Villa Bobolino is highly eco-friendly! It features floor heating, a photo-thermo-voltaic system and a wood-burning heating system. All electricity is produced with solar panels, laid on roof and on garden terraces. We recycle all materials: glass, plastic, paper, aluminium; we collect organic waste and use it in the garden and the orchard. We collect rain water and, after proper filtration and cleaning, reuse it to fill the pool – which we heat with solar panels – and to irrigate the many thousands of plants and flowers that are found in the garden. Whenever we can, we offer our produce to our guests – fruits and vegetables we grow in the villa orchard: apricots, pears, apples, tomatoes, lettuce, zucchini, cherries, strawberries, olives …
Villa Bobolino lies in a beautiful green area and is surrounded by flowers. The owners are very fond of nature, its colors and scents – and they sowed roses, oleanders, lavender, rosemary and lilies all over the property. Springtime at Villa Bobolino is a real wonder and a delight for the senses.
The large swimming pool for adults and children can be heated with solar panels when the weather allows for it. The outdoor shower next to the pool is also sun-heated. A baby pool is available next to the large one. Around the pool is a large sunbathing area, the spot the sun-lovers enjoy the most. The swimming pool is carefully maintained to fully comply with the local rigorous hygene and safety standards. The entire pool control system is automatized to maintain optimized water level and balanced water parameters. We kindly ask our guests to complay with the swimming pool rules which are designed to provide you with top hygene and wellness conditions.
Just outside the kitchen is a large outdoor dining & relaxing area, equipped with a large table in the shade and swinging chairs. The beautiful wood-burning brick oven with barbecue is perfect for outdoor parties. It features a convenient surface and running water for a truly comfortable outdoor cooking experience.
For those who prefer to read in the shade of the large pine trees and in the fragrant breeze carrying rosemary, sage and mint scents, a gazebo (with power outlets and free wi-fi) is the ideal place to indulge, sheltered from the sun, and enjoy a beautiful view of the pool.
Next to the pool is a small orchard of olive trees, a vineyard and a wide variety of roses. Here the owner built a little beautiful cabin for kids to play in.
Take a pleasant walk in the property. Explore the pebbles promenade. It is a private path that crosses the entire property, through the orchard the garden.
Finally, the property includes a private parking that can fit up to 5 cars.
Montelupo Fiorentino is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Florence, located about 20 kilometres (12 miles) southwest of Florence.
The area is predominantly hilly and is crossed by the river Pesa that, particularly in the municipal area, flows into the Arno river.
Until the 16th century, Montelupo Fiorentino lived his golden age. It was one of the most important centers of pottery production of the Renaissance, at the Italian and the European level.For more than three centuries, the furnaces have proliferated within the city walls (built in the mid 14th century), to over 50 units at the end of the 15th century. The production level was such that required an “Editto del Potestà” (Edict) to prohibit that the huge quantities of waste and processing residues were thrown in the adjacent Pesa River, so to avoid its stream to be diverted.
Some of Montelupo’s potteries are the finest examples of Renaissance majolica “istoriata” (stained) that makes a fine show in the most important museums in the world (Musée de Cluny, and Victoria and Albert Museum, to name a few), although often with labels and captions not exactly correct.
At the end of the 17th century, after the production of wonderful artifacts for pharmacies Florentine Dominicans of San Marco and Santa Maria Novella was finished, it began the slow but inexorable decline in the production of ceramics in Montelupo. Only through the production of the Capraia’s pots the tradition survived during the 18th and 19th centuries.