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Where we are in Tuscany (Directions to print out at the bottom of this page) First put VIA DEI GRANAI into sat nav then when you are half way up the hill put in the following coordinates N.43.69563° E10.96478°

Local Trattorias

There are three nice trattorias’ in nearby villages that are very popular with local Italians and serve typical traditional dishes. All three places have a nice family atmosphere.

Wine Tasting

There is wine and olive oil tasting on the next hill (a 10 minute walk up a farm track as seen in photo below) at Fattoria di Piazzano. On the farm they make a popular white wine which comes under the name of Ventoso, (Breezy) because of the strong gales we get along our valley during the winter. They also produce RIO CAMERATA the name of a little stream that runs along the edge of both of our properties.The farm has belonged to the Bettarini family since 1948.

 

alice     New piazzano

 

 

                                                             Car park New tractor

More views from terrace   .view from terrace green   3x View 1    side view of house Vb     ring here reception

 

Directions to get here: We recommend copying and printing them out to bring with you as sometimes the sat-navs in hired cars are not very good. DIRECTIONS FROM FLORENCE: In your naviator put in VIA DEI GRANAI. This road leads you onto our road VIA MAREMMANA II TRATTO. If you put directly in Via Maremmana the SAT NAV will take you to another part of Via Maremmana which is a very long old track that stretched across Tuscany. So put in VIA DEI GRANAI and this road after about 1 mile becomes Via Maremmana. Via Dei Granai, Empoli which is the nearest road before it becomes Via Maremmana II Tratto 600 metres before our B&B.(Do not use the address Via Maremmana II on your sat nav as there are three roads and you will not find us). Exit off the AUTOSTRADA from Bologna/Roma/ at FIRENZE SCANDICCI. You will see the directions sign posted in blue EMPOLI-PISA-LIVORNO. Come off at MONTELUPO. The road goes down and you stop at the roundbout and take the second exit off and go under a bridge. Follow the signs to SAMMONTANA /VILLANUOVA and follow the road which goes past a Madonna in a niche then underneath a bridge and past a very large modern factory on your right. You know you are on the right road because there are tall cypress trees along each side of the road. When you arrive at VILLA NUOVA you pass through the narrow village corner and you will immediately pass a bar on your left. Carry on for 100 metres and stop at the red STOP sign. At the stop sign you will be directly in front of a yellow painted villa with a tower. Turn left here and follow the road with the sign “VIA DI SOTTO POGGIO PER S.DONATO”. There are a group of trees on your left immediately after you turn. Do not go off to your left up the hill. Follow the wide tarmacked road with the white lines on either side. You know you are on the right road as there is a narrow bridge under some pine tees after about 500 metres where you have to slow down to go over. There is also group of yellow houses with a pink one in the middle on the right hand side. There is a road on your left that says Via Maremmana IGNORE THIS ROAD and continue on the tarmack. After 3 km you will see on your right a long low house with many chimneys and a house with red shutters. Opposite is a little road on your left called Via dei Granai. Turn into this road. The road goes up hill. After about 300 metres turn left and continue on until you arrive at a group of houses. Here is a sign written Via Maremmana II Tratto. Turn right and continue on for another 300 metres then right for another 300 metres. You will arrive at a big house. The first part of the villa is I MELOGRANI. You can park your car in the car park which is indicated before the villa. There is an orange tractor in the corner of the car park where there is a path leading to reception. DIRECTIONS FROM PISA AIRPORT Approx 50 Km (31 miles): From PISA AIRPORT take the SUPERSTRADA for FIRENZE (SGC). Follow the Superstrada until you reach Empoli-Est (you pass by Navacchio, Cascina, Pontedera, Montopoli,Santa Croce, San Miniato, Empoli Ovest) After Empoli Ovest and Empoli Est come off at MONTELUPO. Come off at MONTELUPO. The road goes down and you stop at the roundbout and take the second exit off and go under a bridge. Follow the signs to SAMMONTANA /VILLANUOVA. You know you are on the right road because there are tall cypress trees along each side of the road. When you arrive at VILLA NUOVA you pass through the narrow village corner and you will immediatly pass a bar on your left. Carry on for 100 metres and stop at the red STOP sign.At the stop sign you will be directly infront of a yellow painted villa with a tower. Turn left here and follow the road with the sign “VIA DI SOTTO POGGIO PER S.DONATO”. There are a group of trees on your left immediatly after you turn. Do not go off to your left up the hill. Follow the wide tarmacked road with the white lines on either side. You know you are on the right road as there is a narrow bridge under some pine tees after about 500 metres where you have to slow down to go over. There is also group of yellow houses with a pink one in the middle on the right hand side. After 3 km you will see on your right a long low house with many chimneys and a house with red shutters. Opposite is a little road on your left called Via dei Granai. Turn into this road. The road goes up hill. After about 300 metres turn left and continue on until you arrive at a group of houses.Here is a sign written Via Maremma II Tratto.Turn right and continue on for another 300 metres then right for another 300 metres. You will arrive at a big house . The first part of the villa is I MELOGRANI. You can park your car in the car park which is indicated before the villa. There is an orange tractor in the corner of the car park where there is a path leading to reception.