Villanovia is a conservative restoration example of a historic Tuscan farmhouse: it is preserved rustic and original but modernly equipped. Its distinctive special character provides a cozy and warm atmosphere. The house provides 700sm of internal living accommodation and 37 acres of private land.
Uniquely located on a hilltop inside the natural park of Berignone, overlooking the Cecina valley, the cities of Volterra and Pomarance, the Metallic Hills and Larderello, with the visible geothermal vapors.
It is off the beaten tracks and worth the unpaved-road drive to the first village of Mazzolla!
Staying in our property will offer you a 360° view over unspoiled Tuscany, its history and hills. And you and your family will enjoy the atmosphere!
The house sleeps from a minimum of 12 up to 24 (+ 2/3 baby cots) in comfortable rooms or cosy apartments equipped with a private kitchen corner.
The 16th century groundfloor entrance (all in stone and arches) is the most ancient part of the house, which now houses the large party room with fireplace, the fully equipped master kitchen and two apartments with independent entrance from the garden.
There are also two sofa areas with satellite TV and indoor stairs to the upper floor where six accommodations are located, as well as a terrace overlooking Volterra.
Perfectly located for total relax vacation, at the same time offers short rides to the cities of Volterra (9Km), Pisa, Siena (about 60Km each), San Gimignano and Florence, as well as the Etruscan Coast beaches (45Km). A large kitchen and an impressive 170sm stone-walls living room with original brick arches complete the property.
Panoramic swimming pool is 5x12, fenced for children' safety. Free Wi-Fi is available.
HISTORY AND LOCATION
Villanovia is in Tuscany in the centre of the triangle made by Pisa, Siena and Florence. It is perfectly located for exploring the real Tuscany. Villanovia is 9 km from the historic town of Volterra. Volterra is a real, all year round, working town with restaurants, cafes, supermarkets and all modern facilities.
Villanovia overlooks a hilltop outside the village of Mazzolla and uniquely positioned inside a Natural Park, one of the protected areas of Tuscany, called Berignone-Tatti . Mazzolla was originally an Etruscan settlement, called Mazzum, the first historical document that attests the existence of Mazzolla dates from the year 1000 when the Bishop of Volterra was received there.
The natural reserve of Berignone is a completely untouched and unspoilt resort populated by a large variety of wild animals, some peculiar birds and night-birds as well as a dense and typical mediterranean forest. There are numerous horse-riding, trekking and biking paths inside the park as well as cultural routs to the ancient middle-age ruines of the Bishops' Castle, the Castle of Luppiano and the fortresses of Rocca Sillana. There are a few rivers that cross the natural park, all affluents of the main Cecina river that forms a large valley and dies into the see in the nearby Etruscan Coast. One of the few remaining untouristic spots of Tuscany. Not to be missed.
Volterra is a town of great architectural interest located 1770 feet above the sea level, between the rivers Era and Cecina in Tuscany, Italy. The main features are two fine castles and numerous Etruscan remains.
The area is easily accessible from Pisa by car with a journey time of just one hour. Both Florence and Pisa International Airports are served by daily flights from the UK (London, Leeds, Bournemouth, Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, East Midlands), Ireland, France, Spain, Germany, Scandinavia and Russia.
horse-riding, trekking and biking paths inside the natural park
Interesting unknown places to discover:
24 Km away you can reach the Metallic Hills and the village of Larderello. It is located in the center of the "Valley of the devil", so called because of its landscape characterized by geysers with features columns of white vapor (already known at the time of Dante Alighieri and his inspiring landscapes of his travel through "Hell ").
|Size||Sleeps up to 18, 8 bedrooms|
|Rooms||8 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms of which 8 en suites and 1 toilet only|
|Check in time:||16:00|
|Check out time:||10:00|
|Nearest beach||Marina di Cecina 45 km|
|Nearest Amenities||9 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa 80 km, Nearest railway: Pontedera (or Cecina 45 Km) 60 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (6), Sofa Beds (8), Single Beds (4), Cots available (3), Dining seats for 22, Lounge seats for 25|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
Villanovia is the ideal place to explore the surrounding area: walking along trails and streams inhabited by deer, wild boars, porcupines or foxes; cool off in the clear waters of the Boulder of the Maidens; simply enjoy the Mediterranean flora and its strong scents.
Take ancient routes and run into the ruins of Torraccia (Castle of the Bishops of the tenth century.), or reach, in a short ride, the cities of Volterra, Siena, Pisa, San Gimignano. And again, dive into the waters of the sea along the nearby Etruscan Coast.
Taste the flavors and local wines in a charming atmosphere of other times.
From our property you can reach Volterra in about 20 minutes by car (8 km).
The town is very well preserved, a real village, and has monuments, museums and interesting buildings from the art-historical point of view: from the Etruscans to the Romans to the Middle Ages. In addition to the historic beauty, Volterra is famous for its alabaster: white and luxurious materials used in the creation of elegant furnishings and objects for the home.
A recent claim to fame for Volterra is because the writer Stephenie Meyer has decided to set the book New Moon, Twilight followed precisely in this Tuscan town, creating a source of attraction for all the fans of the vampire saga, which in the footsteps of Edward and Bella are to seek the origins of the Volturi. In the city - at the tourist office-in Piazza dei Priori, organize thematic routes in the city.
Sightseeing in Volterra
The cliffs: incredible natural phenomenon.
The Etruscan necropolis
there is a ticket for the three main museums: the Art Museum, the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art and the Etruscan Museum Guarnacci.
The cathedral and the baptistery
The Roman Theatre
The Gateway Arch is present in all the history books
Building dating Screws
The Etruscan Acropolis
The Palazzo dei Priori
The Museum of Torture
To visit more cities of art in Tuscany, you will be spoiled for choice, our property is located in the center of a joint historical-artistic of the most important in Tuscany
San Gimignano (23 km)
Florence (60 km)
Pisa (60 km)
Siena (60 km)
San Gimignano, Certaldo, Monteriggioni along a stretch of the Via Francigena connecting France to Rome, in medieval pilgrimage route to the holy places of St. Peter and Paul
The See of the Etruscan Coast
The Etruscan Coast is not far away, with half an hour to reach Cecina, the marina closest to Volterra and its territory. To the north of Cecina, the old Vada, the port of the Etruscan Volterra, notorious today for the settlement of industrial Rosignano Solvay with its industrial depots created the White Beaches, nevertheless a scene of photo shoots and famous DJ Sets.
To the south, the main area of the coastline includes, besides the beautiful pine forests along the coast of Cecina and Donoratico, the wonderful naturalistic oasis of Bolgheri, the woody hills of Bibbona and Monte Calvi, where the Mediterranean vegetation interspersed with chestnut trees. And further south, the Rimigliano Park of St. Vincenzo.
The medieval villages of Castagneto, Suvereto and Campiglia Marittima, that still keep important traces of walls and fortified buildings. In the area of ??Monte Calvi took place, since Etruscan times - as evidenced by the remains of furnaces - an important mining and processing of minerals.
In the northern part of Piombino, you can visit the beautiful Gulf of Baratti and the necropolis of Populonia, the ancient Populonia, the only Etruscan town grown as a basis for maritime trade and processing of metals extracted in the Isle of Elba.
In the Cecina Valley, the territory dominated by the ancient Etruscan town of Volterra, is the Natural Reserve of Berignone, a forest which covers about 2166 hectares, with its unspoiled nature, wildlife and unique scenery.
To the north of the reserve is contiguous with the stain of Tatti, the best known "wood of oak Tatti", and forms with it a single forest complex, one of the most valuable vegetation of the territory of Volterra.
The forests are the dominant element of Berignone with forests of tall trees of oak that span until near the river Cecina, with the Sellate and Fosci streams that characterize the landscape of the valley, rich in important natural and historical heritage.
The traces of man
Up to half of the '800 these forests were intensively used to provide firewood for the boilers of Saline di Volterra; many areas of the former charcoal scattered in the reserve are to witness this past activity.
But the most important evidence of ancient human presence is definitely formed from the remains of the "Torraccia", the castle of the Bishops of Berignone, one of the most interesting and fascinating medieval settlements in the territory of Volterra, whose mass is placed to dominate the valley of the Sellate river and the impressive gorges of the Rio Botro.
In the Castle, for a long time owned by the Bishop of Volterra, justice was administered and it minted its own money. Destroyed and rebuilt several times, had the quarter-deck, seat of the bishop's residence, his most important nucleus and inside the double city walls of protection, there were also a church dedicated to St. Michael, and a hospital, possibly dedicated to St. Antony and known as the "hospital of the poor." The ruins today are an attractive destination for a walk in nature.
Visiting the reserve is immediately evident the presence of many birds of prey, who go there to eat near the fields and rivers, snakes and among mammals, the wolf. It 's easy to see mouflons, wild boars and deers, which, with their abundance, are an important food source for the wolf.
The nature and intensity of its long history make Berignone a unique natural oasis, untouched and now largely undisturbed by human presence.
Within this territory is Villanovia.