Villa Carda, luxury villa in Tuscany
Villa | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 16
Located on the hills that divide the Casentino valley from Chianti, the Villa is ideally positioned for those wishing to visit cities such as Florence, Arezzo or Siena.It is also the perfect base to experience and explore the Tuscan countryside.
Now restored to perfection, the villa was a traditional 19th century Tuscan farmhouse, completely surrounded by a fenced and beautiful park.
The building offers a lot of space to guests and their children to enjoy themselves and relax in peace and tranquillity.
The heated pool offers breath taking views of the surrounding hills, it can be used for a romantic after dinner swim or an out of season dip.The new wellness area, created inside of a bright and panoramic structure, awaits for you to give you moments of relax after a day full of emotions.The wellness zone is equipped with a lounge area, Jacuzzi tubs, emotional shower, Hamam and fitness area Technogym.
In the private wine cellar there is a selection of Tuscan wines available for guests.
|Size||Sleeps up to 16, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Florence 75 km, Nearest railway: Rassina 6 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 6 En suites|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (4), Cots (2), Dining seats for 16, Lounge seats for 14|
|Further details indoors|
The main living has an original antique fireplace, just like the ones used to cook dinner and lunch in the old days.
This room is very characteristic of the rustic Tuscan style, with the stone walls, large beam ceilings and a terracotta floor.
The kitchen is fully equipped with modern amenities - including a dishwasher and a washing machine, here you can find all you need to prepare your first Italian meal!
The house is fully equipped with a telephone line, Internet wife, DVD player and there is a SAT-TV with several English channels.
|Further details outdoors|
There is a huge covered terrace, suitable for the breakfast time or to spend the evenings together tasting some good wine. To select your wine visit the fully stocked wine cellar on the ground floor.
Next to the pool a there is the new large wooden gazebo with chairs and sofas.
The new wellness area, created inside of a bright and panoramic structure, awaits for you to give you moments of relax after a day full of emotions.
In the 30.000 square meters of private garden you can practice shots in the golf practice area.
Cultivated in our own garden organic vegetables are available to our guests. We grow tomatoes, zucchini, onions, peppers, cucumbers, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.
The Tuscany region
SIENA is one of Italy' s most beautiful cities, situated in the centre of Tuscany between the Chianti area and Maremma, rich in history, art and popular traditions; it is the city of the Palio. This town is of great environmental and artistic interest with a wealth of important monuments including: Piazza del Campo , one of the most beautiful medieval squares in Italy.
Situated 322 m. above sea level in the heart of Tuscany, this town is built on three hills, maintaining intact its medieval appearance characterized by narrow winding streets and noble buildings.July 2 and August 16 are the dates when the Palio di Siena is held. The Palio is a traditional medieval horse race is run around the Piazza del Campo each year. This event is attended by large crowds, and is widely televised.
Perched at 500 metres above sea level,CORTONA dominates the entire Valdichiana, with a view that stretches as far as Monte Amiata.
The town is entirely surrounded by fortifications, that constitute an interesting archaeological element as well as one of its most beautiful aspects. Of the annual events organised in Cortona, one of the most interesting is CortonAntiquaria antiques fair that is housed in the 18th century halls of Palazzo Vagnotti and Palazzo Casali from the last Saturday in August to the second Sunday in September.
AREZZO, a hidden jewel in the Tuscan landscape, not yet overwhelmed by curious tourist, this town has been nicked named by many as an outdoor museum - every corner is an exhibition of Italy`s glorious past and Arezzo part of it.
Arezzo is set on a steep hill rising from the floodplain of the Arno. From a big parkin with an escalator you can get the top of the town.Here you can find the impressive cathedral, the town hall and the Medici Fortress (Fortezza Medicea), from which the main streets branch off towards the lower part as far as the gates. The upper part of the town maintains its medieval appearance despite the addition of later structures.
Arezzo`s heart is Piazza Grande, with its crenellated towers and fourteenth century wooden balconies, Romanesque apse, sixteenth century fountain, and Vasari Palazzo and Loggias. A mixture of contrasting styles, everything in this piazza is metered and beautiful, all in perfect harmony. If you venture into the surrounding streets you`ll discover the artisans of Arezzo, a world of humanity that the industrial civilisation has not destroyed, to the contrary.
Very close to Piazza Grande there is the Basilica of San Francesco (13th-14th centuries), in Tuscan-Gothic style. Of the projectd façade cover in sculpted stone only the lower band was completed. The interior has a single nave: the main attraction is the History of the True Cross fresco (1453-1464) cycle by Piero della Francesca in the Bacci Chapel. Under the church is another Basilica with a nave and two aisles (Basilica inferiore), today used for art exhibitions.
Today Arezzo is also known for has a starring role in Roberto Benigni's film Life Is Beautiful (La vita è bella, 1997). It is the place in which the main characters live before they are shipped off to a Nazi concentration camp.
POPPI is located at the centre of the Casentino, one of the most beautiful valleys in Tuscany.
In 2001 Poppi was mentioned like " Uno dei Borghi più Belli d Italia " ( one of the pretties village of Italy )
The medieval village is a rare walled town, with the Castello dei Conti Guidi at its highest point, dominating over all.
The Castle was designed by the celebrated Di Cambio family of architects, and was a “prototype” for Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Built in the 12th century, its façade has two-mullioned windows, with a high tower rising above it at the centre. It is surrounded by a defense wall with Guelf embattlements and a broad moat. Thanks to frequent restorations over the centuries, the castle is in excellent condition. It houses a library, the Biblioteca Rilliana, which has hundreds of medieval manuscripts and precious incunabula.
Another important element is the Conti Chapel, with a cycle of 14th-century frescoes attributed to Taddeo Gaddi, a pupil of Giotto.
A pleasant conclusion to the visit is a walk along the circuit of medieval walls, from which there are lovely views of the Tuscany countryside.
CASENTINO NATIONAL PARK
Millenary Forests between Romagna and Tuscany
A large protected area in the Apennines of Tuscany and Romagna, including the largest and best preserved woods and forests in Italy, and housing a great heritage of flora and fauna: wolves and golden eagles among predators, and many species of ungulates. The forests and a number of natural habitats are the setting of the signs of the millenary human presence: small villages, mule tracks, and above all the two charming sanctuaries of Camaldoli and La Verna
It was built after the year 1000 as a hostel in order to replace the castle of Fontebuona owned by the count Maldolo, and it later became the monastery of the Camaldoli monks. In the 16th century there was a printing house in it, where the "Costituzioni Camaldolesi" establishing the rules of the forest management were printed. The cloisters and the Church of St. Donnino and Ilariano, with their beautiful paintings by Vasari, are wonderful works of art. On one side of the monastery there is the ancient chemist's shop with alembics, mortars, stoves, and precious manuscripts coming from the galenical laboratory of the monks.
Situated in a defensive place on the steep southern wall of Mt. Penna, the famous Franciscan sanctuary has always been a destination for pilgrims: it lies within a silent and gloomy wood where the Saint spent most of his hermit's life. The calcareous nature of the mountain shaped its harsh morphology, characterized by a number of ravines and natural cavities opening up under the shadow of majestic maples, ashes, elms, and beeches. Some particularly suggestive places were chosen by the Saint and by the monks for their prayers.
The mountain was given to St. Francis in 1213 by the Casentinese count Orlando Cattani, who is today buried in the small church of Santa Maria degli Angeli whose building he supported. In September 1224, the miracle of the stigmata took place at the Verna. The event was recalled by Dante in the Paradiso and is still commemorated in a solemn festivity.
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24 Aug 2014
"Heaven on earth"
Villa Carda is a Tuscan diamond! The house, the rooms, the pool, the garden, the view, the soap in the bathrooms, the pillows in the bedroom, the smell of figues, the wine in the cellar, the hammam, t… More
17 Aug 2014
"Marvelous, fantastic staying at VIlla Carda"
It was our second time to visit Villa Carda. Last time we were there in october 2011 with our dearest friends. This time my sister-in-law wanted to celebrate her anniversary at Villa Carda. So it was … More
14 Aug 2014
"Couldn't have asked for more"
Andrea and his family are good and genuine people who do everything they can to make your stay perfect.14 of my family enjoyed a week at Villa Carda and wanted to stay on. The villa was all we desire… More
2 Aug 2014
Villa Carda is a great villa. Very spacy, suitable layout of bedrooms, each of them with bathroom, lovely bedroom on the ground floor with small library and amazing view to the valley (just appeals to… More
15 Jul 2014
"A Dream Holiday Vacation - Thank you"
If looking for an Italian getaway...look no further. Villa Carda exceed our high expectations. Everything was perfect. 14 of our family stayed at Villa Carda for the week and we all had our own space.… More
28 Jun 2014
Villa Carda was a holiday highlight. Various members of the group stayed at the Villa because it was so beautiful. The owners have thought of everything to make your stay comfortable and relaxing. Fro… More
20 May 2014
"A Holiday to remember"
Villa Carda is just beautiful, the layout is perfect for large groups with space on your own or with the group. The rooms are perfect, spacious and well equipped, beds comfortable and furnishings spot… More
19 May 2014
"Amazing and unforgettable holiday"
After reading all of the reviews on Trip Advisor myself and my family (eight of us in total), decided that Villa Carda would be the destination to celebrate two milestone birthdays. After a 1300 mile … More
9 May 2014
"Our stay at Villa Carda was magnificent!"
We spent a week at this property and didn't want to leave! The villa is superb, Andrea and has family were a pure delight, and the setting in the hills of Tuscany are like a real life dream come… More
21 Apr 2014
"An unforgettable pleasant experience in a gorgeous place with fantastic owners."
I spent one fascinating week with my three children + spouses +seven grandchildren, altogether fourteen people of all ages (2.5-70) at Villa Carda. We all enjoyed it. Everything was perfect!!! The vil… More
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