Townhouse | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
In the very center of a lovely ancient medieval village stands Casa Marelli. Recently carefully restored preserving all the traditional Tuscan characteristics of the building such as wooden beamed ceilings and brick work arches. It was meant to become the owner's residence therefore everything is just perfect there and it has all the personal touches not normally found in the rental properties.
Incredibly bright and luminous it has wonderful arch windows overlooking the countryside offering amazing unobstructed views over the hills covered with olive groves and vineyards and the famous cypress tree lined roads of Tuscany.
Watching out of these windows you will feel like part of the horizon immersed in complete quiet and peace. On the other side of the apartment the entrance door opens in the paved village road where limited access to cars makes it calm and noiseless but still few steps from the restaurant and bar and a little supermarket.
ACCOMODATION: When you enter the apartment you will be immediately caught by the light and the scenary offered by the large arch windows of the open plan kitchen/living room. The modern eat in kitchen is fully equipped with all the necessary and much more including dishwasher, oven, microwave oven, toaster and electrical espresso machine. The living area with sofas and fireplace has the TV with DVD.
A small corridor leads to the other living area with another impressive arch window, double sofa bed and CD player. On the same floor a bathroom with shower has the washing machine. There is also an iron and ironing board in the apartment.
Downstairs the double bedroom is furnished with original pieces carefully chosen by the owner just like everything you find in the rest of the house. The ensuite bathroom has a Jacuzzi bathtub. The apartment is centrally heated and has mosquito screens at the windows and fans for the summer. Upon request there is availability of the baby cot and highchair.
GARDEN: Right below the windows but only reachable from the outside village road, is the small nice terrace garden well equipped to eat outside with table, chairs, sun lounges and sun umbrella. There is also a barbecue to prepare your al fresco dinners enjoying the quiet and the extraordinary views which are those of “The English Patient”.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Castiglione della Pescaia 100 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perugia - Sant'Egidio 85 km, Nearest railway: Sinalunga 14 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
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player|
|Standard||Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Tuscany region
Casa Marelli is located in the village of Castelmuzio that offers many the amenities included restaurant, bar and a small supermarket. Not to mention the Valdichiana outlet village where more 100 shops of the main modern brands welcome you just 15 minutes from the property.
Casa Marelli is within easy reach of many major places of interest in Tuscany as well as many less well-known, but equally interesting locations. The nearest airport is Florence, 1 ½ hours by car. Pisa and Rome are equidistant (2 ½ hours). The nearby towns are Pienza, Montepulciano, Montalcino and many other well known places all providing restaurants, wine bars, enotecas, medieval and renaissance art and culture. It is an hour and 15 minutes from central Florence and 30 minutes to Siena.
Nearest town: Castelmuzio km 0
Restaurants: Castelmuzio km 0
Supermarket: Sinalunga km 14
Grocery: Castelmuzio km 0
Shops: Pienza km 9
Outlets: Valdichiana Outlet Village km 20
Bank: Petroio km 3
Post office: Petroio km 3
Chemistry: Trequanda km 8
Tennis court: Trequanda km 8
Golf: Golf Club Valdichiana km 20
Horse riding: Pieve a Salti km 18
SPA: Bagno Vignoni km 20
Train station: Sinalunga km 14
The year following his papal nomination, he hired the architect Bernardo Rossellino to transform his obscure village into a city. Piazza Pio II opens up in the centre of the little town and is the hub of Pienza's urban structure. The little Renaissance square was studied to welcome the urban constructions being built at the time, and in fact all of the main monuments of the town face onto it. You can see the squared flooring and the travertine well with the coat of arms of the Piccolomini family. The Cathedral is the most grandiose and imposing element among the constructions. It was in fact the Pope who wanted this building to be the most important as a symbol of his faith. Its vigorous Renaissance façade is divided into three parts by arched columns, at the centre of the gable is the Piccolomini coat of arms in a delicate crown of foliage and fruits carried out by Siennese masters. On the left wing is the octagonal, cuspidate bell-tower that shows a strong resemblance to those of Austrian and German churches. Its eclectic style was strongly inspired by the Hallenkirchen (hall churches) of Northern Europe that Enea had seen before becoming Pope. The Crypt conserves fragments that come from the Romanesque church of St. Mary, destroyed to make space for the new Cathedral. Palazzo Piccolomini is Rossellino's masterpiece, the second most important building that faces onto the piazza. This was Pio II and his family's home and to build it the architect took inspiration from the forms of the Rucellai palazzo in Florence. On the southern side is a magnificent loggia of three orders with a view of the roof garden, the Val d'Orcia and Monte Amiata: the courtyard is bordered by travertine columns. The first floor has been turned into a museum where you can visit the apartments and see the furnishings. Palazzo Borgia was given by Pio II to Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia and its aspect reveals his pre-existence more compared to the other buildings. The Cardinal limited himself to merely lifting the structure up a level and substituting the gothic windows with cross windows, adding a travertine doorway and an internal courtyard. The building is the seat of the Diocesan Museum that is formed around the nucleus of the Cathedral Museum; the ancient museum collected works that belonged to the Cathedral, as well as numerous sacred furnishings that belonged to the Pope and the bishops that followed him over the course of the centuries. In the eleven rooms that make up today's museum, in chronological order from the 13th to the 18th century, important paintings, sculptures, sacred furnishings and manufactured fabrics all relative to the area of the Pienza Diocese are exhibited. Of particular interest: the Cross painted in the XII century that represents Christ Triumphant over Death; The Madonna with Child painted in the 14th century by Pietro Lorenzetti; the large panel of the Madonna della Misericordia painted by Bartolo di Fredi in 1364. Palazzo Comunale is the most recent of the buildings of the piazza with its ample loggia and its façade decorated with a scratched plaster technique and by a brick tower, built later. This is lower than the bell tower to underline the more important power of the church compared to the civic power. The Church of St. Francis is the only monument that remains of the ancient village of Corsignano, other than being one of the oldest Franciscan buildings in Italy. It dates back to the second half of the XIII century and presents a gabled façade, decorated with a Gothic style doorway. Inside we find frescoes that tell the story of the life of St. Francis. In the vaults are shown the three Franciscan virtues and on the walls can be found twelve episodes of the life of St. Francis carried out by Cristofano di Bindoccio and Meo di Pero, Siennese artists of the second half of the XIV century.
The palazzos Ammannati, Gonzaga and of the Cardinal Atrebatense complete a very fascinating urban fabric. Pienza is a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Every second weekend in May the “Pienza and its flowers” show and market of plants and flowers is held. In occasion of this exhibition plant breeders and schools of the sector meet up to re-propose wonderful floral scenes inspired by Renaissance art, within the most beautiful areas of the city. The first Sunday in September is the Festival of Cheese. Pienza is considered the “capital” of pecorino cheese; this is because the little town is situated in the middle of a clay area, the Val d'Orcia, in which the sheep pasture is characterised by a series of aromatic herbs that make the milk particularly tasty and fragrant. Every year in September there is an exhibition dedicated to a grand master of contemporary art. In 1996, upon request by the Park's Civic Administration, the “Festival of the Val d'Orcia” was founded, a cultural itinerary that every summer, in August, is articulated in spectacular events in the context of places in the area that are already well-known or to be discovered.
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