Villa Leonardo is a beautiful, private 12-acre estate tucked away in Chianti, the heart of Tuscany, between Florence and Siena. Located half way between Montespertoli and San Casciano Val di Pesa, the villa is 40 minutes away from Florence. The ultimate in privacy and independence, both the exterior and interiors of this fine old farmhouse have been restored to a very high standard by its owner. The house is beautifully decorated throughout with terracotta floors, whitewashed walls and beamed ceilings. Villa Leonardo is a refined and elegant estate, ideal for an extended family or a group of friends looking for spacious accommodations, comfort, privacy and stunning views. Even when occupied by 12 people, the house feels spacious yet cozy. It blends country charm with simple elegance. BEDROOMS: The bedrooms are attractively furnished, some with four-poster beds, and combine charm and tradition with contemporary comfort. Enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding countryside from all six of the bedrooms, each graciously decorated with old mirror frames and antique lamps. Ground Floor: 1 twin bedroom with private adjacent bathroom with shower. 1 large twin bedroom, with direct access to gardens, with en suite bathroom with shower. First Floor: 1 master king bedroom with en suite bathroom (double sink) with tub with handheld shower plus shower stall. 1 king bedroom with en suite bathroom (with skylight window) with shower. 1 twin bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower. 1 twin bedroom with en suite bathroom with tub with handheld shower. LIVING SPACES: The living areas on the ground floor are colorful and furnished with high-quality fabrics, antiques, fine custom linens and table ware. An elegant dining room has direct access to garden/porch. The living room has an open fireplace, ample sofas and satellite TV. The study offers a quiet office or reading space and a library. OUTSIDE FEATURES: The house is accessed by a private, dirt road (half a mile) and surrounded by an extensive and well-tended garden that rolls gently downward from the house towards the swimming pool, which is situated among sloping green lawns and fruit trees. Near the swimming pool (12 x 6 meters) and around the garden and terraces, there is an abundance of outdoor furniture, teak pool furniture, wrought iron and rattan lounges, benches and chairs, marble tables and sun umbrellas for shade. The property enjoys a spectacular view of a 10th-century castle and a panorama of the Chianti countryside with rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves, cypresses and distant farmland. The estate is comprised of 350 olive trees, over 100 walnut trees, a small river delineating its southern boundaries and several acres of forest providing wonderful shade in the summer. AMENITIES: The modern amenities include WiFi internet, air conditioning in all first floor bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen with two refrigerators, washer and dryer, hair dryers in 3 bathrooms, window screens, complete SONY audio set, satellite television with over 400 programs, phone, broadband internet, fax, computer with color printer, remote-controlled gate entrance. The swimming pool area is fenced. Villa Leonardo rents from 3,810 - 6,984 Euros per week. Contact us directly for a quote and for information about special offers. PLEASE NOTE: All Italian villa rentals are for 7 nights, beginning and ending on Saturdays, unless otherwise noted. ADDITIONAL VILLA AMENITIES: - Electricity, heating, water, and final cleaning included - Housekeeping service available, on request: 15 Euros per hour - Meals can be prepared by a local cook at a cost of 35-55 Euros per person (minimum 8 persons) OR by a professional chef at a cost of 45-70 Euros per person (minimum 8 persons) - Breakfast cleaning service (table cleaning and dish washing): 100 Euros per week - Telephone charges extra - WiFi internet access included - Garden and pool maintenance included once per week - Security deposit: $2,000 to be held at the agency - Check in between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. - Check out by 10 a.m. - All of the above services must be paid locally, prior to departure unless otherwise arranged -----------------------------------------------What To Do in Chianti? Surrounded by hills, Florence rises on the banks of the Arno River. One of the greatest art centers of Italy, Florence is home to the Accademia, where you can view Michelangelo's "David," as well as the Uffizi gallery, arguably the most important art gallery in the world. Tour the cathedral with its pink, white and green marble facade and marvel at its remarkable Duomo by Brunelleschi and the gold Paradise door of the Baptistery. Continue to the Piazza della Signoria, the political heart of Florence since the 1300s. Then stroll by the charming jewelry shops of Ponte Vecchio. There is nothing like enjoying a morning coffee and truffle panini at the celebrated Procacci bar before setting out for a serious morning of shopping on Via Tournabuoni. Take a day to scour the Gucci, Armani and Yves Saint Laurent outlets in the outskirts of the city. For those wishing to explore some of Tuscany's other treasures, one of the best ways to see the region is by automobile. The small fortress cities are within easy driving distance of one another, and each offers its own special appeal, from the picturesque medieval cities of San Gimignano and Volterra to Pisa with its Leaning Tower and Lucca with its impressive Renaissance walls. Visit seaside resorts like Viareggio, Elba, and Forte de Marmi. Do not forget other worthwhile Chianti sights such as the wine villages of Castellina, Radda and Volpaia. Siena is also not to be missed. Siena is a beautifully preserved medieval city, constructed of checkerboard brick, and crowned by its Duomo. It was the seat of the Ghibellines who often crossed swords with the Florentine Guelfs during the 13th century. Other highlights of Siena include the beautiful Piazza del Campo where on July 2nd and August 16th of each year the famous Palio takes place.