Podere la Fonte is situated in a most spectacular position just below the ancient castellated village of Radicondoli. It has magnificent uninterrupted views over the Cecina valley and the surrounding hills.At night you can see the lights of Volterra.This accommodation is very comfortable and well equipped.There are several tables and chairs outside where one can enjoy a meal and glass of wine watching the stunning view until darkness falls then watching the fireflies float around as you appreciate the calm serenity of life outside the rat race.Although the is very peaceful, one never feels completely cut off either.
Radicondoli is a small, picturesque town which also has everything needed to be a holiday base, in easy walking distance of the accommodation. There are three excellent restaurants, a small supermarket and other shops.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 en suite and 1 shower room, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Check in time:||16:00|
|Check out time:||11:00|
|Nearest beach||Follonica / Punta Ala 60 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa or or Florence 85 km, Nearest railway: Poggibonsi 35 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (3), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details outdoors|
Podere la Fonte is situated in a most spectacular position just below the ancient castellated village of Radicondoli. It has magnificent uninterrupted views over the Cecina valley and the surrounding hills.At night you can see the lights of Volterra, San Gimignano, Colle Val d'Elsa and many other villages nestling in the hills all around you. Florence is one hour away and Siena, Volterra and San Gimignano just forty minutes by road. Lovely local walks and natural pools in the nearby river Cecina. There are swimming pools within easy reach and in an hour you can drive to and enjoy sandy beaches just like the ancient Etruscan people did.Your hosts Emanuela and Marco look forward to welcoming you . They will also give you every assistance to help you discover and understand the opportunities offered by the surrounding countryside and tourist attractions.
Notes on pricesNo additional cost is added for central heating in the winter months (for the italian law15 October /15 April), this is reflected in the pricing structure above which applies all year round.Podere La Fonte is a working farm as well as tourist residence (“Podere” is Italian for farm). The main products are olives and grapes which are grown organically and made into wine and olive oil on the farm. The wine and oil may be purchased from the farm shop and is both delicious and good value. Emmanuela also creates herbal tea infusions and a number of jams from the fruit trees on the farm.Radicondoli is a small, picturesque town which also has everything needed to be a holiday base, in easy walking distance of the accommodation. There are three excellent restaurants, a small supermarket and other shops.Podere La Fonte, a self-sustaining farm where Emanuela and Marco seamlessly toil with love and passion in support of their Tuscan lifestyle. They grow many, many different things on their farm and the amount of work they do cannot be underestimated. We are welcomed into their kitchen to learn the art of making pici (fat Tuscan spaghetti), eggplant parmigiana (sans breadcrumbs), torta di Pasqua (a traditional ricotta and Swiss chard tart or quiche, usually made at Easter, and cantucci, a traditional almond biscotti. In addition to cooking in the kitchen, the fire and hearth in the dining room are also used to cook. We drink white and red wines from Marco's vineyards. Emanuela picks fresh persimmons from the tree outside for us to try. We have Vin Santo with our cantucci. This is the last cooking class that Emanuela and Marco will teach for the season as olive picking time is nearing, and they must place all their energy into the olive harvest. They grow many, many different things on their farm and the amount of work they do cannot be underestimated. Yet, they are salt of the earth people and love what they do.
The council of Radicondoli rises on the metalliferous hills that overshadow the Val di Cecina
The territory of Radicondoli is divided into numerous villages and its economy is based on the hot springs and a large number of agritourisms. In this council you can admire the Elci castle, the convent of St. Francis and the parish of St. Simon. The castle of Radicondoli, along with that of Belforte, has been here since the beginning of the 13th century but its parish seems to date back to the 10th century, so it is very probable that an inhabited settlement around today's capital town may have been established even before the year 1000AD. There was human presence here even in the Etruscan-Roman times, but the subsequent medieval installation completely deleted it.
We can only hypothesise that, being annexed to Volterra during the Roman era, the territory of Radicondoli was first at the centre of Scipione's politics, who used that area as a Naval reference point, and then involved in the struggles between the Romans and Etruscan aristocracy from the 1st century BC.The community of Radicondoli seems to have been one of the first to give itself a real autonomous, civic organisation, through which it stipulated pacts and conventions with Siena and the Aldobrandeschi counts. It was these who, in 1216, incorporated it as a fief into their properties. Five years later the castles of Radicondoli and Belforte were offered as a guarantee to Siena, as a mortgage on the pact of loyalty that the counts had sworn to the city.
Far from having reached an agreement in this way, the council and the feudatories disputed the territory that was occupied by the Siennese in 1230 and then taken back by the Aldobrandeschi seven years later, renewing the oath of loyalty that had previously been broken. In the second half of the XIII century the Siennese mortgage on the two castles was eliminated. For a brief time, between 1260 and 1269 they were occupied by the Guelphs who forced Siena to buy them back. Subsequently, with the Aldobrandeschi ramifications, the two fortresses finished at the centre of a conflict for possession between the two new families. In 1541 the council became part of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany under Cosimo I de' Medici.
(Fonte: Province of Siena)
In 1996, the Provincial Administration of Siena established 11 Nature Reserves covering about 8 thousand hectares of
territory with a high environmental, naturalistic, historical, and cultural value, whose different protected environments house rare animal and vegetal species of great scientific and conservation interest.
The 11 Nature Reserves form a System of Protected Areas whose aim is to ensure and promote, in a coordinated manner, the conservation and enhancement of the environment, the landscape, the historical-cultural and naturalistic heritage.
Besides excursions to: Siena and its Palio , San Gimignano, Monteriggioni , Volterra , San Galgano Abbey( in the Abbey You can see a real sword deeply planted in a rock) to the beaches of the Maremma Toscana, You can also enjoy Hot Air Balloon Flights, or a riding tour to the San Galgano Abbey.
If You do like a more natural environment You can visit The Cornate and Fosini natural Reserve, where beside of the wonderful trekking paths You can find the Fosini Castle build in the 12th century. The reserve is providing breeding ground for the very rare peregrine and Ianner falcons.
You also can visit The Forest rangers who breed the Monterufoli pony and have the rest home for horses that have ridden the Siena Palio.
Local producers offer visit and tasting of their products as: Wine,oil,cheese and salami(cinta senese which is the typical famous pig of the area).
Cornate e Fosini Nature Reserve
The Reserve is situated in the west of the town of Chiusdino, in the eastern part of Colline Metallifere, and includes the calcareous relief of Cornate, one of the few mountain areas of southern Tuscany. Nearby there are the springs of the river Cecina.