Panoramic view on Valdichiana valley, peaceful and surrounded by olive groves, garden and lawns, authentic and charming; the focal point of the summertime is a large scenic porticoes terrace, with dining area, chairs, tables, barbecue.
Large kitchen/dining room with its original old stone fireplace; the kitchen is well equipped
The villa is located 10 km south of Arezzo, the setting for Roberto Benigni's 'Life is Beautiful'. It is a city characterized by a beautiful array of architectural styles, from Etruscan ruins to the Roman amphitheatre and the Medici Fortress; there also is an international Equestrian Centre.The first weekend of each month features a popular antique fair, while two times a year the town hosts a festival called 'Joust of the Saracen,' where all citizens dress in a medieval attire. It is also well situated to day trips throughout Tuscany, including nearby Cortona (20km), Assisi, Val d'Orcia, Chianti, Perugia and Lake Trasimeno, as well as Florence and Siena.
Guests will have access to the whole villa and the garden outside. In case of using only one bedroom and one bathroom (and the daily spaces), we offer a reduction of the price.
We don't live in the villa, but we live 10 minutes far (so for any reason, we can be there in a very short time). We usually come twice/three times a week to water the garden and the vegetable garden, so we will probably meet! We like to know personally our guests, so if you have time, we can have a glass of wine on the terrace while chatting. But we also like to leave you your privacy, so we won't be a constant presence.
The host was gracious, helpful, kind and friendly. She had everything ready for us, the villa was very clean, the flower beds and gardens well-kept, and there was water, fresh veggies and a bottle of wine for our arrival. The villa was spacious, the large kitchen was great for family cooking and gathering. The outdoor spaces were beautiful with great views of the Tuscan landscapes. We enjoyed lounging, eating and reading out on the patios. The villa had a great history and authenticity which made it even better. It was a great place for basing trips to Florence, Arezzo, Cortona, and Assisi. We enjoyed playing Foosball on the back patio after dinner. The villa had a very open feel and was the perfect temperature due to stone construction. We particularly enjoyed organic vegetables from the garden. Our only regret was not having more time there to soak it all in.