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Le Casacce - Holiday Houses - Apartment Il Fienile

Apartment with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and shared pool in Poggio alla Malva, Italy

From £589 per week

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The flats are located in Poggio Alla Malva, near Carmignano and from here it is easy to reach Florence, Pistoia, Prato and also Montecatini, Siena

Overview

Carmignano’s traditional food and ways of cooking are similar to those of Florence and Prato, based largely on locally grown produce, though cooks are known to add touches of their own. Some of Tuscany’s finest extra virgin olive oil comes from hand-picked olives still sometimes processed by antique methods of crushing under giant stone wheels, though most is done by modern centrifuge methods. Honey is also made in the area with flavors based on the various blossoms and flowers of the Montalbano hills.
Bakery goods and pastries are a specialty of the area, first among them the crunchy almond biscuits known as biscotti di Prato. Carmignano is also known for the cookies called amaretti di’ Fochi, based on almonds and apricot pits that accaunt for the characteristically bitter flavor.
Perhaps the most prized gastronomic product of Carmignano are the dried figs, fichi secchi, also known as le picce, made following a local practice that has been traced back to Roman times. Le picce are regularly served with a bit of butter, freshly cracked walnuts and Vin Santo, though recent experiments with the mortadella sausage of Prato, lardo di Colonnata and ricotta from the nearby mountains of Pistoia have also been impressive.

HISTORIC SITES
The church of San Francesco stands at the place where Saint Francis of Assisi was granted land by the commune of Carmignano in 1211 and a monastery was erected.
On the site, in 1330, the parish church of San Michele was built in honor of the town’s patron saint. The church contains Pontormo’s undisputed masterpiece of the Visitation (1530), one of few works left by the eccentric artist whose real name was Jacopo Carrucci. Also to be viewed there a Madonna with child and saints by Cosimo Lotti and the 17th century altar pieces by Giovan Pietro Naldini.
The remains of la Rocca, the medieval fortress overlooking the town, are now marked by a bell tower with a clock. Constructed between 1125 am 1138 and reinforced in succeeding eras, the strategically situated fortress was frequently fought over by rulers of Florence, Prato and Pistoia.
When captured by Castruccio Castracani degli Alteminelli in 1325, instead of destroying it, as had been the practice of the ruthless war lord with previous conquests, he reinforced it, realizing the importance of its position with views over the vast plain between the Montalbano range and Florence.
The Medici villas of Carmignano and Poggio a Caiano are considered masterpieces of Renaissance architecture. Several lie within the Barco Reale, epitomized by the Villa Ferdinanda at Artimino, also known as the Villa dei Cento Camini for the hundred chimneys protruding from its roof.
Carmignano is noted for its Romanesque churches and chapels dating to the Middle Ages. Five of special note in the commune are San Giusto al Pinone, San Jacopo a Capezzana, San Leonardo ad Artimino, San Lorenzo a Montalbiolo (with a panel by the Florentine painter Giovanni Bizzelli), and San Martino in Cam

SPECIAL EVENTS
Carmignano, with a population of 11,450 inhabitants distributed through the villages of the commune, is an unusually lively town, noted for its markets, fairs and cultural events. The following are noteworthy:
Mercato Antiquariato (antique market) is held on the first Sunday of each month in the main square of Carmignano.
Antica Fiera di Carmignano the traditional town fair is held in the first ten days of December.
Festa Della Ciliegia celebrates the cherry harvest in early June.
Sagra Del Fico, a celebration of the famous dried figs, is held in early September at Bacchereto.
Festa Della Castagna signals the chestnut harvest in the last two weeks of October at Bacchereto.
Festa del Vino Novo marks the arrival of the fist wine of the vintage at Artimino late in October.
Estate Qui presents a series of theatrical and musical performances and films late June to mid-August.

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1 out of 1 people recommend staying here

Julie

Julie from Leeds

The property is lovely, in a beautiful village. Easy access to the majority of the major sites. The owners speak very little English but are very friendly and brilliant cooks-you must book an evening meal, it was amazing.

The villa is very nice although I think that to sleep 6 would be very uncomfortable. There was 4 of us and that was definately enough as far as we were concerned.
The pool area is stunning and the pictures do not do it justice.

The village is lovely do not miss wine tasting at the local shop (in the cellar below the shop) and the pizza/pasta evening run by the villagers on Sunday evening.

There are several fabulous places to eat only a couple of miles away-they are pretty hidden but you must try them out.

The only downside was all the insects- they bite like mad so be warned.

Superb holiday great place and people.

Location

Distances to locations

Nearest beach 45km Nearest bar 2km Nearest restaurant 2km Nearest supermarket 2km AEROPORTO AMERIGO VESPUCCI - FIRENZE airport 20km STAZIONE CENTRALE FIRENZE SANTA MARIA NOVELLA 20km AEROPORTO GALILEO GALILEI - PISA 45km

Local activities

Cycling 2km Fishing 2km Golf 20km Horse riding 2km Mountain biking 2km Sailling 15km Sports center 45km Tennis 15km Water skiing 15km Wind surfing 15km

Sights and attractions

Historic site 2km Museum 20km Shopping 15km Theatre 15km Zoo 45km Cinema 15km

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Early booking discounts

  • Receive 20% off if the booking is made 5 months before the arrival date.

Late booking discounts

  • Receive 20% off if the booking is made within 1 day of the arrival date.

Long stay discounts

  • Arrive between 1 January - 30 April and receive 50% off if the booking is for 1 month or more.
  • Arrive between 1 October - 31 December and receive 50% off if the booking is for 1 month or more.

If more than one discount matches your arrival date, please be aware that only one discount of the highest amount will be applied to your booking.

Optional extras

  • HIGHCHAIR/COT

    £43.39 per week, paid with booking

  • USE TELEPHONE

    UNIT, paid locally

Facilities

Bedrooms

2 bedrooms, Sleeps 6:

  • 1 double bed
  • 1 single bed

There is also 1 double sofa bed in IN THE LIVING ROOM, 1 single sofa bed in IN THE LITTLE BEDROOM, 1 cot

Bathrooms

1 bathroom, 1 Separate WC

Swimming pool

Shared pool

Entertainment

DVD/Blu-ray player, Telephone, TV Languages in Local, Satellite / cable

General

Living area seats 6, Dining area seats 6, Central heating, Open fire, Clothes drier, Hair dryer, Iron / board, Towels / linen, Washing machine, Car hire recommended

Kitchen

Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Fridge, Freezer, Glassware, Kettle, Oven, Pots / pans, Toaster

Outside

Barbecue, Outside lighting, Parking, Private garden

Suitable for

Infants, Pets

Extra information

The house has a remote-controlled gated entrance for cars. The flats (IL FIENILE, LA CANTINA, LA TINAIA) are furnished in a Tuscan rustic style, they are heated independently and have telephone, Satellite coloured Tv and security safe, wake up service in each apartment. The kitchen is fully equipped with refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, cooker and dishes. Each flat has a bathroom with shower and hairdrier. In the garden each apartment has table, chairs, umbrella and barbeque. The guest have at their disposal: • On-site office with pamphlets of the region and train schedules to major sites in Tuscany • Laundrette with wash-tub, washing machine, clothes hanger, iron and ironing board • Play park for children • Swimming pool and bathing area (01/05-30/09) • Parking

Laura

Average rating from 5 reviews

Private Owner From Carmignano, Italy Member since Jan 2007

Past bookings: 6 bookings

Response rate: 100%

Response time: within 12 days

Last logged in: 2 months ago

Number of properties: 3

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