The Casa Alina

florence, tuscany
3 bedroom - 2 bath
(3 reviews)
Travel dates:
$354 - $531 per night (USD)
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Perks for the Parents

This family home 50 minutes from Florence in the Florentine hills in Tuscany is a great spot for a combination city/country stay, with a pretty courtyard with herbs and palm trees, and cooking lessons for the kids. Go hiking in this laid-back, unspoiled countryside, explore hill forts and medieval towns, or enjoy in-villa cooking lessons. It is a great location for wine tasting. The house itself is homely, named after the owner's daughter, and well set up and will be happy, relaxing base for an interesting holiday. The host offers copies of a Florence Scavenger hunt to family guests. A company in town offers guided electric bike tours through the countryside.

Why Kids Love it

The home and surrounding area are a delight for all ages. Walk the Tuscany Hills, visit the local bakery, take a cooking lesson or sit back and enjoy a delicious 4-course meal delivered from farm to your table. Seasonal festivals celebrating the local truffles, the grape harvest and fresh pressed olive oil are great fun. The Volterra festival in August has Medieval fights and more. A crib, high chair and toys can be provided upon request. It also has WiFi and cable TV with programs in English, including children's channels and English language options. Puzzles, games, markers and crayons as well as craft materials are included. There is a great public pool and tennis court nearby.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 4 days. Note that stairs are not gated. This 12th Century home is set within the gates of a restored 12th Century hamlet and is quiet, private and safe. Maid service and personalized cooking are available upon request. A large parking area lies directly in front of the village. The property has central heating and US adaptors in all of the rooms. Car rental recommended for this rural location.

About the Location

The property is in the ancient village of Saint Vito of Ortimino, 6 km from the town of Montespertoli in the Florentine Hills. It is 50-minutes from Florence in the unspoiled Tuscan countryside, a 45-minute drive to hill towns including San Gimignano, Certaldo and Vinci. Florence and Siena (both with airports) are 30-50 minutes by car or scheduled buses.

Accommodation Details

This 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home includes a kitchen, living area, 2 upstairs bedrooms, 1 with a kingsize and 1 with a queensize bed, and a third bedroom on the top floor with a fullsize/double bed. There is also a single sofabed and 1 double air bed plus a crib for a baby. There are 2 bathrooms including a bathtub, plus a separate laundry area with washer dryer. The patios have comfortable outdoor furniture and grill.

Style Notes

Italian charm. This terracotta-laden property is a delight to the eyes. The living area has comfortable modern furniture and a sculpted stone fireplace, while the kitchen has a walnut countertop and antique table, plus the smell of fresh basil, rosemary and sage emanating from the garden. We love the traditional charm of the terracotta floors, antique furnishings and warm, rustic colors.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
1 king
1 queen
1 full / double
1 sofa bed (single)
1 double air bed
sleeps 1
1 travel crib
Kimberly P.
Member since October 01, 2016
The Pucci Family loves to travel and we love to share our love of travel with family, friends and guests. We ( Alessio and Kimberly) meet in Florence, Italy over 20 years ago. I (Kimberly) went to Florence for my junior year abroad and loved it so much that I returned soon after graduation and became a jewelry buyer for the oldest family of jewelers on the Ponte Vecchio. Alessio is a native Tuscan who has a double Phd in Engineering and Architecture from the University of Pisa. After many years of living in Renaissance Florence, we decided to buy and restore a portion of a 12 th c. Hamlet in the heart of Tuscany, 30 minutes from Florence, Siena and San Gimignano. Soon after, our daughter Alina was born. In 2006, we decided to move to southern Rhode Island, outside of Newport with the dream of opening our own businesses and grow our family. In 2009, Niccolo was born and Alessio opened his residential architectural firm. I have since have been a diamond buyer. Since 2006, our Tuscan home has welcomed guests from all over the world but has catered to a North American clientele. We rent between 22-30 weeks out of the year and offer in villa cooking lessons, wine tastings and freshly prepared farm to table four course Tuscan meals with wine. We also partake in Home Exchange and have had 10+ very successful exchanges most recntly in Copenhagen, the Berkshires, NYC, Reykjavik, Paris, Miami, Palm Beach, Seal Harbor and Nantucket. Our plan is to grow our rental business and travel as much as possible as we feel that our time together while we travel is priceless. We take one month every summer to shut it all down, reconnect and slow down the pace of our hectic lives.

Florence, Tuscany

Art, architecture and an antique carousel

Known for its incredible art galleries, architecture and Michelangelo’s David, the capital of Tuscany has plenty for parents with an eye for beauty, and it doesn’t let the younger generation down either. Play hide and seek in Baroque gardens, seek out the best gelateria in the city (you need to test a few to be sure), or ride on the antique carousel in Piazza Repubblica. Take a guided tour of the Uffizi or try a fashion workshop for under 12s at the Gucci Museum. Eat pizza, climb the narrow corridor to the top of the Duomo or buy wooden toys at Bartolucci’s. Then start planning for your return visit.

3 reviews

Jessica M.
Visited in October 2019
Really lovely home. Very clean and nicely decorated. Good location for exploring central Tuscany and has all the amenities needed for a great stay. Thanks
Ani A.
Visited in June 2019
We arrived at Casa Alina with one toddler, one newborn, and 3 adults, with a 4th visiting on weekends. Our experience at Casa Alina was nothing short of amazing!! The home is beautiful, authentic to the region and filled with things that make you feel at home. The housekeeper who welcomed us was friendly and always available to answer our questions. The neighbors and town were great as well and always friendly, welcoming and helpful. The region has A LOT to offer and although we were there for a month, another 4 weeks would be necessary, just to see half of all the small towns and quaint villages surrounding the area! Our trips to Florence several times per week, were quick (we hit traffic only once due to construction), efficient and wonderful and were able to visit 8 other towns and villages nearby. We spent several days relaxing at home, enjoying the backyard with the beautiful view. The beds were comfortable, the bathrooms brand new and Kimberly always helpful on the phone. The only minor issues had to do with the room in the attic, which is gated and with a curtain for privacy, but not helpful with a toddler and a baby sharing one space (if they both sleep through the night, there is no issue whatsoever) and the lack of amenities in the kitchen. Although there were plenty of coffee machines available, the kitchen wasn't made for a Chef - there are all the amenities for a simple meal, but the knives weren't sharp, the blender isn't powerful enough and the oven isn't strong enough so if you're looking to buy and cook yourself, then know that the kitchen (or at least the appliances, as the kitchen itself is fine) need an update. However, there is a delivery of food to your doorstep so if you'd rather be looked after, then you can easily order (in advance) some delicious homemade cooking! Overall 5 Stars and a wonderful experience - we highly recommend Casa Alina!
Walter B.
Visited in October 2017
An amazing place to stay in the heart of Tuscany. Our family of five (three kids, two adults) absolutely loved Casa Alina - a beautiful kitchen to enjoy some of the best foods Tuscany has to offer, comfortable beds, and a great outdoor space for the kids to play in. Wonderful neighbors, beautiful fields to walk in nearby, and short drives to some of the most beautiful medieval towns in all of Italy.