How far is the farm from the nearest town?
The nearest town is Barberino Val d'Elsa, a delightful medieval town where there are newsstands, pharmacy, bakery, small supermarket, beauty parlor, post office, bar, a pizzeria and a restaurant.
How far is the farm from the nearest supermarket?
The nearest supermarket is the Pam in Poggibonsi (5 km) and the COOP in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa (7.5 km).
Where is the nearest airport?
The Florence airport is 59 km, approximately 50 minutes by car.
The Pisa airport is 119 km, about 1 hour and 30 minutes by car.
Is it possible to arrive later than 7:30 pm?
Late check-in is possible with prior notice.
Is there a laundry room at the farm?
The farm offers a laundry and ironing room.
Where is the nearest golf course?
The nearest golf clubs are the Ugolino Golf Club and Castelfalfi.
What will we find in the apartment upon arrival?
The apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, hairdryer in the bathroom, in-room safe. Soap, shampoo and common toilet items are placed in the bathroom, but are not sufficient for a week's stay. Drinking water in the refrigerator. Chianti, IGT wines, and extra virgin olive oil can be purchased at the farm holiday resort.
Is it possible to eat meals at the farm?
Occasionally we organize dinners with tasting sessions of wine and oil.
There are some very fine restaurants nearby and we will be happy to make recommendations upon your arrival. You can choose between typical Tuscan restaurants, pizzerias, and restaurants with international cuisine.
Where is the nearest railway station?
Poggibonsi at 5 km, about 10 minutes by car.
What about guest assistance at the farm?
The farm holiday resort Reception Office is open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
In the afternoon, the office may be closed, but the guardians of the property are always present.
On Saturday, the office is open all day; closed on Sundays. A mobile phone number is available to guests to call for any sort of communication.
Where is the nearest hospital?
Poggibonsi at 6 km, about 15 minutes by car.
How far away is the sea?
The sea is easily reached either going south or north.
To the north is Viareggio (139 km), about 1 hour and 40 minutes by car.
To the south is San Vincenzo (176 km), about 2 hours by car.
Are dogs allowed at the farm?
Is there satellite television?
Yes, satellite television channels are available in Italian, English, and German language. Available for viewing also are the most important European and American channels.
Is there a telephone in the apartment?
No, there is a phone at the reception desk available for use with pre-paid phone cards.
Is internet connection available?
Yes, each apartment has a ADSL connection via cable. The pool area is covered by a wireless network.
When are the apartments cleaned?
Cleaning service and linen change is on Saturdays. On request, extra cleaning and extra change of bedroom and bathroom linens are available.
Can you get to the farm using public transportation?
Yes, but it is very difficult. We advise that you arrive with your own car or rent one at the airport.
Can you buy products from the farm?
Yes, there is a shop at the farm where you can buy our Chianti wine, IGT wine, extra virgin olive oil, grappa, Vin Santo, Tuscany cookery books and other souvenirs.
What does one do all day at the Al Gelso Bianco farm holiday resort?
Do not think that a holiday in the countryside is boring! Far from it!
Al Gelso Bianco is located just 35 minutes from Florence, 45 from Siena and 15 minutes from San Gimignano.
Other lovely places such as Volterra, Certaldo, Monteriggioni, Montepulciano, Montalbino, Pienza are easy to reach by car or by coach or by train.
More active guests can rent a mountain bike and ride along the Tuscan countryside roads.
The less energetic guests can rent a 50’s Vespa! We can assist our more gourmet guests in the discovery of local producers of cheese, salami and historic wine cellars.
Farmhouse guests can relax in the pool, participate in sports outdoors or in the gym, take advantage of the great barbecue with a view of San Gimignano, or spend part of the day in a Tuscan cooking class and a tasting of farm products. In the evening, dine in one of the many typical restaurants that we can suggest. Honestly, one holiday is definitely not enough!
What does Al Gelso Bianco offer for children?
Al Gelso Bianco is considered a family friendly place! Children can play in the area reserved for them in the pool, enjoy the large garden, organize tournaments of table soccer, or go bike riding.
We can also suggest itineraries that will be both interesting and fun for children and grownups!