Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Villa Demata is the beloved holiday home of a Florentine family with strong American connections as well as a great appreciation for the Tuscan country side and it's pleasures.
This beautiful villa is set in the heart of Etruscan Tuscany, immersed in verdant country side and with stunning views. It is also close to the auto strada allowing easy access to all major points of interest.
Around the villa are 20 hectares of organic vineyards and olive groves producing a very fine “Chianti dei Colli Senesi", extra vergine olive oil and various other fruit trees as well as another two hectares of woods which provide delightful nature walks. Marino, the owner, speaks fluent English and is quite happy for you to call him with a question or to ask for a recommendation. Many past guests have told us how he has become their friends during their stay at the villa and complimented his generous sense of hospitality. On the other hand, if private seclusion is what you are after, he can completely understand that as well.
The house is a typical Tuscan hill house, restored and added to over the years as the family grew and changed. The villa offers air conditioning in the 3 upstairs bedrooms, the other bedroom downstairs doesn't need the air conditioning and are enough fresh. The bathrooms were last restored in 1990 and are all of good quality and condition and the kitchen was re done in 2000. It has a decidedly “Italian designer” look to it whilst still incorporating all the elements of a country kitchen including a delightful open fire place flanked by a small comfy sofa for reading by the fire.
It opens onto a pergola covered terrace for dining al fresco that looks onto a spacious outdoor area and garden. The terrace is furnished with table and chairs, a barbecue and a wood burning pizza oven. From the terrace you have wonderful views and can also see the pool.
Villa Demata is a two-storey house (about 200 mq. in total): the ground floor includes a large dining and sitting room, a kitchen with dishwasher, American coffee machine, microwave and all other domestic appliances as well as an open fireplace, a store room with the washing machine, a twin bedroom and a bathroom with shower.
The second floor includes three bedrooms with king-size beds. There are also two bathrooms, each with toilet, tub, shower, etc. One of them also has a hydro massage tub. There are in total 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.
The rooms are bright and sunny with lovely views, some with private terraces. All come equipped with window shutter and anti mosquito devices if necessary. In the dining and sitting room you find TV and VCR and Satellite connection: (CNN, BBC, CNBC, and many others including movies in original language), CD player. ADSL Wireless internet connection.
Garden & Swimming Pool:
The house, encircled all around by a garden with private swimming pool, stands independently on the top of a hill and is ideal, enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the Tuscan landscape.
All around the house are superb views onto the valleys lying below, mountain tops such as Monte Cetona and small towns of the surrounding area, such as Citta' della Pieve, Chianciano, Cetona and Sarteano.
The pool is 5 x 10 meters, deep from 1.50 to 2.50 meters and is well furnished with lounges and umbrellas. There are lovely wide spreading lawns for playing games.
One approaches the house through it's extensive olive groves and vine yards.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Castiglione della Pescaia 130 km|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perugia - Sant'Egidio 65 km, Nearest railway: Chiusi 1.8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Tuscany region
Villa Demata is near to Chiusi as well as with in easy reach of most important Tuscan places of interest. The nearest airport is Florence (about 1 ½ hours by car) and Rome (about 2 hours). The train station is on the main Florence-Rome line and only 2 kilometers from the house. From there trains can take you to the center of either city in an hour.
From Chiusi Scalo station it is also possible to reach Siena, Perugia and Arezzo with comfortable cross-country trains (30 minutes) or by car. Chiusi is in a very convenient part of Southern Tuscany, from where you can easily reach many small towns, Lazio and Umbria (the border between Tuscany and Umbria is just 4 Km.).
OTHER FACILITIES AVAILABLE NEAR BY INCLUDE: Chianciano Terme, famous for its healing and relaxing thermal spa baths, a recently opened Etruscan Museum and a lively programme of Summer shows, events and plays; Montepulciano, a Medieval and Renaissance town in whose countryside the renowned wine "Nobile di Montepulciano" is produced: you can visit many open cantinas where it is possible to have free wine tasting; Pienza, a true jewel of Renaissance architecture and art, planned by Pope Pius II Piccolomini and Leon Battista Alberti; Monticchiello, yet another wonderful Medieval village; Bagno Vignoni, a unique village with its main squareconsisting of anancient Roman bath; Montalcino, a medieval village, producing the famous wine "Brunello di Montalcino"; Cortona, an ancient Etruscan location but with important Medieval and Renaissance buildings; Lake Trasimeno, with its islands, reachable by ferry; the medieval Citta' della Pieve, with frescos by Perugino; Monte Amiata which has many nice typical little towns; from there you can drive to Monte Labro, where is the most important Buddhist community in the region, on a very suggestive plateau called "European Tibet". There is also Tennis, Golf, horse riding and hiking with in 20 minutes.
Nearest town: Chiusi km 1,8
Restaurants: Chiusi km 1,8
Supermarket: Chiusi km 1,8
Grocery: Chiusi km 1,8
Shops: Chiusi km 1,8
Outlets: Valdichiana Outlet Village km 35
Bank: Chiusi km 1,8
Post office: Chiusi km 1,8
Chemistry: Chiusi km 1,8
Tennis court: Chiusi km 1,8
Golf: Castiglione del Lago km 15
Horse riding: -
SPA: San Casciano dei Bagni km 25
Train station: Chiusi km 1,8
Val d'Orcia, this fascinating oasis of nature and culture, is set among acres of olive groves, oak forests and vineyards. The river that gave its name to the valley is little more than a creek for the better part of the year. Prone to dry up in the summer heat, it becomes, come fall, an impetuous river capable of sweeping away anything it finds in its path. The river finds its source in the hills between Radicofani and Sarteano and then it flows into a wide cultivated valley. As it bends eastward, it touches the hillsides of Pienza, San Quirico, Montalcino and Castiglione. It follows the Amiata and curves around the hills of the high Maremma, before flowing into the Ombrone.
The river's water comes from the Orcia River and its tributaries, but it also receives currents from Bagno Vignoni and Bagni San Filippo. These thermal waters, which rise from the heart of the volcano, have offered well-being and health remedies for thousands of years. Castiglione d'Orcia marks the boundary between the Val d'Orcia and the forests of Monte Amiata. The City of Siena and the Salimbeni fought bitterly for control of the ancient settlement of the Aldobrandeschi in the 1300s. The hamlet's center is dedicated to painter and sculpture Lorenzo di Pietro called 'Il Vecchietto'. In its central square, visitors will find a travertine well built in 1618 which faces the Palazzo Comunale. Visitors won't want to miss a tour of the town's lovely churches including Santa Maria Maddalena and Santi Stefano and Degna. The remains of two noteworthy fortresses, Rocca Aldobrandesca and Rocca a Tentennano grace the hamlet's central area.
In the district of Rocca d'Orcia, one will find the churches of Pieve di San Simeone (XIII century), Compagnia di San Sebastiano and Madonna del Palazzo; the later has been desecrated and recently transformed into a residential building. Visitors won't be able to resist a stop at Vivo d'Orcia, a tourist hot-spot at the foot of the Amiata. Not far from the center, you'll find the 'Eremo del Vivo' a late Renaissance structure designed by Antonio da San Gallo, 'Il giovane.' A short walk from Vivo's aqueduct will take you to the little church of 'Ermicciolo' and the famous 'Seccatoi' area, which many expects consider the town's first ancient settlement.
Make sure to visit the historical center of Campiglia d'Orcia—a charming town which has maintained its Medieval characteristics. Near the hamlet, one can find the remains of the Campigliola tower. Montalcino is know for its Brunello, one of the most famous red wines in the world. Montalcino is also a magnificent city of the arts and it dominates a hillside overlooking more than 3,000 hectares of vineyards. Between the Ombrone and dell'Orcia basins, you'll find the Rocca fortress. Constructed in 1361, this structure was built to guard the entrance of Montalcino from Siena. Another worthy stop on your itinerary includes the Palazzo Comunale's tower, built in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. At the foot of the tower, you'll find Piazza del Popolo and the town's Gothic Lodge. Don't miss the churches of Sant'Agostino and Sant'Egidio (XIV century). Visitors will also enjoy the Museo Civico e Diocesano which hosts paintings and sculpture from the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries and several della Robbia terracottas.
Two winding roads among the vineyards will take visitors to Torrenieri, Sant'Angelo in Colle and Poggio alle Mura. From Castelnuovo dell'Abate, you can easily reach the Abbey of Sant'Antimo, one of Italy 's most famous Romanesque works. Pienza was declared 'ideal city' by Pope Pius II and has recently been declared part of the 'patrimony of humanity' by UNESCO.
In 1458, Enea Silvio Piccolomini decided to transform his native town into a symbolic Renaissance city. From 1459 to 1462, the new Pienza saw the birth of the Cathedral dell'Assunta which hosts some of the most well-known artists from Siena of the time. Nearby, you'll find the Palazzo Piccolomini whose loggia offers a wonderful view of the Valle d'Orcia, the Palazzo Comunale and the Palazzo Vescovale and its adjoining museum. Don't miss the medieval church of San Francesco and the walls of the austere Pieve di Corsignano, mentioned in historical documents as early as 714.
Southwards, you'll find a road that winds along the hills; it will take you to the fortified hamlet of Monticchiello which hosts various medieval buildings, including a walled fortress and the thirteenth century church of Saint Leonardo and Saint Christopher. Said church holds interesting remains of ancient frescos. On the southern border of the valley, visitors can stop at San Quirico d'Orcia, which developed alongside the medieval hamlet of Osenna. It became a settlement of Siena in 1256 and still conserves its historical character.
Radicofani, on the southern coast of the Val d'Orcia, hosts one of the most important fortresses in Tuscany, which dominated the border of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and the Papal States for centuries. This same site was used by both the Etruscans and the Romans; however, the fortress was built around the year 1000. The tower, reconstructed in the 1900s, offers an extraordinary panorama of the Val d'Orcia, the Amiata, the Appenines and the Trasimeno and Bolsena lakes. The churches of San Pietro and Sant'Agata hold a noteworthy collection of della Robbia terracottas and wooden statues; the Palazzo Pretorio currently hosts City Hall.
On the ancient Via Cassia road, you'll find Palazzo della Posta, a Medici villa transformed into a hotel that has hosted various renowned visitors. This winding road brings travellers to the medieval hamlet of Contignano. On the south side of the valley, you'll find San Quirico d'Orcia, which developed alongside the medieval village of Osenna, which became part of Siena 's settlements in 1256. In the center, surrounded by a series of walls, one can visit the Collegiata dei Santi Quirico e Giulitta, with its magnificent Romanesque-Gothic portals. Don't miss the church of the Misericordia, Palazzo Pretorio, Palazzo Chigi and Santa Maria di Vitaleta. Nature lovers will enjoy the area's Horti Leonini, noteworthy Italian gardens that were created in 1540 by Diomede Leoni. Said gardens currently host contemporary sculpture. The church of Santa Maria Assunta, the Giardino delle Rose, rose garden and the ancient hospital, Ospedale della Scala complete the tour.
If you follow the Cassia southwards, you'll arrive at Bagno Vignoni, the thermal station that has been known since Medieval times for its celebrated 'piazza d'acqua'. On the slope that leads towards the river, you'll find the Parco dei Mulini—interesting park that bears witness to plumbing constructions and techniques that were invented in medieval times.
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