Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Azzurra is an apartment in Poderra Torrichi, a gated community of three farm buildings, which is located between the medieval cities of San Gimignano and Volterra. Podera Torrichi is newly renovated and has retained the charm of the traditional Tuscan farm buildings, with chestnut beams, interior exposed stone, chestnut doors, terracotta tiles and shuttered windows.
There is a large, shared, 14 x 7 meter infinity pool with covered gazebo, sunbathing areas and sunbeds. The pool is situated on the south end of the grounds near the edge of the knoll, and has a glorious view of Volterra and Pisa. Podera Torrichi is located 2km off of the main road SP4.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa or Florence, Nearest railway: Certaldo 20 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Azzura is a beautiful 3 bedroom apartment, decorated in the traditional Tuscan farmhouse design. The master bedroom and a bedroom with two single beds are located on the first floor of the apartment, and a large bedroom with a double bed is located upstairs. All of the furniture is new and of excellent quality, and the beds are very comfortable. The rooms are spacious and light and airy.
The living room has a comfortable sofa and pouf, so that you can enjoy watching television, listening to music or reading a good book. The television rests on a large cabinet that hides the international DVD player and sound system that can play cd’s, mp 3’s or the iPod. The wall next to the sofa has exposed stone. A ceiling fan helps to keep the apartment cool during the hot Tuscan summers.
The kitchen has a large fridge freezer, microwave oven, dishwasher and a large farmhouse sink. The farm house table seats six.
The master bedroom has a double wrought iron bed, two matching bedside tables, an upholstered chair and a large armoire. The room has a ceiling fan to keep the room cool at night. The French doors open to a large graveled sunbathing area and the terrace nearest the pool, which provides a place for one to enjoy an early morning cup of coffee while taking in the beautiful Tuscan countryside.
The second bedroom has two single wrought iron beds, two bedside tables, a chest of drawers and an armoire. The room has a ceiling fan to keep the room cool at night. The French doors open to a large graveled sunbathing area and the terrace nearest the pool.
The third bedroom is located upstairs and has a double wrought iron bed, two bedside tables and a chest of drawers. The room has a ceiling fan to keep the room cool at night.
The apartment has two bathrooms, all located downstairs. The first bathroom is located between the master bedroom and the bedroom with the two single beds. This bathroom has a toilet, sink and small shower. The second bathroom is located behind the fireplace, and is very large. This bathroom has a sink, toilet, bidet and a large shower. The washer and dryer are also located in this restroom.
Pool towels are provided.
|Further details outdoors|
The apartment has two private terraces to enjoy and relax. The north facing terrace with covered gazebo provides shelter from the hot sun and is equipped with dining furniture.
The terrace located on the southwest corner of the apartment provides a 270 degree view of the Tuscan countryside and the infinity pool, and is great for sunbathing, having a meal, and enjoying the amazing Italian sunset.
The apartment has its own private garden.
Prices are in US$. 25% deposit required on booking and balance 6 weeks before arrival. Payment by VISA or MasterCard. There is a 200 euro damage deposit payable locally on arrival and refunded, less any damages, upon departure. Cancellation refunds: up to 8 weeks – no cancellation charge. 4-8 weeks – 50% of rate refunded. 2-4 weeks – 25% of rate refunded. Less than 2 weeks – no refund. Any damage, breakage, or anything giving cause for concern noticed must be reported within 48 hours.
Properties are available for occupation from 4pm on arrival day and must be vacated by 10am on the day of departure. Changeover day is Saturdays. Keys are accessible by way of a key safe at any time.
The Tuscany region
Tuscany, the cradle of modern European culture, contains treasures of every age and style, from the Etruscan theatre and Roman baths at Fiesole, to the majestic Gothic buildings in the medieval town of Siena, to the exceptional art and architecture of Florence. The cities of Tuscany have produced writers, scientists, architects, musicians and artists whose works have literally changed the world. The immense dome of Florence’s Duomo, designed by Brunelleschi, inspired Michelangelo’s design for the dome of St. Peter’s in Rome, and influenced architecture in towns throughout Italy.
The peaceful Tuscan landscape is primarily rolling hills, with vineyards, olive groves, cypress trees and hilltop villages all bathed in a soft, amber light. The rustic Tuscan farmhouse, made of local stone and set atop a hill flanked by lines of cypress trees, is a sight unique to Tuscany. Silent medieval hilltowns, with their fortified castle walls and church steeples visible in the distance, are a part of the landscape: San Gimignano, Volterra, Montepulciano, Cortona. Tuscany’s olive groves yield some of Italy’s finest extra virgin olive oil, but the heart of the region is in its vineyards, particularly the Chianti Classico, where you can visit fattorie (wine estates), to sample and purchase their wines (most famous of which are Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano and Brunello di Montalcino).
San Gimignano (14km), possibly Italy’s most famous small town, is only a 20 minute drive. This city evokes the atmosphere of Medieval Toscana, with its cobblestone roads, high defensive walls, imposing towers and narrow streets. This small and charming medieval town, founded in the eighth century, is known for its lofty medieval towers, 14 of the 72 original still remain. Inside the city walls, there are many restaurants, speciality shops, art galleries, museums and churches.
Volterra (15km), the jewel of Roman, Etruscan, medieval, and Renaissance art, is only
a 20 minute drive.
Siena (50km), is famous for its large cathedral, the Duomo, which was completed in 1380, and is a great example of Italian Romanesque architecture. Siena is also famous for the Piazza del Campo, which is another architectural treasure, and is famous for hosting the Palio horse races that occur in July and August. Siena is a walled city, full of atmosphere and fabulous bars and restaurants.
Florence (aspproximately 60km), is a little over an hours drive away and is more easily accessible by train. Florence was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Politically, economically, and culturally it was the most important city in Europe for around 250 years; from some time before 1300 until the early 1500s. Visit one of the world's most famous fine art museums, Galleria degli Uffizi, with collections of Renaissance paintings and sculptures from classical antiquity. Also spend the day touring the Duomo di Firenze, the city's beautiful cathedral, the symbol of the city. Brunelleschi's huge dome was an engineering feat of the rennaissance. Walk across the Ponte Vecchio the oldest and most famous bridge over the Arno. The Ponte Vecchio is lined with shops, traditionally mostly jewellers since the days of the Medici. Vasari's elevated walkway crosses the Arno over the Ponte Vecchio, connecting the Uffizi to the old Medici palace.
Chianti area (40km), the beautiful small villages of Castellina, Radda, Greve and Gaiole are only minutes away. Hills, crossed by a rich network of short rivers, those of the Pesa, the Elsa, the Greve, the Ombrone and the Arbia, are everywhere famous for the incomparable naturalistic beauty and as an example of harmonious union between environment and human activity, which is reflected by the orderly cultivation of vines and olive trees and by the golden expanse of grain.
The rural reality of the Chianti region is not however monotonous, it also presents, in fact, woodland areas composed essentially of oak and chestnut trees of coppices that cover the slopes of the surfaces. The fascination of this territory lies in the perfect equilibrium between the soft forms of slopes and the thousand nuances of colour and crowded woods, populated by ancient castles, secular parishes, pleasant villas and large Jarms.