Villa Olivo

Tuscany, Florence, Certaldo

    • Sleeps 2/4 Guests
    • Bedrooms 1/2 Bedrooms
    • Bathrooms 1/2 Bathrooms
    • Floor area sq m 45/75 m2
    • Pool
    • WiFi
    • Air con
    • Cook
    • Terrace
    • Airport distance:
      Florence 40 km
      Pisa 80 km
      Rome 280 km

    per week

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    In a landscape of rare beauty

    This elegant farmstead is located in the most coveted region of central Tuscany. Strategically positioned in the middle of the Golden Triangle - Florence, Siena, Pisa - the property sits on top of a hill, surrounded by 24 acres or vineyards, olive groves and woods with stunning landscape views.

    The property takes its name from the vast groves of olive trees that surround it in every direction, and will impress its guests with stunning views of the gently 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 property consists of three buildings: the villa with tower of the property owner, adjecting to it the house Villa Olivo transformed into four guest apartments and some metres distant a detached former barn (Capanna Olivo / also featured in our portfolio). 

    The four apartments are an atmospheric ambience designed with loving care for details. The layout and the decoration was 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 kitchens 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. Amenities include air conditioning (although you'll rarely need it, as the hilltop location allows for maximum circulation of Tuscan breezes), satellite TV, radio, cooker, fridge, microwave, electric kettle, toaster, American coffee machine and hair dryer. 

    Outside, each apartment has its terrace for al fresco dining, and every day the sunset is the very special event. A beautiful garden path decked with flowers leads to a magnificent Mediterranean style swimming pool with Roman steps. On return from a day out, you can relax here whiling away late summer afternoons with a favourite novel. 

    The guests are free to stroll through the olive groves and adjacent vineyards, and sample the Chianti wines and olive oil produced by the nearby family-owned farm. The farm organises wine tastings free of charge in the wine cellar, and the recently awarded Super Tuscan wine is excellent.


    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".

    In this region 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 by car.

    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 (parking next to 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.

    Guests Reviews

    Our Guests Reviews

    Great vacation spot in Tuscany

    We really loved our stay. The staff are friendly and welcoming, the location is great and about a 30 minute drive from many places and it's convenient for a family to stay. We used the kitchen and were able to cook some of our meals there. I would definitely stay here again in the future.
    August 2022

    Perfect family vacation

    We came to Tuscany to celebrate my 60th birthday with the whole family.  Capanna Olivo and Mahonia fully met our expectations. We stayed here 10 years ago and look forward to returning again. The views, the pool and the house (air conditioned) are the best there is. If I have to make a recommendation, the kitchen equipment is a bit spartan, we cooked ourselves. The wine tasting we can recommend.
    July 2022

    Liebe Frau Röhrig,
    wir sind nun seit einer Woche aus unserem Urlaub in der Toskana zurück: 
    Das Anwesen ist ein Traum und die Bilder im Internet werden dem Anwesen nicht gerecht. Wenn man morgens aus dem Fenster die Türme von San Gimignano im Morgennebel sieht oder abends bei Eulenrufen im Himmelbett einschläft ist das schon etwas ganz Besonderes. Und der Duft von Rosen und Rosmarin auf dem Weg zum Pool unterstreicht den märchenhaften Charme des Anwesens. Und ich erzähle Ihnen jetzt nichts von Sonnenuntergängen! Ganz besonders hat uns die familiäre Atmosphäre dort gefallen, Paola und Gina waren immer zu einem Schwätzchen bereit und wir haben auf diesem Wege viel über die Toskana außerhalb der üblichen Touristeninformation erfahren. Wir planen bereits unseren nächsten Urlaub dort!
    Ihnen noch ein schönes Pfingstwochenende und herzliche Grüße
    Möller, Juni 2022

    Incredible time for three generations!

    We loved everything about our time! What a beautiful area. We chose to take day trips for each of our 5 days there, but if one just wanted to relax, It couldn't be a better place. The pool and gardens are lovely and the accommodations are very comfortable. Gina and Paola were so welcoming and helpful. Thank you thank you! We hope to return someday.
    June 2022

    We very much enjoyed our family visit in the summer of 2017, I cried tears of joy when I arrived with the beauty of the villa and surrounding landscape, and cried tears of sadness when we had to leave! We would love the opportunity to re visit in the summer of 2022.
    Beard, September 2021

    Magia italiana

    Abbiamo prenotato Villa Olivo a gennaio per un viaggio a settembre e fortunatamente siamo riusciti a volare a Pisa, noleggiare un'auto e fare il nostro viaggio attraverso il meraviglioso scenario fino a Certaldo. All'arrivo al grande cancello siamo stati accolti da Gina, che ci stava aspettando e ci ha mostrato gli appartamenti e il parco. Il posto era spettacolare e la prima cosa che abbiamo notato è stata la quiete con solo un lieve sussurro dalla brezza. Eravamo così sollevati che, dopo il blocco e le restrizioni di viaggio, fossimo finalmente qui in un posto così bello! La titolare Paola, che abita in loco è una donna molto elegante ed estremamente professionale, è stato un piacere incontrarla e chiacchierare in più occasioni. Gli appartamenti sono grandi con 2 bagni ciascuno, posti a sedere all'aperto sul retro e sul davanti e sui prati con vista sui vigneti. La grande piscina era eccezionalmente pulita e curata da Gina insieme ai giardini e alle pulizie. A causa di COVID - 19 ci sono stati assegnati lettini specifici che erano in un posto fantastico. Cigno ogni giorno perché il tempo era glorioso. A Certaldo c'è una Coop dove ogni giorno facevamo la spesa di ingredienti freschi da cucinare. È stato un vero piacere fare una nuotata, un po' di relax e una passeggiata fino all'appartamento per aprire una bottiglia di vino locale da pranzare sulla nostra terrazza ombreggiata. Ho viaggiato anche in giro, a Firenze e nei vicini borghi collinari e sebbene ci sia stata offerta una degustazione di vini gratuita da Paola presso la struttura gemella su un'altra collina, non abbiamo avuto tempo tra il relax e le visite turistiche per adattarci! Ma ci torneremo la prossima volta che torneremo! Proprietà altamente raccomandate in un posto favoloso sulle colline che si affacciano su vigneti e uliveti - cosa c'è di meglio!
    September 2020

    2 weeks in heaven

    Left on Jan 30, 2020 for a stay in Apr 2019

    We used Villa Olivo as a base to explore Tuscany. A perfect central location to do this from and a wonderful place to be the heart and centre of our stay in Tuscany. We absolutely loved being there, thank you Gina and Paola and we would return in a heartbeat!

    Wunderschöne Anlage mit Wohlfühlgarantie
    Left on Sep 10, 2017 for a stay in Sep 2017
    Nach einer sehr kurzfristigen Buchung, die super geklappt hat, waren wir bei Ankunft auch von der gesamten Anlage begeistert. Das Grundstück liegt auf einem Hügel und ermöglicht einen weiten Blick über Weinberge und Olivenhaine. Der Pool ist gepflegt und bietet den selben tollen Blick. Die freundliche Housekeeperin Gina war immer für uns verfügbar und hatte sogar einen Willkommens-Korb mit einigen Lebensmitteln zusammengestellt. Sämltliche Ausflugsziele sind innerhalb ca. einer Stunde erreichbar (Siena, Florenz, Pisa, Livorno...). Wir hatten hier eine tolle Woche.

    Hallo Frau Brauer,
    die Unterkunft ist wirklich toll.
    Viele Grüße aus der Toskana
    T. Otto, September 2017

    A wonderful Estate
    Left on Jun 27, 2013 for a stay in May 2013
    A phantastic garden, nice people, wonderful located for trips to the centers of Tuscany.

    Guten Tag Frau Röhrig!
    Seit Sonntag sind wir -leider- wieder zurück aus der Toscana im kühlen Deutschland. Wir haben im Laufe der letzten 15 Jahre einige schöne Wohndomizilie der Toscana gehabt, aber bei "Villa Olivio" sind alle Erwartungen wirklich übertroffen worden! Für mich, als demjenigen, der eigentlich für die anderen drei Mitreisenden die Auswahl getroffen hat, war es der Volltreffer. Eine traumhafte kleine Anlage, bei der man sofort merkt, wieviel Liebe zum Detail die auch dort wohnende Eigentümerin bei der Renovierung, Gestaltung der Apartments sowie der Einrichtung dort investiert hat. Der Garten ist schon ein kleiner Park, der so herrlich und gepflegt angelegt ist, dass man zusammmen mit der Aussicht eigentlich gar nicht weiss, was man zuerst genießen soll. Die Größe sowie die wenigen
    Apartments lassen einem auch am Pool genügend Freiraum, ohne die Nachbarn groß zu bemerken. Kurz und gut: wir waren restlos beigeistert und können diese Anlage nur jedem empfehlen, der die Ruhe und die herrliche Lage dort geniessen mag. Herzliche Grüße aus Einbeck! 
    A. Beyrich, Juli 2012

    Dear Bettina Röhrig,
As you may recall, we rented the Tuscany Villa Olivio in the summer 2007 and because we were very pleased with these accommodations, and in particular the service we received from you, it would please us if you are able to help us once more.
We are now planning our next trip to Italy, and would very much like to go to the Amalfi Coast especially the Sorrento area in July 2011.
As we did in the summer 2007 we require the same high standard as offered at Villa Olivio. Hope you will be able to help us, and are looking forward to your return mail.
 Thanks and best regards,

    B. Agerholm, September 2009

    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


    • Pool: 6 x 14m / shared pool
    • Air conditioning
    • Internet WIFI connection
    • Satellite TV
    • Radio
    • Cooker/hot plates
    • Microwave 
    • Fridge with freezer
    • Electric kettle
    • Toaster 
    • American coffee machine
    • Hair dryer
    • Outdoor area in front of each unit


    For communal use:

    • Barbecue grill
    • Laundry with washing machine
    • Parking inside the property
    • Olive groves and vineyards surrounding the villa
    Touring ideas

    Small grocery shop 1 km
    Restaurant 1.1 km
    Fiano (next village) 3 km
    Certaldo 8 km
    S. Gimignano 18 km
    Colle Val d'Elsa 26 km
    Florence 40 km
    Siena 40 km
    Livorno (coast) 90 km
    Pisa (coast) 90 km



    The villa is in the perfect location, just 40 minutes outside Florence. It overlooks a spectacular valley of vineyards, and the sunsets are amazing. In the morning, fog envelopes the valley floor, and the ancient towered city of San Gimignano rises on the opposite end of the valley, which you can see from the villa. A few minutes away is the small town of Certaldo, which has a modern grocery store and other shops.

    The Chianti area: Famous for its wines - the Chianti Classico - this area of Tuscany has more than just world-class oenological pleasures to offer. The curious visitor will come accross many delightful villages, each of them with a history of its own. Let us simply mention lesser known gems such as the romanesque church of Sant'Appiano, the Basilica of Impruneta, the fortified castle of Monteriggioni and the roofless romanesque abbey of San Galgano which are all close. And don’t miss the Saturday market in the small town of Greve.

    San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany, north-central Italy. It is mainly famous for its medieval architecture, especially its towers, which may be seen from several kilometers outside the town. The town also is known for the white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, grown in the area.

    Florence: The city lies on the Arno River and is known for its history and its importance in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, especially for its art and architecture. A centre of medieval European trade and finance, the city is often considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance; in fact, it has been called the Athens of the Middle Ages. It was long under the de facto rule of the Medici family. From 1865 to 1870 the city was also the capital of the Kingdom of Italy. The historic centre of Florence continues to attract millions of tourists each year and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.

    Siena: The Sienese have no doubt, their town is the most beautiful in all of Tuscany, if not all of Italy. Siena has remained a Gothic city. Renaissance, one of the major influences in Florence, hardly affected the urban development of Siena. The city unfolds around the main shell-shaped square called "Il Campo." Twice a year the famous horse race known as the "Palio" takes place here. The narrow streets are lined with old shops and small cafes, while churches and museums are real treasures of the fourteenth century.

    Restaurants: eating out is a way of getting to know the area. Simple local trattorias rub their shoulders with more sophisticated restaurants specialised in refined cuisine. Fresh local produce allways plays the leading role. 

    Local craftsmanship: hand-made terracotta pots from Impruneta, hand painted pottery from Montelupo, mouth-blown crystal glass from the neighbouring village Colle Val d'Elsa, not to mention the south bank of the Arno river in Florence where you will find a multitude of craftsmen working silver, leather, wood, glass, paper and metal.

    Sports: riding stable 5 km, tennis court 10 km, beauty spa with sauna 15 km, golf course 35 km.


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

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    • Sleeps 2 Guests
    • Floor area sq m 45 m2 m2
    • WiFi
    • Air con
    • Terrace

    Ground floor:

    • 1 living room with kitchenette and exit to the outdoor area (facing south) in front of the apartment
    • 1 double bedroom (can be transformed to twin beds)
    • 1 bathroom with shower

    Roseto is equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, radio, cooker, small oven, fridge, electric kettle, toaster, American coffee machine and hair dryer.

    Request BookingROSETO Check Availability
    30 Mar 2024 - 01 Jun 2024
    28 Sep 2024 - 26 Oct 2024
    1300 EUR
    01 Jun 2024 - 28 Sep 2024
    1370 EUR


    • Sleeps 4 Guests
    • Floor area sq m 75 m2 m2
    • WiFi
    • Air con
    • Cook
    • Terrace

    Ground floor:

    • 1 living room with kitchenette and exit to two outdoor areas (one facing south, the other north) in front of the apartment 

    Upper floor:

    • 2 double bedrooms (can be transformed to twin beds)
    • 2 bathrooms with shower

    Lavanda is equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, radio, cooker, small oven, microwave, fridge, electric kettle, toaster, American coffee machine and hair dryer.

    Request BookingLAVANDA Check Availability
    30 Mar 2024 - 01 Jun 2024
    28 Sep 2024 - 26 Oct 2024
    1440 EUR
    01 Jun 2024 - 28 Sep 2024
    1640 EUR


    • Sleeps 4 Guests
    • Floor area sq m 75 m2 m2
    • WiFi
    • Air con
    • Cook
    • Terrace

    Ground floor:

    • 1 living room with kitchenette and exit to two outdoor areas (one facing south, the other north) in front of the apartment
    • 1 double bedroom (can be transformed to twin beds)
    • 1 bathroom with shower

    Upper floor:

    • 1 double bedroom (can be transformed to twin beds)
    • 1 bathroom with shower

    Mahonia is equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, radio, cooker, small oven, microwave, fridge, electric kettle, toaster, American coffee machine and hair dryer.

    Request BookingMAHONIA Check Availability
    30 Mar 2024 - 01 Jun 2024
    28 Sep 2024 - 26 Oct 2024
    1440 EUR
    01 Jun 2024 - 28 Sep 2024
    1640 EUR


    • Sleeps 4+1 Guests
    • Floor area sq m 75 m2 m2
    • WiFi
    • Air con
    • Cook
    • Terrace

    Ground floor:

    • 1 living room with kitchenette and exit to two outdoor areas (a smaller one facing south, the other one facing north is spacious and very private) in front of the apartment 
    • 1 double bedroom (can be transformed to twin beds) / additional bed on request upon booking
    • 1 bathroom with shower

    Upper floor:

    • 1 double bedroom with four-poster bed (bed cannot be transformed to twin beds)
    • 1 bathroom with shower

    Nandina is equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, radio, cooker, small oven, microwave, fridge, electric kettle, toaster, American coffee machine and hair dryer.

    If you want to set up a cot, we recommend the apartments Mahonia and Nandina, as the rooms are slightly larger.

    Request BookingNANDINA Check Availability
    30 Mar 2024 - 01 Jun 2024
    28 Sep 2024 - 26 Oct 2024
    1440 EUR
    01 Jun 2024 - 28 Sep 2024
    1640 EUR

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    Location Our evaluation Interior
    Villa Olivo 30 Mar 2024 - 01 Jun 2024
    28 Sep 2024 - 26 Oct 2024
    01 Jun 2024 - 28 Sep 2024
    2 PAX 2
    1300 EUR 1370 EUR Calendar Request BookingROSETO
    4 PAX 4
    1440 EUR 1640 EUR Calendar Request BookingLAVANDA
    4 PAX 4
    1440 EUR 1640 EUR Calendar Request BookingMAHONIA
    4+1 PAX 4
    1440 EUR 1640 EUR Calendar Request BookingNANDINA

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    • Bed, bath and kitchen linens changed on Saturday
    • Bath towels changed on Wednesday and Saturday
    • Electricity
    • Internet WIFI connection
    • Pool cleaning 


    • Air conditioning and heating (if required): Roseto EUR 80; Lavanda, Mahonia and Nandina EUR 100 set price per week
    • Additional bed if maximum capacity PAX is exceeded in Nandina: EUR 150 per week
    • Baby bed if maximum capacity PAX is exceeded: EUR 50 per week
    • Shared washing machine: the use is free of charge - please tip the keyholder who explains you the washing machine.
    • Final cleaning: EUR 80 for Roseto; EUR 100 for Lavanda, Mahonia and Nandina
    • Tourist tax: EUR 2 per person/day for 6 days


    EUR 250 per apartment cash deposit are due on arrival; EUR 800 if all units are rented by one group.

    SERVICE ON REQUEST (please enquire with us when booking)

    • Maid service (house cleaning): EUR 15 per hour
    • Laundry service: please check price on the premises.
    • Pool towels: EUR 10 per towel
    • Cook for dinner during the week: approx. EUR 55 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 6 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 directly with the cook.


    • Reservations from Saturday to Saturday
    • Availability only during the above mentioned dates
    • Pool opening dates: beginning May - end of October 

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