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LE CASACCE - HOLIDAY HOUSES - APARTMENT IL FIENILE

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.

Summary:

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

Facilities

Property type: Apartment

Room details

Bedrooms:

2 bedrooms, sleeps 6

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed
Bedroom 2: 1 Single bed

Additional beds:
1 double sofa bed located in IN THE LIVING ROOM, 1 single sofa bed located in IN THE LITTLE BEDROOM, 1 cot
Seats:
Room for 6 in the dining area
Room for 6 in the living area
Bathrooms:
1 bathroom, 1 Separate WC

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
DVD/Blu-ray player
Telephone
TV Languages in Local
Heating and air con:
Central heating
Open fire
Household:
Clothes drier
Cooker
Crockery
Cutlery
Fridge
Freezer
Glassware
Hair dryer
Iron / board
Kettle
Oven
Pots / pans
Toaster
Towels / linen
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Swimming pool:
Shared
Other:
Barbecue
Outside lighting
Parking
Private garden
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)

Suitability

Suitable for
Infants
Pets (cats and small dogs)

Sports and activities

Cycling
Fishing
Golf
Horse Riding
Mountain Biking
Sailling
Sports Center
Tennis
Water Skiing
Wind Surfing

Sights and attractions

Historic Site
Museum
Shopping
Theatre
Zoo
Cinema

Prices and availability

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Discounts and extras

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


Discounts

Early Booking Discounts
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1st January to 31st December 5 Months 20%
Late Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking made less then x days/weeks/months before arrival Discount
1st January to 31st December 1 Days 20%
Long Stay Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking is equal to or longer than x days/weeks/months Discount
1st January to 30th April 1 Months 50%
1st October to 31st December 1 Months 50%

Extras

Optional extras
Description Arrival dates Booking length or occupancy Price
HIGHCHAIR/COT All year N/A £36.40 per week

Paid with booking

USE TELEPHONE All year UNIT

Paid locally

Location

This is the general location (within 1km of the property)

Nearby:
  • Nearest beach: 45km
  • Nearest bar: 200km
  • Nearest restaurant: 15km
  • AEROPORTO GALILEO GALILEI - PISA: 45km
  • STAZIONE CENTRALE FIRENZE SANTA MARIA NOVELLA: 30km

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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.

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