Residenza Le Sante Marie: in the heart of the Chianti countryside
Sole apartment (once it was a country storage + barn)
It stands on two levels (ground and first floor) and consists of a livingroom with fireplace and dinette with kitchen on the groundfloor and one double bedroom + one two single beds bedroom + bathroom with shower on the fist floor. One small storage room stands close to the kitchen. The apartment is 70 sq,meters large and accommodates 4 + 1 added bed on request.
Luna apartment (once it was the Vat room)
It stands entirely on the groundfloor and consists,at the entrance, of a wide room (5x7 meters) divided in two spaces : the dining area with kitchenette and dining table and the living area with double sofa bed. Next to the main room open a particular double bedroom with two oval niches which once served as horse manger. On the other side of the apartment open a large bathroom with shower. The apartment is 60 sq,meters large and accommodates 2+2.
Sole + Luna
A soundproofing door (joining the Luna bedroom to the Sole diningroom) can be removed forming just one apartment : 130 sq.meters apartment accommodating 6+3 sleeps.
The Sante Marie abodes are set on the hillside of Impruneta, charming village at the beginning of the Chianti Classico area. Easily reachable from the A1 Motorway (Exit Firenze-Impruneta) and from the Siena Freeway from which the Residenza is about 5 km.away, the resort represents a strategic point to visit Florence,the Chianti and Siena areas. Florence is just 12 km away from here and it is well served by public transportations, whereas Siena is reachable in 30 minutes by car. The Sante Marie is placed at three km from the Bargino Village (exit Bargino of the Firenze Siena Freeway) where, on February 2013, will be open to the public the New Cellar of the Chianti Classico dei Marchesi Antinori, a not to be missed event for oenology and ecological design lovers.
Within a range of one hour it’s possible to get to a lot of famous towns as Pisa, Lucca, San Gimignano, Greve, Volterra, Montalcino and so forth. The Residenza Le Sante Marie is in the Falciani hamlet at about 4 km. from the chief town of Impruneta. Set in a hilly position the place offers pleasant landscapes over the country and a special cool climate,even in full summer, due to the presence of deep woods of pines and oak trees which can be crossed by foot,departing from the Residenza, as far as the main square of Impruneta in about two hours of walking: a wonderful walk which allows you to visit the old town of Impruneta famous for its church,the cotto kilns and the excellent extravirgin olive oil. A nice and relaxing stay for country lovers at short distance from the most charming places of Tuscany.
Until 1985 the complex served as rural annexe of the farm “Podere Santa Maria” where a very good Chianti wine was produced. Later the country structure was transformed for getting two holiday apartments and other buildings related to the tourist activity. The building consists of two L- shaped contiguous apartments which are let separately or together according to the number of guests. In this second case we can get just one apartment,without separation,at disposal of the entire group.
A large equipped garden (200 sq. meters wide) with barbecue surrounds the property. It has been fenced for children or animals safety. One side of the garden stands in the shade for relaxing,the other side in the sun to sunbathe. In front of the apartments it has been made a laundry with washing machine and other facilities which also serves as storage for the garden equipment. Outside the property two car spaces are reserved to the guests.
Rates and services
Weekly rates (from Saturday to Saturday):
|Low Season||Medium Season||High Season|
|Apartment Sole||€ 490||€ 560||€ 630||Request availability|
|Apartment Luna||€ 420||€ 490||€ 560||Request availability|
|Apartments Sole+Luna||€ 830||€ 950||€ 1080||Request availability|
Price per day (min. 3 nights): 80 € per night - Valid for each apartment and for the medium and the low season.
High Season: from June 1 to September 30. Christmas, New Year and Easter.
Mid Season: from April 1st to May 31st and from October 1 to October 31.
Low season: from November 1 to March 31.
Included in the price:
- Bed linen.
- Water, electricity, gas cooking.
- Cot and baby chair.
Excluded from the price:
- Air conditioning
- Heating (on consumption).
- Final cleaning: 20 euro per person.
- Extra bed: + 10% on the weekly rate.
Services on request:
- Telephone (at reception) to consumption.
- Internet access (in reception): EUR 3 per connection.
- Linen change: € 5 per person.
- Weekly cleaning: 20 euro per apartment.
- Restaurant reservations, museums etc. Guides, maps and information.
- Pet Friendly.
- Deposit: EUR 150 per apartment.
- Prepayment: 30%.
Basilica di Santa Maria Dell'Impruneta (Piazza Buondelmonti)
Founded during the 11th century, the basilica was completed restructured during the Renaissance. During this period, many important works of art were added: the two tabernacles by Michelozzo, the terracottas by Luca Della Robbia, and the Chapel of the Madonna where the Byzantine-style image of the Virgin (13th century) hangs.The crypt of the original church and the cloisters are also of interest.
Leaving the main square of Impruneta, on Via della Fonte going toward Via Chiantigiana, the traveler may visit several companies producing the famous Impruneta terracotta artifacts, including the great jugs once used to store olive oil and now a familiar decorative presence in Florentine gardens and palaces.
S. Andrea in Percussina
This town is located on the road which goes from Scopeti to S. Casciano Val di Pesa, and is famous as the home of Niccolò Machiavelli, Renaissance philosopher of political science. The inn where he lived is still standing. The nearby church of S. Andrea houses frescos of the 15th century.
Castello del Gabbiano
The original construction dates back to the 13th century. It belonged to the Soderini family, whose most distinguished member was Pietro, elected supreme magistrate of Florence in 1502. The castle is well-conserved and presents a square plan with 4 round towers at the corners and a square tower at the entrance. Villa Branca, another medieval construction, is nearby.
Castello di Vicchiomaggio
This Lombard castle dominates the valley of the Greve and dates back to the year 1000. It was fortified during the Middle Ages when feudal authority of the area was challenged. On the west the medieval structure is still conserved, while on the east it has the typical structure of a 17th century Tuscan villa. The grand salon of the 15th century is particularly notable.
Many villas and palaces enhance the marvelous panorama of the hills around Impruneta: visit Villa Corsini at Mezzomonte with its marvelous Italian garden and ample salons, Torre Rossa dei Gherardini at San Gersolè, and the 18th century Villa Larderel at Pozzolatico.
The Pine Forests
The territory of Impruneta is like a park for Florence. The great forests of oaks and pines, which cover hundreds of acres,border on the town of Tavarnuzze and cover the hills in the direction of Greve and Strada in Chianti.The undergrowth of junipers, heather, elders, and holly is the habitat of weasels and boars, owls and porcupines, as well as foxes and deer in the more isolated areas.
This is one of the most interesting itineraries in the area of Impruneta. Visit the farms to taste their wines, accompanied by Tuscan bread with the excellent virgin olive oil produced here. Chianti is a very hospitable region: farmers are always pleased welcome visitors and to show them the cellars where the famous "Chianti dei Colli Fiorentini" wine is produced and aged.