Villa Viviana A
Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Villa Viviana A is a charming apartment that covers the entire first floor of a villa in the characteristic style of the Tuscan countryside. It sleeps eight people. From Villa Viviana A you will enjoy a splendid view of the Tuscan hills and of the greenery. Villa Viviana A is 185 square meters (1990 square feet). It features a shared swimming pool, a small private terrace, a shared garden, a reserved outdoor area, winter heating and WI-FI Internet access.
You will be roughly 4 km (2.5 miles) from the center of Montaione, where you will find restaurants and shops. You will reach Villa Viviana A from the main entrance of the building along a short route that cuts through the garden.
To stay at Villa Viviana A you will need a car. You will be able to park it on the premises.
Villa Viviana A is one of the holiday homes available in a small complex. Please find a general description of the complex below, and please scroll further down for a description of Villa Viviana A.
Villa Vesta is an antique stone construction, restored with care and love. It is located in a splendid 15,000 square meter park, in which there are two other villas also reconstructed and divided into holiday apartments. Villa Viviana A, B, and C are in these other two villas.
The three antique villas and the park that circles them were originally constructed as a typical Tuscan farm with a main house and a smaller service building.
The buildings have been restored in a way that exalts the beauty of the ancient stone walls and of the terracotta decorations, and lawns and flowers are grown in the wide spaces that divide them. A wide lawn also surrounds the swimming pool.
The whole is part of a splendid landscape, the kind of typical landscapes which, together with the artistic treasures kept in the cities, has made Tuscany famous all over the word: a horizon of gentle hills that intersect like the waves of a green sea, bordered here and there by the dark green rows of slim cypresses and marked by the ordered lines of the vineyards.
The swimming pool is 5 meters (16 feet) large by 10 meters (33 feet) long, 1.5 meters (5 feet) deep. The swimming pool area is equipped with a table, chairs, sun umbrellas, deck chairs, sun loungers and an external shower. From the swimming pool you will enjoy a fascinating view of the Tuscan hills and of the greenery. You will share the pool with guests staying at another nearby villa. It is open from the beginning of June until the end of September.
From the garden you will enjoy a broad view of the Tuscan hills and of the greenery. In the garden you will also find an area where vegetables are grown and you will be able to pick up available vegetables according to the season. You will share the garden with the other guests staying at the complex, and there will be an area reserved for your exclusive use.
You will be able to enter the terrace from the living room. It is shaded by a wood roof. It is equipped with a table and chairs. From the terrace you will enjoy a marvelous view of the Tuscan hills and of the vineyards.
The garden is partly shaded by trees. You will be able to reach it from the living room along an external stairway. It is equipped with a table, chairs and a sun umbrella. From the garden you will enjoy a wonderful view of the Tuscan hills and of the greenery.
The living room is paved with Tuscan terracotta tiles. The furnishings are in the traditional style of the Tuscan countryside. The furnishings include a long L-shaped sofa. There is a nice fireplace. In this room you will find a satellite television. The room has two windows with a view of the garden.
You will be able to enter the dining room from the living room through a brickwork arched opening. The furnishings are warm and welcoming. The dining table can accommodate six guests. The room has a window that opens into the verandah and onto the garden.
You will be able to enter the kitchen from the dining room. It is equipped with a four-burner gas cooker, an electric oven, a refrigerator with freezer, a dishwasher, an Italian-style coffee-maker and other small appliances. There is also a brickwork barbecue. There is a table to seat six guests. The kitchen has a window.
Bedroom 1 with en-suite bathroom
You will be able to enter the first bedroom from the corridor. The bedroom has a wrought iron matrimonial bed (160 cm/62 inches, wider than a queen-size bed). The room has a window with a view of the garden and of the swimming pool. This bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, equipped with a washbasin, a toilet and a shower.
You will be able to enter the second bedroom from the corridor. The bedroom has a wrought iron matrimonial bed (160 cm/62 inches, wider than a queen-size bed). The room has a window with a view of the garden and of the swimming pool.
You will be able to enter the third bedroom from the corridor. It has three wrought iron twin beds (80 cm/32 inches). The room has a window with a view of the hills and of the inner yard.
You will be able to enter the fourth bedroom from the dining room. It has a wrought iron twin bed (80 cm/32 inches). The room has a window with a view of the garden and of the swimming pool.
The bathroom is tiled with lucid white majolica tiles and equipped with a washbasin, a toilet, a Jacuzzi bathtub with fixed shower head and a hairdryer. You will be able to enter the bathroom from the living room through a corridor.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|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
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access|
|General||TV, Satellite TV|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3)|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Villa Viviana A is an apartment that covers the entire first floor of the largest and most charming building of the small complex, with its peculiar architectonic structure.
You will reach it walking through a fenced garden planted with trees, where, placed on a green lawn, you will find a table with a beach umbrella and chairs.
From the garden you will climb the steps of a beautiful stone stairway, that will lead you to a loggia from where you will enter the house. The covered loggia is equipped with a bench and with a table with chairs. A lovely trompe l'oeil fresco decorates a wall, and there is a pleasant view of the vegetation of the hills and on a nearby vineyard.
From the loggia you will enter a large living room, elegantly furnished and decorated with objects and materials connected to the history and to the traditions of this place.
The floors are tiled with terracotta tiles, and the high ceiling is made with wood beams. A large arc, decorated with bricks and terracotta ornaments divides the room in two: on one side there is a sitting area, arranged in front of a nice fireplace and of the satellite television, on the other side there is the dining table.
From the living room you will enter the kitchen, which is also roomy, pleasantly decorated and well-equipped, with a four-burner cooker, an oven, a refrigerator with freezer, a dishwasher and other small appliances. In the kitchen you will also find a brickwork barbecue to grill with all the comforts.
Next to the living room there is a bedroom with a single bed. You will be able to reach the other three bedrooms and the bathrooms along a corridor. Two of the bedrooms have a double bed, the third one has a double bed and a single bed. One of the bedrooms with double bed has a welcoming en-suite bathroom with a shower. You will be able to enter another splendid bathroom with whirlpool bath tub and shower from the corridor.
You will find that the sleeping area is elegantly decorated in the Tuscan style as well. The bathrooms are decorated with lucid ceramics, the high ceilings are sustained by wood beams and terracotta tiles.
From the balconies and the windows of all of the rooms you will have a wide and unobstructed view of the park, or of the flowered gardens with the pool, and of the hills on the background.
|Further details outdoors|
The air is clear and perfumed by flowers and by the Mediterranean scrub. All around there is space, harmony, peace and tranquility.
Nearby you will not notice any other building, even though you are a short distance from centers of intense tourist activity.
This is the pleasant view that you will have in front of your eyes for the length of your vacation, while you relax at the pool side, maybe after an intense day spent sightseeing the artistic treasures of the nearby cities.
To keep the continuity with the typical activities of the ancient farmhouse, part of the land is still used to grow fruit trees and vegetables, and there is a small pond where fish are grown.
All the produce of the land, varying with the season, will be at your disposal free of charge, and you will be able to pick the fruit and the vegetable that you need yourself, or even to go fishing in the pond at no charge.
Next to the swimming pool you will find beach umbrellas and deck chairs, shared with the other guests.
Additionally, each villa has its own reserved external space, equipped with garden furniture to relax “al fresco”.
The park is fenced and it has a parking lot. The entrance gate is automated. The villas are equipped with central heating.
The villa is equipped with a direct phone line and with a sound system. Wood for the fireplace and a shared laundry room are also available.
The rental price includes cleaning at the end of the week and change of towels twice a week. Change of bed linen is also available upon request.
As a guest of the farmhouse you will be also able to use, free of charge, a tennis court located at approximately 1 km (half a mile).
Villa Viviana is approximately 3 km (1.9 miles) from Montaione, where you will find the closest shops. In the area you will be able to play golf, go horse riding, enjoy mountain bike trips, wine and other local products tasting in
In the medieval hamlet be sure to visit the church of San Regolo, where the “Madonna del Buon Consiglio” (school of Cimabue, XIII century) is kept, the Palazzo Petrorio, with its Natural History Museum, and, just out of the center, the chapel of the Santissima Annunziata, with a remarkable fresco painting of the seventeenth century.
Around Montaione there is a large number of burgs and cities to be visited. Besides the famous cities of art, Florence, Pisa, Siena and Lucca, which can be reached in a one-hour drive, close by you will find the medieval burgs of San Gimignano, Volterra and San Miniato.
A special remark is deserved by the monastic complex of “San Vivaldo”, with its “Sacro Monte”, located at only 5 km (3 miles) from Montaione. It represents, with its series of small chapels, a scaled down version of Jerusalem as it was at the time of the Crusades.
The closest train station is Castelfiorentino, at 5 km (3 miles). The closest airports are “Galileo Galilei”, in Pisa, and “Amerigo Vespucci”, in Florence, both at approximately 45 km (28 miles).
To stay at Villa Viviana it is necessary to have a car.
The Tuscany region
Located in the heart of Italy, Tuscany is surely one of the most famous Italian landscapes. The essence of this beautiful region are its natural, artistic, and cultural heritage.
Bounded by the Ligurian and the Tyrrhenian Sea (two arms of Mediterranean), this region is divided into ten provinces, whose capitals are Arezzo, Florence, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca, Massa-Carrara, Pisa, Pistoia, Prato and Siena. Florence is the capital city of the region itself.
The region was populated first by the Etruscans on the 7th century BC, and about 500 years later by the Romans.
The words Humanism and Renaissance evoke Tuscany, as immediately as Pope evokes Rome: just think that between the fourteenth and the sixteenth century, both these ages were born here. The entire region attained a very important artistic role.
If you are keen on art and nature… well you’re definitely in the right place! ;-)
Indeed the fathers of Italian painting, architecture and sculpture lived in this beautiful towns: such as Cimabue, Giotto, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Botticelli, Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo. This is the reason why the entire region is rich in museums where thousands of amazing works are kept. You’ll be impressed by the majesty of the many ancient palaces (for examples “Palazzo Vecchio”, “Palazzo Pitti”, “Palazzo Medici”), monasteries and villas that are springing up all over the Tuscany.
Spring and fall are the best times to visit Tuscany, because the climate is mild. Bus-lines and trains connect the larger towns, but having a car would be a great advantage, and you would be easily able to enjoy the small towns and vineyards, which represent some of Tuscany’s strong points.
The “Chiantigiana road” is a must to see: it produces some of Italy’s finest wines. This is the colourful and legendary road of the “Chianti" region. The grape cultivation dates back to the Etruscan times. One of the biggest pleasures will be sipping different wines, at the wineries or at the wine bars scattered in the towns.
What about a drop in on “Mugello”? It is a countryside surrounded by oaks, chestnut trees and by the Apennines, This land of artists and painters have been source of inspiration in its farmhouses and colours. with kind people, authentic cooking, good wine, plus a great tradition in handicrafts.
The Apuan Alps are a monumental work of the nature. They consist in some of the highest peaks in the region: This regional park sets up the chance for those who want to practice trekking, cycling, horse riding or simply walking to enjoy this beautiful landscape.
Versilia is an area of 20 km sandy beaches located in the north of the region. The seaside with the colourful bathing areas is rich in bars and meeting places. Camaiore, Forte dei Marmi, Massarosa, Pietrasanta, Seravezza, Stazzema and Viareggio are the towns of this beautiful coast.
Another great attraction of this region is the archipelago. The largest island is Elba: more than one hundred kilometers of coast.
Curiously enough, since the Etruscans introduced the use of fresh herbs, the Tuscan cooking is still based on vegetable dishes, bread-based soups, meats perfumed with sage, rosemary, and thyme. Moreover the secret of its success is the good care and the devotion to guarantee the quality of the products of the land... crostini of chicken liver, soups, tortelli with Bolognese sauce, “pappardelle” with hare sauce or with boar sauce, boar hunter style, fillet of beef, salted cod with tomato sauce, ricciarelli, cantucci, Tuscan salt-less bread… We’re sure your mouth is already watering.
According to some archaeological finds dated back at Etruscan-Roman epochs, the charming village of Montaione has been inhabited from very ancient times. At a few metres from the old town centre you can indeed admire remains of a Roman cistern dated at the II century A.C., as well as some finds of Etruscan china in the area of Santo Stefano.
Even the Church of San Biagio, at 500 metres from the village, shows that Montaione was already inhabited in early Christian times, even though some more detailed news about it started from the Middle Ages.
As many others Tuscan towns, Montaione's name comes from an “evolution”: it probably derives from the Longobard “Allone di Lucca”, later become "Mons Allonis", then corrected as "Montacone", as written in a document of 988.
In 1118 at a distance of 2 Km from the centre of the town, it was built the “Pieve di San Regolo”: notable example of Romanesque architecture in Tuscany, which nevertheless not correspond to the historical church nowadays located at the very centre of Montaione.
Once become commune in 1257, Montaione was involved in the battles among Gimignano, Volterra and San Miniato: battles that deeply marked the Middle Ages in Tuscany.
During that period, the Castle of Montaione was ringed by sturdy walls and framed by 11 imposing towers. The urban district, crossed lengthwise by three streets (like every typical Roman camp), enclosed the Church of San Bartolomeo (today dedicated to San Regolo) and Palazzo Pretorio.
In the XIII century, in both Montaione and the near Gambassi, the locals specialized in making glassworks. Thanks to their workmanship, the craftsmen of Montaione got very well-known and popular all around Tuscany, insomuch as in 1700, a proclamation of the Grand Duke of Tuscany ordered the master glassmakers to teach this art to fellow countrymen only.
Montaione is provided with a rich network of trekking paths (some of them practicable even by bike) the crosses the territory. The routes are organized along 6 itineraries, planned in order to discover the countryside, exploiting the different areas, woods and slopes, that until a few years ago were frequented only by hunters and mushroom seekers.
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