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Casa Bonavista

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Florence | Bedrooms: 3 | Sleeps: 6

Rates: from £5,096 per week

This elegant Tuscan country house sits in a truly spectacular position with beautiful uninterrupted panoramic views over the Tuscan countryside.
The villa is surrounded by extensive grounds with olive groves, landscaped gardens, colourful flowers and lemon trees.
Casa Bonavista is a romantic retreat in the heart of Tuscany, yet the buzz and Renaissance vibe of Florence are only a 30min drive away.

The villa has been expertly renovated and decorated with special attention to detail by the present owner, a famous interior designer. She created a truly elegant and welcoming home by combining antique period pieces with modern comforts. The rooms are beautifully furnished and feature impressive glass doors that connect the inside with the garden and the enchanting views. The outdoor area of the property comprises a landscaped private garden with panoramic views and a beautiful large patio providing a peaceful area for enjoying the view, relax and dine 'al fresco'. The patio leads directly to the salt water private swimming pool with waterfall (3.5 m x 8.5 m). The outdoor and pool areas are elegantly furnished with large comfy sofas, loungers, parasols, a large dining table with chairs and a barbecue.


Ground Floor

  • Living room with gallery and a fitted glass fireplace
  • Bright formal dining room with a second fireplace
  • Fully equipped kitchen with breakfast table
  • Elegant honeymoon suite with a four-poster double bed, en-suite bathroom and wardrobes, air con as well as two large glass doors leading directly to the garden and the pool

First Floor

  • Two spacious double bedrooms, both en suite and air conditioned, walk-in closets and safe
  • Access to the panoramic roof-top terrace overlooking the pool and equipped with loungers and parasols

Kindly Note:
The grounds, garden and pool are for the exclusive use of guests, although on the estate there is Dimora Bonavista.

  • Birthday of Michelangelo:

  • On March 6th a procession starts out in piazza Signoria heading towards piazza Santa Croce where the great artist is buried in the cathedral. After leaving flowers at his tomb, the procession carries on to the home where the renaissance artist lived in Florence, in via Ghibellina no. 70.

  • Florentine New Year:

  • Until 1749 the city had a different calendar and used to celebrate the New Year on March 23rd. Today this day is celebrated throughout the city with concerts and cultural events. The programme changes from year to year.


  • Explosion of the Cart (Scoppio del carro):

  • One of the must things to do in Florence in April is to witness the Scoppio del Carro (Explosion of the Cart) in Cathedral square. This event is part of Easter celebrations and consists of a majestic white oxen leading a wooden antique cart through downtown to reach the Duomo. A dove takes off from the church altar and ignites the fireworks. Accompanied by a marching band and the Florentine Republic parades in historical clothes.

  • Mostra dell’artigianato, Arts & Craft fair:

  • One of one of Europe's most important Arts & Crafts fairs with exhibitors from all over the world.

  • White Night, April 30th:

  • This event has become a fixed appointment on the Florence events calendar for the month of April attracting thousands of people each year. The white night sees special openings of shops and museums until midnight, street performances, live music, DJ sessions in the streets and film showings.

  • The Rose Garden:

  • The garden is open all year round but it is in the month of May that the roses are in full bloom. The garden also displays sculptures of the Belgian artist Jean Michel Folon.

  • Iris competition at the Florence Iris garden:

  • Every May in Florence there is an annual Iris competition held at the city's Iris Garden. The Iris is the symbol of the city.

  • Maggio Musicale Fiorentino:

  • Every year this Italian music celebration opens up a variety of venues with music and ballet performances at the Teatro del Maggio. Costs vary and the days of events go from the beginning to the end of May.

  • Estate Fiesolana/ Fiesole Summer:

  • Festival of music, arts, drama, dance and film.

  • Saint John the Baptist celebrations:

  • There is a parade in historical costume that starts at the Church of Santa Maria Novella and ends at the Church of Santa Croce, where the Calcio Storico is then played in the dirt-covered square in front of the church. The game is a combination of soccer, rugby, and big time wrestling, all played while wearing 16th century costumes. The four teams represent the four traditional neighborhoods of the city: Santa Croce (blue), Santo Spirito (white), Santa Maria Novella (red), and San Giovanni (green). The prize is a whole Chianina calf.


  • San Lorenzo Day: August 10th

  • The celebrations take place in and around the San Lorenzo church, Florence's oldest basilica and the former church.


  • The 'Festa della Rificolona', September 7th.

  • On this day children parade through the streets downtown mostly in the evening holding a thin pole with a paper lantern attached to the end, lit up with a candle inside. People gather on the streets to see who has the most original, strange etc ect. This is a traditional celebration dating back to the 1600's.


  • Biennale dell’antiquariato:

  • Outstanding antique fair held every 2 years in the fabulous venue of Palazzo Corsini (1600's) along the lungarno overlooking the river.

    General Activities IN TUSCANY

    • Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella - visit the pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella in Florence and discover all the different perfumes, herbals and soaps
    • Opera - head to Torre del Lago and attend one of the many performances based on plays written by Puccini (only in summer)
    • Wine and Olive Oil tasting - travel to Badia di Passigano and visit the abbey with its wine cellars before relaxing in the abbey's Osteria di Passigano, for a real Tuscan wine and olive oil tasting experience
    • The Chocolate Valley Tour - visit the Chocolate Valley which lies between Pisa and Montecatini and visit an esteemed factory where you will be tantalised by aromas and flavours of the process of traditional chocolate making and tasting session (not available during summer)
    • Carrara and Pietrasanta Marble - enjoy the marble caves of Carrara, the marble that Michelangelo chose to immortalise his masterpieces. Afterwards see artisans at work as you visit a Sculpture Studio in Pietrasanta
    • Fantastic Gelato - located in central Florence to visit one of the most well known " gelaterias"
    • Private Villa Concert - the ultimate Italian music experience in the intimacy of your villa. A Violin-Piano Duo, Harp and Flute, a String Quartet with Soprano and Tenor singers as well as Jazz and Neapolitan Folk formations can be arranged
    • Ferrari Touring - drive on winding roads through the hilltop villages of Tuscany, down cypress-lined avenues and along the coastal freeways of the Mediterranean…all behind the wheel of a Ferrari

    Sporting Activities IN TUSCANY

    • Golf - 18 holes: 10 clubs; 9 holes: 10 clubs (golf is well established in Tuscany and a secret golfers paradise)
    • Jogging/ Walking - put your running shoes on and enjoy the beautiful countryside
    • Mountain Biking - many routes are on offer including challenging tours like the Monti Metaliferi
    • Horse riding - Tuscany is a paradise for going horse riding
    • Swimming - is offered in many touristic locations
    • Surfing - is possible along the Tuscan coastline
    • Diving - is recommended especially in the Archipelago della Toscana and the Golfo di Baratti
    • Tennis - is offered in many touristic locations

    Local Attractions IN TUSCANY

    • Florence, Uffizi Gallery - Open all year round
    • Florence, Ponte Vecchio
    • Florence, Bargello National Museum - Open all year round
    • Florence, The Boboli Gardens - Open all year round
    • Florence, Santa Maria Novella - Open all year round
    • Lucca, Forte dei Marmi - beach and exclusive beach resorts
    • Lucca, Palazzo Pfanner - climb Giunigi Tower
    • Lucca, San Frediano Church - Open all year round
    • Lucca, Villa Reale Gardens of Villa Real - House and Garden open all year round
    • Arezzo, Gothic Cathedral
    • Arezzo, Main Square with Vasari's loggia
    • Arezzo, Mecenate Archeological Museum - Open all year round
    • Arezzo, Medieval and Modern Museum and Gallery - Open all year round
    • Arezzo, Petrarca Theatre - Changing program
    • Arezzo, Piero Francesca's fresco cycle "Legend of the True Cross"
    • Pisa, Campo dei Miracoli and Duomo - The Dome is open all year round
    • Pisa, Leaning Tower and Cathedral - Open all year round
    • Pisa, Zoological Museum - Open all year round
    • San Gimignano, Medieval Towers
    • Siena, Il Duomo - Open all year round
    • Siena, Piaza del Campo
    • Siena, Pinacoteca Nazionale - Open all year round
    • Siena, Torre del Mangia
    • Grosseto, Tarot Garden - Open from April to mid October
    • Grosseto/Maremma, Rocca di Franssinello - winery designed by Renzo Piano
    • Livorno, Fortezza Vecchia (Old Fortress)


    Time Zone

    GMT +1 hour



    Currency Information

    The Euro (€) is the official currency of Italy. Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.

    Money Matters

    Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.

    Tipping IN TUSCANY

    You are not expected to tip on top of restaurant service charges, though leaving a small amount is common practice. If there is no service charge, you might consider leaving 10%/15%, but it is not obligatory. In bars any small change is left as a tip. Tipping taxi drivers is also not mandatory but suggested.

    Arrival & Departure Formalities

    Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:

    • A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
    • Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.

    Weather IN TUSCANY

    In general, the climate in Tuscany is very mild with little difference between the various provinces. The summers are hotter on the coast and in the valleys than in the hills. It rarely rains in the summer months. The average temperature varies between 27°C and 33°C and can even reach 40°C. Spring and autumn are rainy and milder; however, there are still plenty of dry and sunny days. By May there is less rain and the days become longer with up to 10 hours of daylight. The average temperature in spring is between 19°C and 24°C, in autumn between 21°C and 24°C. The winter months alternate between rain and sun with an average temperature of around 10°C.


    It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.

    Electricity SUPPLY IN TUSCANY

    Electrical service in Italy is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz - a converter/adaptor may be required.

    Driving IN ITALY

    There are some important rules of the road -

    • At crossroads drivers coming from the right have priority excluding crossroads with traffic signs/lights.
    • Always carry your driver's license accompanied by the International Driving Permit, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
    • The minimum driving age is 18.
    • Traffic drives on the right.
    • Seat belts must be worn - children under 12 must travel in the back seats, unless the front seat is fitted with a child restraint system.
    • Headlights must be on all the time except if driving in a city during the day with good visibility.
    • In the event of a breakdown a red warning triangle must be displayed in the road.
    • National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways.
    • Speeding fines: Euros 30 - 300.
    • For use of the highways it is invariably necessary to collect a ticket at toll booth marked " biglietti" before entering the highway. DO NOT pass under the lanes marked Telepass. Pay the toll at the exit. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
    • There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%. There are random breathalyzer tests carried out regularly by the police.

    Parking in Italy

    • In many large towns, the historical town centre is subject to traffic restrictions (authorised vehicles only may enter) indicated by large white sign with a red circle saying " Zona a traffico limitato".
    • Street parking is organized and designated with signs and by the colour of the lines for the parking spots. The colour of the lines on the parking space indicates the type of parking; white is for free parking, blue is for paid parking, yellow is reserved for special use. Signs will tell you if you are required to pay or to use a parking disc to time your parking (more details below). In most regions, blue lines mark paid street parking. There will be a payment machine nearby. Place the receipt from the machine on the dashboard. In many towns, white lines mark free parking spots on the street but they may be limited by time. The closest parking sign will tell you if you must set your parking disc to show when you arrived. Set your parking disc to the time you parked and display it in the window. You must return within the maximum allowed time.


    • Closest grocery store- San Donato in Collina, 3km
    • Other villages/towns close-by: Florence 20km, Greve in Chianti 32km, Panzano in Chianti 40km, Badia a Passignano 41km, Radda in Chianti 44km, Gaiole in Chianti 54km, San Gimignano 65km, Certaldo 65km, Siena 85km, Volterra 86km
    • Nearest airport: Florence 24km
    • Relevant distances: The Mall shopping center 14km, golf club Ugolino 16km

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    Availability Information

    • Our villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year. However, shorter breaks and alternative arrival days might be available outside the High Season. Please contact your Abercrombie & Kent Villa Consultant for further details.
    • Please note that the standard check-in time at our properties is between 4-7pm and that we ask guests to vacate the property by 10am on departure day, unless otherwise agreed in advance.

    Rates Information

    • The above rates are on a per villa, per week basis. For further information on our villa only and A&K hosted services please see our 'Villa Rental Options' page. An A&K Villas Travel Consultant will be happy to discuss your specific holiday needs - simply complete the quick 'Make an Enquiry' form or call us on 0845 618 2205.


    • Exclusive use of the swimming pool (8.5 x 3.5m / 27.9 x 11.5ft).
    • Maid service once per week, two hours.
    • Wireless broadband internet. Please be advised that due to the rural location of the property the internet connection might be intermittent and at an inferior speed than what you are used to.
    • Cost of utilities (water, gas).
    • Electricity (and therefore air-conditioning) up to 150 units per week.
    • Arrival set of bed linen, bath and pool towels.
    • Final cleaning.

    Extra Services

    • Extra maid service - available on request at EUR 20 per hour.
    • Central heating - available at EUR 350 per week.
    • Electricity (and therefore air-conditioning) exceeding the weekly allowance of 150 units.
    • Final cleaning (mandatory fee) EUR 250 per booking to be paid locally in cash.

    • The road to the villa is unpaved but in fair condition.
    • Security deposit EUR 1.500 to be paid in cash upon arrival.
    • Check-in is only possible from 4pm to 6pm. After 6pm an extra charge of EUR 20 per hour of waiting applies.
    • Internet is only to be used for web browsing and email checking, not for heavy downloading. Extra usage will be charged at EUR 75 per 1GB.
    • There are some unprotected drops and/or slopes around the property; young children need to be supervised all the time.
    • Extras are payable locally in cash euro only. Cheques and credit cards are not accepted.
    • In case extras are requested, a deposit might be due on arrival in cash euro.
    • Extras are subject to availability at the time of confirmation and to specific Terms & Conditions. Please enquire with your Tour Consultant for details.
    • Your stay might be subject to a city tax which is raised by the municipality in which the accommodation is located. This tax is payable locally in cash euro only.

    Your Villa Rental

    Because everyone's concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula to offer flexibility and the freedom to design run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities.

    Our Villa-Only rental option comes as standard and is ideal for those seeking pure independence whilst travelling.

    Every A&K Villa Only rental includes:

    • Dedicated Pre-Arrival Concierge service
    • Villa rental on an exclusive basis
    • Utilities (gas, water, electricity), unless otherwise stated
    • Towels, pool towels and bed linen as standard
    • 1 cot & highchair (cot linen not provided)
    • An A&K Local Representative who is on call 24/7 in case of emergency. Your Local Representative will also meet you once during your stay (on your arrival weekend) to help you to settle in, explain Health & Safety and answer any questions you may have regarding the villa.

    (In some cases an A&K Representative is not required as the villa will have its own competent, local manager.)

    • A 24 hour A&K Emergency Duty Manager contact service based in the UK
    • Comprehensive information book
    • VAT and administration charges
    • Villa's own services - please check what additional services are provided as standard with a particular property – such as maid service, usage of air-conditioning, central and pool heating, as these can vary from property to property. This information will be available online or via your sales representative.

    Should you wish to further enhance your villa experience, our thoughtfully designed A&K Concierge Packages are the perfect solution for those seeking additional support and comfort during your stay. In addition to the amenities offered within the Villa Only rental, a large number of our properties offer the following packages of upgraded services including a knowledgeable local concierge, providing complete piece of mind whilst travelling:

    Gold Concierge Package – seamless support throughout your stay...

    Includes all of the Villa Only services, as well as:

    • A dedicated local A&K Concierge whose knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations

    Following on from your pre-arrival Concierge team, upon arrival you will be seamlessly handed over to your local A&K Concierge who will have been briefed about all aspects of your holiday.

    Your local A&K Concierge will personally welcome you to your villa and can be called upon at any time to assist you in any way throughout your stay. This can include anything from confirming itinerary arrangements; suggesting, making and booking additional services locally as required, such as restaurant reservations, visits and guided tours; trouble shooting; language assistance; providing a check-out service, and much more.

    • Introductory morning orientation tour of local area with your A&K Concierge on your arrival weekend - the best way to familiarise yourself with the local area (own transport required if villa is not within walking distance)
    • Complimentary pre-arrival grocery shopping service. Simply tell us in advance what groceries you require and your Concierge will pre-stock the villa accordingly (cost of groceries excluded)

    Platinum Concierge Package – creating your ultimate stay with complete convenience...

    Includes all of the Villa Only services, as well as:

    • A continental buffet-style breakfast provided on your first morning, including a selection of breads and fresh pastries, cheese, meats, fruit, yoghurts and fresh fruit juice
    • A pre-stocked drinks fridge (typically consisting of four bottles of wine, beer, soft drinks, juices, mineral water)
    • Fresh flowers and initial provisions, including jam, sugar, olive oil, tea, coffee, vinegar as well as cleaning provisions
    • Starter pack of luxurious toiletries per bathroom
    • Daily maid service (Monday to Friday and on Saturdays for multiple week bookings
    • Mid-week linen and towel change
    • A light, self-served supper on your arrival evening pre-prepared by your Concierge
    • Complimentary mid-week grocery shopping service (cost of groceries excluded)
    • Complimentary private chef service for a lunch or dinner, once during your stay (pre-booking necessary; cost of groceries excluded)

    • Air Conditioning (Partial)
    • Barbecue Facilities
    • Dining Area (Outdoor)
    • DVD Player
    • Internet Access (Wireless Broadband)
    • iPod Docking Station (iPod Not included)
    • Swimming Pool (Private)
    • TV (Cable/Satellite)
    • Washing Machine & Dryer

    Reasons to book your holiday with us

    • Over 50 years' experience
    • 24/7 support before, during and after your stay
    • All of our properties have been hand-picked and visited by a member of the team
    • Travel Consultants are based in the UK with local offices to assist with planning every detail of your stay
    • Option to upgrade to a Concierge stay to make the most of your visit
    • Option to book additional trips and services via our local offices

    Call 01242 547 705 to speak to a specialist Enquire

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