Il Susino della Fonte
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
'Il Susino' is a self contained apartment in lush green surroundings. It is the ideal accommodation for two, but can also be rented jointly with Il Noce della Fonte (see details) for larger groups who like to holiday together and yet enjoy an element of independence. This fully centrally heated unit also has the benefit of a welcoming wood-burning stove within the kitchen/dining room so it is quite a cosy corner if you choose to spend time here in the colder months. The bathroom is fully equipped and you will have the choice of shower and bathtub! The owners have furnished the apartment in simple old Tuscan style, mostly wood. The floor is in handmade tiles and the ceiling in tiles and wood. Outside amidst the splendid views there is a patio with table and chairs reserved for you to rest, admire the landscape or to enjoy al fresco eating.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 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 85 km, Nearest railway: Poggibonsi 35 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
Il Susino owners live at the nearby Podere La Fonte (which offers a further self catering unit suitable for four people, and three double rooms within the main farmhouse) They also offer their own produce (wine and oil and other) for sale and would be happy to cater for you by prior arrangement.
The Tuscany region
Tuscanyis famous all over the world for its extraordinary combination of natural beauty and a vast cultural heritage consisting of an incredible number of art works, ranging from Etruscan times through to the Renaissance and Baroqueperiods and then to the 20th century. It is the marvellous discovery of these works in their natural setting and amid its people, that the entire world admires.
But Tuscany has many landscapes, many itineraries that are often unknown to the general public outside the classical tourist circuit. It is a land of mountains, hills and woods, but it also has the sea, islands, parks, protected areas, wine cellars and oil presses as well as castles, churches, history, traditions and many other things that those who come to visit us should see and experience.
Road sign, an information point, a tasting center, an exhibition: these are what tells you that you are in the heart of one of the many territories of quality production in Tuscany. These are Tuscany's wine trails: itineraries for the enjoyment of wine, olive oil and the flavours of Tuscany.
Tuscany's wine trails are an effective way of promoting our territory and its high quality agricultural and food products. At the same time they provide an opportunity for our farmers to offer the fruits of their labours in the best possible way: presenting them in their own setting, with the added value represented by a direct meeting with the farm environment.
This site is full of useful data for organizing marvellous itineraries that offer environmental, historical and cultural references of extraordinary significance. It is not only a useful instrument for tourists but also an incentive to explore and valorize these sites, to create new and alternative itineraries based on the insoluble bond between the territory and the excellence of its products.
Yet it is only a starting point: here you will find information on Tuscany's basic food philosophy but also practical indications for an unforgettable experience, in the hope that more and more people will come to explore and enjoy the region - to admire its art and its landscape, its culture and its agricultural products. It is a complete and unique experience that will bring you into contact with this incredible land and its people through a network of itineraries dedicated to Tuscany's finest foods and wines.
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)
Taste Trail in the Val di Merse
Hermitages, castles, and tastes
The territory of the Merse Valley occupies the southwestern part of the province of Siena, the passage between the heart of Tuscany and the Maremma coast. The area is enclosed in the valleys of three rivers, the Merse, the Cecina and the Elsa, all found at the feet of the Metalliferous Hills. It is an oasis of silent forests, full of historical and artistic treasures: hermitages, hidden churches, convents and castles whose ruins are more or less well-preserved by the nearby towns of Casole d'Elsa, Chiusdino, Radicondoli, Monticiano, Murlo, and Sovicille. The richness of the natural environment and the variety of the landscape deserve to be discovered and enjoyed as they are unique, lesser-known jewels of the Siena landscape.
Among the traditional products of the area, the finest and most renowned are the Val di Merse's cured meats, with their extraordinary, delicate flavour. These are made with the pork of the Cinta Senese breed. The woods, rich in oak and chestnut trees, are abundant with mushrooms and chestnuts, which are commonly served with tasty dishes. Sheep raising has been widespread in the area for decades, and it adds its meat and milk to the local productions, from which Tuscan Pecorino cheese is made. The products that have represented the traditions of the area are the wines, like Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG and DOCG Reserve qualities, Vin Santo DOCG, which are produced and aged according to the rules of the Chianti Consortium. The area is also famous for its extra virgin olive oil for which many farms comply with the requisite of the Terre di Siena DOP label.
In addition to the most famous sites, like the Abbey of San Galgano in Chiusdino, the Gothic church of Sant'Agostino at Monticiano, the Romanesque churches and abbeys of Molli, Ponte allo Spino, Torri a Sovicille, there are many museums, such as the Etruscan Museum of Murlo; the Museum of Living Art in Casole d'Elsa; the Museum of Energy Resources of the Territory at Radicondoli; the Museum of the Woods in Orgia; the “Mill Path” tour in the Natural Reserve of the Upper Merse Valley; the route of the Old Miners' Railroad in the mining village of Murlo.
An ideal itinerary visits each of the main towns of the six municipalities of the Merse Valley.
A Territory of Great Environmental, Naturalistic, Historical and Cultural Value
In 1996, the Provincial Administration of Siena established 11 Nature Reserves covering about 8 thousand hectares of
territory with a high environmental, naturalistic, historical, and cultural value, whose different protected environments house rare animal and vegetal species of great scientific and conservation interest.
The 11 Nature Reserves form a System of Protected Areas whose aim is to ensure and promote, in a coordinated manner, the conservation and enhancement of the environment, the landscape, the historical-cultural and naturalistic heritage.
Besides excursions to: Siena and its Palio , San Gimignano, Monteriggioni , Volterra , San Galgano Abbey( in the Abbey You can see a real sword deeply planted in a rock) to the beaches of the Maremma Toscana, You can also enjoy Hot Air Balloon Flights, or a riding tour to the San Galgano Abbey.
If You do like a more natural environment You can visit The Cornate and Fosini natural Reserve, where beside of the wonderful trekking paths You can find the Fosini Castle build in the 12th century. The reserve is providing breeding ground for the very rare peregrine and Ianner falcons.
You also can visit The Forest rangers who breed the Monterufoli pony and have the rest home for horses that have ridden the Siena Palio.
Local producers offer visit and tasting of their products as: Wine,oil,cheese and salami(cinta senese which is the typical famous pig of the area).
Cornate e Fosini Nature Reserve
The Reserve is situated in the west of the town of Chiusdino, in the eastern part of Colline Metallifere, and includes the calcareous relief of Cornate, one of the few mountain areas of southern Tuscany. Nearby there are the springs of the river Cecina.
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11 Aug 2011
Despite several exchanges of e-mails, including advising our anticipated arrival time at Podera della Fonte, which was just 10 minutes out, there was no-one there to meet us! It turned out Emanuela had been on a family celebration in Rome and was "unwell" at some other location. We were lucky to find her daughter passing through, purely by chance, so after some delay we got into the apartment. But the arrival instructions as to the facilities were virtually non existent, and we learned more from a German couple in the Il Noce apartment when we met them the next day. So not a brilliant start, and the apartment was very cool to cold, it being early in the season. It seems that Italian law insists central heating is not available from April onwards for the summer.
It's a simple, adequate apartment for two persons, though quite dark and somewhat gloomy for the most part. But a short stroll, seriously uphill for a while, takes you to the nice hilltop village where there are a couple of OK restaurants and a couple of small shops. On the terrace side of the Podere, the views are simply stunning, especially towards sunset. Take your drinks and nibbles round to the terrace. It was too early in the year to sample the farm produce, (apart from the wine) but once we met Emanuela and Marco things became more informed and they were most hospitable, to say the least. Coupled with the almost countless farm cats - we think there were at least 10 and some invited themselves inside from time to time.
We had a peek at Il Noce apartment after the German family left and it is certainly a much brighter, more comfortable apartment -at a cost of course. However, you don't spend much time "at home", and Radicondoli is well placed for trips to anywhere in southern Tuscany, notably Siena, Montepulciano, San Gimignano, Chianti, Volterra and even the coast, though the hilly terrain makes distance driving quite slow. So Il Susino is a good simple base for a couple wanting to do the tourist stuff, but not really a place built for a "chill out" sit-around break.
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