About this listing
Apartment, sleeps 3 w twin bed, kitchen, dining, bathroom and panoramic deck. The farm overlooks the medieval town of Seggiano and Val D'Orcia at the foot of Monte Amiata in South central Tuscany, halfway between Siena and the beaches of Maremma.
The Podere San Martino is a 4 hectare (10 acre) traditional Tuscan farm (certified organic) situated in one of the last truly unspoiled and untrodden areas of Tuscany. Podere San Martino consists of small group of newly renovated and charming stone buildings located at the end of a tree lined private country lane, on a ridge overlooking the town Seggiano with accommodations for up to five people in two separate furnished apartments: the "Olivella" and the "Elm".
The "Olivella" has a spacious living room with a kitchen and dining area and a comfortable double bedroom with adjoining bathroom. The living room is furnished with a sofa bed.
The "Elm" consists of a large double bedroom with bathroom and a terrace overlooking the Val d'Orcia.
Both apartments have independent entrances.
The original stone pizza oven is available to guests, as are various picnic areas, flower and vegetable gardens, cherry orchards, vineyards and 4 hectares of olive groves.
Located in Southern Tuscany at the foot of Monte Amiata (1,768 M) and on the border of the provinces of Siena and Grosseto, San Martino is half way between the medieval towns of Seggiano and Castel del Piano.
From its hill top, looking down into the Val D’Orica, Podere San Martino offers 360 degrees of panoramic views; with sunrise above Monte Amiata, the extinct volcano once considered sacred to the Etruscans - to the East and spectacular sunsets over the Potentino Castel (11th century) and the down across the Val D’Orcia to the West, where on a clear day, the hills of Corsica are visible on the horizon.
The area is internationally renown for both, its olive oil, Olivastra Seggianese (DOP) and its wines; Montecucco, Brunello di Montalcino and Morellino di Scansano.
The history of San Martino
The first documented origins of Podere San Martino date back to the fourteenth century, when it was the hermitage of a community of Franciscan monks who tended the farm’s fields, vineyards and olive groves. Local legends recount tales of a lost Etruscan treasure hidden on the farm somewhere within its surrounding hills.
Podere San Martino stands in what can be considered one of the last truly wilderness areas in Tuscany where one can encounter boar, deer, porcupines, hedgehogs and hear the songs of cuckoo, upapa, thrushes and black birds, the cries of falcons, hawks and in the evening the nightingale.
Places to visit:
Parco degli Etruschi - Monte Amiata, the Monte Labbro Natural Reserve- Montalcino- Val D'Orcia
During the autumn one can search for wild mushrooms in the nearby chestnut groves and beech wood forests on Monte Amiata. In winter the slopes of Monte Amiata offer over 25 km of ski and snowboard trails.
We are a short distance from the historic and cultural heritage sites of interest such as Pienza , Montalcino, San Quirico d'Orcia, Montepulciano and many exclusive thermal spas (terme) as well as hot springs open to the public without charge, such as Bagni S. Filippo, Bagno Vignoni, Petriolo and Saturnia.
For contemporary art lovers the farm faces the Sculpture Garden of Daniel Spoerri, one of the cofounders of the Nouveau réalisme (New realism) artistic movement founded in 1960 with the art critic Pierre Restany and the painter Yves Klein. The Garden contains sculptures by the leading artists of the Nouveau réalisme and Fluxis movements, such as Armand, Jean Tinguely, Eva Aeppli and Dieter Roth as well as works by many younger contemporary artists.
Hiking and mountain bike
For lovers of hiking and mountain biking there are many beautiful trails through the unspoiled natural mountain setting;
“A recent network of trails crisscrosses Amiata, uniting the mountain towns between themselves and the peak, and allowing the gathering together of an extraordinary natural and cultural patrimony. At the same time, this network links up with the principle routes which pass through the rest of the Sienese and Grosseto provinces, underscoring the centrality of southern Tuscany, and lending a regional scope to the existing system of trails. The trails stretch to about 215 Km/134 miles, divided into two main routes linked to the great ring around the volcanic cone, for a total of 19 main trails which include surrounding paths.”
Abbey of Sant'Antimo
The original Benedictine monastery dating to the time of Charlemagne (742-814) approximately 10 km from Montalcino about 9 km from the Via Francigena, the pilgrim route to Rome.
The farm is located 2 km from the center of Seggiano and 8 minutes by car from the town of Castel del Piano and 60 km from both Siena and Grosseto on the Mediterranean coast and the beaches of the Maremma. Coming from the Rome or the South or from Florence and the North, Monte Amiata can be reached on the A1, taking the Chiusi - Chianciano exit, head West on Strada Provinciale 146 towards Amiata and Bagno Vignoni to SP 40 till it merges into SP53 turn left on the Casia (SR2) and then after about 1 km turn onto SS323 will take you through Castiglione D’Orcia and to Seggiano.
Coming from the coast, take the SS1 to the Amiata – Siena exit (E78), at Paganico, exit the E78 and follow indications for Monte Amiata on the Strada Provinciale Cipressino towards Seggiano.
Feel free to call us if you need additional directions. We will meet you at the crossing of our dirt road (strada sterrata) and the SS323 to lead you to the Podere.
Other Things to Note
Places to eat:
Caffe 60, Seggiano
Trattoria La Tagliola, Arcidosso
Jacobella welcomed us very well. The house was great, excellent location. She even left some food for breakfast. She improved all the problems mentioned before (better kitchen equipment).
If you are looking for a rustic plqce overlooking the Tuscan hills this may be the place for you. But for some tastes it may be a bit too rustic. Inside the apartment is reasonably spacious, though not large. It is furnished with a varied assortment of old furniture , with some items in need of a "makeover". The kitchen facilities are very basic. The only cooking appliance is a two burner hotplate coupled with a motley collection of pots. The cutlery and crockery is equally assorted - and (website hidden): two dinner plates, two wine glasses, etc. This in a place advertised for three people. When we arrived the small frigdge's freezer was almost completely iced over and unusable. There is also no food storage cupboard/shelves. To be fair, when these issues were pointed out the host went out and bought a fan (it was 39 degrees for days on end!), xswapped the fridge over for a working one, brought in a griller-toaster and a box for storing food. But all this should have been attended to in advance. It is not the role of the guest to have to raise so many issues on arrival. This is a place which needs some work and investment to reach its potential.
We had an excellent time at Jacobella's place. She and her family were very helpful and were happy to offer advice on places to visit. The rooms were fine and we plenty of space and the basics for cooking a few meals. A good base to explore Tuscany. Would recommend. Thanks for a great stay. Dan and Sasha.
The most relaxing place we stayed at on our whole trip! Beautiful view! Apartment has all amenities needed. Jacobella did not disturb us but we knew she was there if we needed anything. Perfect!
Appartement et hôte tres sympathiques... Magnifiques vues sur la campagne environnante, et bien placé pour découvrir le sud de Sienne et le val d'orcia
Beautiful position in a very peaceful location. We really enjoyed our stay and there was lots to do locally.
Jacobella and her family were very friendly and welcoming. It was easy to arrange to meet her to lead us to the Podere. The countryside is very beautiful, with lots of birds, and the area is great to explore, as others have said. Be prepared for narrow, winding roads with great views.
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About the Host, Jacobella
We are quite a large International family: Italian, American, Dutch, Czech. We all move around quite a lot but are always happy to come back to this beautiful place in Southern Tuscany, Maremma famous for its excellent olive oil and wines.