Villa | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 11
Villa Alba is a 600 square-meter (approximately 6,458 square feet) and
two-storey house in the countryside which sleeps eleven people. The villa has a
private garden and a swimming pool. 20 km (12.4 miles) away from Siena and 80 km
(49.7 miles) from Florence, the villa is located in the heart of a protected
area named Crete Senesi.
The villa has 6 bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. There is one double
bedroom, four twin bedrooms, and one single bedroom. In addition, there are
several large living areas.
The villa, together with an adjacent small church, was built in the XVII century
by a famous family of bankers from Siena. The house, square-shaped just like a
small-fortress, has its doors and windows framed by the typical Tuscan grey
stone. The villa is surrounded by a garden with centuries-old trees overlooking
an endless expanse of low hills.
The villa is two-storey high, and each floor is 300 square meters (about 3,229
square feet). A lot of space for you to enjoy!!
The main entrance is on the courtyard facing the small church. Right next to the
entrance, you will see a spacious hall with sofas around an age-old fireplace.
The room is furnished with beautiful antique furniture. The floor is in handmade
terracotta tiles and the ceiling is supported by wood joists. The fireplace is
impressive as it covers almost one entire wall of the room and is embellished by
antique wooden chairs arranged around it.
From the great hall you can reach a series of smaller living areas. There is a
small reading or tea room, a room with a round card-table, and another small TV
room furnished with couches. Besides, there is also a bathroom and a cellar.
The ground floor also displays a dining room with a long seventeenth-century
table. Two glass doors in this room will lead you to a garden where you will
find an antique table with stone benches set in the middle of a large green lawn
Close to the dining room is a big kitchen modernly equipped with a stove, an
oven, a dishwasher, a fridge, and a freezer. A washing machine is also available.
There is also a large and age-old fireplace in stone and brick where you will be able to prepare grilled meat. Broiled veal steak of the local breed called Chianina are world-famous for its
quality and tastiness. The perfect set for a special barbecue!!
The bedrooms and a second large and beautiful living area are found on the first
floor of the villa.
In the middle of this living room there is a great billiard table in perfect
conditions to be used. There are also sofas and armchairs.
Five bedrooms sleep two people each and are spacious and well-decorated with
furniture dating back to late nineteenth century. One is a double bedroom,
whereas the other four are twin bedrooms. All have windows overlooking the green
scenery outside. In addition, every bedroom has its own large bathroom with a
bathtub. The one single bedroom in the villa has a bathroom with shower.
The little church next to the villa has been consecrated and masses are held
every Sunday at 11 a.m.
The garden and the swimming pool
As guests at Villa Alba, you will be able to enjoy a park with centuries-old
trees and a large lawn area where your kids can have outdoor fun all day long.
It is in the garden that you will find a 10 x 5 meter (107 x 53 feet)
swimming-pool exclusively at your disposal. There are tables, chairs, garden
umbrellas, and deck chairs around the swimming-pool. Once lying in the sun, your
eyes will meet the beautiful façade of the villa, the lawn, the trees and the
flowers. A view of low and green hills will unfold before you. The air is fresh,
clean and filled with the smell of flowers and herbs. You will be able to spend
long and pleasant hours outdoors accompanied either by your friends, a book in
hands, or a glass of good Tuscan wine.
Villa Alba is in the middle of a farming estate of more than a thousand hectares
(about 2,471 acres) on the hills near Siena. The area is part of the "Crete
Senesi", a territory where low argillaceous hills are spread out as far as
meets the eye. You will spend your vacation in the middle of the most famous and
reproduced Tuscan scenery both in cinema and paintings.
Here every season of the year carries its fascinating trait: in spring, hues of
light green cover the hills and lawns; in summer, the golden color of wheat
takes over the hills; and during fall, thousands of swarthy and dark green
The farming estate organically grows wheat used for the making of pasta, fodder
for its own livestock, the Chianina cattle breed, and extra-virgin olive oil.
Villa Alba is the main house of a small hamlet dating back to the medieval
period. The current structure of the villa and the hamlet date back to the XVII
century. Both villa and hamlet have been renovated into vacation houses; a
process which respected the former architectural structure of the buildings. As
guests of Villa Alba, you will have complete privacy as the garden and the
swimming-pool are available exclusively to you. Guests of other vacation houses
in the hamlet have another swimming-pool and garden at their disposal.
As you arrive, look around. You will feel as if time had slowed down. All the
surroundings are beautiful, tidy, and peaceful. The kind staff at the reception
will contribute to such feeling of tranquility with their warm welcome
greetings. The reception is in charge of providing any necessary information on
tourist activities in the area.
A tennis court and a playground are shared with other guests in the hamlet.
Trekking trails of varying degrees of difficulty will enable you to visit
enthralling angles of the farm.
Nearby tourist attractions
Once at Villa Alba, you will enjoy a wonderful vacation in Tuscany! You will
live and experience the real fascinating traits of Tuscany: the hospitality of
an authentic villa built by a noble family of bankers from Siena in the XVII
century which has undergone centuries of history; a stay in the heart of the
magic scenery of Crete Senesi; and the possibility of going on daily excursions
to Florence and other splendid cities of art in Tuscany and returning to the
relaxing atmosphere of the villa.
Villa Alba is about 9 km (5.5 miles) away from Monteroni D'Arbia, which is the
nearest town where you can find shops and restaurants. Siena is 20 km (12.4
miles) away and Florence is 80 km (49.7 miles) away. You will be in a quite
convenient position to visit the whole Tuscany. Moreover, you will be close to
the area of production of the Chianti Senese and Brunello di Montalcino wines.
Don't forget to visit the wine cellars of the area!
Villa Alba also has a parking lot. You need a car to stay at Villa Alba.
The swimming-pool is available from the 1st of May until the 30th of September.
|Size||Sleeps up to 11, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest Amenities||9 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perugia Airport 98 km, Nearest railway: Asciano 9.2 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Private outdoor pool (heated), Log fire, Internet access|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (heated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms of which 7 Family bathrooms and 6 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (9), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 11, Lounge seats for 11|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Private tennis court, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Further details indoors||
The ground floor displays a great hall with sofas and a fireplace, a dining room, a large kitchen with a fireplace, a small card-room, a reading room, a TV room, a tea room, and a bathroom. The dining room and the kitchen have access to the garden. The kitchen is equipped with a stove, an oven, a dishwasher, a fridge, and a freezer. A washing machine is also available.
The first floor displays a large room with a billiard table and sofas and also six bedrooms. Every bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom. There is one double bedroom, four twin bedrooms, and one single bedroom. The bathroom in the single room has a shower, whereas all the others have bathtubs.
|Further details outdoors||
Around the villa there is a large garden with the swimming-pool. Both garden and swimming-pool are used exclusively by the guests of the villa. The garden is furnished with garden umbrellas, tables, chairs, and deck chairs.
A tennis court, a playground, a barbecue area, trekking trails, a laundry area and internet are available and are to be shared with other guests of the hamlet.
The Tuscany region
Located in the heart of Italy, Tuscany is surely one of the most famous Italian landscapes. The essence of this beautiful region are its natural, artistic, and cultural heritage.
Bounded by the Ligurian and the Tyrrhenian Sea (two arms of Mediterranean), this region is divided into ten provinces, whose capitals are Arezzo, Florence, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca, Massa-Carrara, Pisa, Pistoia, Prato and Siena. Florence is the capital city of the region itself.
Spring and fall are the best times to visit Tuscany, because the climate is mild. Bus-lines and trains connect the larger towns, but having a car would be a great advantage, and you would be easily able to enjoy the small towns and vineyards, which represent some of Tuscany’s strong points.
The “Chiantigiana road” is a must to see: it produces some of Italy’s finest wines. This is the colourful and legendary road of the “Chianti" region. The grape cultivation dates back to the Etruscan times. One of the biggest pleasures will be sipping different wines, at the wineries or at the wine bars scattered in the towns.
What about a drop in on “Mugello”? It is a countryside surrounded by oaks, chestnut trees and by the Apennines, This land of artists and painters have been source of inspiration in its farmhouses and colours. with kind people, authentic cooking, good wine, plus a great tradition in handicrafts.
The Apuan Alps are a monumental work of the nature. They consist in some of the highest peaks in the region: This regional park sets up the chance for those who want to practice trekking, cycling, horse riding or simply walking to enjoy this beautiful landscape.
Versilia is an area of 20 km sandy beaches located in the north of the region. The seaside with the colourful bathing areas is rich in bars and meeting places. Camaiore, Forte dei Marmi, Massarosa, Pietrasanta, Seravezza, Stazzema and Viareggio are the towns of this beautiful coast.
Asciano is a marvellous town under the municipality of Siena, in the Tuscany region. The town is located just between the River Ombrone and the Torrent Copra, at the centre of Crete Senesi: a particular and very suggestive hill area on the south-eastern side of Siena, almost bare of vegetation, but plenty of alternating coves and “biancane” (typical clayey, porous and light-coloured soil), that seem to create a moonscape. From the Middle Age, this area was known as “Deserto di Accona” where today, thanks to some important irrigation works, it is possible the cultivation of wheat and sunflowers.
Asciano has Etruscan and Roman origins: you will in fact be able to admire a fascinating Etruscan necropolis, dated back at the V century BC and the remains of Roman baths. The town used to be contended between Siena and Florence in the Battle of Montaperti, until 1285, when it was conquered by Siena and surrounded by boundary walls in 1351, in order to protect it from further invasions.
You cannot miss the Romanesque collegiate church of St Agata, which is the most important church in Asciano. It dates back at XII-XIX century and it's composed by a nave with apsis transept, covered by cross vaults. On the left you will find the marvellous Lombard bell-tower. The façade is divided into three parts by ogive arches. The church reveals inside, two masterpieces, two sixteenth century frescos: a Madonna with the Infant Jesus, the Archangel Michael and the donor, made by disciples of Sodoma; and the Pietà, maybe attributable to Riccio.
Beside the Collegiate Church of St Agata there is the Museum of Holy Art, an exhibition of works dated at XIV and XV centuries, made by painters of the Sienese school. The Archaeological Museum contains remains from a number of tombs of the Poggio Pinci cemetery.
Moving to the South, a large Benedictine monastery overlooks the hill of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, which is famous for being the original village for the locals: the Olivetans. The monastery was named Monte Oliveto Maggiore to distinguish it from successive foundations at Florence, San Gimignano, Naples and elsewhere. Nowadays, It is still the mother house of the order or congregation.
Talking about events and local culture, we have to remind every tourist to enjoy and fully live the Ascianese September, which is when the town gets alive thanks to variegate program of typical markets, parties and concerts.
There is a famous exhibition of clay pots which take place every second Sunday of the month in the old centre of the town. You will find not only pots, but also organic food and wine from the local area as well as handicrafts.