Common questions

Over the years, many clients have asked us the following questions. If you need any information that are not answered below, please email us at:

Can we rent other than Saturday to Saturday or for less than a week, or for more than one week but less than two weeks?

We normally rent on a weekly basis running from Saturday to Saturday. However, we can often be flexible so if you would like to rent for a special period please ask us and we will advise which properties we can offer you together with prices.

What is/isn't included in the price?

Prices normally* include the cost of electricity cooking gas, water and linen. (*In some cases the cost of electricity, gas or linen is payable locally directly to the owner according to consumption, please see individual property descriptions for details). Prices do not normally include heating or air conditioning (if available ) these should be paid for directly to the owner at the end of your stay. All properties are furnished and equipped and have the use of an iron. Some owners make a small charge for the use of a washing machine (if a property has a washing machine it is noted in the description.

Where is the La Bella Toscana office located?

La Bella Toscanas office is in Colle di Val d'Elsa, a city in the province of Tuscany in Italy. The map bellow indicates the position of the city.

The map of Tuscany

How far are Rome, Florence, Pisa and Siena from San Gimignano / Colle di Val d'Elsa?

Approximate distances are Rome 280km, Florence 50km, Pisa 90km and Siena 35km.

What is in the linen pack?

A double bed pack of linen contains: 2 double sheets, 2 pillow cases, 2 large towels, 2 medium towels, 2 kitchen towels, 1 tablecloth and 1 bathmat. A single bed pack of linen contains: 2 single sheets, 1 pillow case, 1 large towel, 1 medium towel, 1 kitchen towel, 1 tablecloth and 1 bathmat. Please note towels for swimming are not supplied.

Do we have to clean the apartment on departure?

You must leave the apartment in a clean condition.

How hot is it in Tuscany?

Jan 11 2
Feb 12 3
Mar 14 5
Apr 17 7
May 22 11
Jun 26 14
Jul 29 17
Aug 29 17
Sep 26 15
Oct 21 11
Nov 15 6
Dec 12 3

How far is the sea?

The nearest seaside from the San Gimignano area is at Cecina 70km away.

Is it possible to stay without a car?

It is possible to stay without a car in any of the apartments in the town of San Gimignano and a few apartments which are within walking distance of the town. If you wish to stay without a car in an apartment outside the town please advise us and we will advise you which apartments are suitable.

Where is the nearest railway station?

The nearest railway station is at Poggibonsi 11km from San Gimignano. There is a regular train service to Florence and Siena.

What is the local bus service like?

There is a regular bus service from San Gimignano to Poggibonsi. From both Poggibonsi and Colle Val d'Elsa there is a regular bus service to Florence and Siena.

What is La Bella Toscana?

La Bella Toscana is an estate agency registered with the Chamber of Commerce of Siena. Estate Agency Listing N. 482 / Registered Company N. 1567/112573. La Bella Toscana is a member of F.I.A.I.P. the Italian Federation of Professional Estate Agents. F.I.A.I.P. N.19976 NA. and is insured for professional civil responsibility by Itas Assicurazioni.

What equipment do the apartments have?

All apartments have bed covers and blankets, basic kitchen equipment, use of an iron and a place to dry clothes. They do not normally have a hairdryer.

How will I find the house I have rented?

When you have finished paying for the rental of the house we will send you a voucher to present to the owner confirming that you have paid together with very detailed instructions on how to find the house. Should you have any problems whilst travelling to the house you may telephone our office for help from 8.30 to 12.30 and from 15.00 to 20.00.

Which is the nearest airport?

The nearest airports for central Tuscany are: Firenze (Florence) one hour's drive from San Gimignano area, followed by Pisa one and a half hour's drive, Bologna just over two hours drive, Rome 3 and a half hours and Milan 5 hours.

Can we hire locally bikes, scooters or a car?

Within a short walk of the walled town of San Gimignano there is a hire shop called Bruno Bellini located (close to the COOP supermarket) in Via Roma 41. Available are bicycles, mopeds and motorcycles which can be hired by the hour, day or week. Also available a small choice of cars for hire.

What sports facilities are there in the area?

At San Gimignano there is an open air swimming pool, tennis courts. At the nearby towns of Poggibonsi and Colle di Val d'Elsa there are olympic size open air swimming pools whilst at Castelfalfi (about 20 minutes drive from San Gimignano) there are horse riding, golf and an open air swimming pool. Public open air swimming pools are normally open from about the middle of June to about the middle of September.