A special hide-away in Tuscany !
Casa Serena is a really charming little house/villa is set in the middle of olive grove and surrounded Tuscan woodland, and provides privacy and serenity for a truly relaxing vacation. During Autumn and winter, there are the spectacular views over the Val di Chio and some fantastic sunsets.
The villa has a large sitting room ( with open wood burning fireplace - perfect for Spring and Autumn nights) . There are two bedrooms, one set with a double bed with spectacular views to the olive grove and valley. The second bedroom is arranged with twin beds, but this can be turned to a double if required. In addition, there is a full kitchen and bathroom.
Casa Serena is comfortably and attractively furnished - full of Tuscan charm. Outside there are terraces overlooking the gardens, olive groves and swimming pool. The terrace is a focal point for the property and a great place to enjoy all views whilst listening to the crickets and bird song that make this place so very special
Guest Comment - August 2012.
" This was our third holiday in Tuscany and this was by far our most relaxing stay. The main thing about Casa Serena is the perfect balance between the house itself and its location. Although not luxurious, it is very comfortable and full of character, but at the same time offers many options for more active guests including a lovely very private pool, hiking and touring Tuscany and Umbria.??But the attraction is not just the property itself but also its location. Its situation is secluded and peaceful. It commands superb views across the valley, perfect for pre-dinner drinks on the small terrace and for watching the gorgeous sun-sets
?The nearest town, Castiglion Fiorentino, offers good shopping – nice restaurants and 3 ice cream parlors! In addition there is Cortona, about a 25 minute drive which although now famous for Under the Tuscan Sun, remains unpretentious, interesting and well provided for in shops and restaurants and entertainment ...
However, the peace and calm we found was so attractive that it became almost difficult to be dragged from it and yet - the surrounding area is so full of attractions that making the effort was well rewarded! "
In addition to relaxing by the pool or under the shade of the portico, you can make any number of day trips to places such as Pienza, Cortona, Montepulciano, Siena, Assisi, The Chianti region, Arezzo and even FLorence is just an hour by train from the local station.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Check in time:||16:00|
|Check out time:||10:00|
|Nearest beach||Trasemeno Lake,|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perugia 45 mins (45km), Pisa 1 hour 45, Rome 2 hou, Nearest railway: castiglion fiorentino 6 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Cots (1)|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The property has splendid views overlooking the Val di Chio,, with beautiful olive groves and other Tuscan scenery.
The old town, of Castiglion Fiorentino, the main place of the valley, located 5 km from here, overlooked by the Torre del Cassero and surrounded by the city walls, preserves its medieval structure along with valuable artistic and historical works dating back as early as Etruscan times.
It is ideally located on the border between Tuscany and Umbria, making it easy to get to the main cities in central Italy.
Tourists can also enjoy typical genuine cooking and find local organic produce, as well as a variety of craft products.
Tuscany, the fifth-largest region in Italy, has been making wine for centuries, but it is only over the last two decades or so that it has emerged as a leading producer of quality wines. Covering a little more than 15,000 square miles in central Italy, Tuscany is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on the west and southwest, Liguria to the northwest, Emilia Romagna to the north, the Marche and Umbria to the east, and Lazio to the southeast.
The key wine producing areas include Brunello di Montalcino, Bolgheri, Carmignano, Chianti Classico, Chianti Rufina and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Sangiovese is the main grape for most of Tuscany, producing everything from light and refreshing simple Chiantis to big and powerful Brunello di Montalcino or Chianti Classico riserva. International varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are also important, either as small additions to traditional wines or as major components in groundbreaking ones. Traditional white varieties such as Trebbiano and Malvasia are used widely, although the best dry whites at the moment are made with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
.... and then there are some of the Street Markets in Tuscany
Foiano della Chiana: Town centre - food market. 08:00-12:30
Pieve S. Stefano: Town centre - general market. 08:00-12:30.
Radda in Chianti: Food market. Open in the afternoon of the fourth Monday of every month.
Anghiari: Town centre - general market. 08:00-12:30.
Sansepolcro: In the streets around the centre - food market. 08:00-13:00.
Civitella di Val di Chiana: Food market (not huge). 08:00-12:30.
Monte S.Savino: Town centre - general market. 08:00-12:30.
Lucignano: Locally produced items. 08:00-13:00.
Montevarchi: Locally produced items.
Montepulciano: Local produce. 08:00-12:30.
Trequanda: Food market. Open on the first Thursday of every month.
Castiglion Fiorentino: Mixed / Locally produced items. 08:00-13:00.
Pergine Valdarno: Town centre - general market. 08:00-12:30.
Montalcino: Fresh local produce. Open all morning
Pienza: Food items. 08:00-13:00
Arezzo: General street market with over 100 stalls. Open in the morning.
Cortona: Locally grown fruits and vegetables. Open in the morning.
Arezzo: Fiera Antiquaria (1st weekend of month)
Arezzo: Every first Saturday of the month from 10.00 to 20.00 in Piazza Sant'Agostino, the organic market "Open Countryside" takes place. Quality organic products from the Arezzo territory. Vegetables, fruit, olive oil, wine, cheese, bread, pasta, cakes, truffles, salamis, honey, ice-cream, sauces, conserves, flowers and plants
A car is required - and we can help you find one either in Rome, Florene or Arezzo or elsewhere and, save you money! There is though a train station at Castiglion Fiorentino and there are trains to Florence, Perugia, Assisi and Rome, but for all other trips a car is recommended. Of course, you also have the option for a car a driver for one or more days if preferred.
In Castiglion Fiorenitno and Cortona shops of every description, including small specialist food stores - like the local butcher, baker, fruit and other local produce. In addition, Cortona has an array of bars, restaurants to suit all tstes and pockets and, of course a wonderful choice of ice cream parlours - perfect for the late night snack
Around the towns there are many museums, churches, art shops and more to occupy your day. We can also arrange wine tours, cooking classes, truffle hunting and ceramic courses for you. Or, you may prefer other forms of relaxation.
There are tennis courts, horse riding (for the proficient), a golf course (23kms) and much more. Or, for those who prefer a beach, just 25 minutes drive is Lake Trasimeno.
For those wanting more of the Dolce Vita, why not rent a scooter and explore some of the local areas. Better though for those who are fully aware of bikes and road sense.
Throughout the year there are festivals everywhere - Besides Cortona's internationally famed Tuscan Sun Festival in August, there are 100s of others from the biggest BBQ held in Cortona, the antiques fair of Arezzo )every month), the Palio in Castiglion Fiorentino, Jousting in Arezzo, and Carnival (February), there is Italy's second most famous held in Foiana.