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Exclusive Medieval Watchtower with Pool - Child-friendly Cottage



Updated: 15-Nov-2016
Unique tower with pool (2016) ideal for art tours, only 10km from Florence

A unique historic building converted by an avant-garde architect, Torre di Sopra is an architectural marvel with pool conveniently located 20 minutes drive from the centre of Florence and within easy access for sightseeing in the rest of Tuscany. A uniquely contemporary take on an original Medieval watch-tower complex. The main tower property includes 3 double and 2 twin bedrooms, 4 en-suite bathrooms, sitting room with open fireplace, dining room, kitchen and external sitting and dining areas under the loggia and pergola. The garden has views over surrounding olive groves and Florence in the distance. Fenced salt-water pool (summer 2016). Maximum occupancy is 11.

Details for holiday cottage Child-friendly Cottage , 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 2 Bathrooms

The independent wing of a Medieval watch-tower complex, La Casina makes an ideal base from which to sightsee in Florence and the rest of Tuscany. The property includes one double and one twin bedroom, bathroom, shower room, sitting room and new fully equipped kitchen with wood burner, a courtyard dining area and outside seating in the olive grove with views of Florence. Child-friendly equipment available, plus an optional extra double room available on request.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

The daughter of leading Italian architect father and English mother who restored this house during our childhood, I am so pleased to open up our family home to visitors wanting a truly authentic and exclusive taste of Tuscany.

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Speaks English, French, Italian

8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews

West Sussex, England

An historic retreat with beautiful views of Tuscany

  • 4 of 5

We had a very enjoyable stay in the cottage, which is attached to the historic watchtower. Surrounded by lovely gardens and an olive grove, the property is in an excellent location - close to Florence and other places of interest, such as Siena. If you want to relax at the property, there's a great, new pool, though we didn't get a chance to try it out because the weather was unsettled during our stay. Jane, whose family owns the property, was on site and was very welcoming but discreet. She was also kind enough to give us a tour of the fascinating watchtower, and we hope to visit again.

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Torre Di Sopra- a little gem

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely little gem of a place, very close to Florence with easy access by car and bus. We stayed in La Casina, and was very comfortable with all amenities. Sitting outside on the lovely couch with big pillows, sipping a glass of wine watching the Tuscan sunset over the olive grove and hills was breathtaking. Nearby village of Antella has wonderful coffee at Jolly Cafe.Highly recommend this lovely place

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 6 nights (Husband, Wife and two teenagers) and used it as our home base for exploring Tuscany. It was perfect! Historic Buildings. Beautiful Gardens. Easy Access to Public Transport. Sweeping Views. Gracious Hosts. Fully Equipped Kitchen. Quaint Towns. We spent two days in Florence, one day in Pisa, one day in Maranello (Ferrari factory and museum - 17 year old son) and two days exploring the local area. Home cooked dinners using veges and herbs from the gardens on the grounds. Wine on the terrace area at sunset. It was a great way to immerse ourselves into the Tuscan lifestyle. I would highly recommend this property. Thanks for being a part of our incredible trip to Italy.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bergen, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

Romantic Location

  • 4 of 5

The welcome we had from the housekeeper was hart warming. We had a wonderful time here.

The location is just 10 min outside of Florence, therefore you can relax around the house to see the sun set over Florence. Around the house are enough chairs and tables. We enjoyed the breakfast outside en the sunset.

In short this place is ideal for relaxation.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 20, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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An ideal Tuscan vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at La Casina was absolutely wonderful!

Watching the sunset over the Tuscan hills from the loggia with a glass of wine was priceless! The accommodations were delightful and perfectly suited our family of four. The caretaker was very helpful upon our arrival providing us with essential provisions including fresh tomatoes, potatoes and basil from the garden and giving us directions to the surrounding area. La Casina made a lovely home base to return to after tiring yet enjoyable day trips throughout Tuscany.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 15, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Perfect Destination.

  • 5 of 5

An amazing residential property that over looks Florence with a great fresh vegetable patch to feed from and a super helpful concierge. There's no where else I'd rather be when visiting Florence. 5 Stars.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 6, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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From the Owner

Our childhood home.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Florence 15 km and Pisa 99 km at 15 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Antella at 2 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Grassina at 10 Kilometres Nearest Train : Florence at 12 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A1 at 5 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Bagno a Ripoli at 5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Viareggio at 100 Kilometres Car: recommended

Ideally placed for visiting Florence as well as the rest of Tuscany, Siena, Arezzo, Pisa and Lucca, 30 minutes from Greve and San Gimignano.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
16 Sep 2016 - 20 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Christmas/New Year
21 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Low Season 2017
3 Jan 2017 - 9 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
High Season 2017
10 Jun 2017 - 16 Sep 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £420

During the winter season we charge an additional fee of €300.

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Updated: 15-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

An exceptional historic building and exclusive national monument, The Torre offers a unique mix of modern architecture and interiors within a genuine medieval structure. It is an inspirational setting for sightseeing and relaxing in Tuscany and conveniently situated for direct and fast access to motorway links.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • golf
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot


  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Yard


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

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