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Excellent 5/5 16 reviews

Podere le Volpaie from the road

Apartment | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Sleeps 8. 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 culture vultures, 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. There is a comfortable double bed settee downstairs so that the living area can be used as an additional bedroom. The downstairs area has seating for eight. 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 8, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Cecina 30 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised, Wheelchair users
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Pisa 50 km, Nearest railway: Saline di Volterra 4 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

Luxuries DVD player
General Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Fax machine, 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 suites and 2 Shower rooms
Furniture 2 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 12
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking, Wheelchair users
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. The two floors are linked by a spiral staircase, which may not suit all guests. There is access to both floors via external doors.

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 for private use.

Further details

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!

The Tuscany 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.


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.

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27 Jun 2014


"Amaizing palace and lovely, helpful people"

In June we spent a fantastic week with 3 kids in Tuscan Skies. The booking process was incredibly easy and the owner is very helpful. Jill, the local representative was a great help all the way through. The apartment is great, very tastefully decorated, clean, comfortable and really well equipped. It truly felt like home. The kids enjoyed the pool very much. We spent lovely mornings and evenings in the pretty garden and enjoyed the barbecue too. It is a tranquil place and the view around is amazing. We would definitely recommend it to families with children. Beata

Thanks for your kind comments, Beata. We are always delighted to hear that guests have enjoyed their stay. We promise you something special, and it is pleasing to us that 'Tuscan Skies' has been your base for a great vacation.

10 Oct 2013


"Excellent price for a 10 day rental!"

I was attracted to the property because of the location - near Volterra - and the excellent rates for the property. We also wanted to rent a property with a nice pool area and air conditioning so I wa… More

We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay so much. We particularly like the fact that you felt as if you were staying in someone's home. That is exactly how we want our guests to feel - even if we are not there to meet with them. Thank you for the comment about parasols; it is something we will look into. For next summer we will have screens on the bedroom windows, which will mean that you can leave windows open at night.

5 Aug 2013


"Most beautiful and wonderful vacation for my family"

Tuscan Skies was absolutely lovely. The owners are incredible and Jill the manager was so helpful. This holiday rental has everything to include NO INTERNET which was wonderful for the family. The teenagers actually played games, took a swim in the awesome pool and talked. Location was outstanding. Very close to beach and awesome historical sites. Amazing area. I would recommend this location and Tuscan Skies to anyone wanting to get away while enjoying a wonderful vacation. I would highly recommend Tuscan Skies. Incredible rental.

We are so pleased you enjoyed it so much. We tell people the area is wonderful, but they don't always believe our word! It's great to have your endorsement.

You will be pleased to know we will be making the property even more comfortable in the next couple of months.

2 Jul 2013


"A home away from home under the Tuscan Skies"

Myself and my extended family (7 adults, 3 children) spent a very plesant week in Tuscan Skies villa. From the moment of booking Chris was extremely helpful and this helpfulness continued in Italy with his Kiwi Representative Jill, who couldn't do enough to help.

The villa has everything you need for a self catering holiday, or if like us, you mainly ate out, is not too far from the villages of Volterra or Saline de Volterra for some lovely restaurants (just beware the windy roads and mad drivers!)

The bedrooms were all a good size, very comfortable, and the shutters meant you had a great nights sleep. The swimming pool was a much needed respite from the Tuscan sun.

Very relaxing trip, and beautiful villas, will definitely recommend.

3 Jun 2013


"Home Away From Home..."

We (a party of 7 adults) stayed at Tuscan Skies for 5 nights in May 2013 and enjoyed our stay there tremendously. Booking the property via HolidayLettings with Chris and Christine was a breeze. Our qu… More

Thanks, Hannisze. We are delighted that you enjoyed yourselves so much. As you say, there are so many places to visit in the area.

In a way, we are pleased you did not spend much time in the apartment: it is a sign of how much you were enjoying yourselves! Thanks, though, for the positive comments about the property. You obviously travel all over the world, so you know what you are talking about!
Jill is very hepful, isn't she?
We look forward to welcoming you back to visit some of the places you missed on this trip.

9 Jan 2013



Siamo stati molto bene, stanze comode, due cucine a piani diversi, tre bagni. Essendo in otto avevo immaginato ci sarebbero stati alcuni problemi logistici, ma al contrario, tutto è stato perfetto! N… More

Siamo contentissimi che avete divertittici bene. Bisogna di tornare quando il tempo fa caldo!

10 Sep 2012


"We were looking forward to this trip for so long and we couldn[--]t have been more pleased"

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) exceeded all… 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 right property is vital to the perfect vacation, so if it's even better than described when you get there, so much the better! Here's to your next visit.

7 Sep 2012


"Tuscan skies,Hidden gem in Tuscany"

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


"How to chill in the heat"

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.

27 Jun 2012



A Perfect place to chill out and yet has easy accessibility to all the major destinations such as Florence , Siena and Pisa. If you do stay use the train to Florence as its much more relaxing. The tow… More

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