Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
The villa is located right outside the picturesque hamlet of Iano, whose origins date back to the Etruscan times. This is the territory of Montaione which lies on the triangle of the provinces of Pisa, Florence and Siena, ideal starting point to visit S. Gimignano, Volterra and the most beautiful Tuscan artistic cities which can easily be reached by car.
The villa was the former school of the hamlet till the '70s. It has been completely restored and stylishly furnished with 1900 furniture. It has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms with shower and can accommodate up to 8 people. The layout of the villa allows each guest to have utmost privacy.
The refreshing pool for the exclusive use of the clients at Villa Valentina offers enchanting views of the countryside, also enjoyable from the most part of the windows of the villa.
ACCOMMODATION: Villa Valentina is an idyllic place where you can completely relax amongst olive trees.
Completely on the ground floor the villa is 205 square meters and it has three entrance doors with direct access to the garden.
It has 2 fully equipped kitchens with fridge freezer, electric hob, oven, coffee machine, toaster. One of the kitchens has a dishwasher. At the villa you have two spacious living rooms with dining area and one with fireplace. Two double bedrooms and two twin bedrooms, 4 bathrooms with shower. Terrace facing the swimming pool.
The villa is also equipped with Satellite TV, DVD player, electrical kitchen equipment, Wi-Fi internet connection, separate laundry room with iron and ironing board.
The two kitchens, the separate living rooms and entrances, everything at the villa makes it just ideal for your dream holiday whether if you are having a family reunion, vacations on your own or with a group of friends.
THE GARDEN AND SURROUNDING ENVIRONMENT: In the garden is located the swimming pool (6 x 9 meters) with Roman steps and children's area, a pretty wrought iron gazebo with stunning views towards Volterra, the Val d'Era, gently rolling hills and the opposite hillcock which is one of the three Tuscan islands which surfaced during the Carboniferous period, complete this corner of paradise.
The outside is furnished with wrought iron tables and chairs, sun beds, two BBQs, wood burning oven.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Livorno 70 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Florence - Amerigo Vespucci or Pisa - Galileo Gali 60 km, Nearest railway: Castelfiorentino 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
The Tuscany region
From the house the village of Iano is walking distance, just 200 meters. The Village offers the bar/restaurant, typical restaurant, minimarket, church.
Montaione is just 10 km away from the property and it offers all the amenities included restaurants, bars, wine bars, supermarket, bank, post office, chemistry and all kind of shops.
Within easy reach by car, 10-15 minutes drive, you find the golf course of Castelfalfi, tennis court, horse riding (rates available locally).
Villa Valentina is within easy reach of the most important Tuscan places of interest. The nearest airports is in Florence or Pisa both about 60 km away. San Gimignano and Volterra are 20 km, Siena and Lucca are about 60 km from the property.
Nearest town: Iano km 0
Restaurants: Iano km 0
Supermarket: Montaione km 10
Grocery: Iano km 0
Shops: Montaione km 10
Outlets: Outlet The Mall km 80
Bank: Montaione km 10
Post office: Montaione km 10
Chemistry: Montaione km 10
Tennis court: Iano km 1
Golf: Castelfalfi km 8
Horse riding: Iano km 5
SPA: Gambassi Terme km 10
Train station: Castelfiorentino km 20
The council of San Gimignano, whose place name comes from the name of the Saint who saved the town from invasion by the Goths, is in the province of Siena. At a height of 325m above sea level it has a population of about 7,000 inhabitants.
In this council you can admire the churches of St. Iacopo and St. Peter, the Collegiate of St. Mary of the Assumption with the Chapel of St. Fina, the Cathedral, the Museum of Sacred Art, the Podestà Palazzo and the Pratellesi Palazzo.
In ancient times San Gimignano was a tiny village in the Greek-Etruscan period (III-II centuries BC). There is however some evidence of a more remote presence. The sacred area of Pugiano, still visible in the valley of the Riguardi river, seems in fact to date back to the Archaic-Etruscan era. The legend about the foundation of the city instead attributes its birth to the settlement of Silvio, one of the Roman patricians who fled after the failed plot against Catiline. The year of foundation would be 63 BC, with the rising of the Silvia village.
By medieval times Silvia was consolidated and took the name of the Bishop of Modena Gimignano, who it is said foiled the invasion of the town by Totila's barbaric hordes with his apparition. Thanks to the Via Francigena, San Gimignano saw the development of a growing number of churches and convents in the surrounding area. The route, opened by the Longobards along the ancient Via Cassia and subsequently controlled by the Franks, represents an authentic thoroughfare that links Northern Europe to Rome.
In 1199 the city became an autonomous council, freeing itself of the dominion of the bishopric of Volterra. In this era the village suffered internal divisions between Papal-supporting Guelphs and Empire-supporting Ghibellines, who caused a real “civil war” in the territory. Among the numerous diplomats welcomed to the city to resolve the fratricide that was storming Tuscany was Dante Alighieri, present in 1300. The plague in the mid-14th century aggravated the socio-economic crisis in the village which, in 1354, accepted submission to the authority of the Florentine Republic. From that moment San Gimignano became one of the most important centres of the Florentine county, despite its obvious demographic decline. Of the 13,000 inhabitants at the beginning of the 14th century only 3,000 remained at the end of the 15th century.
The degradation of its social make-up and the fall in the number of inhabitants meant that construction did not particularly interfere in the structure of the town centre. In recent times, therefore, the citizens of San Gimignano have realised they owned an authentic, valuable, open-air, artistic heritage. With all of its medieval structure still intact, the council has been recently added to the list of UNESCO-protected heritages.
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5 Jun 2014
"Fantastic villa, superb location"
Villa was well equipped, garden and pool area fantastic with plenty of loungers and seated areas and outstanding views.
Good location. For trips to Florence and Siena
Helpful owner and great support from travel company before departure
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