Tuscany, Outskirts of Florence:
Our village is called SAN DONATO IN COLLINA, and sits on top of a hill in the heart of Chianti Colli Fiorentini, about 12 km south from the center of Florence. Because of its location, close enough but far enough from the city, it has become a very desirable residential area around the city.
It has a community center, 2 small grocery shops, (one of which bakes bread twice daily and has fresh ricotta, and the other one which also makes cappuccino), a newspapers shop which also sells fresh veggies and fruit, a post office, a village clothing shop, a butcher’s shop, a church, a very old fashion (very inexpensive!) mechanic, and the postman’s farm, informally open to young visitors.
There is a bus service that will take you straight to the center of Florence in 30 minutes (which we recommend if you are planning a day trip to the city); however we suggest having a car, for evening outings and out-of-town excursions.
From the village, there are numerous hikes that you can take to explore our romantic countryside. We have a book in the apartment that illustrates all marked hikes in Tuscany, which you are welcome to consult, as any other book in our library.
Majla, I hope this note finds you well. As I look through old photos & reflect on this year, I realize that our day with you may have been our best. It was beyond doubt the most meaningful to our daughter, Helen, about to leave for university. In a summer of tumult, she was so calm in your kitchen. So present, so taken by the kindness. She loved working with her hands. I think something shifted in her brain, or maybe her heart. When we left, she said to me on the walk home, “Steve is the happiest person I’ve ever met – She realized – he had designed his life. Lived as he wanted to live: fully, with richness, beauty, and kindness.” She saw a carpet of options unrolling before her. Her life would no longer be a box.
Finally, thank you for all you do to make this world a more beautiful place. If you ever feel it goes unnoticed, it does not. Your fingerprints are all over my child.
Is a large stone villa that dominates the village and is surrounded by b and b. Its central tower was built in 1146, while later additions were built in the 1400s, then 1600s.
Up until the 70s, it belonged to one single owner, Rodolfo Paoli, an orchestra director and well regarded university professor. He left the house to his 5 children, who have divided the villa in 6 independent apartments of different sizes, for a total of 15 people.
Your TOWER APARTMENT:
Is located inside the tower itself. It includes the whole top portion (the “hat”) of the building
There are a lot of stairs to get to it, but once you are there, you will not want to leave.
First you go through the entry hall. Then, beyond your private entrance, more stairs will lead you to the kitchen/living area of about 25sqmt.
The bathroom has a corner tub and a separate shower cabin, plus additional heater.