Tuscan retreat-privacy, views

House - Entire home/apt · Via Manciotti, San Casciano dei Bagni, Tuscany 53040, Italy

The Space

Available year round starting October 25th 2012....Welcome to La Ginestra, a newly renovated cottage nestled inside Tuscany’s most romantic landscape, southern Siena Province. It’s an exceptional independent house for two, offering privacy, a perfect location, and stellar views.

The house is located on a ridge between the Val d’Orcia and the Val di Chiana, Tuscany’s evocative and classically characteristic valleys. It overlooks distant and fascinating hill towns, the occasional vineyard, pasturing sheep, orchards and rolling hills. It sits on an acre and a half of olive and fruit trees and produces its own olive oil. In an undiscovered part of Tuscany, untrammeled and off the beaten path, yet close to Tuscany’s hot spots, La Ginestra is nestled halfway between Florence (1¾ hours) and Rome (2 hours), and is a little over an hour’s drive from Siena. La Ginestra is an easy drive away from some of Italy’s most revered sights, most through breathtaking countryside.

La Ginestra has one bedroom and bath, and is fully equipped with everything needed for a comfortable stay. There are terracotta floors throughout, and French doors in both the living room & bedroom that open to the outside, where you can enjoy a meal or a glass of wine on one of the two patios. The modern, sleek and fully equipped kitchen has a professional style stove, quartz counter tops, a dishwasher, and a full sized refrigerator with freezer. The bathroom’s shower features locally quarried travertine.

The house’s additional amenities include a fireplace, free Internet, (USB port on your device required for the plug in modem key provided), CD player with CDs, TV, washer/dryer, barbeque, iron, ironing board and hair dryer. There are area maps & guidebooks on restaurants, museums, shopping, walking & biking trails, and sights.

The house offers privacy without isolation. The closest village, a five-minute walk, is the charming medieval hill town Celle Sul Rigo, pop. 400. It has been singled out for its wine, olive oil and beauty. Celle offers dining options that range from simple trattorias to full scale fine dining. The village also provides a bakery, butcher shop, pharmacy, grocery stores and a post office.

San Casciano dei Bagni, a five-minute drive, is one of the area’s most beautiful hill towns. It is an elegant village that is a mecca for artists and writers who flock to its quiet environs. It has been acclaimed as one of the 'Borghi più belli d'Italia', one of the loveliest villages in Italy.

Nearby flow some 40 thermal springs fueled by Monte Amiata, an extinct volcano and southern Tuscany’s highest mountain. The area is famous for its lovely therapeutic spas and the villages built around them. San Casciano dei Bagni’s Fonte Verde is rated one of the top spas in Europe.

The entire area is a treasure trove of hill towns, art, and history. Wine and food range from the simple to sublime. Walking trails abound. The region is dotted with Etruscan sites for history buffs. There are excellent roads for biking and trails for horseback riding. There is a wonderful public swimming pool in Sarteano, 20 minutes away.

Year round, the nearby villages hold festivals that include music, food, and medieval pageantry. Celle sul Rigo holds an annual Sagra dei Pici, celebrating the local hand made pasta.
La Ginestra is very close to many medieval hill towns such as Siena, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Pienza, and Cetona. Five minutes away is the world famous Fonteverde Spa, just one of many thermal baths in the area. One can enjoy fabulous food and wine at Daniela in San Casciano dei Bagni and at La Grotta in Radicofani. For walking and hiking, marked trails abound. There are wonderful village markets such as those in Cetona and San Casciano dei Bagni for the freshest local products. Plus local festivals occur year round, including Sarteano's marvelous jousting contest.
La Ginestra’s elevation (530 meters or 1740 feet) keeps temperatures cooler in the summer than the towns found in the valleys below. The changing seasons all offer their own magic.

Train service is at Chiusi, 25 minutes away, a hub that connects to all parts of Italy. Car rental agencies are within one block of the station. Chiusi is in close proximity to the A1 autostrada to Rome, Florence, and Milan.

There is no smoking allowed inside La Ginestra. Rates are seasonal. See the enclosed Rate Sheet for more information

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San Casciano dei Bagni, a five-minute drive, is one of the area¹s most beautiful hill towns. It is an elegant village that is a mecca for artists and writers who flock to its quiet environs. It has been acclaimed as one of the "Borghi più belli d'Italia", one of the loveliest villages in Italy.

Nearby flow some 40 thermal springs fueled by Monte Amiata, an extinct volcano and southern Tuscany¹s highest mountain. The area is famous for its lovely therapeutic spas and the villages built around them. San Casciano dei Bagni¹s Fonte Verde is rated one of the top spas in Europe.

The entire area is a treasure trove of hill towns, art, and history. Wine and food range from the simple to sublime. Walking trails abound. The region is dotted with Etruscan sites for history buffs. There are excellent roads for biking and trails for horseback riding. There is a wonderful public swimming pool in Sarteano, 20 minutes away.

Year round, the nearby villages hold festivals that include music, food, and medieval pageantry. (Celle sul Rigo holds an annual Sagra dei Pici, celebrating the local hand made pasta). For specific events, it is best to contact the local tourism office of the locality you will be visiting.
Here is a good link to some of the many Tuscan fairs and festivals:
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The towns of Montalcino and Montepulciano have become famous because of their outstanding red wines: Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile de Montepulciano respectively. So wine tasting is a fun way to spend an afternoon there. Don¹t forget to designate a driver!

For terracotta lovers, Petroio's factories are a treat.

The garden at La Foce, located near Chianciano Terme is a wonder and the story of its American creator, Iris Irigo, is an inspiration.

Pienza¹s Palazzo Piccolomini also has a gem of a garden, set in its courtyard. The Palazzo is just one of the town¹s many architectural treasures.

Orvieto¹s magnificent duomo, (one of Italy¹s greatest cathedrals) is fabulous. Orvieto also has some fun shopping and one of Italy¹s best white wines, Orvieto Classico. Also you can take an underground tour to visit the city under the city, with its caves, recesses and an amazing ancient well.

Volterra has a fine museum of Etruscan treasures, the Museo Guarnacci, and some great medieval architecture, as well as alabaster workshops.
Last but not least, Tuscany offers one of the most unspoiled coastlines in Italy, a 2 hour drive from La Ginestra.
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The Neighborhood

La Ginestra has one bedroom and bath, and is fully equipped with everything needed for a comfortable stay. There are terracotta floors throughout, and French doors in both the living room & bedroom that open to the outside, where you can enjoy a meal or a glass of wine on one of the two patios. The modern, sleek and fully equipped kitchen has a professional style stove, quartz counter tops, a dishwasher, and a full sized refrigerator with freezer. The bathroom¹s shower features locally quarried travertine.

The house's additional amenities include a fireplace, free Internet access*, CD player with CDs, TV, washer/dryer, barbeque, iron, ironing board and hair dryer. There are area maps & guidebooks on restaurants, museums, shopping, walking & biking trails, and sights.

There is no smoking allowed inside La Ginestra.

The house offers privacy without isolation. The closest village, a five-minute walk, is the charming medieval hill town Celle Sul Rigo, pop. 400. It has won awards for its wine, olive oil and beauty. Celle offers dining options that range from simple trattorias to full scale fine dining. The village also provides a bakery, butcher shop, pharmacy, grocery stores and a post office.

Getting around

Location

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La Ginestra is located in Tuscany's unforgettable Siena Province, between the Val d¹Orcia and the Val di Chiana. It is situated halfway between Florence (1 3/4 hours) and Rome (2 hours), and is a little over an hour¹s drive from Siena. La Ginestra is an easy drive away from some of Italy's most revered sights.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM CHIUSI TRAIN STATION TO SAN CASCIANO DEI BAGNI:
Follow the directional sign to San Casciano dei Bagni. The route is well marked and the trip takes about 25 minutes.
At the roundabout in front of the train station, drive southwest on Via G. Mazzini or in the direction of the post office, which is the building that says Poste and also has a yellow sign that says P.T. The route to San Casciano dei Bagni is clearly marked the whole way, just keep following the signs and arrows to it.
After about 1 kilometer from the station, go left at the yellow "Terme San Casciano dei Bagni" sign.
After 1 more kilometer, and at the roundabout, again follow the sign to San Casciano.
After 6 more kilometers turn right after the gas station.
After another 6 kilometers you will reach the village of Piazze.
Pass through the town of Piazze, again following the signs.
After leaving Piazze and after about 10 minutes, you will turn left towards San Casciano off the main road. After about a block, on your left you will see a pet store, a bakery, the Banca ValdiChiana bank (with an ATM machine), and the hotel Sette Querce. There is a parking lot next to these buildings. It is a free lot, also free for overnight parking. You will meet our Manager, Maurizio here in this parking lot. There are usually plenty of parking spaces. You will then follow him on to La Ginestra from there. If needed, there is a gas station in Celle sul Rigo.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM THE A1 AUTOSTRADA TO SAN CASCIANO DEI BAGNI:
The driving time to San Casciano from Rome is about 2 hours, from Florence about 1 ½ HOURS.
Whether coming from the north or south, take the A1 Autostrada, a toll road. Take a ticket at the entry gate that says biglietto.
When you exit the Autostrada you may pay the attendant with cash or a credit card.
Take the Chiusi/Chianciano Terme exit.
After the pay toll station turn left at the stop sign in the direction of San Casciano dei Bagni.
From here you will be following all directional signs to San Casciano.
After about 6 kilometers, you will reach the town of Sarteano.
At the first roundabout, follow the signs to San Casciano.
Take the next left toward San Casciano.
After about 1 kilometer, take the next left toward San Casciano.
After about 14 kilometers, the road will end; turn left at the brown sign “Centro Termale.”
Turn right at the corner.
After about a block, on your left you will see a pet store, a bakery, the Banca ValdiChiana bank (with an ATM machine), and the hotel Sette Querce. There is a large free parking lot next to these buildings. You will meet Maurizio, our property manager, in this parking lot. There are usually plenty of parking spaces. You will then follow him on to La Ginestra.
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Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Price: $1026 /week
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Cancellation: Flexible
  • Richards place was ideal. Just what we wanted in Tuscany. A beautiful home, very modern, emasculate and well equipped. A fantastic view, especially waking up in the morning and seeing the valley below from your bed. All modern appliances.
    Richard was so helpful with all our plans and Maurizio was great in welcoming us and showing us all the things in the house. Celle Dui Bagio is a beautiful little village.

    November 2013
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We've been coming to Italy since 2001, when we first fell in love with it. We bought an apartment in Varenna, Lake Como in 2004 and La Ginestra in 2010. We love Lake Como but Tuscany offers an entirely different environment. We enjoy the history, culture, architecture, food and wine and above all, the warmth and generosity of the Tuscan people. My wife and I enjoy taking daily walks, exploring the towns, museums and villa gardens all around Italy. Our area of Tuscany has many Etruscan and Roman ruins which we never tire of. We love our newly restored house in Tuscany and can assure you that you will enjoy our little corner of "heaven"!
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