Blessed with beauty, wine and an unparalleled artistic legacy, this area of Tuscany that covers partially the province of Florence, the entire one of Siena and some of the county of Arezzo, is an area that lives largely up to its fame and deserves it: its fabled rolling landscape has long been considered the embodiment of rural chic, a favourite of foodies and wine lovers, while its cities harbour a significant slice of the world’s Renaissance art. Blessed with beauty, wine and an unparalleled artistic legacy, it is famous for its hills outlined by endless rows of cypress trees, majestic castles, thermal spa towns, tiny medieval villages surrounded by olive groves: this is an idyllic valley with gorgeous emerald green and a medieval past originating from the Via Francigena, a pilgrimage road that connected Rome to northern Italy and beyond. Wine and cheese productions are premium, as this is the cradle of the famed Brunello di Montalcino wine, the Chianti, the Super Tuscans and home to pecorino Toscana cheese of Pienza. Near San Quirico lies the Bagno Vignoni hot springs, a medieval spa centre renowned for its ‘piazza d’acqua’ (literally ‘water square’), which is almost too beautiful to be true. Home to Vasari, the great artist who designed Uffizi the way they still are today and the setting for much of Roberto Benigni’s Oscar-winning film ‘La vita è bella’ (Life Is Beautiful), Arezzo and its valley are definitely one of the best three locations to visit in Tuscany. All the major attractions Tuscany is iconic and famous for are located in this area.
FLORENCE AND ITS SURROUNDINGS
Florence is an open-air exhibit of art and culture. It is known worldwide as the heart of the Renaissance, and the home of fine art and literature. Today, the essence of Florence could safely be said to exist in the city’s constantly restored art and architecture, their appearance and functionality altered only by their numbers in years – signature examples include Fillippo Brunelleschi’s Duomo and Michelangelo’s timeless statue of David, arguably the most recognisable and widely known image of western culture to date. The romantic Ponte Vecchio, one of Europe’s last fully stone bridges, or even Giotto’s bell tower might give Florence the notoriety it deserves. None of these structures, artistic, architectural, or functional would stand, being worthy of generations of detailed restoration, if it weren’t for the thinking of Renaissance men and thinkers including Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, or Dante Alighieri: their impact changed our visual and literary world forever, and Florence is the city in which it all began.
Located in an ancient and prestigious Florentine estate, the property offers luxury accommodation in a rural setting, including a grass tennis court, a heated pool, historic vaulted living rooms and elegant large rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Furnished in upscale Florentine style with period furniture, rooms feature terracotta-tiled floors, exposed beams and frescoes. The estate also offers guests a splendid park with centuries-old trees and colourful flowers, outdoor pool and a tower with an incredible view over the surroundings and the rooftops of Florence itself. This property is a perfect sample of the countryside life in this particular area: everything is green, the exterior area is scented like flowers blossoming in spring and the entire experience it is quintessentially Italian. The pleasure of silence, the enchanting surroundings, the possibility to hire a cooking mamma to prepare a simple ‘insalata di farro’ (spelt salad) with some fresh tomatoes from the back garden, the proximity to a number of small villages with restaurants, bread shops, organic markets, artisans shops, hidden little churches and onuments, not to mention proximity to Florence are all part of the best package and experience a villa traveller would want
– COMPOSITION OF THE PROPERTY / GROUND FLOOR:
1 Outdoors dining area; 1 spacious hall; 1 Living room; 1 Tv room with French windows opening onto the garden; 1 Dining room with table sitting up to 16 guests; 1 Spacious kitchen; 1 Service bathroom; 1 Double bedroom with en suite bathroom (tub and overhead shower) – UPPER FLOOR: 2 Twin/Double bedrooms with en suite bathroom (tub and overhead shower); 4 Double bedrooms with king size bed and en suite bathroom (tub and overhead shower) – MEZZANINE LEVEL: 1 Double bedroom with private bathroom – TOWER LEVEL: 1 Living room with four windows offering 360° view on the surroundings and Florence
The property features a heated swimming pool and WI-FI throughout and outside; the property features air conditioning in all bedrooms; The estate is 15 minutes away from Florence and 5 from the first village; The property offers 600 Sq. Mt. of living space and 720 hectares of exterior spaces; 16 adults is the maximum number of guests this property can accommodate
Air Conditioning, Satellite TV, DVD Player, Internet Access wireless (internal and external areas) broadband, Dishwasher, Washing machine, BBQ; Telephone, Fax; Satellite TV and CD/DVD player in each bedroom; Coffee machine, blender, toaster, microwave, tea pot, dishwasher, iron and ironing board; Private heated pool (12 by 5 meters); Grass Tennis and soccer Court; Outdoor dining; 50 acre estate; Bowling court; A brand new vegetable garden is now available on the terrace a few steps from the outdoor dining gazebo, this will enable guests to choose directly the fresh vegetables they would like to eat
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