Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
The accuracy for every detail of finishings and furniture makes it an elegant and exquisite dwelling place.
The bedroom has a typical vault ceiling made of old bricks, as well as original stone walls ...that makes it very charming and romantic.
But everything is beyond description: just come and see!
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Cecina 70 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa or Florence 60 km, Nearest railway: Poggibonsi 11 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|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Shared garden|
|Further details indoors||
Maintain the age-long characteristics: beamed ceilings, terracotta floors, vaulted-roof rooms. They are tastefully furnished with all modern conveniences and amenities of a holiday resort. The old pieces of furniture and the carefully-considered equipment made them a charming place for your holiday
|Further details outdoors||
You will be a guest much more than a customer, and you can also enjoy an outdoor space where you can relax at the end of the day in an unique, unsophisticated and excellent atmosphere that nowadays is not so easy to find. You will experience the deep emotions that come from this very special countryside.
The Tuscany region
Tuscany (ital. Toscana) is bordered on the west by the long sandy beaches of the Tyrrhenian Sea and is sheltered to the north and east by the Apennine Mountains and the Apuan Alps. The region thus defined is one of great fertility, with the wines of the Chianti region and the superb olive oil of the area known to anyone who appreciates good food and wine.
The landscapes of Tuscany are perhaps more varied than in any other region of Italy, varying from the ancient marble quarries of the Apuan Alps to the sand dunes of the Tyrrhenian Coast, but it is the land between, in particular the Chianti district, that most readily comes to mind when we talk of Tuscany.
Hilltop towns and villages dating back to Etruscan times are surrounded by vineyards where the vines form geometrically precise rows, olive groves alternate with undulating fields of wheat and sunflowers, slashed in spring by the vibrant red of poppies, and over all a sky of ineffable blue - this is a landscape that has changed very little since the Middle Ages.
No wonder that Tuscany today is so beloved of visitors who come for the exquisitely balanced attractions of culture and relaxation, great food and wine and scenery of entrancing beauty.
An essential feature of the landscapes of Tuscany, and of northern Italy in general, is the tall, slender spire of the Cypress tree. Yet this tree is not Italian in origin. It was brought to the region by the Etruscans, from Persia and Syria. The fact that it did not drop its foliage in winter gave it mythical and supernatural powers in their minds, and they used to plant it around their burial places - something which can still be seen throughout Italy and Greece, where the cypress tree is always to be found growing around churches.
Italy now has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country in the world. In Tuscany there are:
- The Historic Centre of Florence
- The Leaning Tower of Pisa and buildings of the Piazza del Duomo
- The Historic Centre of Siena
- The Historic Centre of Pienza
- The Historic Centre of San Gimignano
- The Val d'Orcia
From a distance, San Gimignano looks like something out of a fairytale. Set on a hilltop, its fourteen tall towers of pale, weathered stone stand out in sharp relief against a backdrop of green mountains. It is surrounded by vineyards, source of the grapes from which one of Italy's most famous wines has been produced for centuries. With magnificent buildings and streets lined with shops and cafes, a day in this lovely town will appeal to everyone.
San Gimignano is a small hilltop town 56 kms south-west of Florence. Its origins go back to the 3rd century AD and Etruscan times, but in the Middle Ages it grew in importance as one of the towns that provided hospitality to pilgrims travelling the Via Francigena en route to Rome from Canterbury in England.
The development of agriculture in the surrounding, highly fertile area, caused the town to become wealthy, and it was in its heyday in the 12th and 13th centuries, when it was one of central Tuscany's most important trading centres. It was also the major Italian producer of saffron at the time, exporting all over the known world. Highly-prized and highly-priced, saffron contributed significantly to the growing wealth of the merchants of San Gimignano.
Within the encircling walls of the town space was at a premium, and the wealthy inhabitants brought in architects to build their houses in the great architectural styles of Siena-Gothic, Pisan Romanesque and Florentine Early Renaissance. In a constant effort to impress their neighbours, the inhabitants built tall towers and at one time there were 72 towers in the small town. Today 14 remain.
At first sight the town is quite astonishing, the stark towers rising in complete contrast to the terracotta-tiled, ochre-tinted walls of the old buildings.The lovely San Gimignano, where, since the nineteenth century, visitors have flocked to admire the architecture and see the great works of art it possesses.
The surrounding countryside still resembles that of a 14th century painting, with fields, hills and forests dotted with towers and towns, castles and churches.
The towers of San Gimignano have inspired several modern architects (University of Essex) and have provided the background to numerous films, such as 'Tea with Mussolini', as well as playing a role in John Grisham's recent novel, 'The Broker'.
It is only to be expected that shopping opportunities mainly cater for the very many visitors that gather here. Nevertheless, there are some attractive purchases to be made - hand-painted pottery and all kinds of regional food specialities.The town produces its own white wine, highly thought-of and winner of several prestigious awards, called 'Vernaccia di San Gimignano'. It was the first Italian wine to be awarded DOC status in 1966.
Thursday is market day, at the Piazza del Duomo