|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Villa Maura is a detached house in a dominant position over a green valley. Villa Maura is the perfect solution to combine sightseeing in Tuscany and relax. Villa Maura is part of a little holiday home complex, with wonderful pool and large park.
On the ground floor there is a large room with AC, dining and living room with sofas, a separate well- equipped, light-filled kitchen. A marble stairway with iron wrought handrail leads to the air conditioned first floor. Here there are: 'Camera Oro', a double bedroom with walk-in closet and balcony and 'Camera Argento' with 3 single beds or one double and 1 single bed. Both bedrooms have AC units. There are 3 bathrooms with shower or whirlpool bathtub. In the basement there are the ping pong and the laundry room.
A large French door in the dining room leads to your private garden with BBQ so that you can cook your Fiorentina steaks, grill slabs of bread, pour a young Chianti and eat with your family, relaxing alfresco.
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LA SCUOLA DI FURIO Holiday Home is a small holiday complex in a very quiet countryside (within the Parco delle Cerbaie) overlooking a green valley. We rent our welcoming, comfortable and functional apartments and villa for holidays, weekends, short and long stays. You can stay in a relaxing location, out of the hustle and bustle of the tourist craze and still reach in less than 1 hour almost every popular destination in Tuscany (Lucca, Pisa, Vinci, San Gimignano, Florence, the beach). So, in the morning you can have a massage by the pool, take a walk to the little country shops or go to the supermarkets in Fucecchio (5 kms) with your car, then visit one or more tourist attraction in Tuscany, come back to enjoy a swim our fantastic pool (12x6), relax in the large equipped garden sipping an aperitivo while the tomato sauce boils in the kitchen, then have a relaxing dinner in the garden alfresco with your loved ones and a night cap when the children are in bed. The 6 apartments (all equipped with AC) in the former school building have 1, 2 or 4 bedrooms while Villa Maura (equipped with AC) offers some more comforts and sleeps up to 6. Parking inside the property. Nice restaurant at walking distance. Free Wi-Fi. Enquire or call for information!
A big plus for all our guests is that we live nearby. We will welcome you, show you around, provide maps of the area and give you a list of restaurants - based on our personal experience - and enjoyable excursions. We are always on hand if you need us but we will leave you to your well deserved holiday!
We sometimes see that families arrive here with their car full of groceries and food (after maybe a long journey under the hot Italian summer sun). Please note that most of the food you buy at home is available also here. Local supermarket Coop is open from 8AM to 9PM every day except Sunday; and 9AM to 8 PM on every other Sunday. Another supermarket, Conad, is open from 8AM to 8PM and also every Sunday morning from 9AM to 12.30AM. And another smaller grocery shop, Gelsastore, is open any day of the year from 4 in the morning to 1 at night (fresh bread on Sundays, too)!
At 1,1 kms there is Il RitroVino di Caino, that sells good quality local food, cheese, extra virgin olive oil and wine. You can stop for a cappuccino and pastries in the morning and have breakfast there or buy fresh bread also on Sundays!
* Market *
A medley of colors and scents awaits you every Wednesday morning in Fucecchio in Piazza XX Settembre.
One of the reasons to rent a holiday accommodation is that you can cook your own food and avoid eating out. You can shop at farmers' markets, try local recipes, keep your children entertained while cooking... But sometimes you just want to relax and unwind with a nice glass of wine and let others cook! Among other local area information, we will give you a list of nearby restaurants (one of them is at walking distance!) we usually go to! And we will be happy to call and reserve a table for you, if you like!
*Palio di Fucecchio (horse race)*
Every year since 1981, there is this horse race in Fucecchio. The town is divided into contrade (just like Siena!). You will spend your holidays at La Scuola di Furio Holiday Home, so in contrada Torre, whose colours are white and blue. It is a brilliant experience. Before THE day, there are lots of dining occasions in each contrada, sometimes al fresco, in order to spend nice time together, get to know each other and have a home style meal with some good wine. The date of the event is usually the third Sunday of May. In the morning you can attend the historical parade with its lively display of 1200 persons in rich locally made costumes along the streets of Fucecchio. The 3 afternoon races take place at la Buca del Palio (Via Fratelli Rosselli in Fucecchio). Palio might last until sunset! The races only last a minute or two, so you have to spend some time in Fucecchio beforehand, soaking up the atmosphere and the rivalry between the different districts, each of which is represented in the first two races. For a fucecchiese, Palio is like Football World Cup for Italians!
*Infiorata di Corpus Domini (flower carpets)*:
On the Sunday of Corpus Domini the streets of historic Fucecchio are covered by beautiful floral carpets. In Fucecchio the custom of sprinkling the streets with flowers and forest sprigs compose sacred figures, dates back to the 30es but it was only in 1990 that the Flower Festival has become a tradition.
The carpet of flowers are displayed in the old city centre, starting from and coming back to the Collegiate Church. The materials used are many varieties of seasonal flowers (poppies, brooms, carnations, roses ...) and many other type of natural material (grapes, coffee, wood chips ...).
*Padule di Fucecchio, a bird watchers' paradise*
The Padule di Fucecchio is the largest non-coastal marshland area in Italy (around 1,800 hectares!).
The Padule is one of the last refuges for many plant species (the yellow floating heart or water fringe, now very rare in Tuscany, or white and yellow pondlilies, etc.), and is a big attraction for birdwatching enthusiasts, especially during the spring migration. Of particular interest are the herons, which nest in colonies, and migratory birds like the stilt bird, crane and black stork. Depending on water levels, it is also possible to attend a "barchino" ride! There are 9 nature trails in the marshes, most on foot, some by car.
*Events Calendar 2017*
Fiera del Gusto - Food Festival in Fucecchio 25th April 2017
Palio di Fucecchio - lively historical costume parade in the morning & horse races in the afternoon in Fucecchio 21st May 2017
Radiohead at Visarno Arena 14th June in Florence
Green Day at Lucca Summer Festival 14th June in Lucca
Infiorata - Flower Carpets 17th-18th June 2017 in Fucecchio
Aerosmith at Visarno Arena 23rd June in Florence
System of a Down at Visarno Arena 25th June in Florence
Imagine Dragons at Lucca Summer Festival 4th July in Lucca
Jamiroquai at Visarno Arena 11th July in Florence
Mercantia - Medieval International Festival of Street Theater in Certaldo 12-16th July
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at Lucca Summer Festival 22nd July in Lucca
Kasabian at Lucca Summer Festival 23rd July in Lucca
Salamarzana - Medieval Festival September 2017 in Fucecchio! The city will be animated by fiery warhorses, fearless knights, noblemen, ladies, artisans and merchants, common people and peasants, flag wavers and crossbowmen, musicians and jesters... By magic they will bring back the mysterious and magic Middle Ages in Fucecchio.
In 2016 there will be RyanAir flights to Pisa
from East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow (PIK), Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, London (STN) in the United Kingdom and
from Cork and Dublin in Ireland.
Communal laundry machine with laundry soap available for our guests for free, plus iron, ironing board, clothes basket and drying rack with clothes pegs in the apartment.
Hair dryer and hair straightener provided.
To prevent kids from having unsupervised access to our pool area, it is now fenced with a secure, self-latching gate.
For children up to 2 years we supply FOR FREE baby bed with linens, baby chair, baby bath, changing mat and eating and cutlery sets. WC reducers available for older children.
On arrival you will receive information regarding pool rules when you collect the keys. The pool rules are also stated on posters in the holiday home, and for your own health and safety it is important that you follow these rules. Otherwise, La Scuola srl cannot be held responsible for any inconveniences.
I was born in Fucecchio and I have been living here all of my life. Even if I have been working in the fashion industry for more than 20 years now, I am more and more interested in the holiday rental world. I also attended a course to become a professional manager in hospitality and tourism management; it was fun to come back to school. I post something new everyday on our facebook page, just look for lascuoladifurio !
Ms. Tiziana Fierli purchased this villa in 1998
My father (Furio, hence "La Scuola di Furio") bought this property in the late '90. It was in such a state! No heating, no electricity, no running water! He started to restore it (with Italian burocracy, this process can take a lot of time and even more patience!), then came with this idea: 'Why don't we rent to tourists?'. At that time (pre-internet era for me) I thought it was a terrible idea. 'Tourists in Fucecchio? This is not going to happen!'. How wrong I was!
It is easy to fall in love with this location! Splendid views over a tranquil valley, fantastic pool. Real possibility of reaching from nearby Empoli train station: Florence in 24 minutes, Pisa in 28 minutes and Siena in 45 minutes (stress free solution), or Lucca in under 30 minutes by car.
Check on our own website how to go to Florence on a tramway!
We are now back at home, after having 3 great weeks in Europe.
We enjoyed staying at your property, and would certainly recommend it to others. We would be interested to stay again in warmer weather - enjoying the pool and the BBQ.
The best part of our accommodation was the personal attention which you provided us - both by email before we arrived, and your sharing of local knowledge when we arrived. There is no doubt that this helped us to be better prepared to enjoy our brief time in Tuscany.
Grazie per la vostra ospitalità!
Mick, Samantha and Margaret
We had a wonderful stay at Villa Maura in La Scuola di Fuorio. I truly believe the photography online doesn't do true justice to the amazing views the property has. Furthermore, it is a very functional, modern house, which is well equipped to easily accomodate 4-6 people.
We used this as our base for 8 days, and took day trips to different places such as Lucca, Firenze, San Gimignano, Pisa, etc. It is well located for this type of holiday, but is highly enjoyable if your plan is just to relax and use the pool as well.
Tiziana (the owner) was highly accomodating, and had lots of good advice in terms of sights & restaurants.
All in all, would definitely recommend.
NOTE: The property states it has TV, but this was not the case for our stay. It didn't do any difference to us, but worth mentioning.
We stayed at Villa Maura for a week at the end of June/early July. There were two couples -- early 40's and mid 70's. We loved the location and the setting. Just a short drive outside of Fucecchio. The house setup was wonderful -- two bedrooms upstairs and a nice living area, dining room, and kitchen on the main floor. Two full bathrooms with showers so each couple had their own. Tiziana was a wonderful host. She had a nice book of information about the Tuscany area and gave us great tips about where to go and things to do. Having a car is a must when staying here. There really aren't any places within walking distance, but the scenery and solitude you experience while staying here are what you came for. The pool provided a wonderful place to relax and cool off after a day of touring.
For us the location was ideal. From Villa Maura, we took day trips to Florence, Siena, Lucca, Pisa, and several other hill towns. We also took an extended day trip to Cinque Terre, driving to the La Spezia train station where we left our car and took the train. Lucca is the closest of these to the Villa and we visited there twice during our stay. While Fucecchio is not really a place for tourists to visit, the Coop supermarket there was wonderful and where we shopped most everyday. We ended up cooking most of our dinner meals, which worked really well as we got to experience Tuscan life more like a local than trying to dine out every night. The kitchen was well stocked with pots, pans, and cooking utensils, and Tiziana even brought a new coffee pot while we there as the one we started with stopped working.
Working with Tiziana through email to make arrangements was very easy and she provides a secure transaction internet portal to make payment. If you want a great stay in Tuscany in a convenient location, and the ability to experience Tuscan life like a local, you will love staying at Villa Maura. Tiziana was extremely hospitable and takes care of her guests. Probably our best VRBO/Home Away experience.
Wonderful property, perfectly run by Tiziana and Walter. Very relaxing stay in July, nice pool, hammocks to laze away the day. Easy to get to Pisa, Florence, Lucca if needed. Plenty of authentic Tuscan restaurants around also that Tiziana will recommend.
Villa Maura (La Scuola) is a perfect place to stay if you want to visit many places in Tuscany or just relax. We kept in touch with Tiziana through emails before we arrived, she made dinner reservations for us, and booked a boat ride on the Arno River in Florence. If you need a tour guide in Florence, Tiziana can get you Giulia's contact information. She was an excellent guide! Thank you Tiziana for referring her to us. Tiziana took care of any problems that we had after we arrived. She led us with her car to a grocery store in Fucecchio and also had a friend lead us to a restaurant with excellent food and service, "Osteria Numero Uno", that I'm not sure our GPS would have found. Tiziana also helped me with getting train tickets in S Miniato. The train station has free parking and an easy train trip to Florence or Cinque Terre. We drove to Lucca because it was only 35 minutes. The grounds around Villa Maura were beautiful. I wish we would have stayed longer. We didn't have time to enjoy the pool or cook outside. The one bedroom has a balcony with awesome views, the beds were comfortable and the house was comfortably furnished. We did find time for a fun ping pong game in the basement. I would recommend La Scuola as a perfect place to stay in Tuscany. We were only there for 3 days and I wish we would have planned on staying longer.
We spent two wonderful weeks here in summer 2013. We rented the villa and one of the 2 bedroom apartments. The location is stunning, even better than the most beautiful pictures. The buildings, grounds, and pool are in top condition. The hosts Tiziana and Walter were very kind and helpful with advice for making the most of our stay. I would have been happy to stay at the villa and enjoy the views but there is so much to see in the area. There are many beautiful hilltop towns within a short drive. The nearby train station connects you to the rest of Italy. We took day trips to Florence, Lucca, Pisa, and the Cinque Terra. There is a nature reserve a quarter mile away that has some nice walking trails. There is little traffic so you can wander the countryside in relative safety. There were 6 adults and 2 teens in our group. Everyone had a wonderful stay. We shopped for food at nearby grocery stores and cooked some great meals both in the small kitchen and using the outdoor grill. We would love to return!
Villa Maura is wonderful. It is perfectly located for day trips to Lucca, Pisa and Florence, all about an hour away. It was lovely to sit out front and drink our morning coffee while looking out over the rolling hills and distant vineyards of the countryside. The owners are great, very communicative. This villa is a little off the beaten path so it's very relaxing. The trattorias in the area are authentic, with amazing food and are truly home cooking.
Fucecchio is not yet well known, but its location is ideal for those wanting to combine relax, getting lost in the countryside, the Italian culture, the delicious food, adventurous activities and charming day trips.
In less than an hour you can reach the beautiful walled town of Lucca; the world famous leaning tower of Pisa; Leonardo's birthplace Vinci; Florence - the jewel of Renaissance, home of Michelangelo's David and Ponte Vecchio; the nice hill town of San Miniato; taste the Chianti wines, stroll on the golden beaches in Versilia or visit the Vespa museum in Pontedera. Driving to medieval gems Siena, Monteriggioni, San Gimignano and Volterra takes a little more than one hour.
La Scuola Di Furio Holiday Home is set inside the Cerbaie Natural Park, with trekking trails and picnic areas.
*Circolo San Gregorio in Torre is a nice country restaurant /pizzeria (also take-away) at walking distance
*Il Cavavoglie and *Osteria Numero Uno are some of the good country restaurants within a very short drive.
*I' RitroVino di Caino has bakery products, ice creams, extra virgin olive oil, wine, cheese and other yummy local products. Fresh bread every day, also on Sunday morning!
*Gelsastore is a cafè, pizzeria and grocery shop offering a comprehensive range of goods, including groceries, fresh bread (also on Sundays), fresh fruit and vegetables, food to go and alcohol open from 4AM to 1AM!
*Free unlimited Wi-Fi.
*Spa services available on site.
*Prada and various shoes/bags/clothes outlet shops in Fucecchio.
Home of over 600 animals including about 65 species of mammals, 40 species of birds and 30 of reptiles.
*Botanical Gardens of Parco delle Mura - Lucca
Open from April to the end of October from 10 AM
*Whale and dolphin watching trips in Viareggio
Day long whale and dolphin watching trips with the only Tuscan licensed guide. From 6 to 20 persons per boat with lunch provided.
*Kayak Trips on Massaciuccoli Lake, near Viareggio
Courses and excursions in kayaks on Lake Massaciuccoli with Circolo Kayak Airone. 10 single kayaks and 1 Canadian kayak available for use.
*Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuccoli Park
One of the two regional parks in Tuscany. The park extends along the coast of Pisa and Lucca. Activities include horse riding, guided nature walks, bicycle tours and bird watching on lake Massaciuccoli.
*Museo Piaggio 'Giovanni Alberto Agnelli'
Vespas, automobile and locomotive museum. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM.
*Pinocchio Park and Villa Garzoni Gardens
Pinocchio based theme park in the medieval village of Collodi, birthplace of the author Carlo Lorenzini of the adventures of Pinocchio.
Beautiful Villa Garzoni Gardens
Learn and get to know butterflies at Collodi Butterfly House
*Inspiring Ideas for a Rainy Day: Caverns and Caves
Antro del Corchia: Corchia's cavern
Marble caves on the southern slope of the Corchia Mountain (1678 ms). Guided tours available in July, August and first half of September.
Grotta del Vento
Situated in the centre of the Apuan Alps' Natural Park, this is one of the most complete European caves, presenting an extraordinary variety of phenomena which are outlined with competence and precision by expert speleological guides. One, two or three hour tours to discover stalactites and stalagmites, polychrome flowstone, alabaster curtains and crystal-brimmed lakes at Grotta del Vento.
* Golf. There are various clubs in Tuscany. Choose from:
- A.S. Montecatini Golf Club in Monsummano Terme
- Club de Golf Fontevivo San Miniato in San Miniato
- Montelupo Golf Club in Montelupo Fiorentino
- Le Pavoniere Golf Country Club in Prato
- Castelfalfi Golf Country Club in Montaione
- Golf Club Poggio Vittorio in Lastra a Signa
You will need a car to reach La Scuola and to benefit from your stay here. We'll send you detailed driving directions.
If you have questions, need anything at the facility or if you need help, just ask! Please inform us immediately. This is the only way we can correct any shortcomings quickly.