Casa al Colle Italy, Tuscany

Deep in the Garfagnana Mountains, Casa al Colle resides in one of the most soul stirring, authentically Italian parts of northern Tuscany. With its gorges, forests, rivers, medieval villages and churches, the region captured the hearts of the poets Byron and Shelley – and from this tranquil, spacious retreat, it’s easy to see why.

Parts of Casa al Colle date back to 1761 and over the centuries since, it’s evolved into a welcoming and extremely spacious summer home. As well as 400 olive trees, the grounds feature a swimming pool, including a handy fridge, and an outside dining area with a wood-fired pizza oven and barbecue nearby. An inner courtyard provides extra seating that’s open to the stars and the generous panoramic balconies are perfect for losing yourself in a good book.

The interior living areas, with their heavy wooden beams and light, comfortable interiors, offer ample space for a large family gathering or two families holidaying together – and the two separate entrances to the house make this an even easier arrangement. A clever sliding partition on the ground floor allows you to create an extra sleeping space and, complete with a sofabed, shower room and TV, it makes a great den for a teenager who wants to feel more independent.

Casa al Colle overlooks the 16th-century hamlet of San Romano, home to the Property Manager Roberto and his daughter Veronica, who’ll meet you when you arrive and speaks good English if you need any help. They are among a number of people who ensure that your stay here is as comfortable as possible, so while you can enjoy the wonderful seclusion, you never feel cut off. They’ll bring you herbs and tomatoes from their own garden and extra fruit and vegetables can be bought every Saturday afternoon from a local who comes into San Romano. There’s also a delivery of fresh bread every other day, Monday to Friday, which you’ll need to pre-order. And then there’s Assunta, the housekeeper and cook, whose pizza, made fresh in your own pizza oven, is legendary. She also offers an excellent catering service featuring a host of delicious Tuscan specialities, payable locally. For everything else, there are several supermarkets a 15-minute drive away.

The local area

San Romano (formerly Castello di Spulizano) doesn’t have shops or restaurants. Instead, make your way to Barga, a 25-minute drive away. It’s part of the ‘Cittaslow’ movement and has excellent places to eat, as well as opera and jazz festivals in the summer.

Also 25 minutes away is Bagni di Lucca, where you’ll find the spa once enjoyed by Shelley and Lord Byron, and in Borgo a Mozzano, 15 minutes away, you’ll find the Devil's Bridge (Ponte del Diavolo), a fine example of medieval architecture that, legend has it, was built by the devil himself in a night. The bustling walled city of Lucca is 45 minutes away – perfect for strolling with an ice cream – and famous Pisa and Florence are about 70 minutes 90 minutes respectively by car.

There’s also plenty to do off the beaten track with the areas numerous mountain walking trails, as well as guided canyoning and climbing adventures. For stunning natural beauty, explore the area around Isola Santa up in the mountains, with its lake, caves and atmospheric abandoned villages.

Accommodation:
  • 5 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-10)
Ground floor:
  • Formal sitting/dining room
  • Informal sitting room with fireplace
  • Kitchen includes hob, oven, fridge-freezer, dishwasher
  • Master bedroom
  • Twin bedroom
  • Shower room with Jacuzzi
  • Bedroom with bunk beds with en-suite shower room and washing machine
  • Stairs to interior gallery/balcony above the kitchen with sofa (can be locked if required)
Lower ground floor:
  • Double bedroom
  • Shower room
  • Twin bedroom
  • Shower room
  • TV room with sliding door and sofabed
General:
  • Air-conditioned bedrooms
  • TV/DVD
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Table tennis 
  • Barbecue and pizza oven
  • Private salt-water swimming pool 12m x 6m (depth 1.20m – 1.50m)
  • There are two rooms with doors opening onto a long balcony with a low wall, doors to balcony can be locked but young children should be supervised at all times
Complimentary wifi:
  • All properties with wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and email checking
  • We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected
Location:
  • Fornaci di Barga (shops/restaurants) 15min drive
  • Borgo a Mozzano (shops/restaurants) 15min drive
  • Barga (shops/restaurants/ theatre) 20min drive
  • Lucca 45min drive
  • Florence airport 90 min drive
  • Pisa airport 1hr 10min drive
 
  • REVIEWS FROM GUESTS WHO HAVE PREVIOUSLY STAYED AT CASA AL COLLE - February 2017
  • Yes we had a great time thanks, the property was amazing and is the best we have stayed in. We were impressed with the quality of the whole experience. When you book remote properties you can swap peace and quiet for quality but this was not the case! We had an amazing memorable holiday and I would definitely recommend the property and your service. The only issue we had was the wifi not working on day 1 so after one phone call it was sorted. Everything else was perfect. I would give it 10/10 and you can't get better than that!I would also say that the staff who look after the property are excellent and discreet. The pool guy comes in early and so you always feel that you have the privacy. I really couldn't fault anything. You felt as if it was your own but with a backup of people to sort anything if you wanted it. That is the perfect balance. The thunderstorms were incredible and did knock out the electrics but that is a simple trip switch . We loved watching them roll in from the balcony and then after an hour it was scorching again ! We BBQ'd every night and had two pizza sessions in the fantastic pizza oven. We tried but we are not going to be on Master Chef!! There are some good local high wires, canyoning and water sports and of course the trips to Lucca, Florence and Pisa. We did the coast, the caves and were happy day tripping and also just relaxing round the pool. The Wifi was a godsend with three teenagers and the fridge by the pool a nice touch ! I now need to detox as I did maximise my enjoyment !! Thanks for a great holiday and making it a hassle free experience. Clubb - July 2016
  • Felt close to God in this entrancing and peaceful place. Thank you so much. Alison Melanie - July 2015
  • What a great house! Breakfast on the balcony overlooking San Romano, lunch normally in Fiorella's courtyard, and dinner up by the pool! Loved the pizza oven, made pizza 4 or 5 times with varying degrees of success. Loved the pool and table tennis, even if it did get a bit competitive! Of the places we visited, Barga looked the nicest. Lucca was pretty, but busy. Great house, great holiday. Thank you. The Taylors - July 2015
  • A fantastic location with beautiful views! Never been in a pool with such fantastic surroundings before! The caves (Grotta del Vento) are well worth a visit, as is Massa with a spectacular drive through the mountains. Madeleine especially enjoyed the coffee pot and Nathan the midnight swims in the moonlight. Thank you for letting us use your lovely house and great facilities. Tom, Danielle & Olivia Peterson - August 2014
  • We had a wonderful time with these exceptional views and fabulous accommodation. Everyone could spread out in comfort and we don’t want to leave! Such a different Tuscany here, but beautiful with its character, mountains and villages. The views from the pool and bedroom balconies are exceptionally stunning! And wonderful facilities! We will tell everyone about this Tuscan gem! The Street/Capel Families - July 2014
  • Casa al Colle will remain in our fondest memories for a long time to come. The villa, the views, the pool and the serenity are second to none. Being cyclists we particularly enjoyed the climb up to San Romano... Many thanks for opening up your house to us and showing us a completely different and stunning Tuscany! We will return! The Cummings - July 2014
  • Thomas and Fiorella, we had a fantastic couple of weeks at your villa. There were eight of us the first week and ten the second. On Wednesday evening we saw the procession in the village of San Romano in honour of the village Saint, a very special occasion and we were made to feel very welcome by all the local people. We have been making the most of the gorgeous villa, brilliant pool, pizza oven, hundreds of new pool games have been invented, an Olympic table tennis tournament took place and a 21st birthday was celebrated in style! We have also enjoyed our fresh bread every morning from the village, will miss that at home! Thank you very much for both your phone calls, Thomas, we were made to feel very welcome and very much appreciated them. We would love to return one day! Don't cry because it's over...Smile because it happened! Ben - August 2012
  • After spending a tiring two days trapped in a Citroen C8 traveling down from Brussels, what a joy to arrive at Casa al Colle. The view alone made the journey worthwhile and we all couldn't help but feel incredibly lucky that it would be ours for the next fortnight. Besides the surroundings we adored the splendid pool, barbecue and the general outside area. It provided the perfect setting in the evening, with the sunset and cool breeze, to enjoy the evening meal. It was the perfect place to escape from the stress and hassle of work and everyday life. Tomorrow we begin our journey home, if only we had more time.... The Bibbings and De Deyn Families - June 2012
  • The villa is fantastic, and the pool and all of the different eating areas with stunning views of San Romano really made our holiday that little bit more special. We could not have imagined that the villa would go beyond the expectations set by the pictures and hope that we will be lucky enough to visit again soon. Bethany, Steven Wells . And the house is just so well equipped! Emily - June 2012
  • We had a lovely time and the villa was more than we had expected from the website. It was wonderful. The service and help from Daniel was excellent before we went and the local Italian team in the village were also very helpful and generous, as were the ladies in the village. The phone call to villa from the owners when we arrived and just before we left was also a nice touch and very personal. We would love to come back to the property again and would certainly recommend it and Cottages to Castles to friends. Mr Hunt - July 2011
  • Our first holiday in Tuscany was most relaxing as well as enjoyable and the excellent accommodation at Casa al Colle played a significant part in our memorable holidays. The location of the Villa together with its high standard of facilities made the stay even more pleasurable and comfortable. The personnel, particularly Paola (house manager) and Roberto (gardener and pool caretaker) were extremely helpful and courteous. Assunta's Italian cooking made one exciting evening. We sincerely hope to return soon. Thomas, your personal call from Bogotà was deeply appreciated. It added a personal touch. The Palet family - June 2011
  • A wonderful villa for a family holiday. Mr Strong - July 2010
  • The villa was excellent, and to the standard outlined in the brochure. We had two lovely and relaxing weeks. Ms Telfer - July 2010
  • We were absolutely delighted with the villa. It is very spacious and very well-equipped including WiFi. As can happen in the hills, we had a big storm which knocked out some of the electrics. But within two hours of reporting the problem, an electrician was organised by the housekeeper and all sorted. That was impressive.The village is beautiful and the locals are very welcoming.The villa has a fabulous pool and it is cleaned and checked every day.The drive from the main road up to the villa takes 9 minutes driving quite slowly and using horn at each bend. It is not a difficult drive and the road surface is good. Lucca is 40 mins away.We have had a magical experience and memories to last a lifetime. Ann and John Butler - July 2010
  • We had a fabulous time in your lovely villa, which has one of the most stunning pool views in the world! Our memories will be: - Hair-raising driving - Glorious sunshine - Fabulous food and superb wine - Wild life: boar, bats and an amazing firefly demonstration! Hope to see Casa al Colle again, ciao! The Galaty family - June 2010
  • Returned to Casa al Colle after a 7-year absence. This time we brought back both sets of parents and our two children. We are delighted to say that the house and the setting remain as tranquil and as accessible as they always were. Thank you, Fiorella and Thomas once again! Mark and Sarah - April 2010

Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange your flights for an extra charge of £25 per person, plus the cost of the flights themselves.

Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in Italy to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

Pisa

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Heathrow British Airways Saturday All season
London Gatwick easyJet Saturday All season
London Gatwick British Airways Saturday All season
London Stansted Ryanair Saturday All season
Luton Airport easyJet Saturday All season
Manchester Jet2 Saturday All season
Manchester easyJet Saturday All season
Bristol easyJet Saturday All season

 

Florence

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London City British Airways Saturday All season

 

Rome

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Heathrow British Airways Saturday All season
London Heathrow Alitalia Saturday All season
London Gatwick British Airways Saturday All season
London Gatwick easyJet Saturday All season
London Gatwick Vueling Saturday All season
Manchester Jet2 Saturday All season
Birmingham Monarch Saturday All season
Bristol easyJet Saturday All season

 

 

For an introduction to Tuscany, take a look at our guide.

Tuscany gives you the permission to indulge in life’s simple pleasures – world-famous wine, indulgent food and hours consumed by epic histories. Each of Tuscany’s ten provinces has its own unique personality, but wherever you stay, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a verdant patchwork of olive groves, cypress trees and vineyards. From the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence, to the narrow streets of hilltop San Gimignano, Tuscany makes for a stunning escape.

Overview

Where pleasure takes priority

How it’s possible for any kind of ‘normal’ life to take place in Tuscany remains a mystery. With its undulating landscape where solitary villas or ancient hilltop towns sit perched in splendid isolation, this is a place for epic histories and fine romance; surrounded by a verdant patchwork of olive groves, cypress trees and vineyards, hours should be consumed with feasting and fine wines – and then gently walking or sleeping it off. And as a destination with breathtakingly beautiful art and architecture, surely the only way to spend a day is in a state of wonder? Tuscany gives you permission to indulge in the pleasure of doing it all.

Your first ports of call

Strict building regulations ensure that Tuscany’s ten provinces remain beautifully unspoilt, but with 23,000 square kilometres to explore, where do holidays begin? For many, this journey of 1,000 experiences begins with the unmissable trinity of Florence, Siena and San Gimignano.

Tuscany’s capital and the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence, is a living art gallery, whilst Siena, known for its expansive piazza, superb duomo and Il Palio, the white-knuckle horse race, is a time-slip into the Middle Ages. The towers and narrow streets of small, hilltop San Gimignano are from the same era and crammed with opportunities to shop, eat and admire historic frescoes, along with stunning views.

Chianti, for the ultimate tipple

Tuscan life flows on its world-famous wines and Chianti, tucked between Florence and Siena, is the epicentre. Medieval Greve is seen as the gateway to this region with a wine museum, impressive September wine festival and plenty of restaurants around its triangular porticoed piazza for sampling the grape and the good.

Historic Panzano nearby hosts the Vino al Vino, an annual gathering of winemakers for tastings and live jazz, and Radda in Chianti, from its beautiful hilltop location, also pays regular homage to its local producers, hosting the Radda nel Bichiere in June. To see the wineries in action, time your holiday to coincide with the grape harvest in late August/September.

When in Florence…

Home to Michelangelo’s David and paintings by the likes of Da Vinci, Botticelli and Caravaggio, Florence is one of Europe’s finest cities of art. And yet with its iconic Duomo, churches, and squares, not least the famous Piazza della Signoria – a social hub since the 13th-century – masterpieces are everywhere. And this is a place to be sociable. There’s a lively nightlife and countless restaurants, café’s and wine bars. And from the jewellery for sale along the famous Ponte Vecchio to the designer boutiques – this was the birthplace of Gucci after all – a chance to shop is never far away.

Tuscany for tots, tweens and teens

From children’s activity packs and interactive exhibits in museums to the world’s best gelati, Tuscany caters for the younger generation – and welcomes them like a favourite grandchild in restaurants. Of course the whole region is a history lesson brought to life and climbing historic towers and medieval fortresses can be fun, but if that doesn’t cut it for older children, there are street parties and lively festivals, bike rides along Lucca’s ancient walls, Siena’s exciting Palio horserace or, south of the city, the adventure park of Saltalbero, in the spa town of Rapolano Terme, with tree walks and horseriding.

Map

A taste of Tuscany

The origins of Tuscan cuisine lie in cucina povera: peasant food that was simple, cheap to cook and followed a firm ‘waste not want not’ approach. Today, restaurants, and the more traditional trattorias and osterias, share a genuine passion for these homespun recipes and fresh, seasonal, locally sourced ingredients.

A culture of hunting and foraging is reflected in many traditional dishes, with the intense flavours of wild boar, pheasant, porcini mushrooms chestnuts and black and white truffles appearing when they’re in season. Given Tuscany’s diverse terrains, local specialities vary hugely – and not just from province to province, but between towns and villages. But there are a number of kitchen staples, including beans, salt-free bread, pecorino cheese, piquant cured meats, chicken liver pâté and plenty of Tuscany’s world-famous olive oil. And this being Italy, pasta (often served with hare or rabbit meat sauce or mushrooms) and pizzas are always an option.

Being among a people who adore their food, you’ll also find many opportunities to count your gastronomic blessings. From cheese to steak, strawberries to truffles, bruschetta to honey, there’s a sagre or food festival that brings Tuscany’s foodies and visitors together in a particularly celebratory fashion.

Tuscan tipples

To stay in Tuscany and not taste its world-class reds is to miss a little of the region’s heart and soul. Sangiovese is traditionally the dominant grape variety and makes up 80% of the famous Chianti Classico blend. Look out for the supreme Brunello di Montalcino, alongside a host of excellent reds as well as the boutique range of Super-Tuscans. These emerged in the 1960s and are more expensive and experimental.

For something a little whiter and often sweeter, there’s Vin Santo, a traditional straw wine usually accompanied by cantucci (almond biscuits). And if you like coffee, you’ll find more choice than in the average high street coffee house – it’s a passion here.

Towns and villages in Tuscany

Arezzo

Gold has made Arezzo one of the wealthiest towns in Tuscany, but the history of its impressive Duomo, churches, museums, Medici fortress and ruined Roman amphitheatre enriches it still further. The rather magnificent sloping Piazza Grande, which appeared in the film Life is Beautiful, plays hosts to an antiques fair on the first weekend of the month and the highly competitive Joust of the Saracen tournament in June and September, with fully costumed medieval pageantry, is not to be missed.

Cortona

St Francis of Assisi chose hillside Cortona as the location for his first monastery in 1211. However, the city dates originally from Etruscan times and impressive tombs from that era are part of the sprawling valley view below. Presided over by the imposing Palazzo Comunale, the main square is at the heart of community life. And being near Montepulciano and Montalcino, there are great reds on offer in the many restaurants. In June, the city hosts the film and arts Tuscan Sun Festival.

Lucca

A walk along the Renaissance walls is one of the must-dos in Lucca, the birthplace of Puccini. However, the town itself is an easy day of strolling with its cobbled streets, charming squares and lovely gardens. It also has its own share of churches and museums. Explore the 11th-century cathedral and bell tower and the beautiful Palazzo Pfanner, from Portrait of a Lady, starring Nicole Kidman. And between café stops, there’s retail therapy along the Via Fillungo.

Pisa

A vibrant university town with a fine choice of cafés and bars, Pisa is more than its famous Leaning Tower. The Piazza dei Miracoli, a World Heritage Site, is also home to a cathedral, baptistery, the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo full of medieval art and sculpture and the Camposanto cemetery: a combined collection of fascinating frescoes, sculptures and sarcophagi. Or join the here and now with a stroll along the Arno or around the expansive Piazza dei Cavalieri (Knights’ Square).

San Gimignano

Once there were 72 towers in this pretty hilltop town, built in the 13th century as symbols of power between wealthy local families; now only 16 remain standing. Climb the Torre Grossa, the highest, for a bird’s eye view of the town and then explore the little shops and restaurants tucked along the narrow streets below. The historic centre is a World Heritage Site, which includes the ornate Duomo, Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta, and the Musei Civici.

Siena

Bankers and merchants brought Siena its wealth, embodied in its grand Piazza del Campo, the site of the Palio, the famous bareback horse race. This medieval city is also known for its sumptuous Duomo, intended to be “the greatest monument to Christianity” and it’s certainly a city that rivals Florence for its art. Sample it at the Pinacoteca Nazionale or the Santa Maria Scala. However, to really get to know Siena, simply wander, sipping, dining and shopping along the way.

Things to do

Enjoy a walk with your wine

With its lush, green countryside and countless wineries, Tuscany was made for enjoying both. Trekking hotspots include Garfagnana, Lunigiana, Casentino and the Florentine hills. To combine wine, the Brunello Trail takes you through some of the world’s most famous vineyards, ending up in Montalcino.

Discover bijou Cetona

Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, the pretty hilltop village is crowned by La Rocca, our fabulous 10th-century fortress turned villa, with the designer Valentino as a close neighbour. Relax in the main square, explore the tranquil churches and visit the archaeological music for a taste of pre-history.

Get in hot water

Tuscany, and the Siena province in particular, is bubbling with mineral-rich thermal baths, as nature intended or with graceful architecture and spa complexes attached. For natural hot springs to ease away stresses and strains, there’s Saturnia, an hour from Siena and Petriolo, 20 minutes away.

Visit Italy's most elaborate Duomo

If you need an excuse to visit Siena, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is it – a majestic Romanesque-Gothic creation and, artistically speaking, one of Italy’s most elaborate. Book the guided Porta del Cielo (Gate to Heaven) tour to marvel at the spectacle from above.

Spot a contemporary sculpture

Enjoy a quirky take on the classic arts’ scene at the Parco Sculture del Chianti, a hidden gem that’s great for families 16km south of Radda. Aside from the woodland beautiful park, there’s international artwork and weekly sunset jazz and opera throughout July and August.

Explore on two wheels

For cyclists Tuscany’s rolling landscape is a dream and a challenge. Follow the famous L’Eroica course, which starts in Gaiole in Chianti and takes you along unpaved, gravel tracks through Siena, Montalcino, Val d'Orcia and Crete Senesi – with exceptional food stops along the way.

Dine with the butcher of Panzano

With a shop playing retro disco, three restaurants and a sandwich bar, Dario is the world-famous butcher of Panzano in Chianti. Dine on lavish steaks and hamburgers flame-grilled in front of you and if you go on the first Sunday of the month, there’s also an artisan market nearby.

Catch the buzz in Greve's main square

As well as the Chianti Classico Wine Festival in September, Greve’s expansive Piazza Matteotti is a hub for restaurants and hosts a Saturday market and arts and crafts on Sunday. It’s flanked by delicatessens, inviting little shops and cafés for a spot of unhurried people watching.

Drive through the Crete Senesi

Unlike the lush green of Chianti, this dramatic expanse of undulating countryside consists of golden wheat fields, dotted with cypress trees and hilltop villas. South of Siena, its name means ‘Sienese clays’ after the area’s distinctive grey soil that creates the effect of a lunar landscape.

Helpful phrases

  Hello Ciao
  Good-bye Arrivederci
  Please Per favore
  Thank you Grazie
  Yes Si
  No No
  How are you? Come stai?
  I'm fine, thank you Stò bene grazie
  I don't understand Non capisco
  My name is… Mi chiamo…
  The bill, please Il conto per favore
  How much is it? Quanto costa?

Events

What’s on in May

11 May: Dating back to the middle ages, Cortona’s Giostra dell’Archidado, is a crossbow tournament. Expect to see knights and ladies, flag flyers and crossbow shooters in fine period costumes.

What’s on in June

16 Jun: Pisa is illuminated in the Luminara festivities, honouring its patron Saint Ranieri. Over 70,000 candles outline key palaces, bridges, churches and towers that overlook the river Arno.

17 Jun: Regata di San Ranieri is a boat race along Pisa’s River Arno between the four ancient town districts. Covering a distance of 1500 metres, it’s a nod to the region’s ancient maritime history.

24 Jun: Gioco del Ponte, Pisa. A military parade is followed by two teams competing in a show of strength to see who will be victorious in pushing a cart and opposing team off the sliding rail.

24 Jun: Catch the final of Calcio Storico in Florence, a combination of football, rugby and wrestling – played in period costume in the square in front of the Santa Croce church.

What’s on in July

The Lucca Summer Festival brings music to Lucca, throughout July, taking place every year in Piazza Napoleone. Previous acts have included: Simply Red, Lionel Richie, Tom Jones and Van Morrison.

Mid Jul-Mid Aug: Lucca’s Puccini Festival attracts a worldwide audience. Beautiful performances take place in Torre del Lago’s outdoor theatre.

Various weekends throughout Jul: The Medieval Festival of Monteriggioni is a fully-costumed spectacle of historical pageantry, with parades, concerts and fireworks.

End Jul: Held on the Island of the same name, the Capraia Festival showcases concerts in the newly restored Chiesa del Convento di Sant’Antonio.

What’s on in August

16 Aug: The annual Palio horse race in Siena draws crowds to the packed Piazza del Campo. Watch riders battle for a banner – costumed processions precede the race, and a street banquet follows.

27 Aug: Eight divisions take part in Montepulciano’s barrel rolling race, Bravio delle Botti. Weighing 80 kilos, they’re rolled along the main street of the town – an arm aching 1,800 metres.

What’s on in September

3 Sep: Originating in the 16th Century, Arezzo’s jousting tournament, Giostra del Saracino, is a colourful presentation of knights charging at the Saracen with lances!

3 Sep: Make your way to Siena’s Pienza Pecorino Fair to try and buy some of the best cheeses in Italy. And stay around for the Cacio al Fuso, a cheese rolling competition.

7-10 Sep: Rassegna del Chianti Classico in Greve, is an annually anticipated showcase for Chianti Classico wines. Buy a glass to taste up to eight wines from the exhibiting stands.

What’s on in October

6-15 Oct: The Sagra del Fungo e delle Castagne – Siena’s celebration of all things mushroom and chestnut with nature walks and tastings of traditional porcini mushroom and chestnut dishes.

 

  1 April 8 April 15 April 22 April 29 April
Casa al Colle 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  6 May 13 May 20 May 27 May
Casa al Colle 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   1,600 3,400 1,800 3,700 1,900 4,300 2,400 4,600
  3 June 10 June 17 June 24 June
Casa al Colle 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   2,200 SOLD SOLD SOLD 2,400 SOLD SOLD SOLD
  1 July 8 July 15 July 22 July 29 July
Casa al Colle 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   3,300 7,100 3,800 SOLD SOLD SOLD 4,700 9,400 4,700 9,400
  5 August 12 August 19 August 26 August
Casa al Colle 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   4,700 SOLD SOLD SOLD 4,700 SOLD SOLD SOLD
  2 September 9 September 16 September 23 September 30 September
Casa al Colle 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   3,000 5,600 2,600 SOLD SOLD SOLD 2,200 4,000 1,800 3,500
  7 October 14 October 21 October 28 October
Casa al Colle 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   1,700 3,300 1,600 3,400 1,800 SOLD SOLD SOLD

†  Flight availability is limited on your chosen dates.

Please call us for assistance with your holiday on 020 8392 5872.

A tourist tax applies in Italy, which means that, for the first week of your stay, an average of €1.50 per day may be charged for all those over 12. Please pay it in cash to your villa or hotel owner.

Booking Conditions

YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES
  • Prices are in pounds sterling and are for the accommodation only for the guests named on your invoice
  • The assistance of the property owner, housekeeper or concierge
  • Information book in your accommodation
YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
  • Any breakages, damage, losses, extra cleaning or outstanding accounts incurred during your stay 
  • Visas 
  • Holiday travel insurance
  • Airfares, car hire or transfers
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INFANTS
One cot and one highchair are provided free of charge in most of our self-catering properties.  Additional cots and highchairs may be available upon request.
 
PLACING AN OPTION
In order to allow you to co-ordinate your holiday arrangements with friends and family, in many cases we are able to hold an option for up to 24 hours before confirming your booking.
 
PAYING FOR YOUR HOLIDAY
In order to confirm your booking a deposit of 30% of the accommodation cost is required.  This payment is non-refundable. The balance payment for your holiday should be paid at least 10 weeks prior to your departure. We accept most debit cards and credit cards, and personal cheques. All payments made by credit card will be subject to a 1.25% charge* reflecting our incurred costs. (*American Express is subject to a 2% charge.) 
 
Please familiarise yourself with our full booking terms including our cancellation policy here.
 
SECURITY DEPOSIT
Most of our self-catering accommodation is privately owned and sometimes it is the owner’s main residence, which they vacate for the summer season. In order to protect the furnishings and fittings, some owners require a security deposit which is collected 3 weeks prior to departure. The deposit will be refunded in full within 7 days of your return provided there is no damage or additional cleaning required and the property remains in the same condition as upon arrival. If a security deposit is applicable, the amount required will be stated in the Details section of the property. Please alert the owner/caretaker to any breakages or damages during your stay.
 
TRAVEL INSURANCE
It is compulsory that all our guests have comprehensive travel insurance and we will need full details of your policy at the time of booking or before you travel.
 
FINAL DOCUMENTATION
Your travel documents are available to download and print 2 weeks prior to departure via our Manage My Booking facility on our website provided you have paid in full.
 
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid passport and any necessary visas. EU citizens do not need a visa to travel to France. If you are a non-EU citizen then you should check with your own embassy for the entry/re-entry requirements necessary for your journey. Children not on an accompanying parent’s passport before October 1998 are now required to hold their own passport if they are under 16 years. If you do not have a passport, it is recommended to apply at least 6 weeks before your holiday. Passports should be valid for 6 months after your return date.
 
 
ACCOMMODATION AND USEFUL INFORMATION
 
Air-conditioning and heating
We have indicated in the property descriptions which accommodation has air-conditioning included in the holiday price. Heating is available in some of our properties during the low season weeks, which is normally included in the holiday price.
 
Animals and wildlife
As in all rural communities, indigenous animals are an essential part of the way of life. The braying of a donkey, crow of a cockerel or the barking of a dog is not a complaint that receives much sympathy from the locals! Care should be taken to minimise the presence of insects and animals in your accommodation. Keep surfaces clean, dispose of refuse regularly and ensure that food is not left uncovered. Cats and dogs are often resident where an owner or manager lives on the property. If you are allergic to cats and/or dogs please ensure that you check the suitability of your chosen accommodation with us prior to confirming your booking.
 
Barbecues
We have specified if a barbecue is available at your accommodation. Please note that often in summer, due to the hot weather, use of your barbecue may not be allowed and/or strict rules for its use may apply. The local or national government reserves the right to introduce new rulings at any time, often with little prior notice, prohibiting the use of barbecues to reduce the risk of fires. Where a barbecue is not provided, it is usually because the surroundings are considered a fire risk or inappropriate for the use of barbecues.
 
Beach/pool towels
Beach/pool towels are provided in all our self-catering properties and these are normally laundered weekly.
 
Beds
Please note that a double bed could be two single beds placed together. French bed sizes vary and can be 140cm.
 
Check-in and check-out
You will usually be able to occupy your accommodation between 4-7pm and you should vacate it on the day of departure before 10am. Please refer to specific property details for exact times. 
 
Cleaning
All our properties are cleaned for your arrival. The details section of each property has further information regarding the cleaning schedule. If additional cleaning is required, please contact us to arrange this in advance of travel. Please note additional charges will apply.
 
Distances and timings
Please note that all walking and driving times stated are approximate estimates only. Transfer times are also approximate estimates only and do not include any waiting time.
 
Health and safety
Simpson Travel is committed to raising the standards of health and safety throughout all our destinations. Our guests’ safety and wellbeing is of the highest importance to us. However, please note that since many of our properties are private homes, it is not always possible to meet the same exacting standards as in the UK. In your accommodation we will provide any necessary health and safety information. We ask you to familiarise yourself with this information and the property on arrival, particularly when travelling with children, and to raise any concerns with the Simpson Travel telephone representative.
 
Internet access and wifi
Internet access and wifi is available when stated in the relevant accommodation description details. Please note there may be restrictions with the availability and speed of the service transmitted by the local provider and technical issues may cause temporary withdrawal of internet facilities. We are unable to accept responsibility for any down time or consequences of using this service and refund/compensation cannot be offered due to circumstances beyond our control such as adverse weather conditions.
 
Linen and laundry
Bed and bathroom linen is provided weekly. For your convenience most of our properties in Italy have a washing machine.
 
Noise and building works
Traffic, farm work, roadwork, animals and other sounds form part of everyday life, however, what constitutes ‘noise’ to one person may not be a problem for another. Please let us know if you have any special needs regarding this. Occasionally, building work is unavoidable as we do not control such work and may not know about it in advance. Whenever possible, we will notify you of any work that we believe may affect your holiday.
 
Occupancy
Only guests named on your invoice are entitled to occupy the accommodation.
 
Satellite television
We cannot guarantee that a full selection of satellite channels will be available. Channels in English may be very limited and these are often only CNN or BBC World.
 
Seasonal facilities
Some facilities are subject to weather conditions and the general season, for example swimming pools, restaurant terraces and courtyards, pool bars, local restaurants, and they may be limited or unavailable at the beginning or end of the season. Please do not hesitate to check with us, should a particular facility be a necessity to you.
 
Swimming pools
Swimming pool details are given on our website. Pool dimensions are approximate only and, unless specified otherwise, pools are freshwater and unheated. Dates when pools are operational are subject to the prevailing weather conditions at the time of opening and closing and we cannot be held responsible if poor weather means the pool is opened later, or is closed earlier in the season.
 
Upon arrival at your accommodation, we kindly ask you to acquaint yourselves with the pool’s safety and hygiene rules. Some pools are ‘infinity pools’ which have an exposed pool edge with an unprotected drop. This maximises views and is an attractive feature of the pool. We recommend that you do not sit, lean or walk on the unprotected edge. Children must be supervised at all times.
 
Villa owners
Whilst the owners or staff of some properties may live on site and tend to the grounds, they are aware that you value your privacy, and will do their best not to intrude. We do ask you, however, to allow them reasonable access to the property so that they can maintain the grounds and keep them in good order.
 
Welcome Pack
We offer a welcome pack in all our self-catering accommodation consisting of a small selection of staple items.

Our choice of Italian properties is diverse, ranging from simple charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide. We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal.

To help you make the right choice based on your own priorities, we have devised a simple grading guide to be considered in conjunction with each individual property description, awarding up to a maximum of five stars for the below categories.

Grading Criteria:

Location

Position, view, serenity, privacy

Comfort

Space, style, furnishings and interiors

Facilities*

Property enhancements

Amenities

Proximity to beach, restaurant and shops

*

For further clarification on Facilities, please view the 'Details' tab for each property or speak to one of our experienced sales consultants.

Grading for this property:

Location

Comfort

Facilities

Amenities