Villa La Corte is a large farmhouse from the early 15th century, built around a thousand-year-old lookout Lombard tower and set inside six hectares of private grounds amidst the hills covered in vineyards and olive trees, just outside of San Gimignano. You enter the villa through a large French door that overlooks the courtyard equipped for pleasantly relaxing outdoors.
From its privileged position it enjoys panoramic views on the hills covered in vineyards and olive trees surrounding the medieval town of San Gimignano.This luxury villa Tuscany has been carefully restored preserving all the original characteristics and using traditional materials.
The villa has been stylishly furnished according to the Tuscan style typical of the elegant country residences with a special care for the details and in keeping with its ancient origins.
From Villa La Corte you can walk just a short distance to reach the Villa La Torre; if needed for important ceremonies or events, such as weddings or company meetings, the two structures can be rented together.
Accommodation: All of the daytime areas overlook the courtyard. On the ground floor there is a spacious living room with billiard's table, dining room, a bathroom with shower and a fully equipped kitchen with direct access to the courtyard perfectly organized for your al fresco dinners. On the first floor you will find a small lounge with fireplace, three double bedrooms, three twin bedroms, in two of them beds can be put together. Two bathrooms with bath and two bathrooms with shower. Toilette.
Services: Greeting service upon arrival in English and French and assistance during the holiday, pets accepted, private parking on premises, garden and equipped outdoor areas, swimming pool, tennis court, lunches and dinners on request, use of solarium, barbecue, billiards, TV with DVD player, baby-bed on request, babysitter on request, washing machine and dishwasher, central heating, cooking lessons on request, free tasting of the Niccolai Estate wines, the possibility of purchasing the estate's farm products.
Garden & Swimming Pool: The internal courtyard with direct access from the kitchen is fully equipped to eat outside or simply relax. Just a few meters away is the very well-kept lawn, often visited by pheasants and wild hares, where you will find a dirt floor tennis court and the swimming pool (7 x 14 m) equipped with deckchairs and sun umbrellas.
Suggested event for this property: Palio di Siena tickets.
While staying at this property we would like you to consider the possibility to attend the famous Palio di Siena, a world wide renowned event. The Palio takes place twice a year on July 2nd and on August 16. You can contact us to reserve your tickets.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Florence - Amerigo Vespucci 70 km, Nearest railway: Certaldo/Poggibonsi 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 6 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (5)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Private tennis court, BBQ|
It only takes 5 minutes by car from Villa La Corte to San Gimignano. All the most important Tuscan places of interest are within easy reach as well: Siena (45mins); central Florence (just over 1 hr.); Volterra (30 km); Arezzo (2hrs.). The nearest airport is either Florence or Pisa, which are equi-distant (about 1hr.15mins.). Rome Airport is about 3hrs. drive away.
OTHER FACILITIES AVAILABLE NEARBY: An 18-hole golf course (15 km), horseriding (10 km). Villa La Corte estate is situated within a forest that is centuries old, which means that your holidays can be spent in close contact to nature. These natural surroundings offer a host of splendid opportunities for leisurely walking, more serious hiking or mountain biking. This location is ideal for exploring the great Tuscan cities of major historical, cultural and artistic interest in the vicinity. After a long day of rewarding but tiring sightseeing, you will welcome your return to the peace and tranquillity of Villa La Corte.
Nearest town: San Gimignano km 6
Restaurants: San Gimignano km 6
Supermarket: San Gimignano km 6
Grocery: San Gimignano km 6
Shops: San Gimignano km 6
Outlets: Barberino del Mugello km 85
Bank: San Gimignano km 6
Post office: San Gimignano km 6
Chemistry: San Gimignano km 6
Tennis court: private in the property
Golf: San Miniato km 40
Horse riding: San Gimignano km 11
SPA: Gambassi Terme km 15
Train station: Certaldo/Poggibonsi km 15
The council of San Gimignano, whose place name comes from the name of the Saint who saved the town from invasion by the Goths, is in the province of Siena. At a height of 325m above sea level it has a population of about 7,000 inhabitants.
In this council you can admire the churches of St. Iacopo and St. Peter, the Collegiate of St. Mary of the Assumption with the Chapel of St. Fina, the Cathedral, the Museum of Sacred Art, the Podestà Palazzo and the Pratellesi Palazzo.
In ancient times San Gimignano was a tiny village in the Greek-Etruscan period (III-II centuries BC). There is however some evidence of a more remote presence. The sacred area of Pugiano, still visible in the valley of the Riguardi river, seems in fact to date back to the Archaic-Etruscan era. The legend about the foundation of the city instead attributes its birth to the settlement of Silvio, one of the Roman patricians who fled after the failed plot against Catiline. The year of foundation would be 63 BC, with the rising of the Silvia village.
By medieval times Silvia was consolidated and took the name of the Bishop of Modena Gimignano, who it is said foiled the invasion of the town by Totila's barbaric hordes with his apparition. Thanks to the Via Francigena, San Gimignano saw the development of a growing number of churches and convents in the surrounding area. The route, opened by the Longobards along the ancient Via Cassia and subsequently controlled by the Franks, represents an authentic thoroughfare that links Northern Europe to Rome.
In 1199 the city became an autonomous council, freeing itself of the dominion of the bishopric of Volterra. In this era the village suffered internal divisions between Papal-supporting Guelphs and Empire-supporting Ghibellines, who caused a real “civil war” in the territory. Among the numerous diplomats welcomed to the city to resolve the fratricide that was storming Tuscany was Dante Alighieri, present in 1300. The plague in the mid-14th century aggravated the socio-economic crisis in the village which, in 1354, accepted submission to the authority of the Florentine Republic. From that moment San Gimignano became one of the most important centres of the Florentine county, despite its obvious demographic decline. Of the 13,000 inhabitants at the beginning of the 14th century only 3,000 remained at the end of the 15th century.
The degradation of its social make-up and the fall in the number of inhabitants meant that construction did not particularly interfere in the structure of the town centre. In recent times, therefore, the citizens of San Gimignano have realised they owned an authentic, valuable, open-air, artistic heritage. With all of its medieval structure still intact, the council has been recently added to the list of UNESCO-protected heritages.