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1A - sleeps 6
Castello di Pastine
Pool / Spa
- Bookings at this property are non-refundable.
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 6
Castello di Pastine is situated in an excellent position a little over 30 km from Florence and Siena, both of which can be reached within half an hour. About 11 km away is the fascinating town of Certaldo, a medieval fortress and the native city of Boccaccio — one of the fathers of Italian literature and the author of the Decameron. San Gimignano, the well-preserved medieval city of towers is just 15 km away, while Volterra, a historic Etruscan city, can be reached driving along 43 km of the most beautiful roads in Tuscany, part of the Volterrana: the legendary road for people who love to drive through the countryside, by car or by bike! Then, if you want to taste or buy some excellent wine, you don’t have to go very far to visit the wine cellars where the most famous red wine in the world is made, Chianti Classico. Throughout the year the Tuscan towns are animated by fairs, festivals, theme-celebrations and historic re-enactments with street markets, suppers, tastings and fireworks.
Other Activities: cooking class, volleyball, sightseeing, air ballooning, wine tasting tours
- english, italian
About Mr. Guido
Ciao! I am Guido, the manager 'factotum' here at Castello di Pastine. I was born in Florence on 1975. I spent all my childhood in Firenze, growing up with my brother Nicola, who is now a priest. After High-school, I had the opportunity to go abroad and study in Boston, at Boston University, School of Communication, where I got my bachelor on 2001. Back in Florence, I felt in love with an Italian girl, who is now my wife. We got married on 2005, in a beautiful Church, near by Pastine. Now we have 4 marvelous children, who are our joy. Among my greatest passions/hobbies are: board games and theater (I am an impro-actor, and I have an amateur theater company). *** I am behind Castello di Pastine since 2004/2005. And I love my job.
Mr. Guido purchased this Apartment in 1989
Why Mr. Guido chose Barberino Val d'Elsa
Castello di Pastine is like an island. Being on top of an hill, and surrounded by its private park, our estate offers breathtaking views that can not be described in words, and can not get in their entirety in a single photo. You need to come to understand what I mean. The atmosphere is particular. The estate is surrounded by a forest that works as a big lung, offering fresh air every day. The main building is very old, and dates back to 1500. But there is the evidence of Etruscan architecture (700 b.C.), as well as many prehistoric fossils (shells), that reminds us that millions of years ago, Pastine was about 15-30 meters underneath the sea level. *** Castello di Pastine was an investment made by the old company of my father, back in the late 80s. At first it looked like the 'sleeping beauty' castle, since it was was surrounded by brambles and ivy-covered. It took many years to restore it. It was open to holiday rentals starting from the mid 90s.
What makes this Apartment unique
When you get to Pastine you cry two times: when you arrive, and when you depart. You cry when you arrive, because things are different here...we are not perfect, I have to be honest; there are many things here that could work better (in Pastine, and in Italy), or that could be treated in a different way, with a different system. But this is part of the discovery, I guess...of the beauty of traveling, and knowing something different from your home. Then you will cry when you depart...because after a while you get used to all these little differences and imperfections ... and you begin to love them, since they are the very ones to make this place unique.