Casa Bonaventura A
Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Casa Bonaventura A is a characteristic apartment in the characteristic style of the Tuscan countryside. It sleeps eight people. From Casa Bonaventura A you will enjoy a nice view of the greenery and of the hills. Casa Bonaventura A is 80 square meters (860 square feet). It features two shared swimming pools, a private patio, a shared garden, winter heating and WI-FI Internet access.
You will be roughly 1 km (0.6 miles) from the borough of Montaione, where you will find restaurants and shops. You will find the closest restaurant at 50 meters (165 feet). You will reach Casa Bonaventura A from the main entrance of the building along a short walkway that crosses the garden through a pathway made of terracotta tiles and will take you to the main entrance, which is under a square porch made of stone and enclosed by round arches.
To stay at Casa Bonaventura A you will need a car. You will be able to park it on the premises,.
Casa Bonaventura 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 Casa Bonaventura A.
The apartments Casa Bonaventura A, B, C, D, E and F are part of a farmhouse which covers 20 hectares (50 acres). The guests of the farmhouse share the gardens, two swimming pools, a tennis court, the olive grove, the vineyard and the wood.
The apartments are part of a tiny historical burg, immersed in the green of the Tuscan hills, and made up of four buildings, connected to each other by terracotta pathways and surrounded by lawns and flowerbeds.
The burg is on the green slopes of the hill which is topped by the small medieval village of Montaione, at just 1 km (half a mile) from the village.
In past ages the four buildings were used to grow the olive grove and the vineyard. They have been carefully restored and transformed into holiday homes in a way that keeps the atmosphere and the charm of the ancient Tuscan farm houses.
The walls of the houses have the warm pink and orange colors of the stone and of the terracotta, which stand against the green of the very well looked-after lawns that surround them. The lawns are broken here and there by thriving rose bushes, groups of irises and slender dark green cypresses.
From every observation point in the burg your sight will embrace a wide horizon of gentle and wavy hills, some of them decorated at the top by bunches of houses, clenched around a watch tower or a bell tower.
This is indeed the typical landscape of Tuscany, the one that, along with the inestimable artistic treasures that every corner of this land holds, has been fascinating its visitors for centuries. The sight can wander free upon one of the most beautiful and history-rich territories of Tuscany, among San Gimignano, Volterra and Florence.
A short pathway among the flowers will take you to the area where you will find a swimming pool for adults and a swimming pool for children. All around there is only vegetation, trees and view of the hills. You will also have at your disposal a shared tennis court, surrounded by the green of the meadows as well.
You will be able to buy locally olive oil and wine made by the owners, and there is also a small vegetable garden where you will be able to pick up free of charge the season produce.
The owners live on the premises, and they will be happy to answer questions and give you information.
Swimming Pool 1
The swimming pool is 7 meters (23 feet) large by 14 meters (46 feet) long, from 1 meter (3.3 feet) to 2.5 meters (8 feet) deep. The swimming pool area is equipped with tables, chairs, sun umbrellas, sun loungers and an external shower. From the swimming pool you will enjoy a pleasant view of the garden. You will share the pool with guests staying at another nearby villa. It is open from the end of April until the beginning of October.
Swimming Pool 2
The swimming pool is 7 meters (23 feet) large by 2.5 meter (8.2 feet) long, 50 centimeters (1.6 feet) deep. The swimming pool is shared with guests staying at another nearby villa.
From the garden you will enjoy a pleasant view of the Tuscan hills and of the greenery. You will share the garden with guests staying at another nearby villa.
The patio is partly shaded by characteristic trees. It is equipped with a table, chairs and a sun umbrella. From the patio you will enjoy an enchanting view of the Tuscan hills and of the greenery.
You will be able to enter the living room from the entrance hall climbing six steps. The floor is paved with Tuscan terracotta tiles. The furnishings are in the traditional style of the Tuscan countryside. The furnishings include an armchair and a divan that unfolds into a double bed. There is a nice fireplace. In the living room you will also find a cooking area. The kitchenette 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. The dining table can accommodate six guests. In this room you will find a television. The room has two windows.
Bedroom 1 with en-suite bathroom
You will be able to enter the first bedroom from the living room. 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. This bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, equipped with a washbasin, a toilet and a fully enclosed shower.
You will be able to enter the second bedroom from the living room going down five steps. It has two wrought iron twin beds (80 cm/32 inches). The room has a window with a view of the garden.
You will be able to enter the third bedroom from the living room going down five steps. It has two wrought iron twin beds (80 cm/32 inches). The room has a window with a view of the garden. Bathroom
The bathroom is equipped with a washbasin, a toilet and a fully enclosed shower. Here you will also find a washing machine. The bathroom has a small window. You will be able to enter the bathroom from the bedrooms through an access area.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||TV, Satellite TV|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (1)|
|Further details indoors|
You will enter the living room, where there is a nice fireplace, a sitting area equipped with satellite television and telephone, a large dining table and a cooking area. A divan bed provides two sleeping places.
From the living room you will be able to enter the bedroom with a double bed, which has an en-suite bathroom with a shower. Descending a couple of steps you will reach the two other bedrooms, each of which has two single beds. Next to these two bedrooms there is the second bathroom, with a shower.
All the rooms have windows with an agreeable view of the vegetation.
The furnishing is in the characteristic style of the Tuscan countryside: the floors are tiled with terracotta tiles, the ceilings are made of wood beams and terracotta flat tiles, the furniture is made of wood, in a rustic style.
The rooms are decorated with objects of the country life.
Everything is graceful, well-kept and welcoming. The kitchen is well equipped, as well, with four-burner cooker, oven, refrigerator with freezer, dishwasher coffee maker and Italian-style coffee maker.
As a guest of Casa Bonaventura you will have a reserved corner of the garden, hidden from the view by hedges and flowered pots of Geraniums, and with a nice view of the hills.
|Further details outdoors|
Here there have been arranged a wooden table with a beach umbrella, chairs, deck chairs and a small barbecue. You will be able to organize your outdoor meals “al fresco”, and you will have first-row seats in front of a magnificent view of the Tuscan countryside.
The villa is equipped with central heating and it has a direct phone line. A broadband Internet connection is available for your laptop at no charge through a standard Ethernet port. Wood for the fireplace and a shared
laundry room are also available.
You will be able to rent bicycles and scooters, and join guided mountain bike trips.
Casa Bonaventura is at approximately 1 km (half a mile) from Montaione, where you will find shops and restaurants. In the area you will be able to play golf, go horse riding, enjoy mountain bike trips, wine and other local products tasting in nearby farmhouses. In the medieval hamlet of Montaione 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 also 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.
Do not forget to visit 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 10 km (6 miles). The closest airports are “Galileo Galilei”, in Pisa, and “Amerigo Vespucci”, in Florence, both at approximately 45 km (28 miles).
To stay at Casa Bonaventura it is recommended 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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