from Tuesday to Friday, or in the morning commencing at 10.30 am or in the afternoon at 4.30/5 pm. The chef speaks English.
  • Cooking courses for children eventually possible: please check prices on the premises.
  • First shopping: EUR 60 (expenses for a few basics and shopping time included). The shopping list includes: bread, butter, jam, eggs, cheese, milk, 1 packet Earl Grey tea, 1 packet coffee, natural yoghurt, orange juice, fruits of the season, pasta (noodles), jar tomato sauce, 1 piece fresh parmesan cheese, salad and tomatoes, extra vergin olive oil, mineral water, beer, red wine, dishwasher detergent.
  • Extra set of linen during the week: please check price on the premises.
  • Babysitter: please check price on the premises.
  • Horse riding excursions: please check price on the premises.

Security deposit, heating, wood for fireplace to be paid in euros on the premises:

  • Security deposit: EUR 250.
  • Heating (if required): metered.
    Please be aware that central heating is very expensive in Italy. The average cost for one week in winter varies according to the outdoor temperature and the amount of time the heating is turned on. In the mid season the cost is accordingly lower. Approx. 6 hours of heating/day amount to EUR 150 per week.
  • Wood for fireplace: please check price on the premises.
  • Visitor`s tax.
  • Pet allowed on request upon booking: free of charge.

Bed, bath and kitchen linens, water, electricity, gas, maid service (4 hours house cleaning once a week / the cleaning service does not include the washing of the dishes and the guest's personal washing), final cleaning, pool cleaning service and a wine tasting & tour to the wine cellar all included in the price. Should you have rented La Scala for more than 1 week, the linen will be changed on Saturday.


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

Guests Reviews

Our Guests Reviews

Sehr geehrte Versteckte Toskana,
es war für uns das erste Mal, dass wir Ferien online gebucht hatten und wir waren sehr positiv überrascht, wie gut alles geklappt hat und wie genau der Beschrieb der Wohnung auf Ihrer Homepage mit dem vorgefunden Objekt übereingestimmt hat!
Wir wurden vor Ort sehr zuvorkommend willkommen geheissen. Es standen sogar ein paar Grundnahrungsmittel, wie Pasta, Tomatensauce, Brot, Früchte usw. zur Verfügung, als wir ankamen. Die wöchtenliche Reinigung hat auch sehr gut geklappt.
Einzig eine kleine Anregung zur Optimierung hätten wir noch: der Gartentisch ist etwas klein geraten, wenn man zu viert daran essen möchte! Ausserdem ist das Gelände abschüssig, so dass der Tisch nie gerade hingestellt weden kann. Einer sitzt immer in starker Rücklage am Tisch. Vielleicht wäre es möglich, den Sitzplatz zu ebnen und evt. zu befestigen.
Sonst haben wir den Aufenthalt in La Scala sehr genossen. Es hat uns genau das geboten, was wir gesucht haben: eine atemberaubend schöne Landschaft mit viel Ruhe und einem wunderschönen Pool. Wir würden sehr gerne wieder einmal auf diese Art Ferien in der Toscana machten, würden dann aber lieber etwas näher an der Küste sein.
M. Felber-Kern, Oktober 2008