About the home
Sleeps 10. Very spacious and beautifully furnished, on two floors joined by a spiral staircase. A relaxing getaway away from the tourist hordes, but also within easy reach of the treasures of Florence, Siena and Pisa. Seaside is forty minutes' drive. Ideal for walking or for hardy bikers who like challenging hills!
Standing on a small hillock immediately off the road, Tuscan Skies has magnificent views all round. To one side, Volterra "city of magic and mystery" stands on top of one side of the valley, while ancient Montecatini Val di Cecina sits on the other.
Tuscan Skies was built as two separate apartments which we have joined as one property. As a result, there is ample, airy space for our guests to relax and enjoy themselves. Guests always comment on the high quality of furnishings as well as its wonderful location.
On the upper floor are three bedrooms. The master bedroom has an en-suite shower room; the Courtyard Room and Terrace Room (with top quality sofabed) share a large shower room. The Terrace Room has access to a small terrace - ideal for sitting in the evening. This room can double up as a relaxing lounge. There is a substantial, fully-equipped kitchen/living room with magnificent views to Volterra..
The lower floor has a double room with four-poster bed. This floor has its own comfortable living area with fully-appointed kitchen and separate large shower room. A spacious separate room with double bed settee can be used as an additional bedroom. (Alternatively, the bed settee can be moved into the living area to provide comforatble seating for larger groups). The private garden with barbecue overlooks Val di Cecina and Montecatini.
All beds are queen size.
External access to the upper floor is via the courtyard and to the lower floor via the garden entrance.
“This is another Tuscany, and one that few people take the trouble to get to know, but which is richly rewarding” (Italia Magazine, December 2009)
Volterra was the setting for 'New Moon' from Stephanie Meyer's Twilight Saga.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Cecina, 30km|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Nearest amenities: 3km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Pool:||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||4 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 en suite and 2 shower rooms|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (2), Single beds (1), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seating for 10, Lounge seating for 12|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access:||Wheelchair friendly, Parking space|
Further details indoors:
Four large bedrooms, each sleeping two with queen size beds.
Master bedroom on the upper floor has traditional Tuscan furniture. Amazing outlook across the Tuscan countryside. Spacious en-suite, air-conditioning.
Courtyard bedroom, also on the upper floor, has French doors into courtyard with view over to Volterra. Air-conditioning. Double wardrobe.
The third bedroom has bed settee in upstairs terrace room with private outlook over the valley and the Etruscan township of Montecatini di Val di Cecina. (air-conditioning)
Bedroom 4, downstairs, has a four-poster bed. There is an electric fan. In effect, downstairs can be treated as a separate apartment with full facilities.
Additional top-quality queen size sofabed in downstairs living area.
Single 'zed-bed' available.
Travel cot available
All three bathrooms are spacious and linked to a particular main bedroom. Each has a sink with large mirror, power shower and bidet. Alarm cords fitted in shower cubicles. Disabled/elderly persons' handrail in showers in bathrooms 2 and 3. Sockets for hair-dryers, shavers
The apartment is suitable for disabled people, though wheelchair users will need to be accompanied by an able-bodied companion.
Further details outdoors:
The lower floor leads into a private garden, ideal for eating al fresco as well as relaxing in the sun.
The shared pool is a good size, with fabulous views all round.
Garden and pool-side chairs available.
Usual bookings start and end on Saturdays. Alternative start and end days for your stay can be negotiated.
Reductions are possible for stays of two weeks or more and for small groups.
Strictly no smoking. No pets, please. No stag or hen parties!
Please talk to us about the requirements for your stay and we will do our best to accommodate you.
It is important to us that you make the right decision about where you want to stay, so please ask us any questions that will help you make up your mind. We are happy to tell you more about 'Tuscan Skies' and answer any questions about the area.
Ample maps and guides at the property. We offer advice about places to go, travel arrangements and so on before you travel. Tell us about your party and your holiday plans and we will advise you about the things you can do.
For more information and photos, visit the Tuscan Skies website
The Tuscany / Pisa Province region
A magical area of Tuscany, almost equal distance from Pisa, Siena and Florence. A quiet retreat in the beautiful countryside away from the tourism of Chiantishire, this is the real Tuscany. Beautiful towns like San Gimignano are just 30 minutes' drive.
Andrea Bocelli's hometown of Lajatico and his serene Teatro del Silenzio is 15 minutes away. Views of historical Volterra and the ancient Etruscan township of Montecatini Val di Cecina from the property.
Florence is not to be missed (though best avoided in the mid-day heat of summer - go early or late in the day). Siena has its own fabulous atmosphere, especially the Campo where the palio horse race is run twice a year. And you will be amazed by the Leaning Tower of Pisa; you have seen it in thousands of pictures, but seeing the real thing is an experience you should not miss.
There are excellent beaches near Cecina (40 minutes' drive), or visit Viareggio for a different seaside experience.
You do not need to spend all day in the car to see soem wonderful sights. There are dozens of mediaeval villages and spa towns to visit. As well, you can drop it at many vineyards and farms to taste their own wines, olive oil and other produce.
The Volterra area
Volterra has Etruscan, Roman and mediaeval remains, including an impressive Roman theatre, plus several museums. The main traditional industry is alabaster, and there are plenty of shops/workshops where you can see alabaster products being made.
There are festivals virtually every week in one or other of the local towns. Volterra's best festival is Volterra AD1398. It takes place over two weekends in August. The centre of the town is sealed off and given over to middle ages stalls, children's games and sports such as tug-o'-war and crossbow contests. At other times there are flag-throwing contests, food markets and street theatre.
For 'New Moon' fans, there are guided tours. The tourist information office has free maps of locations from the book.
Excellent restaurants are to be found not only in Volterra but in all of the local villages. The nearest village is Saline di Volterra. Apart from some fine local eateries, there is a good range of food shops.
How to get there
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Easy reach of Pisa, Florence and Siena. Rome three hours drive. Flights to Pisa and Rome via major carriers and Ryanair, Jet2, Easyjet from UK. Meridiana and Alitalia fly to Florence
Activities near Volterra
Rural / countryside retreats
10 Sep 2012
Where do I begin?
Let's start with the apartment and villa. Location, location, location!! The view in every direction was a perfect picture. The apartment (& the entire facility)... more
We do try to make sure our descriptions are as accurate as possible. We know what it's like to book somewhere based on the advert and then find it's not what we expected.
Booking the... more
07 Sep 2012
Just came back from holiday staying at the wonderful Tuscan skies ,a beautiful split level holiday home very well equipped ,clean & spacious ,nice garden to sit & relax with some of the local wine on a night or use the upstairs terrace
stunning views of volterra & the surrounding countryside.,lovely pool area
Hiring a car is a must as you'll need to drive to get about,the nearest village is only 5mins away,volterra is bit further but still only takes 20mins
I would recommend Tuscan skies to anybody wishing to explore tuscany & looking for a relaxing holiday in a truly stunning landscape
Thank you. It's great that visitors to the website can see just how much our guests enjoy being at 'Tuscan Skies'. It's a wonderful place to be at any time of the year.
17 Jul 2012
We went to Tuscan Skies after a complicated house move and desperately in need of a break. The apartment is so well equipped and comfortable that we were able to start relaxing immediately. The pool helped too. It is situated in an ideal place as there are local shops for basic necessities a few minutes drive away and not much further is Volterra, a wonderfully interesting and historic hill town. The landscape is rolling and very agricultural: crops were being cut during our stay and the Spar shop in Saline offered locally grown apricots at a snip. We also loved the restaurant in the square at Montecatini; lots of local atmosphere in the evening there too. All in all a brilliant week; wish it had been longer.
We can't imagine a more relaxing escape after you've moved house, especially after the delays!
One of the joys of the farming landscape is that the colours change all of the time. Even though we know the view so well, we still want to keep taking n3ew photos of it because it changes so much with the season and the lighting conditions.
We trust that you are now fully settled into your new home.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: Euros €||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 7|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Low season||6 Jan 13||29 Mar 13||€ 625||€ 110||€ 140||1 Week|
|Easter holidays||29 Mar 13||14 Apr 13||€ 1085||€ 185||€ 205||1 Week|
|Mid season||14 Apr 13||26 May 13||€ 900||€ 225||€ 250||4 Nights|
|High season||26 May 13||8 Sep 13||€ 1150||€ 250||€ 300||4 Nights|
|Mid season||8 Sep 13||27 Oct 13||€ 950||€ 230||€ 255||4 Nights|
|Low season||27 Oct 13||22 Dec 13||€ 660||€ 140||€ 165||1 Week|
|Prices for group size 10|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Low season||6 Jan 13||29 Mar 13||€ 850||€ 130||€ 160||1 Week|
|Easter holidays||29 Mar 13||14 Apr 13||€ 1445||€ 245||€ 275||1 Week|
|Mid season||14 Apr 13||26 May 13||€ 1350||€ 225||€ 250||4 Nights|
|High season||26 May 13||8 Sep 13||€ 1550||€ 260||€ 300||4 Nights|
|Mid season||8 Sep 13||27 Oct 13||€ 1350||€ 225||€ 250||4 Nights|
|Low season||27 Oct 13||22 Dec 13||€ 875||€ 140||€ 170||4 Nights|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
GOING TO ANDREA BOCELLI CONCERT ON 13 JULY? WE STILL HAVE AVAILABILITY WEEK 13 - 20 JULY!!!
SPECIAL OFFER! SPECIAL OFFER!
200 Euro off full week rate for bookings up till 30th June!! (Full payment required at time of booking.) Groups of 6 - 10 only.
The nightly rates quoted are for ADDITIONAL nights when you stay for a week or more. For stays of less than one week, ask us for prices.
All bed linen and towels are included. Electricity, gas and water are also included.
There is a 10% reduction on stays of two weeks or more.
Your booking is confirmed by a 20% deposit. Final payment is due 30 days before the first night of your stay. Deposit is refundable if you cancel more than 30 days before the first night of your stay.
Additional cleaning and changes of bed linen can be provided at a small extra cost.
A small additional administrative charge may be made for PayPal payments.Book
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