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Villa | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 12
The beautiful Villino Loro stands in a panoramic and quiet position on the slopes of Pratomagno in the heart of the Upper Arno Valley, surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, and offering a spectacular view of the valley.
Nearby, the ancient Via dei Setteponti curls along a hilly and panoramic route dotted with many small towns rich with history, Roman churches, and medieval hamlets.
Its favorable position in the central area of Tuscany makes it easy to reach the principle Tuscan art cities like Florence (50 km), Siena (60 km), Arezzo (30 km) and Pisa (120 km), both by car and train, as the railway station is only 10 km from Villino Loro.
About two kilometers away is the village of Loro Ciuffenna, where many characteristics of this ancient medieval hamlet have been preserved – like the PIEVE DI SAN PIETRO A GROPINA, an 8th century AD Roman parish church – and where visitors can find typical restaurants and shops, supermarkets, bars, banks and a pharmacy.
The unpaved road leading to Villino Loro is reserved exclusively to guests and the entry to the villa is provided with an automatic gate.
The villa is immersed in a charming garden of approximately 1,500 square meters that is enclosed by hedges, flowers and roses, and equipped with a barbecue, lounges, a 6 x 12 meter pool that is 1.40 meters deep with lateral steps. External shower available. There are also three covered garages at guests' disposal.
The Pieve di San Pietro a Gropina is the most visited church in the province of Arezzo: a splendid Roman construction with very particular features, splendid capitals, and a unique pulpit that derives from the ancient ruins of a Longobard church lying beneath the pavement.
Its simple sandstone 'a flaretto' (in thin layers) façade reflects the motif of the three naves inside. Inside the church, we find a pulpit that is considered the artistic treasure of the Pieve di S.Pietro a Gropina.
The opportunity to admire this unique and particular ancient church, a masterpiece of 8th century AD architecture, where art becomes symbolism and mystery, makes the trip worthwhile. I must add that, during my visits to Tuscany, I have seen many pulpits, but never one like this one. Indeed, there are no others so ancient and peculiarly built with knotted columns. This type of column represents the great mystery of Faith and the Holy Trinity with its three equal but distinct beings: Father and Son are represented by two knotted columns, and the Holy Spirit is symbolized by the knot.
At guests disposal:
extra bed free of charge
3 car-parking boxes, clothes horses, washing-machine, ironing-board and iron, toaster, mixer, hairdryer, coffee machine. Internet connection (ADSL), the owner provides also a portable computer and a printer.
Loro Ciuffenna with all kind of shops at 1.5 km, Horse riding at 500 mt, Terranuova B.ni at 8 km, Florenze at 50km.
Car is essential.
At 150 Km Tirreno Sea And Adriatico Sea
Pisa And Bologna At 150 Km Firenze At 50km
Nearest Railway Station:
Montevarchi, Sangiovanni Valdarno 12km
Nearest Motorway :
Exit Valdarno 10km
Nearest Ferry Port:
Livorno At 150 km; Piombino At 220km ; Genova At 290km;
Nearest Shopping Center:
Prada;Dolce&Gabbana; Gucci; Fendi; Tod's; Ferragamo
Cycling, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Roller Blading, Swimming, Tennis, Walking, Possible: Visit To Wine Cellar, Guidate Tour In The Sourranding Whit Driver And Guide ; Horse Riding
The house has an ample fenced garden with lawn furniture, a 6 x 12 x 1,40-meter swimming pool, and covered parking for three cars. Since the dirt road that leads to Villino Blu is private only for the guests. The house is nicely furnished, comfortable and equipped with satellite TV.
Hints and Tips
The territory on the Village of Loro, ever changing and charming in its natural landscapes, shows the sign of a human settlement of medieval origins perfectly integrated with the surrounding environment. The fortified castle of Loro is situated on a sunny coast straight down the Ciuffenna stream that in this point flows in a deep rocky gorge. The centre was based on a crossing axis that originated from its gates, one of which used to be upstream of the still visible medieval bridge, the other by another bridge on a stream that does not exist anymore. The part of the built area situated upstream was dominated by the castle, the one downstream was made up of a dense cluster of buildings. There are numerous architectural traces dating back to the Middle Ages; for instance mention is made of the Church of S. Maria Assunta of the 13th century and the characteristic Romanesque bridge with the typical pointed stone arcade. Near the Town-hall there is the Venturino Venturi Museum, after the sculptor and painter born in Loro on 1918. The museum was opened in 1993 and gathers both paintings and sculptures, some inspired by war events and others by the local cultures and the land of Loro, which Venturino wanted to pay homage to.
The house has an ample fenced garden with lawn furniture, a 6 x 12 x 1,40 depth meters swimming pool open from May to half October
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
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