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THREE-ROOM Apt 3/5 people (86 sq m.) - on two floors (ground floor/first floor)- facing swimming pool
Ground floor: a French window opening out onto the garden gives access to a large lounge with sofa area and dinner table; in the part behind the living room one finds the kitchenette, bathroom with shower, and steps leading to the upper floor. First floor: at the top of the stairs there is a single room, and next to this a fine double room (with dbl bed), looking out over the swimming pool, and an attractive bathroom with shower.
Private, furnished garden.
Notes: given the large size of the lounge, with a double-sized sofa bed, and the fact there is a bathroom with shower on the ground floor, the apartment is suitable for up to 5 people.
We are located more or less in the middle of Tuscany, and even a short stay of just a few days allows guests to get to know a great deal about the local region.
A short, unsurfaced road (ca 800 m, uphill) leads directly to the centre of the small, delightful medieval town of CASOLE D'ELSA. As well as a small museum, also worth seeing are the town centre, with the Collegiata (collegiate church) and the Castello (town hall), and glorious panoramic views over the surrounding green hills. Several small shops add extra life to the quiet and relaxing town centre, along with all essential services such as the bank, post office, chemist's, and a doctor, as well as several eateries and wine bars.
A short way away from us, there are other important medieval towns, such as:
COLLE DI VAL D'ELSA (Home of Lead-Crystal Glass)
Also, the cities of Siena and Florence are within easy reach, as are the hills of the Chianti wine-growing region, the “Crete Senesi” area (Pienza/Montalcino), and the Maremma region nearer the coast, and the sea, as well as a host of small but beautiful centres of art scattered all over the area around us.
How to get there
From north (Milan/Venice/Bologna/Brenner Pass):
. Take the AI motorway southbound, heading for Rome, and leave motorway at exit
marked FIRENZE IMPRUNETA;
. immediately take the freeway (raccordo autostradale) headed for SIENA, and after about
37 km take the turn-off at COLLE VAL DfELSA NORD.
. Head for the town of Colle Val DfElsa, until you come to roundabout. Go straight on for
about 50 mt. until you come to a sharp right-hand turn (just before the centre of the
town) signposted for Volterra, San Gimignano, and Casole dfElsa.
. The road climbs up and skirts the old part of town on the hill on your left. 2 km further
on, you come to an outlying part of town called gLe Grazieh, with an Esso petrol station
on the left.
. 50 m further on from this point there is a turn-off on the left for Casole dfElsa.
. Carry on along this main road for about 7 km until you come to the first of two
roundabouts. Go straight on across both roundabouts (the second one is 600 mt.after the
first one) following the signs for Casole dfElsa (not for Cavallano/Volterra).400 mt after
the second roundabout,take the right-hand turn for Borgo al Cerro, opposite the sports
ground at a crossroads.
. Carry on along this unsurfaced road for 1 km, and youfll find Borgo al Cerro on your left.
From south (Roma/Napoli):
. Take the VALDICHIANA exit off the A1 motorway, and carry on along the 4-lane
freeway (graccordo autostradaleh) for Siena.
. Once you get to Siena, continue on the same freeway in the direction of Firenze/
Bologna until the exit 20 km further on at Colle di val dfElsa Sud. From here, follow the
signposts for Casole dfElsa; after three roundabouts and a small bridge, take a sharp
right (following the signposts for Casole dfElsa/Mensanello).
. After around 7 km of surfaced road, with its panoramic views, you get to a junction
(where the road meets the larger gstrada provinciale 27/A h), and here you turn right.
. After around 200 m, opposite the sports ground, turn left, following the signpost for
Borgo al Cerro. You arrive after 1 km of unsurfaced road. Wefre on the left.
BY PLANE: nearest airports: Florence, Pisa, Bologna
BY TRAIN: Nearest station: Poggibonsi
BY BUS: Nearest stop: Colle di Val dfElsa
Distance (in km) from other major cities in Italy:
ROME Km. 260 (3 h)
MILAN Km. 350 (3 h 30 mins)
VENICE Km. 306 (2 h 50 mins)
PADUA Km. 282 (2 h 40 mins)
VERONA Km. 290 (2 h 45 mins)
...and in Europe:
LONDON Km. 1495 (15 h 46 mins)
PARIS Km. 1155 (11 h 17 mins)
MADRID Km. 1695 (17 h 1 min)
AMSTERDAM Km. 1423 (13 h 20 mins)
BRUSSELS Km. 1237 (11 h 46 mins)
OSLO Km. 2239 (23 h 11 mins)
BERLIN Km. 1293 (11 h 27 mins)
VIENNA Km. 876 (8 h 16 mins)
FRANKFURT Km. 1025 (9 h 31 mins)