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The house is simply furnished in a rustic fashion befitting an old farmhouse, it is not fancy and the price reflects this. this property should appeal to those who are on a budget and therefore willing forego having amenities in lieu of beautiful surroundings, peace and quiet. There are two large bedrooms with queen size beds, writing desk, and wardrobes; a kitchen/living area, bathroom, and laundry room. The house is equipped with anything you might need to live and be self sufficient. It has a stereo, VCR, satellite TV, phone and central heat. there is also a fireplace. As the house dates back hundreds of years and was at one point used as a granary, there are no stairs to the upstairs bedroom, but rather the original wide plank ladder. A young Italian couple look after the property. They come periodically to cut grass and do basic upkeep as well. The house sits on 7 acres of land with a vineyard, fruit trees, and has a beautiful view of the medieval town of Lippiano with its castle and churches. Lippiano is a town of only about 150 inhabitants and consists of only a post office and the town bar (You can find it on a Michelin map of central Italy) where the locals couldn’t be nicer and the town, untouched by tourism, has remained unchanged. It is near all of the important historical cities while remaining off the beaten path. “Chiarella” is 1.5 hrs. from Florence.
Arezzo, Cortona, Perugia, and Siena, are all less than a hour away. There are five absolutely beautiful medieval towns that are 15 minutes or less from the house with spectacular views of the Tiber valley. Monterchi is only five minutes away and there you will find the museum which houses Piero della Francesca’s famous painting “The Pregnant Madonna”. There are also a variety of stores and two restaurants. Marcello and Marcella run the local grocery store where you will find anything from notebooks to Marcello’s home made sausages. For more extensive shopping Sansepolcro is only 20 minutes away. Sansepolcro is a lovely little town, again unspoiled by tourism, and is famous as the birthplace of Piero della Francesca. There is a museum which houses some of his paintings, as well as sophisticated shops, bottegas, and restaurants. If you are interested in train travel, you can catch a train to just about anywhere in Italy from Arezzo, which is 20 min. away, Rome is 1.5 hours on the fast train.
lower pricing for longer stays.
This getaway on the border between Tuscany and Umbria is perfect for those who want to escape the tourist throngs and enjoy peaceful rural surroundings and explore some beautiful Italian towns and villages. At 30 kilometres from Arezzo, a car is needed to get there and get around, and there is plenty to see and do in the area. It's a simple, old farmhouse, so don't expect flash furniture and fittings, but it is extremely comfortable and well equipped with kitchen utensils. A washing machine is a bonus. The developing garden is a delight.
Looking to escape the tourist crowds with an affordable break in the Italian countryside? This may the place. On the Tuscany-Umbrian border, it is surrounded by some of the most stunning landscape in Italy. Chiarella is the equivalent of an Italian mountain cabin. Using the heat costs extra, so silk underwear for cool evenings makes sense. Here you will have country privacy with a full bath and easy access to a supermarket with a great Deli and charming proprietor who communicates clearly speaking Italian only to English speakers. Your morning cafe is only three minutes away. Prices for picnic items from wine to cheese are half the price of the same items in Florence.
A truely wonderful place to chill and spend quality time together. We enjoyed playing the board games at the house and the outside shower is the tops! THANKYOU!
We had such a wonderful stay at Chiarella! If you are looking for an authentic, rustic, comfortable and serene place to stay in Tuscany/Umbria this is it! The house is surrounded by farmland and tiny hilltop towns as far as the eye can see not to mention a vineyard and small orchard right on the property! The bed was comfy, the fireplace divine and the big kitchen table perfect for long home cooked meals and late night games of cards while finishing a big bottle of the regional wines. Marcello, the local butcher welcomes you with a cup of espresso at the local market and is quick to tell you his fondness for Laurie (so sweet!)
Laurie was SUPER helpful even all the way from Chicago! She called us at the house the first night we arrived to make sure we made it in okay and to get us acquainted.The house is well equipped with emergency numbers, instructions, and tons of good info about markets, local towns and things to do in the area. Laurie was even kind enough to share with us her favorite restaurants in Rome, as we were there for a week before arriving at Chiarella-thanks Laurie!
Overall-great place, great location, great "host". We can't wait to come back in warmer weather so we can enjoy the outdoor shower!
Chiarella is magic. In our years of traveling on several continents, this is one of the most beautiful and wonderful places we have stayed in. Situated at the Tuscany/Umbria border just east of Arezzo, the location is perfect for making day trips throughout Tuscany and Umbria. The site is absolutely beautiful, and we spent many evenings just watching the sun set over the nearby village of Lippiano, with its medieval church and castle silhoutted as the sun dropped below the horizon. The house itself is delightful. It isn't Holiday Inn, instead being simple, comfortable, airy, spacious, and rustically (but tastefully) furnished. And though Laurie recommended restaurants in the area, we were too enamored with slow evening meals outside at the large table in the shade of the house to be bothered with going out. Marcello and Marcella's grocery store in Monterchi just a few kilometers away is sheer joy: not only is there pesto, salami, local fruits and vegetables, regional wines, bread, and everything else we needed, but we were greeted with warmth and hospitality every time that we walked in the door.
Chiarella is: sleeping to the sound of crickets; the smell of earth and grass; showering outside to views of Lippiano (though an indoor shower is also available!); truffles - fresh, bottled, and suffused through cheese or oil; eating ripe figs off the tree; driving the slow backroads to Cortona; drinking local wine, and then drinking more (because why not?). Staying here is THE quintessential experience of the Italian countryside.
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