Podere La Casellina near Chianti Valdarno Tuscany Italy
Podere La Casellina Chianti Valdarno Tuscany Italy Bed and Breakfast B&B Farmhouse Places To Stay Lodgings Accommodations

Hosts: Michelangelo and Silvia Bensi

Guestrooms: 3

Address: Podere La Casellina, Via Poggio alla Croce n. 60 - 50063 - Figline Valdarno, Firenze, Italy

Telephone: 055 9500070

Activities/Attractions: For those who would not join us with working the fields, you can either go for walks through the farm, enjoy an old-style picnic in the vineyard or in the olive grove, or simply walk through the wonderful wood paths, picking chestnuts and precious wild mushrooms.

The area is also ideal for trekking, biking and horse riding. And eventually you can visit Florence, only 18kms away, and Arezzo, San Gimignano and Siena, within an hour drive. Tuscany is waiting for you and we will be delighted for you to stay with us!

Here in Tuscany, we grow three main varieties of olive trees: leccino, a huge tree with thick branches and black olives, in bunches; frantoio, dressed with long hanging branches, the best for its tasty oil; moraiolo, with its rising branches, thin leaves and little and black-opaque olives.

"First of all we want to thank you and specially your parents for the incredible stay we had in your house. It was the 4th time we visited Toscana but this one we always remember. Please say hallo to your parents (also from Ellen). Tell your mama that I often prepare some of here excellent meals over here."

"I hope you're doing fine, and that your grandmother has recovered from her injury. So, how are the olives and how about those lovely granates. If I close my eyes and imagine I'm having breakfast in your house, I can still smell the fresh apples, the granates and the passion fruit."

"I'm writing to you on behalf of Catherine and myself to extend further thanks for the short but very sweet time that we shared with you and your friends at the Podere. We actually ran into Jill at the train station the next day and felt that we were seeing a friend. We'd love to return sometime and spend more time in the area so I'll keep your address, and in the meantime I'll try to send as many people as possible to your oasis."

"Thank you very much for a lovely holiday at your house, we enjoyed ourselves very much. We also had another good week near Volterra, did more walking and site seeing plus being lazy by the swimming pool. Hope you are enjoying a quieter week or 2 with less visitors. We recommended your place to a couple of friends so they may come another year."

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General Information: Welcome to Podere La Casellina ... situated in the marvelous hilly landscape of Tuscany, in between Chianti and Valdarno, Italy. Our family have been living here since 1936, when the local church handed over this Podere to our grandparents, after their wedding, under a form of contract called mezzadria (sharecropping).

In the years many people have come over to enjoy the atmosphere of this place and now, in order to keep the tradition of this rich and beautiful land, we would love to hand it down on all our guests.

Bordered by the chestnut wood of the Chianti Mountains on one side, and the line of oaks, cypresses and olive trees, on the other, the Podere opens up on to the little valley below: from the rooms guests can admire a beautiful view of San Pietro al Terreno church and Pratomagno.

  • We have transformed the hayloft and the stables into three comfortable bedrooms with bathrooms
  • We still live in the four hundred year old farmhouse where guests can enjoy a full breakfast, with fresh eggs, homemade jams and cakes, and meals based on products coming from our fields like oil, wine and vegetables
  • The food is typical Tuscan and goes according to the seasons and our grandmother's recipes
  • With the joviality and the warmth of peasant culture, we offer our hospitality with care and discretion, trying to satisfy all needs
  • All our guests, longing for rest and for being in touch with nature, enjoy the slow rhythm of the countryside

Payment Accepted: Cash only.

Rates: (Prices quoted in Euros).

"We're back in Belgium and are really unhappy to be not in Italy anymore. We already miss the good food (your meal was delicious!!!!), the hospitality, the ice-cream, the beautiful landscape, the good wine, etc. of Toscana. We had really a splendid time in Podere la Casellina and we're sure to come back. We hope we can stay at your place again."

"We are back home, unpacked, and mostly readjusted to California. Our memories of staying at your farm are still in our mind, and one of the best parts of our 4 weeks in Italy. Just tonight I fixed some "bruchetta" using your olive oil and some pepper mushroom stuff we bought in Calabria. The wine we drank while we were still in Rome. It was delicious. Thank you again. We hope to see you in person again some day."

"We really enjoyed staying with you very much and were very pleased to get to know you a little and also to meet your mother. We shall be thinking of you at this difficult time. We have come back to rain, rain and more rain. Ugh! With very best wishes."