Villa | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Beautiful Villa for couples in Apennine Mountains. Ideal for honeymoons. Stunning views of castle where Michelangelo was born. Heated salt water pool, Medieval Towns to explore, great local restaurants, peace and tranquillity. Lunch & Bar service. Fully self contained with kitchen, bathroom, bedroom & private garden with jacuzzi.
The villa is set in beautiful mountain forests and is surrounded by olive trees. The pool, with descending Roman steps, sits in an olive grove and overlooks by a terrace with a wonderful view through the mountains to Caprese Michelangelo and the Castle of Michelangelo. .
Cortona and Florence are easy to reach from here.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Rimini 125 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perugia, Pisa or Bologna, Nearest railway: Arezzo|
|Family friendly||Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Fax machine, Table tennis, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
The Tuscany region
Only a short drive from the villa, La Verna, is a locality on Mount Penna, an isolated mountain of 1,283 m in the centre of the Tuscan Apennines, rising above the valley of the Casentino.Count Orlando of Chiusi gave La Verna to Francis on May 8th 1213 as a retreat specially favourable for contemplation, and in 1218 built him the chapel Santa Maria degli Angeli.
In August, 1224, Francis withdrew to La Verna to keep a forty days fast in preparation for Michaelmas and while praying on the mountain-side, he is said to have had a vision on or about September 14, as a result of which he received the stigmata. Brother Leo, who had been with Francis at the time, left a clear and simple account of the event, the first definite account of the phenomenon of stigmata. "Suddenly he saw a vision of a seraph, a six-winged angel on a cross. This angel gave him the gift of the five wounds of Christ."
Thus La Verna came to be seen as sacred ground. Pope Alexander IV took it under his protection, and in 1260 a church was consecrated there in presence of St. Bonaventure & several bishops. A few years later the Chapel of the Stigmata was erected, near the spot where the miracle took place.
Suffering from these Stigmata and from an eye disease, he received care in several cities (Siena, Cortona, & Nocera) to no avail. In the end he was brought back to the Porziuncola (a small church in the parish of Santa Maria degli Angeli, situated about 4 kilometers from Assisi the place from where the Franciscan movement started). He was brought to the "transito," the hut for infirmed friars. Here, in the place where it all began, feeling the end approaching, he spent the last days of his life dictating his spiritual testament. He died on the evening of October 3, 1226 singing Psalm 141.
On July 16, 1228 he was pronounced a saint by the pope Gregory IX, the former cardinal Ugolino di Conti, friend and protector of St Francis. The next day, the pope laid the foundation stone for the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi. Saint Francis is considered the first Italian poet by literary critics. He believed commoners should be able to pray to God in their own language, and he wrote always in the dialect of Umbria instead of Latin. His writings are considered to have great literary value, as well as religious.
he Tuscan hilltop town of Siena is roughly a 2-hour drive from the villa. The Centre, of which, has been decalred a World Heritag site by UNESCO. It is dominated by its cathedral, the city's 12th century Duomo is one of the finest examples of Italian Romanesque architecture, inside are the famous octagonal pulpit and a collection of perfectly preserved Renaissance frescos by Ghirlandaio, along with some fine bas-relief by Donatello, Bhiberti & other 15th century sculptors. The 'town square' is the shell-shaped Piazza del Campo which not only hosts the famous Palio di Siena, a traditional medieval horse race held on July 2nd and August 16th each year, but also contains the Palazzo Pubblico home to Ambrogio Lorenzetti's frescos the good government and the results of good and bad Government, along with other frescos.
The town of Cortona was made famous by Frances Mayes book Under the Tuscan Sun, (later turned into a film) this beautiful town was put on the map by the Etruscans, just over an hour’s drive away it offers astounding views of the broad Val di Chiana, the Siena Mountains to the west, and the blue expanse of Lake Trasimeno to the south. Around the city, on terraced mountain slopes, ranks of silver-green olive trees are rooted in a stony soil, where Cortonese farmers have harvested them for centuries. A beautiful - and valuable - collection of Etruscan artefacts, are on display in Cortona's Museo dell'Accademia (Palazzo Casali). The walls of Cortona, run for approximately 3 kilometres, enclosing a well-preserved and evocative medieval town with a number of piazzas, palazzos, churches, public buildings and gardens. Some of buildings are in the Romanesque style, others pure Gothic and a few with a Renaissance flourish.
During your visit take time to wander its winding medieval streets, full of wonderful shops selling locally produced goods and gifts, in places staircases,(some very steep) have been cut into the stone of the mountain. Afterwards, enjoy an espresso con biscotti at one of many cafes in and around it’s piazzas, or perhaps partake of a full Tuscan lunch at one of its many good restaurants or an excellent gelato (Ice-cream).
One of Italy's most famous cities, Florence (in Italian 'Firenze') is famed as the birthplace of the Renaissance it preserves some of the greatest works of art and most beautiful buildings in the world.
From the 15th century onwards it became a centre of learning in the arts and sciences unparalleled since classical times. Now a small city, the regional capital of Tuscany, has nearly all its beautiful buildings concentrated within a relatively small area. These include the famous museums of the Uffizi that contains one of the World’s most important art collections with the paintings of Boticelli, da Vinci and many others. The stunning Duomo made of Carrara Marble is a masterpiece of the renaissance dedicated to Santa Maria del Fiore. The Palazzo Pitti and Bargello are home to other classical pieces of Florentine art. The Galleria dell'Accademia with it’s sculptures by Michelangelo and Florentine paintings. The Gothic church of Santa Croce is the burial place of Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo and others. Spanning the river Arno the Ponte Vecchio is not only a means of crossing the river but the home of a myriad of quaint jewellery shops, offering traditional and modern pieces. The Boboli Gardens, are home to a distinguished collection of sculptures dating from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries, with some Roman antiquities. Surrounding the historical treasures are streets packed with fashion boutiques all the famous names are here Versace, Gucci, Valentino, Roberto Cavelli, Prada to name a few.
Above the city is the Piazzala Michelangelo not only offers astounding views but allows the visitor to purchase gifts & souvenirs as well as refreshments or even one of Italy’s famous ice creams.
The town and commune of Sansepolcro is a half hour drive away on the Tiber river, it is the birthplace of the painters Piero della Francesca, Raffaellino del Colle (a pupil of Raphael ) and Angiolo Tricca, along with the Italian mathematician Luca Pacioli. Surrounded by the fertile plains of the upper Tiber valley where tobacco is a major cash crop, Sansepolcro was where Giulia Boninsegni and Gio Batta Buitoni started their production of pasta in 1827, the first pasta factory in Italy, and one of their old factories still stands inside the town. The durum wheat used in pasta was imported mainly from Apulia. Buitoni now belongs to Nestlé but retains a strong presence in the area.
A strange chain of events saved this beautiful town from being irreparably damaged during World War 2, Occupied by the retreating Germans British Artillery Captain Anthony Clarke was tasked with directing the bombardment to remove them, as it started he remembered where he had heard of the town, it was an article by Aldous Huxley in which he described The Resurrection by Piero Della Francesca housed in the town’s Museo Civico as "the greatest painting in the world". Although he had never seen the painting he ordered his men to stop. It transpired that the Germans had already departed from the area - the bombardment hadn't been necessary and the town, along with its famous painting survived.
In Sansepolcro’s narrow streets you will find a wide variety of small shops and boutiques, along with a host of cafes and a wide selection of restaurants offering everything from the traditional pizza to exquisite a la carte at Guide which has an intimate romantic feel. The town also contains a number of supermarkets for our visitors to purchase provisions, one of which is contained in an indoor shopping centre just across form the historic part of the town where there is ample parking. Tuesdays and Saturdays mornings is when the town has a market and on a Friday evening there is an interesting antique bazaar.
This beautiful villa stands in the heart of Tuscany overlooking the village of Caprese Michelangelo.
It is set in 10 acres of the most beautiful mountain forests and is surrounded by olive trees. The tranquil position, frequently described as 'paradise on earth' contains an abundance of wildlife where the birds sing all night and the fireflies provide a moving display of sparkling light.
This estate of fields, orchards and olive groves provides a truly Italian holiday in the most beautiful surroundings.
This small village is the birthplace of the renowned Renaissance artist Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (March 6, 1475 – February 18, 1564), commonly known as Michelangelo. This Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet and engineer, whose versatility in the disciplines he took up was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with his rival and fellow Italian Leonardo da Vinci.
Michelangelo's output in every field during his long life was prodigious; when the sheer volume of correspondence, sketches and reminiscences that survive is also taken into account; he is the best-documented artist of the 16th century. Two of his best-known works, the Pieta and the David, were sculpted before he turned thirty. Despite his low opinion of painting, Michelangelo also created two of the most influential works in fresco in the history of Western art: the scenes from Genesis on the ceiling and The Last Judgment on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. Later in life he designed the dome of St Peter Basilica in the same city and revolutionized classical architecture with his use of the giant order of pilasters.
In a demonstration of Michelangelo's unique standing, he was the first Western artist whose biography was published while he was alive. In his lifetime he was also often called Il Divino ("the divine one"). One of the qualities most admired by his contemporaries was his terribilità, a sense of awe-inspiring grandeur.
Caprese also contains the 13th century church of St. John the Baptist, where Michelangelo was baptized and the castle of Michelangelo where he was born and lived.
During the weekend evenings in the summer months the small square next to the local Pizzeria “Il Boschetto” (famed for it’s menu of 100 pizzas) plays host to local musicians and seemingly the whole town turn up to dance, Also in the town is the excellent local restaurant ‘The Buca di Michelangelo’ where you can sample a host of locally produced food including truffles which are not only fresh but incredibly well priced and delicious.
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