The whole apartment is available and suitable for those looking for an authentic stay in a small village during a tour of Tuscany.
This clean and quiet apartment is located in a small village near Empoli, just 3km from the railway station and with easy access to the superstrada (SGC Firenze Pisa Livorno). It is ideally situated for a tour of Tuscany.
The apartment is on the top floor of a 3 storey building. It sleeps 4 people and consists of 2 large rooms and a bathroom. It has its own independent heating system and hot water constantly available. It is well insulated against the cold in the winter and the heat in the summer.
All necessary items are provided in the apartment such as washing machine, drying rack, iron and ironing board, stove, refrigerator, cooking utensils, bed sheets and towels.
At a time when the centre of cities like Florence have been handed over to tourist accommodation this remains an authentic working countryside village.
Access is provided to the whole apartment
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I will be available any time online, but will probably be travelling myself during your stay.
Archaeological digs have ascertained that Empoli was inhabited from the first Imperial Age until the fourth century. Amphorae were produced in the area and sold up and down the river. The Romans certainly settled here and gave the town the name ‘Portù’ as it functioned as a port that bordered the Via Quinctia road leading from Florence to Pisa.
The Via Salaiola also passed close to Empoli. This road passed through Volterra and was used for transporting salt. The origins of the name ‘Empoli’ are debated although it is known that the town was called ‘Emporium’ or ‘Empolis’ as early as the eighth century.
BATTLE FOR CONTROL
The town belonged to the Guidi family in 1119 but came under Florentine rule in 1182. Once Empoli had become an important fortress, it was raided many times. In the meantime, the local farming industry grew and the town even gave its name to a species of artichoke. In the twentieth century there was a flourishing glass working industry although most of the glass factories are closed today.
Empoli has a long tradition as an agricultural centre but also for the production of glass.
Like many Italian towns, Empoli today is famous for its ‘passeggiata’: when many people come into the centre to take a stroll before dinner. The classic route round the city starts in Piazza Farinata degli Uberti, goes left in Via Giuseppe del Papa, then into Via Ridolfi, left along Via del Giglio and finally, after the fourth left turn, back into Piazza Farinata. Traditionally, men walked in one direction and women in the other.
There has been a Thursday market held in the town since the eleventh century. The market’s location has moved many times – today it is held near Castellani Stadium – but the day has never changed.
There are two traditional annual festivals: the Corpus Domini Festival and the September Festival.
Smoking and pets are not allowed in the apartment.
Please do not cause too much noise as the neighbours are not used to it and as a courtesy to future guests, please leave the place more or less as you found it.
The photo shows me in the act of single handedly constructing the ceiling in 1993.
Working alone, by 1995 I completed the ceilings, tiling and plastering throughout, as well as all of the fittings, wiring and plumbing.
Don't worry it's all been signed off by competent professionals.
I also made the bed in the master bedroom.