Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
The Yellow apartment is one of 4 apartments of the farmhouse Casa dei Girasoli.
The Casa dei Girasoli is located only 1 km from San Gimignano, the famous medieval city of the “Beautiful Towers”, a recognized UNESCO patrimony of culture and nature, and you can easily be reached even on foot, with the advantage of a suggestive panoramic 15 minute walk.
The Yellow apartment is for 4 people, on the first floor, with 2 double bedrooms (one featuring a queen size bed, while guests can choose whether the other should feature a double bed or two separate single beds), 1 ante-bathroom, 1 bathroom featuring a shower box, 1 ample hall-living room with accessorized kitchen and fireplace, and a large private external area featuring a gazebo and a garden.
This apartment, which is developed upon the ancient plant of the sentinel tower, features various peculiarities:
- the arrangement of the non-adjacent bedrooms, both of which are ample and luminous, guarantees a high degree of intimacy for our guests.
- the main bedroom is very large and also has space to insert an additional bed for a child.
- the size of the living room, with its ancient rural fireplace, as well as the brick ceilings and original wooden beams, makes it a cozy, refined and familiar environment.
- the furnishing is refined in every detail and was realized by using classic Tuscan style furniture, with some pieces being nineteenth century originals.
- all the windows offer a thrilling 360° view on the surrounding countryside.
- the gazebo and the surrounding garden are exclusively available for guests of the Yellow apartment, and allow them to enjoy open-air breakfasts, lunches, aperitivi and dinners, as well as to sunbathe on our comfortable deckchairs.
The Yellow apartment is ideal for a family holiday, a group of friends or two couples (both with or without children).
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 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|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Staffed property|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Shared garden|
|Further details indoors|
The Yellow apartment is an ancient stone farmhouse, built in 1700 on the pre-existing sighting tower, which dated back to 1200.
The total restructuring of the entire complex has maintained its typically Tuscan original characteristics, such as the vaulted ceilings, the brick arches and the terracotta pavements, while also including all modern commodities.
The result is an ideal combination of tradition and innovation, a perfect marriage between simplicity and comfort.
It is the ideal location to regenerate both body and mind, and to spend a holiday in full relax.
We are certain that, just like our previous guests, you will be delighted by the beauty of Yellow apartment.
|Further details outdoors|
The Yellow apartment has its own independent entrance and a private external space, featuring a table, chairs and deckchairs for sunbathing. Our guests can also enjoy a vast shared external area, which includes the farmyard and the entire surrounding garden where, after a day dedicated to walking or discovering cultural locations, you can relax and make the most of a glass of wine at sunset.
The HOUSE, which bears the name of "GIRASOLI" (sunflowers), the symbols of summer, is part of a 10 hectare agricultural estate featuring olive groves and rows of vines, peppered with cypresses and immersed in the green of corn fields – interrupted by the light of sunflowers -, which will allow you to return to the genuine, true and welcoming dimension of traditional countryside life.
We look forward to welcoming you in this peaceful oasis, to spend an unforgettable holiday and come in contact with history and past traditions.
Not everything can be described, Casa dei Girasoli is a place to be seen and experienced.
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
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16 Aug 2011
"Beautiful property, stunning views, great location, LOVED it"
This property is beautiful, views are amazing from every window in the place, the owner and his wife were extremely friendly and accommodating. Stayed with two friends for a week. Will stay there anytime I go back to Tuscany and recommend to everyone. It's truly a home away from home. 3 minutes to San Giamagnano, a lovely little town inside enclosed walls.
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