La Casa sulle Mura
Guest house | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5
A spacious thirteenth century town house built right on the walls of the historic centre of Radicondoli. Here you will be strategically placed on the edge of the village with stunning views at all three levels. On the ground floor you enter a large authentic Tuscan kitchen-dining room with a remarkable log fire fit to see through the hardest of winter in full comfort.
Through a separate living room, you gain access to a delightful small sun terrace. Here you can choose whether to eat al fresco or simply enjoy the view and a drink. Stone steps lead you to the sleeping quarters. Right at the top you find a grand master bedroom with a double bed and en suite shower room and ample space to relax and have some time off the other members of the party. There is a second double bedroom, also with shower room en suite, and a single bedroom, on the middle floor.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Follonica / Punta Ala 60 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa or or Florence 90 km, Nearest railway: Poggibonsi 35 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 7, Lounge seats for 4|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
Stone steps lead you to the sleeping quarters. Right at the top you find a grand master bedroom with a double bed and en suite shower room and ample space to relax and have some time off the other members of the party. There is a second double bedroom, also with shower room en suite, and a single bedroom, on the middle floor. From the bedrooms you can also enjoy uninterrupted views over the valley and the surrounding hills. You can see Volterra, San Gimignano, and many other villages nestling in the hills all around you, even at night.
In 5 minutes walk, you can go to Podere La Fonte where you can buy some organic products, wine and olive oil.
The Tuscany region
La Casa sulle Mura is situated in a most spectacular position just below the ancient castellated village of Radicondoli. It has magnificent uninterrupted views over the Cecina valley and the surrounding hills.
At night you can see the lights of Volterra, San Gimignano, Colle Val D'Elsa and many other villages nestling in the hills all around you.
Florence is one hour away and Siena, Volterra and San Gimignano just forty minutes by road.
Lovely local walks and natural pools in the nearby river Cecina. There are swimming pools within easy reach and in an hour you can drive to and enjoy sandy beaches just like the ancient Etruscan people did.
The council of Radicondoli rises on the metalliferous hills that overshadow the Val di Cecina
The territory of Radicondoli is divided into numerous villages and its economy is based on the hot springs and a large number of agritourisms. In this council you can admire the Elci castle, the convent of St. Francis and the parish of St. Simon. The castle of Radicondoli, along with that of Belforte, has been here since the beginning of the 13th century but its parish seems to date back to the 10th century, so it is very probable that an inhabited settlement around today's capital town may have been established even before the year 1000AD. There was human presence here even in the Etruscan-Roman times, but the subsequent medieval installation completely deleted it.
We can only hypothesise that, being annexed to Volterra during the Roman era, the territory of Radicondoli was first at the centre of Scipione's politics, who used that area as a Naval reference point, and then involved in the struggles between the Romans and Etruscan aristocracy from the 1st century BC.The community of Radicondoli seems to have been one of the first to give itself a real autonomous, civic organisation, through which it stipulated pacts and conventions with Siena and the Aldobrandeschi counts. It was these who, in 1216, incorporated it as a fief into their properties. Five years later the castles of Radicondoli and Belforte were offered as a guarantee to Siena, as a mortgage on the pact of loyalty that the counts had sworn to the city.
Far from having reached an agreement in this way, the council and the feudatories disputed the territory that was occupied by the Siennese in 1230 and then taken back by the Aldobrandeschi seven years later, renewing the oath of loyalty that had previously been broken. In the second half of the XIII century the Siennese mortgage on the two castles was eliminated. For a brief time, between 1260 and 1269 they were occupied by the Guelphs who forced Siena to buy them back. Subsequently, with the Aldobrandeschi ramifications, the two fortresses finished at the centre of a conflict for possession between the two new families. In 1541 the council became part of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany under Cosimo I de' Medici.
(Fonte: Province of Siena)
The village of Radicondoli is a perfectly preserved historic village with 3 good restaurants, pizzerias and bars. There are shops selling local produce, a bakery for fresh bread each morning.
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21 Aug 2013
"Paradise in Radicondoli"
We absolutely loved our stay at Casa Sulle Mura. Radicondoli is a beautiful town. We enjoyed the people there and especially enjoyed the evenings when people sit out and enjoy. The house is wonderful, clean and spacious.
My husband and I stayed there with our two young teens, who each had a room and bathroom.
The house has 4 bathrooms (one includes a washer), 2 regular sized bedrooms and a lofty style bedroom on the third floor that is huge and includes a kitchen type sink. The views from each of the rooms is spectacular.
The kitchen is well appointed and really interesting in that it's a traditional style.
The house itself is 800 years old and has stone floors and roofs.
There is a small balcony that you can sit out on.
We enjoyed all kinds of nice little touches from the owners, and they, along with others in town were very helpful with suggestions such as where to swim, and how to get places.
3 Oct 2011
"Fabulous house, fantastic village"
La Casa Sulle Mura is an amazing house in the walls of the town. We stayed as a couple but you could easily sleep 5 people. The house has been renovated to high standard but has kept the traditional feel - and the views from each floor of the surrounding area is just breathtaking. Radicondoli is a great little village as a base for Tuscany. Approx 30 mins from Siena and an hour from Florence. The village itself is very welcoming to visitors with a great little bar Il Nationzale as we a little tratoria and pizzeria. We have recommended to all our friends and family and will be going back for another holiday as soon as possible !
Grazie you were nice to spend your time and write a description of your stay. For our work is important and we thank you for write this nice things without we ask you to write, because we do not like to disturb our guest so we are really happy and grateful. Emanuela
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