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Villa La Tenuta

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Ponsacco | Bedrooms: 6 | Sleeps: 12

Rates: from £6,286 per week

Recently restored to ensure unrivalled modern comfort, whilst remaining faithful to the original architecture and materials, Villa La Tenuta has original Tuscan terracotta tiling throughout and characteristic oak beamed ceilings overhead. The villa is furnished with a subtle mix of family antiques and elegant modern classics. For those who like a gentle stroll, the woods and fields of the villa's estate are waiting to be explored. Outdoor dining and lounging areas are complemented by outdoor cooking facilities including a stone pizza oven. Vast, manicured lawns surround the villa which has its own private tennis court and there is a 16m x 8m swimming pool with diving board and spacious poolside area with comfortable sun loungers and umbrellas for relaxing under the Tuscan sun.

Recently restored to ensure unrivalled modern comfort while remaining faithful to the original architecture and materials, Villa La Tenuta is charmingly decorated with original Tuscan terracotta tiling throughout and characteristic oak beamed ceilings overhead. The villa is furnished with a subtle mix of family antiques and elegant modern classics, pleasantly combining authenticity with the comforts of modern living. Villa la Tenta's large living room features an ornate stone fireplace and a beautiful arched ceiling, with French doors leading from the living room to a gravelled terrace where the table and chairs underneath a pretty canvas provide the perfect spot for a round of sundowners. Also on the ground floor is a fully equipped kitchen complete with a dining table as well as a more formal dining room that comfortably seats up to 12 people. The first floor is home to another living room with a fireplace and TV, as well as a double bedroom with an en suite bathroom and two twin bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. There are also three additional bedrooms (two double and one twin) which share a bathroom between them. The woods and fields of the villa's estate are waiting to be explored, while the vast, manicured lawns remain well lit at night, meaning those Tuscan evenings can go on and on. The outdoor dining and lounging areas are also all complemented by outdoor cooking facilities, including a stone pizza oven, so you can cook up a Tuscan storm before enjoying an alfresco supper while admiring the unbeatable vistas. With its own private tennis court, a 16m x 8m swimming pool with a diving board and a spacious poolside area with comfortable sun loungers and umbrellas, Villa la Tenuta has something for everyone, whether you prefer basking under the Tuscan sun or exploring the surrounding area.


Ground Floor

  • Large living room with an ornate stone fire placeand beautiful arched ceiling
  • French doors lead from the living room to a gravelled area where a table and chairs are set un der a pretty canvas awning, ideal for early evening aperitifs
  • Fully equipped kitchen, complete with dining table
  • Dining room that comfortably seats 12 people
  • Guest bathroom
  • Second bathroom that, due to its position, works well as a pool shower and changing room

First Floor

  • Living room with fire place and TV
  • Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom (shower).
  • Two double bedrooms and one twin bedroom which share a bathroom.
  • Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom
  • Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom


  • The vast manicured gardens of Villa La Tenuta offer plenty of opportunity for exploring, and al fresco dining surrounded by the fabulous views is a must
  • The sizable swimming pool with diving board offers cool relief from the long, hot Tuscan days, and there is a spaciouspoolside area with comfortable sun-loungers and umbrellas to recline on
  • For the more active, there is a private tennis court and pingpong table in the extensive grounds of the villa offering outdoor entertainment
  • The garden is also well lit at night so those Tuscan evenings can go on and on



  • Access the property via 1km unpaved road; 500m of which is bumpy.
  • Extras are payable locally in cash euro only. Cheques and credit cards are not accepted.
  • A deposit is due on arrival in cash euro for the payment of extras charged "per consumption".
  • 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.

  • Capodanno Pisano:

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


  • San Miniato Kite Festival:

Held for the first time 1968, this festival is still very popular today. Craftsmen build their kites according to old Tuscan tradition.


  • Pisa June Festival:

For the entire month of June the city will host markets and various cultural events and performances. The most important of all being the celebration of “San Ranieri” held on June 16th: on this evening all the buildings in the city (including the Leaning Tower) will be all lightened by candles creating a magical atmosphere. Beautiful fireworks will conclude the event, though the party will go on for all the night among the students at University.

  • Regata Storica:

Historical boat race between the cities of Pisa, Amalfi, Genova and Venezia held along the Arno River and is followed by an historical parade.

  • Black Night in San Miniato:

Event dedicated to the black truffle, the precious tuber that is found in the hills around San Miniato from June to September.

  • International Symposium of Alabaster:

Artists from all over the world will gather in Volterra and will give demonstrations.


  • International Piano Festival, Volterra:

The piano is the absolute protagonist of this festival, either as a solo instrument or as part of an ensemble. Reservation required.

  • Andrea Bocelli, Teatro del Silenzio:

The magical atmosphere of the Teatro del Silenzio, in the wonderful natural setting of the Lajatico landscape, will host the performance of Andrea Bocelli accompanied by other artists. Advanced reservation required, limited tickets.

  • Music under the tower of Pisa:

This festival offers the chance to enjoy good music performances - ranging from classical to jazz - in the charming setting of the cloister of the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, with the Leaning Tower and the summer sunsets in the background.


  • Collinarea Festival Lari:

Theatre festival in the nice venue of the tiny hilltop village of Lari.


  • Volterragusto:

The highly awaited autumn festival dedicated to local food and wine. Held in the beautiful centre of Volterra with stands and booths located within the courtyards and historical buildings.

  • Concerts of the Normale University:

Quality classical music concerts by selected artists, some of them young music talents.


  • San Miniato National White Truffle Fair:

One of the most eagerly awaited events of the autumn offering guests countless opportunities to savour San Miniato white truffles along with other tasty local products.


  • Concerts of the Normale University:

Quality classical music concerts by selected artists, some of them young music talents.

  • Christmas market:

Pisa city centre.

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.


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.


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.


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.

VILLA Location

  • Closest shops/restaurants: 3km SE of the village of Ponsacco; good local restaurants; bars - Pontedera, Lucca, Piazza San Martino
  • Nearest village/town: Capannoli 3 km, Ponsacco 4 km
  • Other villages/towns close-by: 27 km Pisa, 28 km San Miniato, 36 km S of Lucca, 68 km Firenze, 85km NW Siena
  • Nearest airport: 27 km SE of Pisa airport
  • Relevant distances: nearest beaches - Marina di Pisa 40 km; nearest golf course - Castelfalfi 25km

Please note that the location on this map is an approximate guide, normally to the closest town/village.

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Availability Information

  • Villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year, however shorter breaks and alternative arrival days are available at some villas during low and mid seasons.

  • 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.


  • Maid service 8 hours per day, Monday to Friday.
  • Exclusive use of the swimming pool (14 x 7m / 45.9 x 23ft).
  • Use of the tennis court.
  • Cook to prepare lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday (groceries are to be paid locally in cash).
  • Cost of utilities (water, electricity and gas).
  • Heating.
  • 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. 
  • Arrival set of bed linen, household linen and pool towels.
  • Air conditioning (available in the bedrooms on the first floor).
  • Final cleaning.

Extra Services

  • Extra maid service - available on request at EUR 15 per hour.
  • Central heating as per consumption.
  • Telephone as per consumption.
  • Cookery class - available from EUR 110 per person (based on a minimum of 4 guests).
  • Pre-arrival grocery shopping - available at EUR 30 (up to 8 guests) or EUR 50 (up to 10 guests) plus the cost of items. The service is available up to a grocery cost of EUR 200. This service is included within our A&K Hosted offering.
  • Transfer from Florence Airport to the villa (one way): Mercedes Sprinter (for 8 passengers) available from EUR 175. (Please note: between 7pm and 7am a supplement of 20% applies).
  • Transfer from Pisa Airport to the villa (one way): Mercedes Sprinter (for 8 passengers) available from EUR 120. (Please note: between 7pm and 7am a supplement of 20% applies).
  • We are also able to arrange all manner of additional activities to enhance your villa experience such as transfers, guided touring and sightseeing options, tutored wine tasting, art classes and hot-air ballooning. Please see the Activities tab for further ideas and discuss with your Travel Consultant for further details.

  • Access the property via 1km unpaved road; 500m of which is bumpy.
  • 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.

The villa

Because everyone’s concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula designed to offer privacy, flexibility and the freedom to run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities. Our villas are normally rented on a villa-only weekly basis and are ideal for those seeking independence and privacy. We’re on call in case you need us and we provide a change of towels and bed linen during the week, but otherwise there no inclusions. 

A&K Concierge upgrade

For additional support, comfort and a slice of pampering why not upgrade to our A&K Concierge service. Included is an airport welcome on arrival with assistance for onward transportation; the services of an A&K Concierge – whose local knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations; an orientation of the local area; a fully stocked drinks fridge; maid service; the ingredients for your first evening’s supper and breakfast delivered on the first morning of your stay. For full details of concierge inclusions speak to an A&K Travel Consultant on 0845 618 2205.

The finishing touches

Ever dreamt of driving through the Chianti hills in a red Ferrari, or along the Moyenne Corniche to Monaco in a Bentley? How about sailing along the Cote d'Azur to St Tropez in a private yacht or speed boat? Sometimes the home is all that you need, but if you're lured into culture, excitement, activity, improving your cooking or simply dabbling in landscapes, then speak to one of our Villa Specialists for an insight into what we can arrange. These are what we call our ‘Finishing Touches’.

The list is by no means exhaustive and we always welcome requests, however obscure you may think they are! Our local offices enable us to control the quality of the services on offer and the depth of knowledge our local teams have is impressive. Our aim is to provide guests with the authentic sights, flavours and experiences of the region they are staying in.

If you would prefer to discuss your specific requirements, whether it’s in relation to the property or about your stay in general, please do contact us using the Enquire page or please do give us a call for a chat.

  • Air Conditioning (Partial)
  • CD Player
  • Central Heating
  • Dining Area (Outdoor)
  • DVD Player
  • Fans Available
  • Internet Access (Wireless Broadband)
  • Mosquito Nets/Fly Screens
  • Phone
  • Swimming Pool (Private)
  • Table Tennis
  • Tea / Coffee Making Facilities
  • Tennis Court
  • TV
  • Washing Machine & Dryer


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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

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