Casa Polcanto: An Ideal retreat from the heat and bustle of the city.
Casa Polcanto is a large, self-contained apartment occupying the whole of the first floor of an old village house in Polcanto in the Mugello, some 20 kms north of central Florence on the Via Faentina.
The front door opens into a private ground level entrance hall from which a private staircase gives access to the apartment above. A door at the top of the stairs leads onto a small east-facing balcony, on which guests can enjoy the morning sun and charming views of the surrounding wooded hills.
To the left is a sitting room with a sofa bed and an easy chair which converts into a bed, able to accommodate up to 3 additional guests if required. To the other side of the stairs is a large living kitchen with TV, a dining area (table and chairs to seat 8 people) and a fitted kitchen with gas hob, full oven and fridge-freezer. Behind the kitchen is a utility room with washing machine.
A rear hallway gives access from the kitchen to the modern shower room (shower, wash handbasin, WC and bidet) and to two double bedrooms and the rear of the house. The first of these is furnished with a small double bed (1,30m) and the other with two single beds.
An additional folding bed can alos be provided in any room, taking the maximum occupancy up to 8 people but please do note in this case: THERE IS ONLY ONE BATHROOM!
French windows open from the twin bedroom onto a west-facing terrace with table and chairs.
Polcanto has a good day-time bus service into central Florence (where parking is all but impossible) and the bus stop is very close to the apartment, making it a great base from which to dip into the cultural whirl of the city before returning to the peace and quiet of the hills.
Polcanto has a grocery store, within walking distance and an exceptional bakery and there is an excellent restaurant 4 km away.
Though desirable, especially should guests wish to tour the surrounding area, a car is not absolutely essential. (The bus service runs direct from the house to the main Santa Maria Novella rail station in Florence from where a regular rail shuttle operates to Pisa airport)
If you do have a car, then this can be parked easily on the verge directly opposite the apartment
Rental prices include all water, power and electricity used, bed linen and towels (changed weekly for stays of 2 weeks or more) and the final cleaning.
Casa Polcanto is an ideal rural base from which to tackle the cultural giant that is Florence in 'bite-size chunks', using the local bus service virtually from your door which will whisk you into the city centre, hassle-free, in under 30 minutes.
With your own or a hire car, excursions into the hills of the Mugello or the wider Tuscan area are also possible. http://www.mugellotoscana.it/
Nearby Fiesole is a highlight of the area, a small and beautiful hill-top city full of historic and artistic delights. http://www.fiesoleforyou.it/en/
The sanctuary of the Madonna delle Grazie al Sasso di Santa Brigida near Pontassieve, only 9km from Polcanto, is also well worth seeing: http://www.viaggispirituali.it/2010/09/madonna-delle-grazie-al-sasso-di-santa-brigida-pontassieve-firenze/
As also is the Convento Monte Senario http://www.monasteri.org/dettaglio.php?chiave=239.
The Giotto House Museum is also nearby: Casa di Giotto http://www.mugellotoscana.it/musei/casa-di-giotto.html
The picturesque Abbey at Vallombrosa also makes a worthwhile day excursion with liquers and preserves made by the monks and a very good and reasonably-priced restaurant:
For hikers, particularly recommended are Monte Senario http://corrierefiorentino.corriere.it/firenze/notizie/cronaca/2011/6-settembre-2011/ascesa-monte-senario-1901459033949.shtml and Monte Morello: http://www.montemorello.com/
Whilst bathers will enjoy the Bilancino Lake http://www.mugellotoscana.it/it/lago-di-bilancino/lago-di-bilancino.html
The famous Mugello Racing circuit is also nearby:
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For up to 2 people
Nov 1 2013 - Apr 30 2015
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (Euro) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.