Carla lives in Florence, in an outstandingly beautiful fourteenth century house, surrounded by a garden, in a magnificent setting on a hillside just outside the center of the city a short drive from the historic centre.
Her son, a lawyer, occupies a small portion of the house. Her daughter lives and teaches abroad and may occasionally be present.
A former teacher of literature and history of art, Carla has a dynamic personality, is a lover of travelling, theatre, cinema, gardening, music and everything related to the art and history of Florence. She often goes to opera and classical music concerts that are held in Florence both in theatres and in historic homes.
The home has two large living rooms with classical Florentine and antique furniture.
The guest bedroom has its own private bathroom with shower and access by means of a stone staircase.
•Homestay prices (minimum 3 nights)
One guest. Single bedroom, private bath
breakfast and dinner with the host family € 110,00/per night
Two guests travelling together sharing bedroom and privat bath
breakfast and dinner with the host family € 190,00/per night for two persons
Two guests travelling together – two separate bedrooms – one pivate bathroom
breakfast and dinner with the host family € 210,00/ per night for two persons
•Guided visits and walks with Carla
Walks and excursions can be planned together with you, each walk lasting about 3 hours, either in the morning or the afternoon.
€ 55,00 each walk for one guest – € 75,00 each walk for two guests travelling together
Oltrarno Walks (3 hours) Off the usual tourist trodden ways, starting at Piazza Pitti, along Via Maggio, renowned for the antique shops and for the buildings dedicated to Bianca Cappello, Piazza della Passera, with old streets bordered by craftsmen shops, a visit the Church of the Holy Spirit.
San Miniato a Monte and Piazzale Michelangelo (3 hours) San Miniato is the famous basilica in Romanesque style and gives one of the most beautiful views of Florence. Piazzale Michelangelo is the “balcony of Florence” from where we have a panoramic view of the city, the outlying valley and up to the hills of Fiesole.
Streetwise Shopping in Florence (3 hours) Craftsmen and antique dealers in the Oltrarno area, or along the renowned city fashion designers streets.
•Guided excursion by car to Siena, or Lucca, or Pisa (each excursion is of 5/6 hours)
€ 130,00 each excursion for one guest
€ 180,00 each excursion for two guests travelling together
Siena Walk around the winding streets of the medieval town, with a visit to the Piazza del Campo, where the world-famous Palio is held and considered one of the most beautiful squares in the world. Then to the Cathedral and Baptistery.
Pisa An ancient maritime republic, now one of the most important Italian art cities. Its artistic and architectural center is the Piazza del Duomo, where we see the celebrated Leaning Tower.
Lucca One of the best preserved ancient city centers, surrounded by walls dating back to 1500. Walking in the old town you will discover the various corners of the city, the “one hundred churches”, the narrow alleys and the beautiful squares, the Amphitheatre Square on the ruins of an ancient Roman amphitheater which determines the elliptical form.
•Italian and Tuscan Cooking Activities (3 hours)with Carla
€ 85,00 for one guest – € 140,00 for two guests together – including ingredients
Individual Italian and Tuscan cuisine activities, including visits to local stores and markets to identify and select the appropriate ingredients for the recipes which you will personally cook.
You will be taught the art of interpreting the language of Italian recipes, the technique used in preparing the ingredients for cooking, tasting and setting the table in the traditional Tuscan manner.
Prices do not include personal bus or train tickets, entrance fees to museums, churches, cinema, theatre, lunches and food or wine tasting visits.
What my guests said
– If you are looking for a quiet place, not too far from the center of Florence, this is the place to be! This wonderful house is situated on top of the hills surrounding Florence. The very large Renaissance house is amazing really, the rooms are restored in the typical Tuscan style and are very comfortable. In the beautiful garden you can enjoy the ‘dolce far niente’, lying down on a sunbed under a tree. At night you sleep like a baby, the neighbourhood is very quiet and even in the summer it is cool inside thanks to the thick walls. In this place you feel at home right away, thanks to the warm welcome of the hostess. Carla Sebastiani knows how to give her guests the perfect holiday! She speaks English and French fluently, so no problem if you don’t speak Italian. In this home you get the most delicious food, of course typically Italian. Carla is a great cook!
Especially for her guests she even bought the so called ‘macchinina’, an electric golf cart, with which she brings her guests in no time to the center of Florence, where cars are not allowed. As a matter of fact it is more like a race into Florence. Like most Italians, Carla loves driving fast! For several years Carla was my summer teacher for Italian language. Her lessons were always interesting and adapted to each student’s level. She is very passionate about art and showed me lots of art treasures in Florence. With her background as a teacher in history of art, she is the perfect guide for tourists who want to discover the beauties of Florence. I can surely recommend this wonderful homestay! Hilde Van Bercklaer, Antwerp, Belgium
– The villa sits among the olive and cypress in a typical Tuscan landscape overlooking Florence. The garden, with the fruit trees and vegetables, and the interior of the villa, with its expansive sitting room, imparts a true sense of tranquility. Your friendly host, who speaks English, will give you a warm welcome and to maximise the enjoyment of your visit she will offer, on request, to take you on a cultural tour of the city. A pleasant walk to the centre would take about half an hour. Alternatively, the approach is easy by car and there is a regular bus service. Benedict Rubbra. Abbraccio Ben