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Review 2148: Rentvillas, Machiavelli - Il Castello


Review by Barry from Canada

1bed/1bath apartment on estate near San Casciano, Tuscany Chianti

Evening view from the pool, photo by B. Craig


May 2006, 1 week


This is a bautiful property 10 km from Florence on a hill overlooking Val di Pesa. The area is incerdibly beautiful and the spacious property and grounds are lovely.

Nearby Amenities

The nearest grocery store is about a three minute drive down the hill and one km. along a small secondary road. San Casciano, 5 kms away has restaurants markets, etc. Florence, 10 kms away, of course has everything!

The House/Apartment

The castle is the former home of Machiavelli, so it is hard to think of a more historical site at which one could actually stay. We stayed in the main builing (Il Castello) in a spacious two-story flat. Main bedroom upstairs with ensuite and jacuzzi. Dowstairs - fireplace, kitchen and dining area with sofa bed. Satellite tv, antique furniture and paintings and magnificent view from main bedroom.


Several shared sitting areas are outside, with a private sitting area in the interior courtyard. Shared "infinity" pool.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The furnishings were comfortable and the apartment clean.


The bed was comfortable and the bathroom good.


The kitchen was usable with enough pots, pans and dishes.

Problems or Bonuses

The place is far mroe beautiful than the website conveys. Peaceful, serene and perfect actually.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

The agency and representatives were very prompt, efficient and friendly.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

Yes!!! I would stay here again and recommend it to my best friend.

Things to do in this area

If Florence does not satisfy you, Italy is probably not the place for you to visit!

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