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PELAGO (Firenze), Italy

View of house from front courtyard

View of house from front courtyard

View from the back

View from the back

kitchen

kitchen

entrance,  side view

entrance, side view

entrance in winter, with plants taken in

entrance in winter, with plants taken in

side view, from the vegetable garden

side view, from the vegetable garden

View of house from front courtyard
View from the back kitchen

entrance,  side view entrance in winter, with plants taken in side view, from the vegetable garden
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1 story house in PELAGO (Firenze), Italy

WE HAVE ALREADY MADE SUMMER EXCHANGE PLANS FOR 2018, SO WE ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR THE SUMMER , though we may be available to go away for a weekend nearby (in Italy) in the spring . We usually do not take long vacations in the fall because we must harvest our grapes in September and our olives in October. -- if this changes, I will update this note. The house description is in English first, followed by French and then Italian . Look at the MAP section for a detailed description of the area and places to visit.
ENGLISH
Our home is a Tuscan farmhouse surrounded by olive groves in the hills below the Appenine mountains 25 kilometers east of Florence.  It is situated inside a 'reserve' where hunting is not allowed, and located 1 kilometer from shopping in the nearest small town. In the vicinity you may encounter pheasant, hare, wild boar, fallow deer, an occasional squirrel.   
We also have a modestly furnished one-bedroom apartment in Florence (55 sq. meters) which we rarely exchange and occasionally rent. I can provide photos and a description.
The main photo in the listing shows the front courtyard of the farmhouse.  The smaller photos are, starting from the left, the entrance to the house with plants taken in for the winter, the  kitchen, and 2  views of the entrance  seen from outside.
Our family consists of  Mario and myself, both retired, a young cat named Bianca (almost 4 years old) adopted in May 2014, and a 9 year old white dog named Persia, who will probably spend her vacation in a pensione.   The cat will stay at home.  

FRENCH
NOUS AVONS déjà FAIT NOS PROJECTS DE VACANCES POUR L'ETE 2018, mais peut-etre au printemps nous pouvons faire un fin de semaine dans notre region, en italie. Nous ne prenons des vacances à partir du 10 septembre à cause de la récolte des raisons de notre vignoble et, en octobre, la récolte des olives.

Notre maison est une ferme Toscane entourée des oliviers dans les collines près des apenins, à 25 kilometres à l'est de Florence et à 1 kilometre du petit pays où nous habitons, où on peut faire les courses. Elle se trouve dans une reserve où la chasse est interdite, donc on peut encontrer quelquefois des pintades, des lièvres, des chevreuils, des sangliers et à fois un'écureuil.   
Nous avons aussi un appartement à Florence centre (55 m²), quelquefois pour échanger ou louer. Si cela vous interesse, vous pouvez demander les photos et une description.
La photo principale est de notre cours.  Les photos plus petits sont, d'à gauche:  l'entrée avec les plantes en hiver;  la cuisine; et deux vues de l'entrée à l'exterieur.
Notre famille consiste de Mario et moi, en retraite; une jeune chat de à peu près quattre ans, adoptée en mai 2014, de nom Bianca; et une chien de 9 ans de nom Persia, qui va en auberge quand nous allons en vacances. Le chat reste chez nous.

ITALIANO
ABBIAMO FATTO DES PROGETTI PER LE VACANZE DEL ESTATE 2018, ma un weekend in primavera è possibile. Generalmente non siamo disponibile per le vacanze dopo il 10 settembre.
Nostra casa è una casa colonica Toscana circondata da olivi.  E situata nelle colline sotto gli appennini à 25 kilometri ad est de Firenze dentro una riserva di caccia dove si trovano fagiani, lepri, caprioli, cinghiali e qualche scoiatolo.     Si trova ad 1 kilometro dal paese più vicino dove si può fare la spesa. La foto principale è della casa vista dall'aia, e quelle più piccole sono, da sinistra:  l'ingresso con le piante messe al riparo per l'inverno; la cucina; e  2 viste dell'ingresso dal esterno.
Abbiamo anche un piccolo appartamento a Firenze che scambiamo o affittiamo raramente . Potete chiedere les fotos e la descrizione se vi interessa.
Nostra famiglia consiste di Mario e me, pensionati, una gattina di quasi quattro anni di nome Bianca, addottata in maggio 2014,  e una canina bianca di 9 anni, chiamata Persia .  La canina dovrebbe andare in pensione quando noi andiamo in vacanza mentre la gattina resta a casa.
Per il momento, non cerchiamo uno scambio, se non per periodi brevi (2-3-4 giorni) e non nell'estate.

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Our Family

  • 2 Adults
  • 0 Children
  • 26 Exchanges made

Occupation

  • retired
  • retired

Our Home

  • House Type: Single storey home
  • Floor: 1
  • Environment: In the country
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Sleeping Capacity: 4

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In my house

  • Pets - Not allowed
  • Small children - Allowed
  • Car necessary
  • Seclusion/Privacy
  • Pet care wanted

Exchange Types

  • Home exchange

Indoor

  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Television

Outdoor

  • Garden

Our Destination Wish List

  • France
  • Italy

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Italiano
  • Français

Our Neighbourhood

Nearest Airport: Florence - 35 kilometers

French version écrit en 2013, les sites web ne sont plus bons
Le commun de Pelago se trouve au pied des Appenines et fait partie des 7 communs de la montagne florentine (site web en italien et en anglais seulement- http://www.tuscany.name/colline/tu/e/ehome.htm). Il est très large, s’étendant du hameau de San Francesco à coté du fleuve, le Sieve, jusqu’au hameau de montagne, Consuma, à 1000 metres d’alt http://www.tuscany.name/colline/tu/e/ter/pelago.htm
Notre proprieté (à environs 250 mt. d’altitude) est sous le pays de Pelago, à un kilomètre.   Au fond de la proprieté il y a un ruisseau, le Vicano, qui fait un petit bassin près du pays ou on peut nager.  Il y a des sentiers qui permettent de randonner dans la campagne.    
Aux alentours, à 30 minutes d’auto (16 km.), il y a le foret domanial de Vallombrosa pour randonner,  avec l’abbaye (http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbaye_de_Vallombrosa), l’hameau touristique de Saltino (14 k m-20 min) et la mont Secchieta du Pratomagno, dans la territoire du Casentino, à 1499 mètres (23 km-40 min), ou quelquefois on peut trouver les framboises et  plusieurs espèces de champignon.   Il y a aussi les pays du Casentino, comme Stia (30 km-40 min) et  Poppi (32 km.-40 min), et dans le parc du foret casentinese, les retraits de La Verna (63km-1 ½ heures) et Camaldoli (45 km.- 1 heure);    les pays du Mugello, comme Scarperia(45 km-1 heure), fameux ici pour les couteaux ; ceux du Chianti, comme Greve (44km- 1 heure) et Radda;  et leurs paysages ; aussi,  près de Florence (25km-40min)  il y a Fiesole (22km-34 min) et Settignano(20 km-30 min).
On peut visiter plusieurs villes importante par chemin de fer, avec départ de Pontassieve (à 7 kilomètres de Pelago), mais je vous donne la distance et le temps pour la voiture à partir de Pelago :
Florence (25km-30 minutes) ;
Arezzo (70 km-une heure) ; 
Pisa (132 km-1 ¾ heures) ;
Ravenna (le petit train qui passe par les montagnes, 2 heures je crois- en auto 148 km, 2 ½ heures par les montagnes).    
A Florence (en face de la station – au fond de l’escalier) on peut prendre l’autobus exprès pour Siena (90 km) et San Gimignano (73 km) (autobus, à peu près un heure);  de l’autre coté de la station se trouvent les autobus Lazzi, pour Lucca (110 km),  Montecatini Terme (81 km), Viareggio (132km-1 ¾ heures)  (autobus, environs 1 ½ heures).  On peut aussi aller à Rome pour une journée avec le Eurostar (1 ½ heures aller) – mais le billet a/r est cher. 
La Plage plus voisin est un lac, le réservoir de Florence, qui s’appelle ‘Lago di Bilacino’(69 km. – 1 heure). Il se trouve entre San Piero a Sieve et Barberino di Mugello. On y arrive par la route qui porte a Rufina , SS69, près de Pontassieve.  
La cote livornese de la mer  (San Vincenzo, Castagneto Carducci, Castiglioncello)  est à 2 heures, la cote de Maremma (Orbetello, Parco dell’Uccellina, Capalbio) est à 2 ½-3 heures en auto.

Things to do and places to visit, English version, done Dec. 19, 2017
The town of Pelago is located in the foothills of the Appenine mountains and is one of the 7 towns belonging to the Florentine mountain association (now called the Union of Townships of the Florentine Valdarno and Valdisieve). The Valdarno is the Arno Valley and the Valdisieve is the Sieve River Valley. Pelago is a very large township, extending from the most populous village of San Francesco, located along the banks of the Sieve River, up to the mountain hamlet of Consuma at 1000 meters above sea level.

Our property (altitude about 250 meters) is located below the town of Pelago, one kilometer away. At the lower end of the property is a mill stream, the Vicano, with a small swimming hole just below the town, a ten minute walk from the house, where you can swim. There are many paths which can be used for country walks and hikes. But don’t get lost !

In the area, about a 30 minute car ride away (16-30 km.) are
--the state forest of Vallombrosa for cool air, walks and hikes, Vallombrosa Abbey (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vallombrosa_Abbey), as well as a touristic hamlet called Saltino (14 km-20 min), which belongs to the township of Reggello, and Mount Secchieta (23 km-40 min) of the Pratomagno mountain chain in Casentino, (altitude 1499 meters) where you can sometimes find wild strawberries, wild raspberries and various kinds of wild mushrooms. Vallombrosa, Saltino e Secchieta are in the same area. Further on is Cetica, a tiny mountain hamlet. To visit these places you take the road to Tosi, then turn up towards Vallombrosa and beyond.
--the Casentino townships, like Stia (30 km-40 min) and medieval Poppi (32 km.-40 min). Further away are the mountain retreats of La Verna (63 km. 1 ½ hours) and Camaldoli (45 km- 1 hour). To visit these towns, you go from Pelago to Diacceto, then follow the road to the mountain hamlet of Consuma.
--the Mugello mountains and towns, especially the township of Scarperia (45 km.–1 hour), famous in Italy for its knives. To visit, you must go down the hill to Pontassieve and take the road towards Borgo San Lorenzo and continue on.
--the towns of Chianti, like Greve and Radda (44 km.-1 hour), and the Chianti landscape
--near Florence (25 km.-40 min.) is Fiesole (22km.-34 min.) and Settignano (20km.-30 min.).
You can also take the train (or a bus) from Pontassieve –7 kilomèters from Pelago--, to visit many of the important cities in Tuscany (and beyond).
-Florence (25 km-30 min. by train from Pontassieve)
-Arezzo (70 km – about an hour by train from Pontassieve)
-Pisa (132 km-1 ¾ hour, two trains – start in Pontassieve, change in Florence)
-Ravenna (a charming train ride through the mountains – but don’t know whether it’s still working)
-Siena (90 km) and San Gimignano (73 km) by bus (though I don’t think one day would be sufficient to visit both, and don’t know whether bus schedules would allow this). You can also visit Siena by train. Both bus and train for Siena depart from SMN in Florence.
-Lucca (110 km-1 ¼-1 ¾ hrs by train from Florence) – Bus is probably better, but don’t know schedules or company. Everything has changed since 2016.
-Montecatini Terme (81 km.) and Viareggio (132 km.) – same bus line as Lucca. But there’s also the train from Florence .
-Charming towns in Tuscany and Umbria: Montepulciano, Pienza, Cetona, Chiusi, Cortona in Tuscany: Lago Trasimeno and its towns, Perugia, Città della Pieve, Monte San Savino, and others. Two hours or more by car.
-Rome (1 ½ hrs from Florence by fastest train – now called Freccia something)
Bologna: less than 1 hour by train from Florence. (fast train- 40 min., 23 Euros; slower trains – 1 to 1 ¾ hrs, 10 and 12 Euros)
Venice: 2 hours from Florence (40 Euros per ticket, regular price – discounted tickets exist but not checking)
Beaches:
-the nearest beach is a lake, the Florence reservoir, the Lago di Bilancino (69 km. – 1 hour), located in the Mugello mountains (like Scarperia, same road) between San Piero a Sieve and Barberino di Mugello. You take the SS69 from Pontassieve, head toward Rufina, and keep driving.
-Pisa coastal beaches – mah…less than 2 hours by car.
-the Livorno coastal beaches (San Vincenzo, Castagneto Carducci, Castiglioncello) are about two hours away by car.
-the Maremma coastal towns, beaches and parks (Orbetello, Parco dell’Uccellina, Capalbio, and more) are more than two hours away – 2 ½-3 hours by car.
-Islands of Elba and Giglio – not around the corner .

 
 

Occupation

  • retired
  • retired

Children

  • We do not have children.

Pets

  • gatti

References

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