Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
In stunning Tuscany, along its endless artistic heritage and countryside, where stretches of silvery olive trees stare after vineyards and cypress trees, lies the Villa Senaia.
An ancient stone farmhouse, located in a strategic position where it is easy to uncover many of the hidden and characteristic secrets of Tuscany and Umbria. The local atmosphere will leave you with unforgettable moments of quiet and relaxation, enjoying the colors, odours and unique sunsets.
The whole property is well designed for the needs of guests on holiday. The owners, who live nearby, will welcome guests on arrival with a small buffet lunch and once a week (on request) will offer?? homemade pizza, which is always a great success.
The nearest town which has many restaurants and shops is only 3 km away and the cities of art & culture such as Cortona, Arezzo, Montepulciano, Siena, Florence ... can be reached in under an hour.
The farmhouse Villa Senaia is recommended for all those seeking peace and tranquility, but also to those who want to explore Tuscany.
The family atmosphere and the helpfulness of the owners will help guests express their opinions and ask for advice especially for those who do not know the area. The guests can ask freely for information: from where is the nearest restaurant to the local post office etc.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: firenze 60 km, Nearest railway: castiglion fiorentino 3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Safe, Satellite TV|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
The Tuscany region
Places of Interest
From its 500 meters s.m. dominates the Valdichiana, surrounded by Etruscan walls that make it unique, the legend, as told by Virgil, wants Cortona was founded by legendary Dardanus in the place where the hero, in combat, lost his helmet (Corys), by hence its name or Coritus Corjtus Cortona become over the years.
Dardanus was an ancestor of King Priam ... King of the Trojan War, the beautiful Helen and the horse of Ulysses.
Later Cortona was Umbrian, Etruscan and Roman then be, after the period of barbarian invasions, a free city under Uguccio Casali.
There are more than 3,000 years of history that are of Cortona one of the most unique and fascinating cities of central Italy and one of the amazing places in order to understand our origins Italic, be prepared because the roads here are steep!
The first Sunday and preceding Saturday of every month, is organized in Arezzo Antiques Fair, one of the largest antiques fairs in Italy, located on the scenic and picturesque streets of the city center. In the church of St. Francis can find frescoes of the cycle of the Legend of the True Cross (XV century). Of Piero della Francesca, Casa Vasari, Ivan Bruschi house museum, the house of Francesco Petrarca, the Medici fortress.
Piero della Francesca, born in Sansepolcro in 1420 and died, by a singular coincidence of fate, 12 October 1492, day of the discovery of America, was called the "painter scientist" for his extraordinary ability to blend the geometry of volumes and space of light and color from careful and meticulous studies. Piero and paves the road anticipates was to Michelangelo, who was born in another village near Sansepolcro Aretino.
Twice a year, in June and September, there is the Giostra del Saracino, a quaint medieval tournament.
Sanctuary of Verna
Do you want to retrace the steps where Francis in 1223, three years before his glorious transit, received his stigmata?
Here one morning while the Saint was praying, the mountain was enveloped in a wonderful light, he had the stigmata of the Passion of Jesus, which Dante defined the final seal to his holiness.
The birthplace of the artist, Michelangelo was born here March 6, 1475. The castle keeps intact the surrounding structure, which is the birthplace of the Master with his Michelangelo museum, contains reproductions of works of the divine artist.
It is very nice to walk through the streets of this beautiful city. Among the main places of interest highlights: Piazza del Campo, the Duomo, the Cathedral Museum and the Facciatone, Baptistery. Very important is a visit to the museum in front of the Duomo, Santa Maria alla Scala, in ancient times this was a hospital. today has been transformed into a museum where you can find all the layers of history, of the Sienese community, offering visitors a cultural experience that goes well beyond classic type of a museum visit. Try the tasty culinary delights ... and the sweet temptations of the historic Pasticceria Nannini!
In the heart of the Sienna district there is a perfect landscape, essential .... consists of hills, gulleys, the winding river, the cypress trees that mark the heights following the course of the streets, this is the Val d'Orcia with its beautiful medieval villages (Castiglione d'Orcia, San Quirico d 'Orcia, Montalcino, Pienza).
Quaint town, known for the gardens of the Horti Leonini. Famous for the surrounding countryside. It is located about 35 km from Siena. Pienza Beautiful village in a panoramic position, ideal to enjoy the Tuscan countryside. The town revolves around the beautiful Piazza Pio 2nd. It is located 9 miles from San Quirico d'Orcia. For cheese lovers ... Do not miss the black Pecorino di Pienza.
It's built on a limestone ridge. The village is surrounded by walls and fortifications designed by Antonio da Sangallo the Elder in 1500 for Cosimo I. Montepulciano is known for its imposing Renaissance palaces, the elegant beauty of its churches and its "Vino Nobile", a Tuscan wine of the most internationally acclaimed. The village is spread along a course that climbs the hill to reach the central square, Piazza Grande, located at the top.
From the top, the imposing fortress of fourteenth-century masters the hill. Montalcino as well as streets, artisan shops, small cafes and shops of typical food products (wine and honey are popular local biscuits called "dead bones"), to see are the beautiful Town Hall, the Bishop's Palace which houses the museums of Montalcino (the diocesan, the civic and archaeological with works of important authors of the thirteenth to the sixteenth century Sienese, including Bartalo di Fredi, Il Sodoma, Bartolomeo Neroni), home of Brunello that has been called the best and most famous Italian wine.
St. Francis of Assisi, born September 26, 1182 - died October 3, 1226, as Francis was born Giovanni di Pietro Bernar, also known as "the poor man of Assisi", is one of the most famous saints in the world, together with S. Catherine of Siena. Together they have been proclaimed the patrons of Italy. The town of Assisi due of its illustrious citizen is a symbol of peace, it is a destination for meetings between the major religions of the world. Assisi is a medieval town which has preserved its original architecture, giving the visitor a truly unique show.
Historic Centre of Florence (1982)
Piazza del Duomo in Pisa (1987)
Historic Centre of San Gimignano (1990)
Historic Centre of Siena (1995)
Center of Pienza (1996)
Val d'Orcia (2004)
Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi since 2000
Located on top of a hill (345 m asl), Castiglion Fiorentino has splendid views overlooking both the Val di Chio and Preappennino which are surrounded by beautiful olive groves. Its strategic location near the paths of Chiusi and Arezzo-link between Val di Chiana and the Tiber Valley meant that the town was an important fortress in the medieval period. The old town, dominated by the tower and surrounded by walls, still preserves the medieval and its valuable historical and artistic treasures from the Etruscans. Its position as a borderland between Tuscany and Umbria places it in an ideal location from which to reach the main cities of central Italy. Tourists can also find authentic cuisine and local products , besides the usual handicrafts.
LA SETTIMANA SANTA
The Holy Week processions carry on a centuries-old religious tradition for the town population. Several brothers, belonging to three different companies (Company St. Anthony, dressed in white, Good Death, dressed in black, and the Society of Jesus in blue) which were established between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, parade with their hoods over their faces, the main streets of the town, behind the "cruciferous", bringing life-size wooden statues, representing a moment in the Passion of Christ.
Every second year, on Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday, the city relives the passion of Christ through a passion play. More than one hundred-listed actors play a scene in a kind of natural amphitheater and recreate paintings taken from the Gospel.
During the month of May there are many events held fthat aim to enhance productivity and local culture: trade fair, exhibitions, concerts, sporting events, festivals, cultural events. Over the years thousands of visitors come to see this event.
PALIO DEI RIONI
The origins of this event dates back to past centuries. It takes place every third Sunday of June, the feast day of Our Lady of Grace in Piazza Garibaldi. On this day the three districts (District Cassero, Porta Fiorentina and Porta Romana) each appear in their historical costumes and parade through the streets of the town, performing flag games and then finish off the day with a horse race.
In the period from July to September the town comes alive for a succession of initiatives that meet the various needs: street theatre, folk festivals, concerts and wine and cheese tasting in nearby farm houses, exhibitions , hiking, classical music, cinema etc.
The sacred drama, reconstructed along the streets and alleys of the most picturesque old town, takes place the Sunday before Christmas and Boxing Day. Hundreds of people are interpret the characters of the nativity wearing period costumes and animating different frameworks. For the occasion has been coined the "denarius castiglionensis', with which you can enjoy the foods of taverns.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM, PINACOTECA, TOWER OF CASSERO AND MUSEUM OF SACRED ART
The Archaeological Museum preserves and tells the story of Castiglion Fiorentino and its territory through a collection of artifacts and a multimedia system. Among the significant findings there is kept the reconstruction of a portion of the roof of the sanctuary, and many examples of Etruscan civilization. The archaeological area, leads on underground paths, you can see the first evidence of an Etruscan settlement (eighth century BC.) up to the Middle Ages.
The Pinacoteca is housed in the Church of St. Angelo (XII sec.), In the former sacristy and in the so-called "chorus of nuns." Inside are numerous jewels of considerable works such as the thirteenth-century Holy Cross of French manufacture, and the bust of St. Ursula of the early fourteenth century. In the section dedicated to paintings there are among the other a painted cross from the beginning of 1200, the San Francisco of shop Margarito Arezzo (XIII c.), A fragment of a fourteenth-century Majesty by Taddeo Gaddi (1328 ca.), St. Michael Archangel (1480 approx.) and the Stigmata of St. Francis (1486), works by Bartolomeo della Gatta.
THE TOWER OF CASSERO
Rebuilt with Casseretto during the rule of Perugia in the fourteenth century, the tower of Cassero with its bell tower in which is placed a large bell, characterizes the town. Through a wooden staircase, recently restored, you can reach the top (35 m.) you have the perfect view of the old town with the scenery of the Val di Chiana and the Val di Chio. Recent archaeological excavations in the area of formwork have unearthed evidence of Etruscan walls (fourth century BC), made up of large stones and the ruins of a city gate.
The parish museum is housed in what remains of the old parish church of San Giuliano, near the new Collegiate. You can see, as well as paintings and panels sec. XV-XVII, a fresco by Luca Signorelli depicting the Lamentation on Christ, a Baptism of Christ by Della Robbia School. There are also a valuable collection of objects from other churches: the Tonacella Petreto (1450 approx.), Our Lady of Petrognano (wooden sculpture of the thirteenth century.), Our Lady of the Girdle (Madonna dressed in eighteenth century.), As well as various works of jewelry, textiles, reliquaries.
Chiesa e chiostro di San Francesco
The church of S. Francis, with its beautiful Romanesque-Gothic facade of sandstone, is fully liable to the characteristics of the Order beggar, a nave, beamed ceiling, a transept with three apses, square and cross vaults. Over the altars, the works of Vasari, Madonna and Child with Saints (1548); by Poppi, Crucifixion; Salvi Castellucci, Calling of St. Matthew. Of particular interest is the large wooden crucifix from the high altar of Patriarchs, the seventeenth-century wooden statue of Christ at the Column, the choir in stone in 1500. The rectangular cloister, rebuilt in the early '600, is characterized by a double arcade of Tuscan style. The frescoes in the lunettes are by Pelliccione by Colle in 1627 and portray scenes from the life of S. Francis.
The construction of Loggiato on which intervened only after Vasari, dates back to 1513. On the sides of the porch you can see the crests of the Commissioners and Podesta, Della Robbia terracotta or sandstone, while the open arches show the beautiful landscape of the Val di Chio.
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6 Jul 2014
"Tuscany in a nutshell!"
What an incredible place! This villa has absolutely everything you need to make your stay in Tuscany a pleasant one. All rooms are big, clean and with typical furniture and the kitchen well equipped. … More
10 May 2014
Villa Senaia was a truly wonderful experience so much so we return every two years with family & friends. The wonderful panoramic vista from the villa and pool is breath taking as it calming. Subtle h… More
26 Feb 2014
"A most warm welcome to a beautiful home"
With the hills of Tuscany and a church spire in the background, playing bocce or swimming in the pool said "we are no where else but Italy." Dining on the terrace overlooking the town of Ca… More
23 Jan 2014
"Love!!! Tuscan farmhouse/villa of our dreams!!!"
We stayed here for only three nights while my husband attended a class in town..far too short a stay in such an amazing place.The owner, Giuseppe, was extremely warm and gracious. Since he and his wi… More
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I am very happy of your stay, I hope you can come back with more time so you can find more news of Tuscany
thank you very much Giuseppe and Laura little Margaret
12 Jul 2013
"Better then we could have dreamed !"
Just got back from 3 weeks in Italy and one week was spent at Villa Senaia. This place was a dream come true from the owners, Giuseppe, who the wife's say is George Clooney's double, to his… More
in our work know that we were able to satisfy customers is the best success,
you are always welcome when you return from George Clooney (country), I will prepare a very good bottle of wine.
24 Oct 2011
"Beautiful Villa, Great Hospitality!"
I just returned from a week long vacation at Villa Senaia located in Castiglion Fiorentino. Everything about this villa is fantastic! The location is outstanding since most tuscan hilltowns are a easi… More
30 Aug 2011
"vue panorammique époustouflante"
Villa typique très agréable avec splendide panorama à 180°. Propriétaires très sympathiques, qui nous ont fait découvrir des produits gastronomiques toscans et donné de bons conseils pour nos … More
Merci pour les compliments, la cuisine est désormais en vente avec de nouveaux outils.
Merci pour la suggestion, Giuseppe et Laura
15 Aug 2011
"Wonderful Tuscan villa"
Wonderful 4 bedroom / 3 bathroom villa with a stunning panoramic view. Ideal "base" To discover the Tuscan region. Very friendly owners, great swimming pool, beautifully restored house, tast… More
thank you very much, I hope to see you soon, greetings Joseph and Laura
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