Restored gem with a secret pool

Umamma, San Miniato, Tuscany, Italy
Umamma, San Miniato, Tuscany, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • Apartment
  • 1 BR
  • Sleeps 2
  • from € 295 nt
Happy accidents and unexpected details

This elegantly restored apartment in San Miniato was created by a Tuscan native who, by his own admission, has been away too long. Giovanni Settesoldi works as a creative director in advertising and, as such, has travelled the world. Umamma is the shelter he has created for his eventual return – and it has been seven years in the making. 

‘Umamma’, he tells us, is a Tuscan expression that means a moment of wonder, that feeling when you see something unexpected and your jaw hits the floor. And this property certainly deserves the name. Created in collaboration with architect Gabriele Evangelisti, it’s a converted apartment inside a 16th-century palazzo, once used as a stable for horses and later as a nightclub.

Says Giovanni, “During the restoration work, when I was lucky enough to be home, I loved spending the evenings inside the house in solitude to imagine how it would be transformed. I used to put a chair in the middle of the room between dust and tools, place some empty boxes to shape the spaces, place some telescopic broom handles on the ground. So I simulated the room dividers that never would have been. Then I looked around, until some out-of-control neurons collided, in the hope that the accident would bring some ideas. So after many accidents, Umamma was born.”

Very happy accidents, it seems. The apartment manages to retain much of its original appeal, but with very 21st-century updates. The loft-like space features old-world industrial-style fittings, beautiful brick work, elegant arches, and a very cool pebbled floor. The large, newly-expanded windows drop away into views across the countryside.

And then there’s hidden plunge pool in a cave that’s accessed only via a trap door in the bedroom floor. The door is opened using an old industrial wheel once used to cut prosciutto. The pool is winning awards for its unique design – and it’s easy to see why.

The apartment sits in the center square of San Miniato, a medieval town, far from the crowds and famous for its white truffles and drama school. Situated halfway between Florence and Pisa, it’s a lovely destination in itself. 

This vacation home rental in Italy is an unexpected place with unexpected details. Perfect for two adults and a child.

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Description

This apartment is made for 2-3 guests but is very spacious. The open-plan layout features a living room with kitchen, an en-suite bedroom and a study with an additional bathroom – making it an ideal vacation home rental in Italy for two guests, or a couple with one child. 

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

There is a heated private indoor pool and hot tub rain shower in the cave, as well as wifi, washer, dryer, hairdryer, heating and parking.

AROUND

Umamma sits on Via Francigena, a great central location for exploring the town of San Miniato, which is in turn well located to explore Tuscany. It’s 30 minutes from Florence, 30 minutes from Pisa, 30 minutes from Lucca, and 40 minutes from Siena. 

The picturesque hilltop town has a Gothic duomo (cathedral), a 13th-century tower, and other medieval structures. San Miniato is most famous for its white truffles and an unmissable truffle festival which takes place annually during the last three weeks of November.

LOCATION

San Miniato, Tuscany, Italy. Nearest airport: Florence (40 minutes)

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Year round

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  • Umamma, San Miniato, Tuscany, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • Umamma, San Miniato, Tuscany, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • Umamma, San Miniato, Tuscany, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • Umamma, San Miniato, Tuscany, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • Umamma, San Miniato, Tuscany, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • Umamma, San Miniato, Tuscany, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • Umamma, San Miniato, Tuscany, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • Umamma, San Miniato, Tuscany, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • Umamma, San Miniato, Tuscany, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • Umamma, San Miniato, Tuscany, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • Umamma, San Miniato, Tuscany, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • Umamma, San Miniato, Tuscany, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • Umamma, San Miniato, Tuscany, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • Umamma, San Miniato, Tuscany, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • Umamma, San Miniato, Tuscany, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • Umamma, San Miniato, Tuscany, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • Umamma, San Miniato, Tuscany, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • Umamma, San Miniato, Tuscany, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • Umamma, San Miniato, Tuscany, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • Umamma, San Miniato, Tuscany, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • Umamma, San Miniato, Tuscany, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • Umamma, San Miniato, Tuscany, Italy | vacation home rentals
  • Umamma, San Miniato, Tuscany, Italy | vacation home rentals

Umamma

from 295/ nt
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$260 x 4 $1,040
Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $140
Taxes Not included
TOTAL $1,280
Refundable Damage Deposit $500
TOTAL (with Deposit) $1,780
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Info
Bedrooms1 bedroom
Bed TypeKing
KitchenFully equipped
Bathrooms2 bathrooms
AccommodateSleeps 2 adults and 1 child
InternetWifi
Kid FriendlyOne child is welcome
Pet friendlyNo pets
ViewThe valley of the Arno River
Rates
Cleaning (One Time)€50
Sec. Deposit€500
Check-In3-7pm
Check-OutFlexible
CancellationCancel up to 24 hours before check-in and get a full refund.
Season Start Date End Date Nightly Min Stay Additional
Standard rateJan 1Dec 31€2953 nights
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