Casa Claudia is an elegant country house located in a particularly attractive — and relatively untouristy — corner of Tuscany, about equidistant from Florence and Siena. In a word: Ideal!
How can this location possibly be untouristy? Well, it’s like Yellowstone: At Old Faithful, you’re amidst the hordes. Shift just 1000 feet away, and there’s no one except you and the grizzlies! Yes, Casa Claudia is close to tourist meccas you’ll undoubtedly want to visit, like San Gimignano and Greve in Chianti, but it’s also within a stone’s throw of such charming, far less visited hilltowns like Castelfiorentino, Certaldo, Montespertoli, San Casciano, Barberino, and Mercatale. Not to mention first-class cities like Pistoia and Prato, two of our personal favorites, full of delightful squares and important things to see, which, precisely because of their proximity to Florence, get totally overlooked. So take your choice.
Let’s talk about Casa Claudia itself. The precise location is about halfway between Castelfiorentino and Montespertoli, both of which are really pleasant Tuscan towns with restaurants, shops, and all services. The approach road to the villa by no means requires a Jeep. An ordinary car is just fine, and you don’t have to do the whole thing in first gear! But it’s paved rather roughly, and we wouldn’t recommend a low-slung car like a Ferrari or a classic Citroen!
Along the way, the views are just magnificent, and even moreso once you arrive. The villa is set in a beautiful lawn bordered with roses, cypresses, and olive trees. The lovely salt-water swimming pool enjoys ravishing views over the rolling hills featuring classic vineyards, olive groves, and cypresses. The estate itself is a producer of fine-quality extra virgin olive oil.
Inside, Casa Claudia, about 450sqm/5000sqft in size, is beautifully decorated and furnished with real style and elegance. The villa is perfect for a group of eight. Terracotta floors and beamed ceilings add to the villa’s feeling of authenticity. The four bedrooms are equal, and each has an en-suite or immediately adjacent bathroom. Casa Claudia is a true rarity: a perfect house for four couples traveling together.
Perhaps the best feature of Casa Claudia is the fact that the charming and cultivated owners live just down the road. They are totally unintrusive, but they are truly lovely people who will do anything and everything in their power to make your stay a pleasant one. They’re right there in case you need them, but not there when you don’t!