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Le Balze di Fontisterni

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The agriturismo Le Balze di Fontisterni is located about 20km East from Florence in the Valdarno. It is a proper oasis surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and lush woods. An adorable place in the middle of the Florentine hills.

Embedded in winding green hills the agriturismo offers you a large swimming pool to enjoy the stunning view while relaxing. The agriturismo has two rooms and an apartment / studio.

The rooms

The two rooms “Asinara” (16m²) e “Ragusana” (19m²) can share a fully equipped kitchen (16m² ) for preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner, while the barrier-free studio “Martina Franca” (23m²+6m² bathroom) has a fully equipped kitchenette.

We can host between 2 and 8 guests (+2 extra children/toddlers).
Breakfast and tourist tax are included.

The studio and the rooms can be arranged to communicate with each other if a group of friends or family uses more than one rooms Contact us for special requests. We are confident that we can meet most of your needs.

Martina Franca






The apartment is disability-friendly with full access on the ground floor, the two rooms (on the first floor) have ensuite bathrooms. While the “Asinara” room with air-conditioning sleeps two guests, the “Ragusana” room and the apartment can host parents with a child (crib and/or cot are available on site).

The apartment and the rooms - all with wood-beamed ceilings and wooden furnishings - can be set up so that they all communicate amongst each other in case a group of friends or family comes to stay. For specific requests, don’t hesitate calling us first and we are sure we can satisfy most of your needs.

The Offers

The agriturismo offers free private parking on site and a train takes you from Sant’Ellero train station (3km) to Santa Maria Novella in 30 minutes to the heart of Florence.

All rooms have heating and are non-smoking rooms. You can always ask for deliciously filled picnic baskets to be prepared and naturally have access to a barbecue under the loggia for your own Tuscan grilling with local ingredients.

If you wish we can provide you with towels for the bathroom and the pool. In case you stay longer than a week, we provide fresh bedlinen after 7 days. Weekly cleaning of the apartment is included in stays longer than a week.

What To Do

Apart from relaxing by the big swimming pool and enjoying a nice refreshing swim, there are plenty of things to see and do. Are you a more active guest, then you can go for mountain bike tours of all levels of difficulty and lengths. From Le Balze to Vallombrosa you will discover an amazing landscape.

How about hiking? Vallombrosa offers hiking trails to escape the hot temperatures in the shady and cool forests.

In case you like good food and wine, then we can take you on a tour for some excellent tastings of Chianti, made in a boutique winery by friends of our family. This can be followed by visiting an animal farm, run by another friend of ours. At both places you can enjoy the stay, but also buy their marvellous products.

For shopping you’re only 4km away from the best luxury outlety in Italy: "The Mall" with top brands like Saint Laurent, Gucci, Ferragamo, but also Diesel and Nike. Over 40 boutiques and close to another outlet, that of Dolce & Gabbana

Last but not least Florence: a direct train from S. Ellero takes you to the heart of Florence in only 30 minutes. By car you can go for day trips to some of Tuscany’s most beautiful cities: Siena 90km, Arezzo 60km, San Gimignano 75km, Pisa 100km.

Eat & Drink

So you’re coming to Tuscany and want to try some of the world-famous Italian specialities. You want to try the real “focaccia” or schiacciata as it’s called in Florence, a refreshing Panzanella or Fiorentina steak from the charcoal grill? Then you will definitely enjoy the fact, that we can cook for you with finest local ingredients and let you taste organic wine and our very own extra virgine olive oil.

Naturally we will pay attention to your preferences regarding food and drink, and if you wish, we will also let you participate e.g. in preparing fresh pasta.


Thanks to the layout of the Le Balze building, social distancing between hosts and guests as well as between guests in a room and the apartment is no problem. You have your own entry into the building and your room/apartment. The kitchen in the apartment is for your use only, while the “communal” kitchen, connected to the two rooms, can be turned into an exclusive-use kitchen, too, for your self-catering. Naturally rooms and apartment will be sanitised thoroughly after every stay.


Free parking
WiFi Internet
Swimming pool 10x5m
Breakfast included by request
Tuscan dinners by request
Pets allowed (check first with us please)


Pian dell'Isola tower (4 km)
Sansoni Trombetta Palace (5 km)
Vallombrosa (5km) with the Vallombrosa Abbey
The Mall Luxury Outlet (4,5 km)
Castello di Nipozzano (10km)
San Domenico church at Consuma (15km)


Mountain bike tours
Chianti wine tasting trips
Animal farm visit
Florence sight-seeing


Pizzeria del Cacciatore (Donnini) 2km
Anima di Pane (Sant’Ellero) 2km
Osteria/Pizzeria Francesco (Carbonile) 3km
Il Quartino di Frescobaldi Restaurant / Aperitivo


Peretola airport 50km
Pisa airport 100km
Santa Maria Novella Main Station Florence 30 min train to Sant’Ellero (3km from Le Balze)

Types of rooms

Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms

Our Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Our extra virgin olive oil, or EVO as we call it in Italy: we own two hectares of land rich in olive trees and we produce our EVO in small quantities with the Cultivar Moraiolo (70%), Leccino (20%) and Frantoio (10%), obtaining excellent results thanks to the favourable climate, fertile soil and lots of love. Following the journey of the olives from the field to the mill and to the table is extremely exciting and we would like to share this emotion with you.
Our olive groves are south oriented with an average altitude of 250 m.l.m. which makes them naturally low in parasites. This allows us to avoid the use of pesticides and chemicals that are harmful to the environment, the plants or the final product. Each single olive tree has an area of ​​approx. 7x7m to grow and bloom.
The pressing of our oil takes place just 5 km from where the olive trees are located at the Olcas oil mill, the consortium of olive growers of the Arno and Sieve hills. We are therefore in a very short supply chain of our EVO, which allows us to have the oil bottled in a very short time to maintain all its exceptional organoleptic properties.
Moraiolo, with its slightly bitter notes of artichoke, aubergine and pepper, will be enhanced with a Tuscan ribollita, roasted liver and black cabbage, or tortelli with meat sauce.
With a freshly squeezed Leccino oil with its vegetal olfactory tones and spicy hints, a cream of chickpeas and Tyrrhenian prawns goes perfectly to counteract the sweet tendency of the dish with the medium intense sensations of the oil. Il Frantoio, on the other hand, has marked bitter and spicy characteristics, so much so as to have characteristics of perfect combination with grilled meat in which the succulence of the meat is enhanced with the bitter tendency of cooking.

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