Fattoria l Ciliegi is a wonderful 16-acre vacation rental in the heart of Tuscany. Run a Wisconsin native and his Italian wife, the farm is a quiet retreat from which you can easily get to all the big name tourist spots, but far enough off the beaten track to give you a quiet home base from which to explore the heart of Italy at your own pace. From the farm, it is an easy drive to Florence, Pisa, Venice, Rome and all they offer. If driving is not your thing, you can catch a high speed train in nearby Figline Valdarno and be in Florence in 30 minutes, or Rome in two and a half hours.
Fattoria l Ciliegi is spotlessly clean, comfortable and homelike. Our 2-bedroom apartment had two full baths, a kitchen and a private entrance. We did not get in the pretty swimming pool, but did enjoy relaxing at pool side. Neither did we try out the tennis court. Fattoria l Ciliegi translates to the Cherry Farm, and the grounds are lush with fruit trees, roses and a herb garden. Our hosts are great cooks. They made us the best meals of our entire 2-week trip. They are wonderfully warm, helpful hosts. I would go back in a heartbeat.
If, however, you are someone who likes to step out of the hotel into the heart of tourist central, Fattoria l Ciliegi is not for you. Nor is it for you if you are allergic to animals since numerous family pets have the run of the grounds.
We would go back in a heartbeat!