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Mariolina Del Bianco

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian

Exclusive villa with swimming pool overlooking the cathedral, only 8 km from Florence

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 8
Property type villa


Metropolitan City of Florence Villa Rental Photos and Description

8 bedrooms, elegant and welcoming hall

Elegant and charming villa with swimming pool located on top of a hill a few kilometers from Florence Cathedral. 16 beds, breathtaking view of Florence.

Immersed in the green Tuscan countryside and surrounded by a garden, the building was built at the end of the Nineteenth. The elegant rooms of the villa are paved with terracotta or wood floors and ceilings with exposed beams or stucco decorations dating all`epoca construction. Equipped with all modern comforts (satellite TV, hi-fi, air conditioning in the bedrooms, central heating, washing machine, iron and ironing board, CD player, Internet connection on request), the villa also has a swimming pool, located nell`uliveto 90 meters from the building. The edge of the pool is equipped with umbrellas and loungers to relax in the sun or have breakfast while enjoying a breathtaking view dell`intera city of Florence.

The pool will be open from 01/06/2013 to 09/15/2013

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Mariolina Del Bianco (Property Manager)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian


based on 13 traveler reviews

Exclusive villa with swimming pool overlooking the cathedral, only 8 km from Florence
average rating of 4.923077 based on 40 reviews
Richmond, VA USA

Christmas and New Year's in Florence!

  • 5 of 5

Six of us had a wonderful experience for our first trip to Florence, much of it because of the hospitality of the Del Bianco family and this huge villa. We were there 26/12/15-02/01/16 and the villa and its proximity to Florence, Siena and other parts of Tuscany was perfect for us. We enjoyed fixing breakfast and supper in the villa -- we are all amateur cooks! -- and the kitchen was big, well stocked and great. An outdoor grill was a plus! Mariolina, Gaia and their parents helped us with their insights and love of the area. Yes, as Howard R. said in his review the travel to and from the villa was an experience, but a fun memory. His review about the villa is spot on. We did find that the shower on the lower floor was the best one to use. A pocket-sized WiFi hotspot was hit and miss, but worked ok. Yes, it was winter and cold and damp, but we knew that when we booked. We will return when it is warmer!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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charming Villa with lovely views

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing place this is - everything you could hope for and imagine an Italian villa in Tuscany would be!

Beautiful, comfortable, well appointed, spacious and totally charming.

A GPS for your car is an absolute MUST; it's a little hard to find your way up on top of a mountain and you have to travel from the town on very narrow (and scary) little rough roads to get there but once you do the views are breathtaking! The four large antique-filled bedrooms with four-poster, canopied beds and two bathrooms on the main floor were perfect for our party of 4 single adults and the villa easily accommodates larger groups with 2 more bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor and two twin bedrooms and a bathroom on the lower level. Spectacular marble and wood floors with colorful intricate area rugs, an incredible cooks' kitchen, stunning chandeliers and fixtures and certainly no shortage of places to nap, read, relax or just sit and plan the next days' activities. We never even used the huge gorgeous dining room because the outdoor dining space was so alluring.

The train station is only about 10 minutes away (with free parking!) and then it was a quick 11 minute train ride into Florence. You can also take the train to connect to most of the other towns all over Tuscany.

The house is a little rustic, could use some updating and the WiFi was spotty and intermittent but we were provided with a hot spot device that we took with us wherever we went which was terrific.

If you plan on using the pool be prepared for a bit of a hike; it's up a very steep hill about 200 yards from the villa - once you get up there it's lovely (with more fantastic views) but don't expect to lounge next to it with your morning coffee! Do that at the table on the magnificent terrace right off the living room where we also enjoyed a delicious, multiple-course meal prepared and served to us by a private chef our hosts arranged.

And our hosts, the Del Bianco sisters, could not have been more gracious and helpful. Gaia even drove two of us with our huge, over-loaded suitcases (which wouldn't all fit in our car…can’t resist all of the fun shopping :) to the airport and car rental return (which we never would have found on the poorly marked roads) when it was time to leave, which we reluctantly did after spending a simply wonderful week at this delightful old Tuscan country home.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible Villa

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough kind words about Gaia and Mariolina and their beautiful villa outside of Florence. The property is gorgeous - the house is wonderful. You will not find nicer people in all of Italy. Beautiful!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Property with Great Owner Service

  • 5 of 5

Our entire extended family (10 adults, 4 kids) just comfortably stayed in this beautiful Tuscan villa just outside of Florence for a week. The living room and dining room are plenty large for the entire group, in addition to the abundant outdoor seating areas, where we spent most of our time. The property is in excellent shape, very private, remained cool and has the best views that one could imagine. The private pool was great for the kids to play and for the adults to lie out, drink wine and enjoy the fantastic views of Florence. The scent of the lavender and rosemary bushes that surround the pool was nice as well.

The fantastically stunning and vivacious sisters,Gaia and Mariolina, who take care of the bookings and oversee the property were fantastic as well. As they lived in the house during childhood, they know all of the local places for formal and informal dining, coffee, pizza food stores, etc. Also, they are always available to come and assist with anything or help with recommendations of where to go and what to do in Florence and the greater Tuscan region.

When we return to Florence, which we likely will as it is the most beautiful city in the world with the most beautiful people in the world, we will absolutely stay here again!

p.s. The only nit is that the wireless was essentially useless and it was tough to get a good 3g signal with my iPhone. The wireless was through a local cell carrier puck which would often pick up an old analog signal only. Hopefully they can soon get proper internet. But hey, you're on vacation and shouldn't be doing work anyways!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were very glad to host You in our house.meeting You and hepl You in discovering Florence and Tuscany was a great pleasure. thanks for the nice feedback.we'll be happy to host You again or in the country villa or in one of our apartaments in the heart of Florence.I hope to meet You very soon in Italy or at You Home. We remain at Your complete disposal to send You oil, wine, pottery and...some pieces of our Tuscany. Kind regards to all Your big group. Mariolina and Gaia
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Perfect for a large group!

  • 5 of 5

We were four couples traveling to Florence for a wedding celebration from Canada and we found the perfect accommodation. Mariolina was very helpful in the booking process. The villa is very well appointed. We had many wonderful evenings sharing meals in the formal dining room which are memories we will never forget. The Villa is at first difficult to find but after a day or two those with cars and GPS had no problem. We also hired Guiseppe from Lucano Driver who was brilliant and went above and beyond transporting us here and there. We highly recommend this Villa and Lucano Driver!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I stayed in this Villa with 13 family members for a week. The Villa was lovely with comfortable, tasteful decor. The rooms were spacious and the outside space was wonderful with great views of all Florence. The property was well kept with well manicured grounds. There was adequate parking space. Transportation into the city was easy with the train from the Rifredi train station.

The owners and their daughter greeted us at the villa with fresh flowers, wine and biscotti. The owner provided great service - made a dinner reservation at a wonderful restaurant and helped with transportation. Mariolina, their daughter, was delightful and responsive to any issues that might arise.

The only negatives I could add about the Villa was a bit of a problem with water pressure. We had to space out showers. The roads to the villa were narrow and steep. Many roads in Tuscany seemed to be this way. I would advise a small car with adequate power for getting up the hills. I would also recommend a GPS.

I would definitely, highly recommend this villa for a family vacation or large group of friends. It was a perfect vacation.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3.5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
80 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
18 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
65 Kilometres
Car: recommended

The villa is situated in the countryside outside of Florence, only 8 km from the Duomo, enjoys a dominant position and

overview, in an exclusive environment just a few hundred meters from the most important Florentine Medici villas and majestic Villa Reale.


Rates & Availability

Cercina Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jan 20 2016 - Jul 18 2017
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $894

Alla prenotazione viene versata una caparra pari al 10% della somma pattuita per la locazione della villa; la restante parte viene saldata alla consegna dell'immobile in contanti con un deposito cauzionale pari a 900,00 euro che verrà restituito alla fine del soggiorno.
nel costo della locazione è compresa la biancheria per tutta la casa;
sono esclusi dal prezzo i costi effettivi dei consumi

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Metropolitan City of Florence Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 420 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking On Street
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 17 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bagno 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bagno 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bagno 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bagno 4 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • Of particular beauty created by tiles of the bathroom Portuguese rose marble inside the suites bordeaux.
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17
  • Room 1 - 1 king , ROMANTICA
    Camera da letto 5 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Camera da letto 6 - 2 twin/ single
    Camera da letto 7 - 1 queen
    Camera da letto 8 - 1 queen
  • The bedrooms are romantic and be comfortable, furnished with antiques and decorated with exquisite bedspreads.
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Gated Community
  • Golf Clubs
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
-staff service on demand -change extra linen on request -breakfast on request -organizing lunch / dinner / receptions on request (typical Italian menu)

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