Property: Villa La Granchiaia
Location: Marti  (Tuscany)
Sleeps: 10
7 Nights From: € 1,950 - € 2,800
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia
  • Villa La Granchiaia


Villa Granchiaia is placed in the municipality of Montopoli in Valdarno (province of Pisa) and was built in the second half of the 18th century as a farmer’s house, then restored in the 20th century and reshaped as it looks now in 2004.

The countryside around the building is typical of the lower valley of the Arno river (which crosses Florence and Pisa and flows a few kilometers far from here): you may see that the surrounding hillocks (covered with woods, or with olive tree cultivation) slope gently down to the plain where corn, barley, maize, sunflower, etc. are grown.

Villa Granchiaia is composed by the main construction, which was modified in order to render our guest’s life more comfortable as possible; the barn, where once the crops were stored and now has become a play area, and finally, the swimming-pool.

a) The main building, a simple square construction, is arranged on two floors. On the ground floor a very large space, which once housed the stable, has maintained its original size. Now a part of it constitutes the living room another part the dining room. They were not separated in order to maintain unaltered the original breadth of the room and the atmosphere given by a solid rustic arch dividing it in two. Two entrances (one from the swimming pool side and the other from the parking side) give access to it. This large space is adjacent to the kitchen, and to a double bed room with ensuite showeroom and a stair case leading to the upper floor. At the top of the stair case one double bedroom is available on the right also with ensuite showeroom while on the left a double bed room communicating with a room with two bunk beds which share a bathroom. Further the stair case will lead you to a small sitting room provided with a rustic fireplace and furnished with a sofa in order to allow a pleasant rest. Besides, this room is adjacent to the last bed room a twin with ensuite showeroom.

b) the barn, once used as a hay and straw shelter, was modified and equipped in a such way to create a wide and suitable place where our guests could play and relax. A ping-pong and equipment are available, and comfortable sitting places to follow from above the game have been drawn from existing structures. The area adjacent to the side closer to the house is covered by a pergola suitable to have pleasant meals in the open air.

c) The swimming pool was built on the side of the Granchiaia area where the slope of the hill rendered it possible. Its surface measures 14m long and 3.5m wide and it is framed by peculiar stones of the region. More externally a rustic wooden base surrounds the pool. This is the area where the bathers may lie on adequate cushions or deck-chairs. Pool towels are provided.

Some historical information of the house it has belonged always to the florentine family of the Baldovinettis (and their descendants) it may be interesting to give some historical news drawn from the family archives. The Baldovinettis presence in Marti, the small country village which may be seen from Villa Granchiaia, is recorded since the beginning of the 15th century. This can be explained by the fact that in such years, Florence conquered Pisa and many country places allied with Pisa, amongst which Marti, at the time an important fortress. Such events caused the complete loss of political strength of Pisa (ruled then onwards by florentine governors), and allowed many important families of Florence (the Medicis, the Capponis, the Baldovinettis, etc.) to install themselves in the Pisa region. The Baldovinetti family increased their properties during the following centuries around Marti, their activity being mainly based on agriculture. The land was runned through an economical system called metayage, according to which all farmers, with their families, lived on the land they cultivated on behalf of the property. Of course they lived in a house that the land owner placed at their disposal and were compensated with a fifty/fifty sharing of the crops. The metayage system came to an end in the late sixties of last century, when the industrialisation of Italy caused a sudden rush of the rural people to industrial towns. No workers were any more available in the country side. Agriculture remained in deep crisis for at least two decades.

New opportunities were then given by the turistic market, whereby many of the houses which gave once hospitality to the farmers, were converted in suitable accomodation.

The name of the house derives from the name of the stream (rio Granchiaia) running in the small valley neighbouring the Chiecina river, affluent of the Arno river. The name of the stream refers to the fact that the water flowing in it was so pure, that crabs (in italian “granchi”) could live and reproduce themselves in huge amounts. It may be said that the valley is also known because of archaeological findings, mainly Etruscan which were collected, described and now exposed in the Montopoli Museum (a couple of km. far).

Marti itself is worth of a visit because of a church (Santa Maria Novella) with admirable frescoes of the beginning of the 18th century. Some suggested excursions from Villa Granchiaia allows the guests to reach easily the most important art-towns of Tuscany. 40 km. far from Florence, 30 from Pisa, 70 from Siena and 50 from Lucca, the Villa is equidistant from the most famous towns. Here, besides Museums, one could visit specialized exhibition of classic and modern art, hear good concert or opera music, make sight-seeing with specialized guides.

Smaller centres, extremely rich in art treasures and expression of a high level civilization, are worth being visited. We suggest towns such as San Gimignano (40 km.), San Miniato (20 km.), Vinci (birthplace of Leonardo, 45 km.), Volterra(60 km). Of course we also suggest to dive in the Tirreno sea, the shores of which are not very far, ( around 40 Km the beaches near Pisa or Leghorn). These are rather popular, if someone wishes a more selected (and less cheap) beaches we recommend those of the Versilia region going from Viareggio to Massa Carrara ( around 80 up to 90 km. from here).

Facilities and Activities


  • Beds


    This property has 3 doubles, 1 twin, 1 bunk bed for children, 1 single sofa bed

  • Pool


    This property has a main pool 14mt by 4mt with a waterfull effect into a shallower pool 5 mt by 4mt Depth of main pool 1.5mt

  • Laundry


    This property has a washing machine.

  • TV set

    TV set

    This property is equipped with the TV set.

  • Stereo


    This property is has a hi-fi audio system.

  • Cook


    This property can provide a cooking service. Ask owner for details

  • Maid


    This property provides a maid service on request. The maid costs 8 euros an hour minimium 2 hours

  • Cot


    This property has a cot (advance warning required).

  • Internet


    This property is not equipped with an internet connection but the owner is always willing to let you go over to his house and use internet connection.

  • Pets


    You are allowed to bring pets in this property .

  • Fax


    This property is not equipped with a fax machine but the owner is very willing to offer fax service with his machine

  • Central Heating

    Central Heating

    This property has central heating. 350 euro weekly supplement charge

  • DVD


    This property has a dvd player.

  • Ping-Pong


    A ping pong table and bats are avaialable on the property

  • Barbecue


    Barbecue available

  • Baby sitter

    Baby sitter

    This property provides a baby sitter service, if required. (10 Euros/hr). Please mention on booking.

  • Dishwasher


    The house is equipped with a dishwasher

  • Satellite TV

    Satellite TV

    This property is equipped with satellite television


  • Horse Riding

    Horse Riding

    Equestrian Centre near by

  • Mountain Biking

    Mountain Biking

    Bikes available

  • Thermal Baths & Beauty Centre

    Thermal Baths & Beauty Centre

    Thermal Baths nearby.

  • Wine/Oil Production

    Wine/Oil Production


  • Hiking


    Good hiking in the surrounding area

  • Golfing


    Golf course(s) near by

  • Seaside


    This property is X mins away from the sea.

  • Tennis


    Tennis court nearby

  • Thermal Baths & Beauty Centre

    Thermal Baths & Beauty Centre

    Thermal Baths nearby.

  • Seasonal Info

    Seasonal Info

    Seasonal Info CULINARY, ARTS & CULTURE Wine Tastings Riccardo Margheri - Somelier / wine expert. Discover the wines of Tuscany and pick up some entertaining stories along the way! Tel. +39 0586 858501 email - Cooking Classes Patrizia and Paolo at offer all sorts of cooking courses (session, daily, weekend, weekly) that will delight your pallets. Also organise various daily excursions that range from market visits to wine tasting to historical tours that one can join. Martelli Pasta The famous hand made pasta that can be found around the world. EXCURSIONS Castello di Lari (with its own Ghost!) - Museo Piaggio all the history of the Vespa in Pontedera SEASONAL TREATS Porcini mushroom seasons begins late September - White Truffles season starts mid October and the area of San Miniato is famous for this rare product. - The olive harvest and pressing is late October, early November. MARKETS please note all local markets are held in the mornings only: Monday - Casole d'Elsa (every second Monday) Tuesday - Poggibonsi Wednesday - Siena and Certaldo Thursday - San Gimignano Friday - Colle Val d'Elsa Saturday - Castellina-in-Chianti OUTLETS The Mall - Gucci, Armani etc.. Exit the A1 autostrada (Florence/Roma) at Incisa. Follow signs for Pontassieve. 'The Mall' is located in the area of Leccio. Dolce and Gabbanna - Directions as for The Mall, but turn left at signs for Rignano Sul Arno. ANTIQUE MARKETS Chianciano Terme - second weekend of every month Sarteano - third Sunday of every month Arezzo - First Sunday of every month FESTIVALS Festival season is from June onwards. Every Small town / village will have saints day and the larger towns will have several. A selection: Saints days - San Gimignano - 31 January and 12 March Calcio in Costume - 19/24 and 28 June - Florence Gioco del Ponte - Pisa - last Sunday in June Il Palio - Siena - 2 July and 16 August Settimane Musicale - Siena - last week July Il Palio - Casole d'Elsa - July Festival of Santa Fina - San Gimignano - First week August Festival of Sant'Agostino - San Gimignano - 29 August Festa della Bistecca - Cortona - 15 August Wine Festival - Greve in Chianti - second week of September Porcini Mushroom Festival - Pievescola - September Cristalware exhibitions - Colle Val d'Elsa - September The Giostra del Saracino, in piazza grande (Arezzo's answer to the Palio). Much safer for the horses as it is a joust rather than a race and not to be missed if you are here for the August 15th. A series of connected festivals are spread out from the last week in July for about a month. GENERAL INFORMATION WEBSITES Tuscany Tourism Official site of the mayor's office Volterra (in English) TUSCANY ACTIVITIES WEBSITES Siena Music festival Siena Art festival in Montepulciano 24 July - 4 August Spoleto Music, Cinema and Theatre festival - 28 June - 14 July Wine Trails Opera festivals Jazz music The Palio in Siena Walking in Volterra Museums in Florence

Calendar – Availability

(Bookings can only be made from Saturday to Saturday.)

2018 | 2019 | 2020
2016 Jan2 9 16 23 30
2016 Feb6 13 20 27  
2016 Mar5 12 19 26  
2016 Apr2 9 16 23 30
2016 May7 14 21 28  
2016 Jun4 11 18 25  
2016 Jul2 9 16 23 30
2016 Aug6 13 20 27  
2016 Sep3 10 17 24  
2016 Oct1 8 15 22 29
2016 Nov5 12 19 26  
2016 Dec3 10 17 24 31
# Low season price: €1,950.00
# Mid season price: €2,350.00
# High season price: €2,800.00
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Place: Marti

Lovely rural village 200m above sea level, looking over the Arno valley