Villa | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 12
Villa Ulivi was completely restored in the last years and whilst the exterior is very in keeping with the local architecture, the interiors are modern and comfortable with every thing new, fresh and carefully considered to provide you with a perfect holiday experience.
Owned by a American/Italian couple this villa has the best of both worlds. On one hand the owners are well aware of the important elements to create a classic Tuscan experience, on the other hand they are also aware of what modern people would like and want in terms of comfort and convenience.
The first thing that is immediately noticeable about Villa Ulivi is the views that seem to be all around and go on till infinity. Every window has a view and the terrace is breathtaking. They stretch all the way across the Val Di Chiana taking in Castiglion Fiorentino and Cortona.
Accommodation: The property is made of a main villa with four bedrooms and four bathrooms and a dependance with two more bedrooms and three bathrooms.
One enters the main house from the terrace into a large open plan room that has the kitchen and dining room and at the other end a sitting area with satellite television, comfy sofas and an open fire place. The kitchen has stove, fridge, oven and dishwasher.
Also on this floor are two bedrooms with ensuite travertine marble bathrooms and heated towel rails. One is twin and the other double. There is a laundry cupboard with washing machine in the hall way. Upstairs are two more bedrooms both with en suite bathrooms and one with a lovely balcony.
The decor in Villa Ulivi is all in very good, classic Tuscan taste, with lots of wrought iron work and exposed chestnut beams in the ceilings. The out doors with panoramic view flows seamlessly into the entertaining areas by way of French doors and large picture windows. There are insect screens on all windows.
The dependance is a two story building 20 meters from the main villa. On the ground floor there is a large living/dining room with kitchen corner and a half bathroom. An internal staircase leads to the other floor where there are the two bathrooms and two bedrooms.
The owners live about 400 mt from the villla, they can speak English.
Garden & swimming pool: The private swimming pool (12 X 6 meters, 1.5 meter deep) commands amazing views from its terraces and gardens stretching all the way across the Val Di Chiana taking in Castiglion Fiorentino and Cortona. It is well furnished with lounges and umbrellas.
The Villa is approached by a gravel drive way and there is ample parking. One passes the main villa, some times inhabited by the owners who live half the year in America and half the year in Italy, they have two grown sons. The grounds are beautifully kept and there are lovely flower beds, lavender bushes, fig trees and green lawns giving way to Olive groves and orchards. There is a BBQ, tables and chairs for dining alfresco.
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 travel links||Nearest airport: Florence - Amerigo Vespucci 105 km, Nearest railway: Sinalunga 9 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms of which 7 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (4)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Tuscany region
Villa Ulivi is walking distance from Lucignano which is a beautiful example of an early medieval town and boasts several restaurants, banks and shops. By car; Cortona is 15 minutes, 20 to Arezzo or Montepulciano; 45 to Siena and one hour to Florence. Although immersed in peace and quiet, the autostrada is just 15 minutes drive connecting you to all important tourist destinations and the rest of Europe.
The closest airport is Florence (about 1 ½ hours) and Rome airport is about 2¾ hours by car.
Nearest town: Lucignano km 1
Restaurants: Lucignano km 1
Supermarket: Sinalunga km 9
Grocery: Lucignano km 1
Shops: Lucignano km 1
Outlets: Valdichiana Outlet Village km 10
Bank: Lucignano km 1
Post office: Lucignano km 1
Chemistry: Lucignano km 1
Tennis court: Lucignano km 1
Golf: Golf Club Valdichiana km 15
Horse riding: Bettolle km 15
SPA: Rapolano Terme km 15
Train station: Sinalunga km 9
Cortona is a small but fascinating city in the province of Arezzo, Tuscany, central Italy, situated on a commanding hill, and overlooking Lake Trasimeno. Its cyclopean walls reveal its Etruscan origins. It was one of the twelve cities of Etruria and in its vicinity many ruins and Etruscan tombs may be seen. Cortona sided against Rome until 310 B.C. when Fabius Rullianus defeated the Etruscans and took Perugia. Perugia, with other cities, including Cortona, then made peace with Rome. Later Cortona was destroyed by the Lombards but was soon rebuilt. In the 14 C, it was governed by the Casali and afterwards became part of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.
Many famous men were born or lived in Cortona, among them Brother Elias (Elia Coppi), the famous companion of St. Francis of Assisi, and later Vicar-General of the Franciscan Order; Cardinals Egidio Boni and Silvio Passerini; the painter Luca Signorelli; the architect and painter Pietro Berrettini (Pietro da Cortona). St. Margaret of Cortona (1248-97) was born at Laviano (Alviano) in the Diocese of Chiusi, and became the mistress of a nobleman of the vicinity. On discovering his body after he had met a violent death, she repented and, after a public penance, retired to Cortona, where she took the habit of a Tertiary of St. Francis and devoted her life to works of penance and charity. Leo X permitted her veneration at Cortona, and Urban VIII extended the privilege to the Franciscan Order. Benedict XIII canonised her in 1728. Her body rests in a beautiful sarcophagus in the church dedicated to her at Cortona.
It is not known whether Cortona was an episcopal see previous to its destruction by the Lombards. From that time until 1325 it belonged to the Diocese of Arezzo. In that year, at the request of Guglielmo Casali, John XXII raised Cortona to episcopal rank, as a reward for the fidelity of its Guelph populace, Arezzo remaining Ghibelline. The first bishop was Rainerio Ubertini. Other bishops were Luca Grazio, who was a distinguished member of the Council of Florence (1438); Matteo Concini (1560) and Gerolamo Gaddi (1562) were present at the Council of Trent. The cathedral and the other churches of Cortona possess numerous works of art, especially paintings of the school of Luca Signorelli and of Fra Angelico.
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