Villa | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 12
If a villa holiday in Tuscany is calling to you, take a closer look at Villa Magna. This property provides ample room for twelve guests, offering six beautiful bedrooms and a variety of other features you'll fall in love with on first sight.
The building dates from the 1800s and provides the ideal Tuscan base from which to explore the local area. If you are familiar with the beauty of traditional Tuscan farmhouses, you'll appreciate the terracotta floors and doors made of solid chestnut. Traditional furniture also graces many spaces here, providing the luxurious feel Villa Magna demands.
There is the main villa and also an annexe. There are four double bedrooms on the first floor of the villa, with an additional double on the ground floor. There is a further double room in the annexe. The villa also features four bathrooms, while a further two can be found in the annexe. One is situated on the ground floor, with the second providing a convenient bathroom to use when outdoors or using the pool.
One of the finest features of Villa Magna is the large pool that runs along one length of the main building. This has easy access to the aforementioned bathroom for convenience, along with a series of loungers for your use during your break. You can swim, relax, enjoy the views and much more besides. You'll get to appreciate the higher vantage point of the villa, affording you some sensational views of the countryside.
The interior of the farmhouse boasts some beautiful features too, not least the three sectioned curved ceiling in the large open plan area. Here you can socialise, enjoy a meal at the long table or simply sit with a good book and enjoy the many traditional features Villa Magna has to offer.
The villa can be found near to Siena, which is a short distance south of Florence. It offers the best of Tuscany right on your doorstep, located as it is in Pienza. You will also be able to enjoy the delights of the Val d'Orcia Natural Park, as the villa is located there.
The high vantage point of the villa offers some amazing views over Pienza, Crete Sienese and Bagno Vignoni among other areas. Be sure to bring your camera because it is hard to resist the beauty that is on the doorstep of this charming villa.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|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, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 6 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (6)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Tuscany region
Tuscany is known for its landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy and its influence on high culture. It is regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and has been home to many figures influential in the history of art and science, and contain well-known museums such as the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace. Tuscany produces wines, including Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano and Brunello di Montalcino. Having a strong linguistic and cultural identity, it is sometime considered "a nation within a nation". Seven Tuscan localities have been designated World Heritage Sites: the historic centre of Florence (1982); the historical centre of Siena (1995); the square of the Cathedral of Pisa (1987); the historical centre of San Gimignano (1990); the historical centre of Pienza (1996); the Val d'Orcia (2004), and Medici Villas and Gardens (2013). Tuscany has over 120 protected nature reserves, making Tuscany and its capital Florence a popular tourist destinations that attract millions of tourists every year.
Pienza, a town and comune in the province of Siena, in the Val d'Orcia in Tuscany (central Italy), between the towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino, is the "touchstone of Renaissance urbanism."
In 1996, UNESCO declared the town a World Heritage Site, and in 2004 the entire valley, the Val d'Orcia, was included on the list of UNESCO's World Cultural Landscapes.
Pienza was rebuilt from a village called Corsignano, which was the birthplace (1405) of Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini (Italian: Enea Silvio Piccolomini), a Renaissance humanist born into an exiled Sienese family, who later became Pope Pius II. Once he became Pope, Piccolomini had the entire village rebuilt as an ideal Renaissance town. Intended as a retreat from Rome, it represents the first application of humanist urban planning concepts, creating an impetus for planning that was adopted in other Italian towns and cities and eventually spread to other European centers.
The rebuilding was done by Florentine architect Bernardo Gambarelli (known as Bernardo Rossellino) who may have worked with the humanist and architect Leon Battista Alberti, though there are no documents to prove it for sure. Alberti was in the employ of the Papal Curia at the time and served as an advisor to Pius. Construction started about 1459. Pope Pius II consecrated the Duomo on August 29, 1462, during his long summer visit. He included a detailed description of the structures in his Commentaries, written during the last two years of his life.