Situated where the provinces of Pisa, Siena and Florence meet, the Villa is just a short distance from the well preserved historical towns of San Gimignano and Volterra.
Even the village of Montelopio, about 1 km from the Villa, boasts an ancient history. The Etruscans, Longobards, the seafaring Republic of Pisa, the Templars and the noble families of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany have all left their traces as they passed through or settled, attracted by this "prosperous hill".
The Villa is a traditional 1800 Tuscan farmhouse converted with great attention to detail by the proprietors. The original features such as the terra cotta flooring, chestnut wooden beams and stone walls enhance the modern restoration to provide a comfortable environment.
A fully equipped built- in kitchen with a full range of modern appliances and utility cupboard, a furnished living room with a large table, sofas, armchairs and satellite TV, a spacious lounge enhanced by an original rustic fireplace surrounded by sofas, armchairs and satellite TV; a bathroom equipped for the disabled; a double bedroom (or twin beds) with satellite TV and en suite bathroom with shower.
A stone and wrought iron staircase leads to the first floor and the bedrooms:
2 doubles (or twin beds, which can be transformed into triples), 1 double bedroom (a single bed can be added in this room) each with an en suite bathroom with shower, an open fireplace, satellite TV and a built- in cupboard. A spiral staircase leads to the "dovecote", a tower which looms from the centre of the roof converted into a comfortable lounge offering a 360° panoramic view of the hilly landscape.
The kitchen and living room on the ground floor open out to a porch sheltered by a wrought iron pergola where you can enjoy your meals or simply relax on comfortable sofas.
The Villa has under-floor central heating and air conditioning throughout which can be adjusted as required in every room plus a central sound system with concealed speakers in every room, alarm, safe and telephone.
The grounds provide ample leisure facilities: there is a small rustic style hut open on 3 sides equipped for preparing meals and a barbecue or simply to relax, a 15m x 5m swimming pool with a depth from 40cm to 150 cm. with Roman spa steps leading into the pool and a hydro-massage zone: just push the button to release the water jets for a soothing lower back and neck massage. Three sides of the pool are decorated with flowers and the fourth with a small waterfall where the water is only 40 cm in depth and therefore ideal for children; a solarium with sun beds, chairs and small tables for those who prefer to bask in the sunshine; a wrought iron sheltered gazebo with sofas and armchairs for those who prefer the shade.
The Villa is surrounded by a spacious 5.000 m garden, landscaped with traditional Tuscan flora, enclosed by an electric fence and Mediterranean shrub hedges to ensure total privacy and a sheltered car park.
Land of longing Italy: Tuscany embodies the idea of Dolce Vita made in Italy like no other region in the country. Cypress-lined paths, green vineyards, fortress-like villages on the tops of flat hills, fine sandy beaches and cities steeped in history - Tuscany stands for joie de vivre, cultural enjoyment and relaxation. Anyone who has taken a dip on the Riviera della Versilia, strolled through the narrow medieval streets in Lucca, stood in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa or visited the wild horse show "Palio" in Siena is infected once and for all with the virus called "Tuscany". The scent of the pine forests, the taste of a strong Montepulciano, the chirping of the cicadas on a warm summer evening and the glitter of the Tyrrhenian Sea in the bright sunlight make Tuscany an incomparable place where poets, poets and painters found the inspiration for their works. Tuscany: art and cultural treasures from eight centuries Tuscany welcomes its visitors with centuries-old art and cultural treasures. Florence, the capital, was the epicentre of the fine arts and humanities during the Renaissance. Luminaries such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci worked in the city and the astronomer Galileo Galilei found employment as court mathematician to the Medici clan in the 17th century. The Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the medieval old town of Lucca and the noble tower houses, called "family towers", in San Gimignano are cultural treasures of inestimable value. The town of Montepulciano, situated on a slope of the Chiana valley, is not only known for its excellent red wine. In the centre, one Renaissance palace follows the next and from the balcony of the Caffé Poliziano you can enjoy a magnificent view of the lovely hilly landscape of Tuscany. Bathing on the Versilia Riviera The golden-yellow dream beaches of Tuscany stretch seemingly endlessly along the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. A hotspot of bathing tourism is the Riviera della Versilia, which stretches between Marina di Massa and the coastal town of Viareggio. If you are looking for a property in Italy with a sea view, you will find it in resorts such as Forte dei Marmi and Camaiore. In the hinterland of the coast, the Apuan Alps rise to an altitude of almost 2,000 metres. Most of the beaches on the Riviera della Versilia are managed. This means that you can look forward to a first-class infrastructure with sunbed and parasol rental, beach bars, freshwater showers and sanitary facilities. Tuscany: the region for gourmets In addition to enjoying the landscape and culture, Tuscany is known for its excellent cuisine. Hearty dishes such as Florentine steak (at least 800 grams of beef fillet), cinghiale in umido (wild boar stew) or the delicious bread salad panzanella are certainly not suitable for losing weight, but God certainly did not have a diet in mind when he created Italy. Some of the best wines in the world come from Tuscany. Fine wines like a Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, an exquisite Tiganello or a spicy Chianti make not only wine connoisseurs click their tongues. The fact that wine is not just for drinking is proven by an ancient tradition that is still practised by locals in some regions of Tuscany. Dry almond pastry called cantucci is dipped into a glass of Vin Santo. When the dough has softened, the mixture is allowed to melt slowly in the mouth.