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Location and Surrounding Area
This superb Tuscan estate dates back to the 1300s and has passed through just four aristocratic families since that time, including the Riccardi family, the bankers to the once powerful Medici's. The picturesque estate is well known as a film setting and can be seen in the Taviani brothers' films “La notte di San Lorenzo” and “Fiorile” as well as Paolo Virzi's film “Io e Napoleone”. The eco-sustainable restorations have included the surrounding woodlands and ancient vineyards, which today produce a series of high quality wines. The area is famous for its truffles and during the season, truffle hunts make for a fun day out. Palaia is a lovely little village dating back to Etruscan times and the castle has been documented since 936. It is situated off the tourist track yet conveniently located for Florence, Pisa and Lucca plus the beaches around Viareggio and the famous Castelfalfi golf course. You'll also find all of the necessary shops and services for your stay. Palaia has plenty of buildings of historical interest including the Church of San Martino with its facade of terracotta tiles. 

Pisa is best-known for its leaning tower in Piazza dei Miracoli but the city is also home to a multitude of beautiful churches, historical buildings, bridges and medieval palaces. Once you have photographed yourself in various amusing poses by the famous bell tower, take a wander around the 11th century Romanesque-Pisan cathedral, then along the banks of the River Arno and finish up with a traditional cecina, a mouthwatering, flat bread made from chick pea flour and stuffed all sorts of wonderful delicacies.

Lucca has often been voted one of the world's most desirable cities to live in or visit. It is perhaps most famous for its thick, 16th century ramparts which encircle the city and were restored in the 19th century to create a wide, tree-lined walkway. You can walk or cycle along the whole length of the wall tops and look down at the wonders of the town within. There are pretty cobbled streets, ancient piazzas, gorgeous churches, glorious renaissance buildings, markets and countless local restaurants, bars and trattorias.

Florence is the capital city of Tuscany and an art-lover's paradise. It was the centre of the Italian Renaissance movement and the museums, galleries, palaces and churches house some of the world's greatest artistic treasures. The Piazza del Duomo is one of the most visited places in Europe. Piazza del Duomo is home to the magnificent Cathedral with Brunelleschi's Dome, Giotto's Bell Tower and the Baptistry, which are all part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site covering the historical centre of Florence. The Uffizi, Bargello, Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens and the Accademia have to been seen and once you tire of art and history, take a wander through the pretty streets and across the Ponte Vecchio bridge which spans the River Arno. Florence is also home to designer shopping, fine wine and even finer dining experiences. Thick, juicy Florentine steaks are a local speciality and best accompanied by a delicious, local Chianti wine.

Viareggio is a popular seaside town, home to the famous carnival parade and a whole host of summer events such as the Puccini Festival, the Jazz Festival as well as various theatre productions. The area is famous not only for its fine food and wine but also the Versilia coastline and its fashionable resorts and celebrity beach clubs. The gently-sloping, sandy shelf makes the beaches safe for small children.

Castalfafi is one of the most seductive golf courses in Tuscany and golfers can play for most of the year, thanks to the warm Tuscan climate. There are two courses (the Lake Course and the Mountain Course) with a total of 27 holes, a driving range, covered areas for golf clinics and a Club House with panoramic terrace and café. In 2011, the 18 hole Mountain Course was awarded 3rd prize in the prestigious Golf Inc Renovation of the Year.

The estate is about 20 km from the Castelfalfi Golf course, 40 km from Pisa and Lucca and about 70 km from Florence and Viareggio. The nearest international airports are situated in Pisa and Florence. The tennis courts in Forcoli are only a ten minute drive from the villa and the nearest train station is 15 minutes away in Pontedera.

The Property. The marvellous Villa Fagnana is an idyllic, 19th century Tuscan farmhouse offering far-reaching views of stunning sunsets across the surrounding countryside.  The property comfortably sleeps up to 14 guests in seven superb, fully air conditioned bedrooms in the main villa and a double bedroom with queen size bed and en suite bathroom in the nearby annexe. There is a double bedroom with a queen size double bed and en suite bathroom on the ground floor and the other six bedrooms are on the first floor. You'll find two double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, two double bedrooms with a shared bathroom plus two single rooms with another shared bathroom.

The ground floor offers plenty of space and the traditional features, such as the terracotta floors, open fireplaces and beamed ceilings, have been beautifully restored to their former glory. The overall style is a relaxingly understated, Tuscan simplicity but you'll have all of the modern comforts such as heating, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, a VoIP phone, laptop, a Bose iPod docking station and baby equipment if needed. The spacious living room and fully-equipped kitchen open out onto a stunning furnished terrace, which is ideal for romantic, al-fresco dinners under a starlit sky. You'll even find a handy barbecue for rustling up those sizzling Tuscan steaks. There is an indoor dining room next to the kitchen if you prefer to eat inside.

The grounds are vast, covering an area of nearly 700 hectares. Once you've finished splashing about in the pool and soaking up the sun, take a 15 minute walk through the gardens and woodlands over to the private chapel. Your evenings can be spent tasting wine on the terrace, enjoying the luxury of a private chef or just lounging around the pool with cocktails.

Features & Amenities


  • 2 Double bedrooms with king size beds and en suite bathrooms
  • 1 Double bedroom with king size bed and shared bathroom
  • 1 Double bedroom with queen size bed and en suite bathroom
  • 1 Double bedroom with queen size bed and shared bathroom
  • 2 Single bedrooms with a shared bathroom
  • 1 Double bedroom with king size bed and en suite bathroom in the annexe
  • 7 Bathrooms in total
  • Living room
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Terrace with outdoor dining space
  • Barbecue
  • Laundry area with washing machine, tumble dryer, iron and ironing board
  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Wi-Fi
  • DVD player, Satellite TV, iPod docking station
  • Bathroom toiletries, hairdryers, bathrobes and disposable slippers
  • Electric gate
  • Parking
  • Weekday housekeeping services (2 hours/day, Mon – Fri)
  • Pool cleaning
  • Pool towels
  • Extra services on request: wine tasting, baby equipment, pool heating, pre-arrival fridge filling, activities, tours and excursions, additional changes of bed and bath linen


Pisa 40 km, Lucca and San Gimignano 40 km, Florence 65 km, Siena 85 km, nearest beach Bagno Fortuna 50 km

* Please note: the included amenities may vary according to final agreement, make sure to check your contract for complete list.


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