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FARMHOUSE LE BEONE
Casciana Terme Lari – PI
Pisan hills

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3 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Thursday to Sunday
from September to June

Included:

  • 3 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 1 dinner per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 1 cooking lesson per person

€ 430 per couple

4 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Sunday to Thursday
from September to June

Included:

  • 4 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 2 dinners per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 2 cooking lessons per person

€ 660 per couple

  • Free cot 0/3 years
  • 3rd and 4th bed from 4 to 12 years €60 per 3 nights stay, €80 per 4 nights stay
  • Free Wi Fi
  • Sale of typical products
  • Small kitchen available to guests during the night and for the preparation of meals for children

The Farmhouse: The typical farmhouse, immersed in the green of the Pisan hills, offers the warmth and privacy of a small, family-run establishment.
The structure has been recently rebuilt on an existing cottage: the result is a farmhouse equipped with every comfort but with the rustic country charm which is found in the furnishing, in the arches and rafters of the ceilings, in the large fireplace of the living room.

Location: Optimal position to quickly reach the coast and the most beautiful cities of art in Tuscany: Florence, Pisa, Volterra, Lucca.
With a 5 minutes drive you can reach Casciana Terme, a nice town that boasts the most beautiful thermal complex in Tuscany.

Relax: Outdoor pool for the warmer months equipped with umbrellas and deck chairs, terrace from which to enjoy the picturesque surrounding landscape and relax before or after dinner, small playground for younger guests, large living room with fireplace. The green of the estate invites you to beautiful walks on foot or on horseback thanks to the nearby riding school.

Rooms: The farmhouse has 5 spacious and bright rooms, all with private bathrooms, TV, courtesy set and free Wi-Fi.

Restaurant and Cooking school: The country atmosphere invites you to eat dishes of Tuscan country tradition such as ribollita, pappardelle with wild boar, Florentine steak and many other dishes strictly cooked with oil of our production respecting the ancient traditions!
The appetizers are made with cold cuts of our production with pigs bred on the farm.

Surroundings

Volterra

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It deserves our attention, deserves to be looked upwards and our time spent exploring the surroundings, discovering history, savoring the cuisine and marveling at the traditions. Perched on a hill less than an hour from the sea, and a little more from Pisa, Florence and Siena … small but so large as to enclose history in a magnificent corner of Tuscany.

To visit the Duomo with its essential and balanced Romanesque façade, the shimmering interior, the bell tower and the Chapel of the Sorrowful.

In front of the Cathedral, crossing the square, we find the Baptistery with its typical white and green marble façade and the beautiful Romanesque portal. From some details you can recognize the millennial history of the city … the holy water stone fountain right next to the entrance is actually an Etruscan tombstone!

One of the most fascinating private houses in Italy is Palazzo Viti, built starting in the sixteenth century with an annexed theater! It has 12 rooms that can be visited, filled with valuable furniture, paintings, alabaster decorations, statues, various furnishings and pieces of European art from the 15th to the 20th century.

The long past of Volterra in Roman times is well represented by the Roman Theater dating back to the first century BC, built near the hill and reachable in a few minutes walk from the center. While admiring the grass-covered steps it is easy to imagine the theater as it once was and to have the temptation to join the laughter of the spectators of two thousand years ago, rushed into thousands to see the latest comedy arrived from Rome.

Palazzo dei Priori … resembles Palazzo Vecchio in Florence and houses the town hall, but the interior is open to visitors and is full of magnificent frescoes; built in 1239 entirely in stone, it dominates the Piazza dei Priori with its façade decorated with noble coats of arms and battlements.

Lucca

The heart of the city and one of its symbols is Piazza dell’Anfiteatro. Derived from an impressive amphitheater built by the Romans (whose remains of the passage can still be seen passing through Via dell’Anfiteatro), which has imposed its closed elliptical shape, the square has always been a meeting place and reference point for Lucca’s civic and political life, so much so that in the Middle Ages it was renamed Parlascio, from the verb “parlare” (to speak).

The Walls of Luccaare among the first images that come to mind when we think of this beautiful city. We speak of an artistic masterpiece with few comparisons … they develop for four and a half kilometers, with eleven bastions, three doors and the spectacular urban park, where you can admire the beauty of ancient trees.

The Botanical Garden, a precious and beautiful garden of two hectares, commissioned in 1820 by the Duchess Maria Luisa di Borbone. A long and prestigious history has made the Botanical Garden of Lucca a rich nursery with hundreds of species inside.

Important place to visit in Lucca is the Church of San Michele, located in the homonym square. The church, with its imposing and majestic façade, was commissioned by Pope Alexander II at the beginning of the year 1000 and, given that its construction took very long, today it is a splendid overlap of styles, from Gothic to Romanesque.
Legend has it that the statue of the Archangel Michael has a ring with a giant diamond, whose glint can only be seen in some parts of the square. Allow yourself 5 minutes to find out if it’s true and look for them all!

If you want to find out how the Lucchese merchants lived Palazzo Mansi and its gallery are a recommended visit to admire the luxury, art and history contained in this building, strolling through original 17th century furnishings and works by Reni and Tintoretto.

Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa: emblem of the city for its characteristic tilt, it has been proposed as one of the seven wonders of the modern world, it is the most famous monument of Piazza del Duomo … it leans because the land sagged in the early stages of construction and has remained so.
Do not be afraid and do not be surprised: the vertical axis passing through its center of gravity falls into the base of support, so the tower will never fall.

Among the buildings that form the monumental complex of Piazza del Duomo, also called Piazza dei Miracoli, the Baptistery whose construction is the work of architect Diotisalvi … probably the lack of money is the reason why it consists of different materials (red tiles and lead plates); the same reason is attributed to the absence of frescoes on the ceiling that were envisaged in the original project.
In any case, the Baptistery of Pisa is the largest baptistery in Italy.

Pisa is also known for its spectacular lungarni: the streets that line the river Arno on both banks … they are important meeting points for young Pisans and interesting points of reference for tourists. They house important buildings dating back to the Middle Ages and transformed over the centuries. Although palaces, bridges, towers and churches today have a renaissance appearance the medieval imprint will jump to the eye of a careful observer. The Medicean is best known for housing the major historical buildings of the city such as the Palazzo dei Medici, Palazzo Toscanelli and the Church of San Matteo in Soarta.

If you walk through the historic center of Pisa you will pass by Borgo Stretto, the most characteristic street of the center with the arcades, the shops, the coffee tables. Along the way you will encounter buildings from the 14th and 15th centuries which are the nucleus of ancient Pisa, where noble families competed to build the most beautiful, tallest or most colorful building.

From via delle Colonne you can reach Piazza delle Vettovaglie, a centuries-old food market, after the porticoes of Borgo Stretto you arrive in Piazza del Pozzetto (Borgo Largo) but first stop to see the wooden tabernacle with a copy of the Madonna dei vetturini by Nino Pisano inside.

Florence

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It is the true city of art, the one where everyone feels like a “gentleman” or a “lady”: statues, museums and elegant palaces at every corner. It is a city where it is more natural to think of taking a carriage ride than taking a taxi, it is beautiful even when it is raining.
If the hotel is in the city center better to go by train which is fast and convenient, otherwise do not despair: on the Lungarno there are several paid parking lots and to slowly approach the Ponte Vecchio is always a magical emotion, with water reflecting on colored houses, creating always new games of light. If you want to keep alive the tradition of padlocks you have to be careful, because now there’s a fine! But if you really can not resist do it according to the legend: choose your spot on Ponte Vecchio, hook up your padlock and then throw the key into the Arno and … your love will last forever. You can still admire the few remaining padlocks, which I like to think have been hooked by a beautiful couple of octogenarians with white candid hair while holding hands and looking in the eyes.

In addition to the many goldsmiths you find on Ponte Vecchio, Florence reserves many possibilities for shopaholics.

In Via Tornabuoni, also known as the Via dei Miracoli, we find Versace, Bulgari, Dior, Cartier and Ferragamo, which even has a museum dedicated to its footwear, and Gucci certainly could not be missing as the fashion house is born in Florence almost 100 years ago!

And do not forget to visit the San Lorenzo market, at just a few minutes walk from the Cathedral …

You will immediately figure out when you are about to get to the market because the scent of the leather, the real one, becomes stronger and stronger; once you arrive you discover that the scent is as intense as the colors … jackets, shoes and bags of every shade and shape, certainly just the one you were looking for!

In front of the Uffizi Gallery do not be discouraged by the long queue, it’s always there, and do not give up the visit, just book online or directly to the information point when you are there, open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 8:30 to 19:00. It costs a little more but it’s worth it; I booked for the next day and entered immediately, but “the trick” does not apply to holidays.
At Palazzo Vecchio you can choose between various guided tours, among which there are those specially designed for kids and the interactive ones between visitors and actors perfectly into the role. You could speak directly with Cosimo de ‘Medici or with some Florentine who made the history of this city.

The Monumental Apartments of Palazzo Pitti, never heard more apt name than “monumental”, are rich in tapestries, gold ceilings, stuccos and original furniture.

Personally, they always make me want to dress elegantly and instead, looking at my feet, the question arises spontaneously “why am I wearing my-perfectly-kept-1987-All-Star instead of my Ferragamo?”

In addition to the Duomo, to Santa Maria Novella and to the other splendid churches, known all over the world, a surprise will be the Certosa del Galluzzo, on the hills of Florence suburbs .

The tour guide is one of the monks that still live here and he will proudly walk you to visit his home, enriching the descriptions with details and curiosity.

In the three impeccably groomed cloisters it happens to see the monks walking, just like in the movies; admittance is free of charge but at the end of the visit you can make a free offer and go to the liquor store … Fernet, Rosolio, Alchermes and Sambuca, all produced as it once was, following the rules of an ancient art.

If you eat in the city center, please do not choose one of the many tourist restaurants. Just read the menu on display and remember that the cutlet is eaten in Milan, the tortellini with meat sauce are from Bologna and, please, no cream-ham-peas sauce … and to drink?

Come on, cocacola for dinner is a no-go … we are in the land of Chianti, a glass of wine is a must. Taste the croutons with fegatini, the finocchiona, the pappardelle with wild boar, the ribollita and of course the fiorentina, and to finish the cantucci cookies to dip in Vin Santo.

La Fiorentina… do not call it that way!
In Florence they call it “bistecca alla Fiorentina” (Florentine steak) and the name “bistecca” comes from the English “beef-steak”. It is said that, in the early 1800s, during the celebrations of San Lorenzo in the market squares of Florence it was tradition to roast beef quarters, cut them into slices and distribute them to the people. During a party a group of English aristocrats and merchants began to cry out: “beef steak please!”. The pronunciation “bif steik” was then italianised by the Florentines into “bistecca”.

Tuscan food blends in itself the aristocratic and the peasant souls and tells us how the Tuscans are: decisive, fun, tasty, genuine, colorful and chatty, imperfect but good, sometimes a bit arrogant, but of that arrogance with a smile that always works because you just can not say no; if I were a food I would like to be a “picio” …

I realize that being a Florentine steak would give me more importance, more depth … but I really want to be a picio, long and hand-made that there is not one like the other, always close to something tasty and everyone likes it!

PRICE LIST

3 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Thursday to Sunday
from September to June

Included:

  • 3 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 1 dinner per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 1 cooking lesson per person

€ 430 per couple

4 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Sunday to Thursday
from September to June

Included:

  • 4 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 2 dinners per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 2 cooking lessons per person

€ 660 per couple

  • Free cot 0/3 years
  • 3rd and 4th bed from 4 to 12 years €60 per 3 nights stay, €80 per 4 nights stay
  • Free Wi Fi
  • Sale of typical products
  • Small kitchen available to guests during the night and for the preparation of meals for children

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