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Villa Vistarenni

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Gaiole | Bedrooms: 7 | Sleeps: 13 + 1

Rates: Rates available on request.

Set in an enviable position in the heart of Italy's most famous wine producing area, dominating within the surroundings, Villa Vistarenni offers everything for which Tuscany is famous: fabulous wine, excellent restaurants and incredible views spanning from vineyards and olive groves up to the heights of the picturesque village Radda in Chianti.

The views from the garden and the huge terrace overlook the Chianti hills and vineyards of the region, while Radda with its characteristic shops and restaurants is clearly visible on the opposite hill. Villa Vistarenni is the most iconic villa in Chianti. Transformed in the late 17th century from a castle into a villa, its facade (remodelled in the early 20th century) and grand external staircase are one of the best examples of Renaissance architecture. Recently restored, its spacious common areas and ample bedrooms perfectly combine traditional features such as beamed ceilings and terracotta floors with contemporary Italian designer features. The private swimming pool, tennis court, ping-pong table, wine cellar, and close location to charming local towns guarantee a good time is to be had by all.


Ground Floor:
Open-plan entrance hall with scenic staircase
Drawing room with stunning views
Dining room with seating for 14 guests
Old kitchen with display of antique utensils
Staff kitchen

First Floor:
Main living room with views over Radda in Chianti
Studio with views over Radda in Chianti and vineyards, access over dramatic staircase from the garden

First Floor Right Wing:
2 double bedrooms, each with own en-suite bathroom (bath with shower over the bath)
Double bedroom with views over Radda, en-suite bedroom (bath with shower over the bath)
Single bedroom with shower room

First Floor Left Wing:
Double bedroom interconnecting to single bedroom. These bedrooms share a bathroom with bath and shower over the bath.
2 double bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom (bath with shower over the bath) and views to Radda in Chianti
Family kitchen with breakfast table
Summer living room with huge window doors and views over the vineyards Small additional living room
Living room with TV and dining area


  • The wine cellar is accessible on request only.
  • Simple countryside apartments available on request on the estate, sleeping up to 35 total.
  • The road to the villa (1.9km) is unpaved but in fair condition.
  • The swimming pool is located about 50 meters from the villa.
  • Minimum stays from 3 nights are available.
  • There are some unprotected drops/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.
  • 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.

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.

Guest Book

2nd November 2013
Fabulous Villa, Location and Host
My family and I stayed at the villa for a month during August 2013 and various groups of friends join us during that time. The villa was beautiful and spacious and set in lush vineyards with breath-taking views. We took advantage of hiring the housekeeper, a chef and tennis coach. The pool is atop the hill to the rear of the villa and was a fabulous area in which to relax and unwind. The owner was more than accommodating and helpful and I wouldn't hesitate to return to such a magical place.
Anon, London

23rd October 2013
Marvelous wedding and superb holiday
We were so lucky to pick Villa Vistarenni for our wedding and holiday with the family and friends. We spent one absolutely amazing week in the villa before our wedding party, embracing unforgettable atmosphere of the villa with its rich history and tasteful luxury, enjoying great surroundings of the area and just relaxing in the comfort and beauty of Vistarenni.
We rented the whole villa with dependancies for the whole week so that our big family and best friends could share this enjoyment with us. And it was a good decision because we loved seeing everybody being happy about amazing time we spent together. Vistarenni has everything to make your wedding, family reunion or any other big event a success. Apart from 17 bedrooms , countless number of dining rooms, seating rooms with great view to the picturesque valley, a library and a kitchen-museum, the property has a large hall for gala dinner. This makes it even more attractive wedding destination.
Elisabetta, the owner of the villa, was very welcoming and friendly. She helped us to find the right vendors and was managing the set up and preparation on the wedding day. We didn't have to hire a wedding planner. The wedding party went very went. We can't name a thing that we were not happy with.
If you are looking for a wedding location, family reunion or just a holiday in Tuscany, this is the choice.
ps: The pictures can't reflect the beauty of the place.
Karina, Doha

18th October 2013
Exceeded expectations across the board
Everything about this villa is perfect. It is even more beautiful than pictures, views extraordinary, location convenient to everything in Chianti region, easy walk to town. Villa easily accommodated our party of 12 with room to spare. Owner went out of her way to help us when we had car trouble. Other villas that I have stayed at in this price range aren't even close.
Sylvia, Dallas

2nd August 2013
Fairy tale wedding
We had our wedding at Villa Vistarenni a few weeks ago, its couldn't have been more perfect!!! The setting is stunning, the Villa is insanely beautiful and Elisabetta who owns the Vila and helped with the wedding was very welcoming and helpful!
We stayed at the Villa from the Wed-Sun and all of the guests who stayed at the villa were enchanted with the Villa and its surroundings. Elisabetta was always on hand in either person or email if we had any questions/needs, even translating our wedding service! Caterina the housekeeper was adorably sweet and also on hand if we needed anything (a case of red wine late at night....she was there!). Elisabetta recommended most of our suppliers for the wedding who all proved to be cost efficient and great service.
Emma, London

Villa Location

-  Radda in Chianti 4km
-  Gaiole in Chianti 8km
-  Greve in Chianti 22km
-  Monteriggioni 30km
-  Siena 33km
-  San Gimignano 46km
-  Arezzo 57km
-  Florence 70km
-  Cortona 82km
-  Florence airport 86km

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.

  • Please note that the A&K Hosted upgrade service is not available for this Villa


  • The following are valid for 2015:
  • Maid service 3 hours Monday to Friday.
  • 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 and electricity).
  • Arrival set of bed linen, bath and pool towels.
  • Final cleaning.
  • Use of the tennis court.
  • Concierge. An English-speaking concierge is available daily for assistance and to answer any questions you might have about the villa or the surrounding.She is on-site in the mornings for assistance and has an office on the ground floor.

Extra Services

  • Extra maid service - available on request at EUR 12 per hour
  • Central heating as per consumption.
  • Fee to host weddings.
  • Chef service (professional service) - available from EUR 65 per person (based on a minimum of 6 guests) to include 4 courses, groceries, time to do the shopping and clearing up afterwards.
  • Cookery class - available from EUR 90 per person (based on a minimum of 4 guests).
  • 3 course pre-prepared lunch or dinner can be delivered to the villa from EUR 30 per person (min. 6 people), payable locally in cash. The meal only needs to be reheated and is swiftly ready.
  • 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 295. (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.

  • The wine cellar is accessible on request only.
  • Simple countryside apartments available on request on the estate, sleeping up to 35 total.
  • The road to the villa (1.9km) is unpaved but in fair condition.
  • The swimming pool is located about 50 meters from the villa.
  • Minimum stays from 3 nights are available.
  • There are some unprotected drops/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.
  • 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.

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.

  • CD Player
  • Central Heating
  • Dining Area (Outdoor)
  • DVD Player
  • Fans Available
  • Internet Access (Wireless Broadband)
  • iPod Docking Station (iPod Not included)
  • Phone
  • Safe
  • Soccer Field
  • Swimming Pool (Private)
  • Table Tennis
  • 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

Call 01242 547 705 to speak to a specialist Enquire

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