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Holiday villa with pool in Tuscany, stunning view near the beach and art cities - La Casetta

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Space 5,381 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking



La Casetta

La Casetta is the name related to the entire villa, therefore I Gelsi plus i Cipressi. An internal door in fact separates the two units. The ground floor is composed of an entrance hall, a large sitting room with fireplace, a dining room, a study/TV room, a fully equipped kitchen with fireplace and a guests bathroom. The first floor features three double bedrooms (two can also be converted into twin bedrooms, upon request) and two twin bedrooms (upon request, one convertible into double bedroom) each with bathroom (2 with tub, 3 with shower), a small sitting room with sofa-bed (French size when open), another large living room also with fireplace, a kitchen and another two independent entrances accessed from outside staircases.

For those seeking a sport holiday in Tuscany, I can arrange tailor made programmes, combining water sports (SUP, kite surfing, wind-surf, surf), with bike itineraries, trekking, nordic walking, paragliding and so on. Ask me for all details.

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About the property

La Casetta di Castell'Anselmo

La Casetta is my corner of Tuscan paradise, a traditional, although entirely refurbished, charming villa with pool located on a hill-top, surrounded by olive trees and enjoying breathtaking views over the Tuscan countryside.

The house, surrounded by a large, tended garden, enjoys beautiful views extending from Pisa and the Apuane alps to the hills surrounding Leghorn and the sea beyond.

The property is a real relaxing oasis, with wild bunnies playing within the lawns early in the morning and in the evening, and buzzards flying over.

There is Wi-Fi internet connection, air conditioning can be provided in the bedrooms.

The comfortable living area has many French windows overlooking the garden, there is a dedicated room for the TV, equipped with DVD player and Hi-Fi.

All rooms are spacious, furnished with coloured fabrics, each served by its own bathroom, three are en-suite.

The 16-meter swimming pool, which area is fenced, offers pleasant refreshment in the hotter months of the year.

The large lawn facing the house is ideal for yoga exercise.

La Casetta’s proximity to numerous places of natural and cultural interest as well as sporting facilities make it the ideal place to enjoy an unforgettable holiday. Close to art cities, Pisa, Lucca, Florence and Volterra are repectively 20,40 and 50 minutes by car, the Cinque Terre can be easily reached for daily trips too.

The property is ideal for a relaxing holiday with friends as well as for family holidays.

The "colline livornesi" (the hills beyond Livorno), are ideal for trekking lovers.

La Casetta is a child friendly property, ideal for families with kids, a large lawn right in front of the house is perfect for kids to play and the pool area is fenced.

The property is ideally located on a quiet and panoramic hill-top, with amazing views over the country side.

Pisa's international airport, reached by low cost airlines such as Easyjet and Ryanair, is reachable in 20 minutes by car.

Major cultural destinations as well as the seaside lie just behind the corner.

Upon request, I am happy to provide a sort of concierge service booking wine tours in some of the best Italian wineries next to Bolgheri (San Guido, Ornellaia, Argentiera just to mention some, are reachable in abt 30-35 mins from the property) and restaurants, as well as providing tips for tailor made daily trips.

The large and plain lawns in front of the house and by the pool make La Casetta di Castell'Anselmo the ideal place for yoga retreats in Tuscany.

Guests looking for the perfect Tuscan holiday, can combine their stay at La Casetta, in the countryside and near the coast, with some days spent in the heart of Florence, into a gorgeous apartment located behind the Duomo, decorated with frescoes and dating back to the 16th Century, Residenza della Pergola. Ask me for more info.

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Federica Di Paola
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
22 August, 2017

About Federica Di Paola

I have a real passion for gardening and I enjoyed learning about interior design while refurbishing the house, in 2005. I then started renting it out and I liked establishing friendly relations with my guests, from all over the world. I can also say I'm in business as I worked for an agency that rents holiday villas in Italy for almost 3 years. Every year I do my best in order to renew the house and improve it. I love the region and my house particularly! I do all the best in order to help my guests enjoying their holiday at La Casetta as much as possible, giving all sort of tips for daily trips, good restaurants and other useful information.

Why Federica Di Paola chose Livorno Area

Well, it belongs to my family, we decided to refurbish it completely and if at the beginning it seemed to be an Epic venture, it slowly became something concrete and amusing. I enjoyed choosing the plants for the garden and the furnishings and up to now, all our guests appreciated these efforts. You can see it is not just a house available for rentals, we care about it and we are happy when our guests feel the same.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The location is quiet and secluded and, at the same time, close to many interesting places. The views are relaxing, all guests feel it's not just a house for rent, in fact it's my family's house.

The location is ideal to relax and its proximity to art cities as Pisa, Lucca, Florence, the Cinque Terre, to the best Tuscan wineries (San Guido, Ornellaia, Terriccio just to mention some) and to the sea make it the strategic starting point for daily trips.

I am happy to provide a sort of 'concierge service' to my guests assisting them with suggestions and making reservations, I also enjoy cooking and can prepare Tuscan meals (this last, as an extra though).

My true passions are the garden and the proximity to a couple of spots where I can do some kitesurfing and SUP (Stand Up Paddling) as well as biking.

Guests looking for a long lasting benefit and full relax, may be happy to know that, upon request, we can organize yoga camps in collaboration with trusted and renowned Yoga schools. Ask me for more details!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We spent a week at La Casetta di Castell'Anselmo in early May this year. This is a wonderful location for a vacation in the Tuscany region of Italy. La Casetta, located on the top of a hill, provides stunning views of the Tuscan country side. It was amazing to sit outside in the morning and evenings gazing at the vistas with the fragrance coming from the roses and other flowering plants. Sitting in the middle of several hectares of property there are olive trees, vineyards and gardens surrounding the house.

The house is large, elegant and very comfortable. I Gelsi, the unit we rented, has a large eat-in kitchen, large dining room, living room, media room and several sitting areas, three bedrooms, swimming pool and BBQ. It is well equipped, and beautifully decorated.

La Casetta is located in the middle of wine country. The owners, Federica and Francesa, are friendly and helpful and are willing to assist with information about the area, make arrangements for wine tours and provide recommendations of places to visit and directions to locations. We used I Gelsi as a home base to make day trips to places of interest in the area, including Pisa, Lucca, Livorno, Florence, Bolgheri, Volterra, a stunning beach and others.

In retrospect, we should have planned to stay longer. We considered this to be a rare find, fully enjoyed our stay and highly recommend I Gelsi. Federica, Francesca, thank you from all of us for your hospitality, you made our first trip to Tuscany an amazing experience and we hope to have the opportunity to return in the future.
May 2015
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The rates include facilities, excluding heating (if applicable and payable at cost), air conditioning in the bedrooms (if applicable, upon request Euro 100.00 per week, provided through movable conditioners).
Security deposit is payable in cash upon arrival, La Casetta booking form and contract will apply (sent upon request).
Larger groups of 12 to 14 people can contact me for further info.


Accommodation and facilities for La Casetta in Collesalvetti in Province of Livorno

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5381 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Green Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Jacuzzi , Bidet
    Stripes Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Twins Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Pheasants Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Jacuzzi , Bidet
    Quails Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Guests toilet - Toilet , Bidet
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Green Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Stripes Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Twins bedroom - 2 Single Bed
    Pheasants Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Quails Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
    Sitting room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • All bedrooms have been carefully furnished with elegant fabrics. One twin bedroom can be converted into a double bedroom, while two of the double bedrooms can be converted into twin bedrooms, upon request.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 9 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Whirlpool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Air conditioning in all bedrooms can be provided through movable conditioners, upon request, at extra Euro 100 per week. Maid and cook service can be provided upon request, at extra cost.


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La Casetta
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 15 reviews

Far away from the madding crowd

  • 5 of 5

We arrived as a family group, 4 generations, taking the whole of La Casetta. We found the space easy to divide between us, and the house was far more spacious generally than we had dared to hope. Federica and her family gave us a very warm welcome and we soon got settled. The pool was a delight, at 16 metres long, and really warm, which we hadn't expected to be the case without dedicated heating - turns out the mediterranean sun had worked its magic and it was perfect. We all spent many happy hours there, enjoying having it all to ourselves. What a treat! Although remote from the noise of traffic we found the location of the property very convenient for heading either inland or to the coast. We definitely appreciated the hire of the air conditioning units as we chose a very hot week for our stay. We would recommend this villa to others.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Barbara, I am truly happy you and your family enjoyed your stay. You cannot believe it but it is even warmer the temperature here now, it's incredibly hot. I have only one question, I e-mailed you but maybe you have not received my message, have you accidentally brought the home keys with you? Thanks a lot and enjoy the rest of summer, Fede
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Eccellente da tutti i punti di vista

  • 5 of 5

La prima piacevole sorpresa è stata la facilità con cui ci si arriva e la cura con cui è tenuto il breve tratto a sterrato: andare a fare acquisti è comodissimo (e non capita spesso in Toscana!). La casa è tranquilla, silenziosa, immersa tra gli ulivi e circondata da ampi spazi verdi e ha una bellissima vista sulla valle dell’Arno; abbiamo sempre pranzato e cenato sul grande tavolo all’aperto da cui si vedeva il panorama. All’interno poi la casa è comoda, spaziosa, luminosa, attrezzata di tutto: 4 adulti e 3 bambini piccoli avevano i loro spazi in completa tranquillità (straordinaria risorsa la saletta con televisore e videoregistratore!). Ci è stata segnalata anche un’eccellente babysitter che utilizzavamo per qualche ora al giorno. Per i bambini comunque la massima attrazione è stata la piscina: a pochi passi dalla casa, ma in posizione da non creare disturbo, ben sistemata con spazi sia al sole che all’ombra. Last, but not least, la padrona di casa è stata quanto mai ospitale, attenta ad ogni esigenza, disponibile in ogni momento e per qualsiasi problema. Insomma, siamo stati benissimo e abbiamo soltanto lodi e proprio nessuna critica da fare.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Il piacere è stato nostro! Io personalmente sono stata poco presente durante la vostra vacanza ma i miei genitori, e mia madre in particolare, mi ha parlato benissimo di voi e le ha fatto un gran piacere avervi come vicini. Ha anche aggiunto che raramente ha trovato la casa in ordine come dopo la vostra partenza, grazie per esservene presi cura. Se vorrete ritornare, ne saremo felici.
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Райское место!

  • 5 of 5

Не хватает описать это райское место, в котором я побывала...всё то, что я вкладывала в понятие "итальянский" я получила именно на этой вилле! Шикарный дизайн, свежайшие продукты,гостеприимство на высшем уровне, и, конечно, тосканские пейзажи. Удивительное место ещё и потому, что можешь наслаждаться единением с природой,а можешь легко добраться до Пизы, Флоренции и Лукка (кстати, очень милый городок).

Отдельное спасибо Федерике, хозяйке этого дома, которая во многом сделала наш отдых незабываемым! Кстати, среди гостей были замечены многие известные люди, среди которых и удивительный дизайнер Ульяна Сергиенко...

Мечтаю вернуться снова...Spero ci vediamo presto!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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vero paradiso

  • 5 of 5

Stupenda vacanzain questo piccolo paradiso, con la mia compagna abbiamo passato una settimana indimenticabile. La casa è molto bella e ben arredata, e risponde a tutti i requisiti mostrati nelle foto; ed in effetti merita anche molto di più di ciò che è visibile dalle foto sul sito, perché la tranquillità, data dalla posizione a ridosso di un tipico borgo toscano e la vista dal colle sono indescrivibili e straordinari. La proprietaria federica ci ha dato tutte le indicazioni possibili, accompagnandoci anche durante le nostre esplorazioni, si è a due passi da tutte le destinazioni.di maggior interesse.assolutamente consigliata.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Peccato che homeaway non abbia le recenzioni a doppio senso, perchè sarei felicissima di consigliare la vostra splendida coppia come "gli ospiti ideali", chi lo sa, forse presto sarà possibile farlo. Grazie molte per la bella recenzione, oramai conoscete la strada per arrivare qui!
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Very nice stay at LA CASETTA

  • 5 of 5

We rent the whole house for one week and we spent a wonderful time.

We were four couples with four children.

The house is very confortable, all equiped and very big. A large and nice swimming pool with a nice view on the tuscan landscapes. Very safe for children, very quiet to rest and near the main places to visit (Pisa, Lucca, sea side...). Thank you to Federica for her kindness and efficiency.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sarah, it has been very nice for me to rent my family house to such a nice group of friends. I'm really glad you enjoyed your holidays and I fully recommend you and your friends as "the idel guests"!!
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Heerlijke Toscaans villa voor de hele familie!

  • 4 of 5

We verbleven 8 dagen in dit heerlijke landhuis, met 8 volwasssen en drie jonge kinderen. Het huis ligt op een heuvel net voor Castell' Anselmo en heeft aan alle zijdes een prachtig uitzicht over de glooiende Toscaanse heuvels en de lichtjes van Pisa. Het ruime zwembad ligt iets hoger en is perfect om 's ochtends baantjes te trekken of einde middag af te koelen. Het huis zelfs is al behoorlijk oud maar aantal jaar geleden grondig gerenoveerd. De vriendelijke eigenaresse Federica woont net achter het landhuis, het huis is familiebezit en de inrichting is erg authentiek. Wel hier en daar wat achterstallig onderhoud, maar dat hoort eigenlijk een beetje bij de leeftijd van de woning ;-) Het vliegveld van Pisa is binnen 30min te bereiken, het strand van Livorno idem en mooie Toscaanse dorpjes zoals Lari, Bolgheri en Voltarre maken mooie uitstapjes. Kortom, absoluut een aanrader wanneer je op zoek bent naar een heerlijk Toscaans landhuis voor de hele familie!

  • Review Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
23 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Torretta Vecchia
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
29 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Livorno Centrale/Central Leghorn
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Torretta Vecchia
Nearest Beach
23 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Tuscany is famous for both its natural and its artistic heritage. Many places of artistic interest can be easily reached from Castell’Anselmo. Livorno is a charming seaside town, founded by the Medici family and still dotted with fosses and fortresses dating back to those times. The town also has a large number of Liberty style villas. Lovers of the Macchiaioli school should not miss the Fattori Museum where many works by Macchiaioli painters are displayed. Pisa with its leading tower is only a 15 minute drive; Lucca can be reached in 40 minutes; both Volterra and Florence lie approximately 50 minutes from the farmhouse. Numerous sporting activities, from hang-gliding (within the farm) to horse riding, golf and trekking are available nearby. The sea is just behind the hills, Calafuria, Castiglioncello and Quercianella lie 20 minutes away from the farm, it takes 45 minutes to get to Forte dei Marmi.

Other Activities: hang-gliding

Golf: Numerous golf courses, some of which are quite famous, can be easily reached from the farmhouse:

Cosmopolitan Golf & Country Club - Tirrenia, 18 holes, 29 km (30 minutes)

Golf Club Tirrenia, 9 holes, 29 km (30 minutes)

Castel Falfi - Montatone (Pontedera), 18 holes, 58 km (40 minutes)

Versilia Golf Club, 18 holes, 68 km (45 minutes)

Montecatini Golf Club - Montecatini, 18 holes, 86 km (54 minutes)

L'Ugolino - Florence, 18 holes (1 hour and 10 minutes)