Paradise under the Tuscan sun. Set high on a hill in the Chianti overlooking the most stunning scenery, this Tuscan gem has been restored with exquisite taste and sense of comfort.
8 BR
Florence 40 km
heated pool
Daily maid
Air condition


Semifonte lies half way between Florence and Siena overlooking the most exquisite Chianti scenery. The nearest village is the enchanting medieval Barberino Val d'Elsa.

Originally built in the year 1000AD, Semifonte has undergone a lengthy and meticulously conceived restoration.
There are two principal structures - the Tower and the Hay Barn - connected by a hallway in glass, plus the pool house.

Eight bedrooms - all ensuite - accommodate a total of 16 guests. 5 bedrooms, including the Master, are located in the Tower, 2 bedrooms in the Hay Barn and 1 in the guest house at pool level. A very well equipped large kitchen, the generous dining room, both located in the Barn and several living rooms allow lots of space to spread out. An series of furnished outdoor areas and the al fresco dining terrace entice you to live outdoors.

Last but not least, Semifonte is perfectly located to visit Tuscany's main towns and landmarks.

• A typically Italian garden, immaculately tended, irrigated lawns adorned with roses, jasmine and other local plants
• Heated infinity swimming pool overlooks the blissful Chianti countryside with the silhouetted towers of San Gimignano on the horizon
• Outdoor shower and table tennis
• Bbq and outdoor kitchen with pizza oven
• Multiple outdoor garden sitting areas, patios and terraces
• Eight ensuite double bedrooms including pool studio (twins available on request)
• Dining room for up to 16 guests
• State of the art kitchen
• Two large living rooms with dramatically arched windows providing a spectacular view over the valley
• Full movie and sky TV in upper lounge


• Egyptian cotton sheets
• Luxury bathroom amenities
• Frette slippers, bathrobe and hairdryer in each bathroom
• Cots, cradles and high chairs on request
• W-iFi throughout
• Air conditioning
• Sonos music system with surround speakers
• Full movie and Sky TV
• Mosquito screens
• Table tennis / table football
• Fireplace
Staff | Service included
• Welcome Tuscan Dinner and breakfast
• Daily maid service except Sundays and holidays
• Mid week sheet change
• Mineral water
• Case of Tuscan wine
• Welcome food amenities
• Air con and heating
• Limoncello, Aperol and Tuscan Gin
• Pool and garden maintenance

Staff | Service on request
• Private chef service
• Grocery pre-stocking and food shopping
• Cooking classes
• Massage
• Wine list
• Yoga and Pilates at the villa


To receive the floor plans of this villa contact Katharina or Gaia at contact@excellence.villas
• Closest village Barberino Val d'Elsa 4 km - 5 minutes drive
• Closest commercial and private (private jets) airport Florence 40km – 45 minutes drive
• Greve in Chianti 30 km - 40 minutes
• San Gimignano 20 km - 30 minutes
• Florence 35 km - 35 minutes drive
• Siena 40 km - 40 minutes
• Pisa 90 km - 1 hour 30 minutes
• Rome 270 km - 3 hours
Things to do
The Villa is in the perfect location, just 30-40 minutes outside Florence. It overlooks a spectacular valley of vineyards, and the sunsets are amazing. In the morning, fog envelopes the valley floor, and the ancient towered city of San Gimignano rises on the opposite end of the valley, which you can see from the Villa. A few minutes away is the small town of Barberino, which has a modern grocery store and other shops.
• The Chianti area: Famous for its wines - the Chianti Classico - this area of Tuscany has more than just world-class oenological pleasures to offer. The curious visitor will come accross many delightful villages, each of them with a history of its own. Let us simply mention lesser known gems such as the romanesque church of Sant'Appiano, the Basilica of Impruneta, the fortified castle of Monteriggioni and the roofless romanesque abbey of San Galgano which are all close. And don’t miss the Saturday market in the small town of Greve.
• San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany, north-central Italy. It is mainly famous for its medieval architecture, especially its towers, which may be seen from several kilometers outside the town. The town also is known for the white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, grown in the area.
• Florence: The city lies on the Arno River and is known for its history and its importance in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, especially for its art and architecture. A centre of medieval European trade and finance, the city is often considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance; in fact, it has been called the Athens of the Middle Ages.[2] It was long under the de facto rule of the Medici family. From 1865 to 1870 the city was also the capital of the Kingdom of Italy. The historic centre of Florence continues to attract millions of tourists each year and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.
• Siena: The Sienese have no doubt, their town is the most beautiful in all of Tuscany, if not all of Italy. Siena has remained a Gothic city. Renaissance, one of the major influences in Florence, hardly affected the urban development of Siena. The city unfolds around the main shell-shaped square called "Il Campo." Twice a year the famous horse race known as the "Palio" takes place here. The narrow streets are lined with old shops and small cafes, while churches and museums are real treasures of the fourteenth century.
• Restaurants: eating out is a way of getting to know the area. Simple local trattorias rub their shoulders with more sophisticated restaurants specialised in refined cuisine. Fresh local produce allways plays the leading role.
• Local craftsmanship: hand-made terracotta pots from Impruneta, hand painted pottery from Montelupo, mouth-blown crystal glass from the neighbouring village Colle Val d'Elsa, not to mention the south bank of the Arno river in Florence where you will find a multitude of craftsmen working silver, leather, wood, glass, paper and metal.
To receive a complete overview of activities and sightseeing in the area, contact Katharina or Gaia at contact@excellence.villas We will promptly email you an exhaustive document.

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