Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
It is the most photographed house in the area, a symbol of the Tuscany countryside, featured on many postcards and calendars simply because it has maintained the charm of the old farmhouse and the surrounding fields, without any new buildings as far as the eye can see.
I Cipressini is located only 500 mt from Pienza, in the open Tuscan countryside. You don't find artificial lawns here or ornamental trees, but just naturally shaded areas and well kept country fields. Rooms have been renovated respecting the original layout of the villa and also maintain the original old cotto floor.
Accommodation: The property is centrally heated throughout and its ground floor, once used to accommodate the farm animals, now houses only the laundry room and the cellars. As in the past centuries, the accommodation is located solely on the upper floor, accessed by an external flight of stone stairs with a porch at the top.
From here, you enter directly the living room with an open fireplace and a sofa to relax and watch the Tv which has the satellite and DVD player or enjoy reading a book. On the left you access to a large dining room with 6/8 seats wooden table. In another room is a kitchenette, fully equipped with cook top; fridge with freezer; dishwasher; pots and pans and crockery and cutlery.
A corridor which leads to the 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The bedrooms are two doubles which can be separated upon request and one only twin. The bathrooms are two with shower and one with shower and bathtub.
All the windows are provided with screens and fans are available upon request.
Garden & Swimming Pool: The villa is surrounded by fields and a large farmyard where children can play undisturbed and safely. The pool is above ground (4 x 8 meters and 1.20 meters deep) but delightful none the less and big enough to cool off in.
A natural shaded area equipped to eat outside, offers an impressive setting for al fresco dinners, or simply to relax in front of the breathtaking landscape views over the countryside surrounding pointed with hilltop villages.
The villa is also equipped with wood burning oven and BBQ.
Suggested event for this property: Palio di Siena tickets.
While staying at this property we would like you to consider the possibility to attend the famous Palio di Siena, a world wide renowned event. The Palio takes place twice a year on July 2nd and on August 16. You can contact us to reserve your tickets.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perugia - Sant'Egidio 90 km, Nearest railway: Sinalunga 20 km|
|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, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Tuscany region
The villa is approached from Pienza, 500 metres away on an asphalted road, about 5 minutes' walk away. Pienza offers all the amenities included restaurants, bars, wine bars, supermarket and all kind of shops. Not to mention the Valdichiana outlet village where more 100 shops of the main modern brands welcome you just 25 minutes from the property.
Just for its location it is an ideal starting point for day trips to important art cities like Siena, Florence, Assisi, Perugia, Roma, Monticchiello or Montalcino, homeland of the famous 'Brunello' wine. Just 9 Km away you can find the old SPA Baths of Bagno Vignoni, and 25 km Valdichiana Golf Club. It is therefore the ideal location for people who loves relaxation, peace and gastronomy.
In the vicinity are a number of excellent hiking paths, as this is ideal walking country, set within a nature reserve, whose wildlife is protected. This area of the Val D'Orcia (Orcia Valley),including Pienza itself and Mount Amiata, an extinct volcano and now a very popular winter ski area, is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty and, as a result, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Nearest town: Pienza km 0,5
Restaurants: Pienza km 0,5
Supermarket: Pienza km 0,5
Grocery: Pienza km 0,5
Shops: Pienza km 0,5
Outlets: Foiano della Chiana km 25
Bank: Pienza km 0,5
Post office: Pienza km 0,5
Chemistry: Pienza km 0,5
Tennis Court: Pienza km 0,5
Golf: Bettolle km 25
SPA: Bagno Vignoni km 15
Train station: Sinalunga km 20
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.