Located atop the hill of the ancient Certosa abbey of Florence, only 6 Kms away from the ancient walls of downtown Florence, Villa Berni is the ideal lodging for those who wish to visit the city during the day, and relax by night. Immersed in the green countryside of Florence, Villa Berni is located by the Certosa highway exit, 5 minutes away, in a strategic position to visit the wonderful hills of Tuscany. The four fireplaces, terracotta floors and antique furnishings compliment the history of the villa, while the luxurious linens, modern bathrooms and air conditioning create a relaxing elegance in this tranquil country setting. Amenities also include WIFI Adsl internet, satellite TV, and his private historic Florentine garden. The villa has three floors. On the first floor there are 4 bedrooms and on the second floor there is the tower of the villa with a bedroom and its private bathroom. From the two windows of the tower bedroom you have an amazing view of the duomo of Florence.
Two day trips above all - not to be missed!: Chianti Route (Total Kms 35 - one round trip):
1st leg: Sant'Andrea in Percussina (with visit to Machiavelli's house)
2nd leg: San Casciano (visit the ancient walls of the town)
3rd leg: Montefioralle (visit the historic centre and lunch at the Castellana!)
4th leg: Greve in Chianti (walk in the world-renowned square, shop for typical cold cuts at Falorni's butcher shop and wine tasting at the characteristic winery inside a tavern, right behind the square).
Palio Route (Total Kms 60 - one round trip):
1st leg: San Gimignano (walk inside the 'City of Towers' - UNESCO heritage since 1990)
2nd leg: Monteriggioni (lunch in the medieval fortress of the town)
3rd leg: Siena (home to the famous Palio, you can walk in the medieval streets, or just sun-bathe in Piazza del Campo)
About meal...: Upon request, it is possible to prepared Tuscany dishes, carefully cooked by Lady Mina. The dishes are those of the ancient Tuscan tradition such as Pappa al Pomodoro (a soup-like dish prepared with bread and tomatoes), Ribollita (a potpourri of local vegetables and bread, simmered for hours and hours), and Tripe with tomato sauce (a very typical Florentine dish).
The History: The villa was built in the XVII century. At the beginning of the '900 the Berni's family bought the villa for the summer holiday in the Florentine countryside. The villa has been lovingly and elegantly restored at the begging of the 2007 with traditional taste and contemporary comfort. The four fireplaces, terracotta floors and antique furnishings compliment the history of the villa, while the luxurious linens, modern bathrooms and air conditioning create a relaxing elegance in this tranquil country setting.
OUR TWO NEW SERVICES:
1. MINIVAN RENTAL WITH MY BROTHER MARCO DRIVER.
STARTING FROM THE 2011 WE OFFER TO OUR GUEST THAT DON'T WANT TO RENT A CAR, A WEEKLY CAR SERVICE WITH A DRIVER (MY BROTHER). MY BROTHER MARCO HAS A RENTAL DRIVER LICENCE AND A MINIVAN (A CAR WITH 9 PLACES: 8 PERSONS AND THE DRIVER). WE CAN DO A VERY COMPETITIVE PRICE FOR OUR GUEST!!
2. FRESH VEGETABLES FROM OUR VEGETABLE GARDEN.
STARTING FROM 2013 WE HAVE A WONDERFULL VEGETABLE GARDEN ONLY 300 METRES FROM THE PROPERTY: OUR GUEST CAN TASTE OUR FRESH VEGETABLES DIRECTLY FROM OUR GARDEN!!
My name is Alessandro - live in Florence. I manage my properties (I own 4 total) with my wife Arianna and my brother Enrico to the best of our abilities. We are extremely helpful in preparations for your stay, as well as while you will on site. We provide all the information on places to eat and to shop and to visit our special city. We work to assure that our villa will be your home away from home and visit Florence as only a Florentine person can do
Villa Berni is my grandfather villa, I fully restored the villa in the 2007 year with every amenity and comfort. The location is great! Infact the villa is near the five Tuscany Unesco heritage sites: 1.Historic centre of Florence (10-15 minutes away from the property by car). 2.Historic centre of Siena (45 minutes away from the property by car); 3.Piazza del Duomo of Pisa (50 minutes away from the property by car); 4.Historic centre of Lucca (60 minutes away from the property by car); 5.Towers of Sangiminiano (30 minutes away from the property by car).
The villa has inside the unique sign of its historic origin and the comfort of a modern one. From the tower of the villa you can have a wonderfull sightsee of the hitoric city centre of Florence. The garden is a unique and real florentine garden style.