The country house Villanovia lays on the Batazzone hills at the southern margins of the Natural Park of Berignone.
Originally served as a warehouse and guard tower, this farm house was part of the agricultural properties of the local Bishops, as written in the registers of the XVII century.
Villanovia is a fully renovated country property surrounded by a 360° amazing panorama. It overlooks the Cecina valley, the cities of Volterra and Pomarance, the Metallic Hills and Larderello, with the visible geothermal vapors.
The two-story cottage offers cosy and confortable lodgings, spacious common areas and a lounge with satellite TV.
The ground floor, where once there were stables, is the most ancient part of house, from the XVII century, which now houses the large party room with fireplace, the fully equipped master kitchen and two apartments with independent entrance from the garden.
On the first floor there are another cozy living room with traditional fireplace and a terrace with views of Volterra, in addition to the rest of the accommodations.
Each window a landscape, every season an unforgettable scent. Every hour, a charming shade. Villanovia offers accommodation and unique environments.
The swimming pool 5x12 mt enjoys panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
The garden is large and airy, ideal for the entertainment of children in freedom and safety; adults can enjoy a relaxing evening at the sight of breathtaking sunsets.
Parking is available inside the property.
|Size||Sleeps up to 18, 8 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Marina di Cecina 45 km|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||9 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa 80 km, Nearest railway: Pontedera (or Cecina 45 Km) 60 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Rooms||8 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms of which 8 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||7 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (6), Cots (2), Dining seats for 22, Lounge seats for 25|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
Villanovia is the ideal place to explore the surrounding area: walking along trails and streams inhabited by deer, wild boars, porcupines or foxes; cool off in the clear waters of the Boulder of the Maidens; simply enjoy the Mediterranean flora and its strong scents.
Take ancient routes and run into the ruins of Torraccia (Castle of the Bishops of the tenth century.), or reach, in a short ride, the cities of Volterra, Siena, Pisa, San Gimignano. And again, dive into the waters of the sea along the nearby Etruscan Coast.
Taste the flavors and local wines in a charming atmosphere of other times.
From our property you can reach Volterra in about 20 minutes by car (8 km).
The town is very well preserved, a real village, and has monuments, museums and interesting buildings from the art-historical point of view: from the Etruscans to the Romans to the Middle Ages. In addition to the historic beauty, Volterra is famous for its alabaster: white and luxurious materials used in the creation of elegant furnishings and objects for the home.
A recent claim to fame for Volterra is because the writer Stephenie Meyer has decided to set the book New Moon, Twilight followed precisely in this Tuscan town, creating a source of attraction for all the fans of the vampire saga, which in the footsteps of Edward and Bella are to seek the origins of the Volturi. In the city - at the tourist office-in Piazza dei Priori, organize thematic routes in the city.
Sightseeing in Volterra
The cliffs: incredible natural phenomenon.
The Etruscan necropolis
there is a ticket for the three main museums: the Art Museum, the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art and the Etruscan Museum Guarnacci.
The cathedral and the baptistery
The Roman Theatre
The Gateway Arch is present in all the history books
Building dating Screws
The Etruscan Acropolis
The Palazzo dei Priori
The Museum of Torture
To visit more cities of art in Tuscany, you will be spoiled for choice, our property is located in the center of a joint historical-artistic of the most important in Tuscany
San Gimignano (23 km)
Florence (60 km)
Pisa (60 km)
Siena (60 km)
San Gimignano, Certaldo, Monteriggioni along a stretch of the Via Francigena connecting France to Rome, in medieval pilgrimage route to the holy places of St. Peter and Paul
The See of the Etruscan Coast
The Etruscan Coast is not far away, with half an hour to reach Cecina, the marina closest to Volterra and its territory. To the north of Cecina, the old Vada, the port of the Etruscan Volterra, notorious today for the settlement of industrial Rosignano Solvay with its industrial depots created the White Beaches, nevertheless a scene of photo shoots and famous DJ Sets.
To the south, the main area of the coastline includes, besides the beautiful pine forests along the coast of Cecina and Donoratico, the wonderful naturalistic oasis of Bolgheri, the woody hills of Bibbona and Monte Calvi, where the Mediterranean vegetation interspersed with chestnut trees. And further south, the Rimigliano Park of St. Vincenzo.
The medieval villages of Castagneto, Suvereto and Campiglia Marittima, that still keep important traces of walls and fortified buildings. In the area of ??Monte Calvi took place, since Etruscan times - as evidenced by the remains of furnaces - an important mining and processing of minerals.
In the northern part of Piombino, you can visit the beautiful Gulf of Baratti and the necropolis of Populonia, the ancient Populonia, the only Etruscan town grown as a basis for maritime trade and processing of metals extracted in the Isle of Elba.
In the Cecina Valley, the territory dominated by the ancient Etruscan town of Volterra, is the Natural Reserve of Berignone, a forest which covers about 2166 hectares, with its unspoiled nature, wildlife and unique scenery.
To the north of the reserve is contiguous with the stain of Tatti, the best known "wood of oak Tatti", and forms with it a single forest complex, one of the most valuable vegetation of the territory of Volterra.
The forests are the dominant element of Berignone with forests of tall trees of oak that span until near the river Cecina, with the Sellate and Fosci streams that characterize the landscape of the valley, rich in important natural and historical heritage.
The traces of man
Up to half of the '800 these forests were intensively used to provide firewood for the boilers of Saline di Volterra; many areas of the former charcoal scattered in the reserve are to witness this past activity.
But the most important evidence of ancient human presence is definitely formed from the remains of the "Torraccia", the castle of the Bishops of Berignone, one of the most interesting and fascinating medieval settlements in the territory of Volterra, whose mass is placed to dominate the valley of the Sellate river and the impressive gorges of the Rio Botro.
In the Castle, for a long time owned by the Bishop of Volterra, justice was administered and it minted its own money. Destroyed and rebuilt several times, had the quarter-deck, seat of the bishop's residence, his most important nucleus and inside the double city walls of protection, there were also a church dedicated to St. Michael, and a hospital, possibly dedicated to St. Antony and known as the "hospital of the poor." The ruins today are an attractive destination for a walk in nature.
Visiting the reserve is immediately evident the presence of many birds of prey, who go there to eat near the fields and rivers, snakes and among mammals, the wolf. It 's easy to see mouflons, wild boars and deers, which, with their abundance, are an important food source for the wolf.
The nature and intensity of its long history make Berignone a unique natural oasis, untouched and now largely undisturbed by human presence.
Within this territory is Villanovia.