Blessed with beauty, wine and an unparalleled artistic legacy, this area of Tuscany that covers partially the province of Florence, the entire one of Siena and some of the county of Arezzo, is an area that lives largely up to its fame and deserves it: its fabled rolling landscape has long been considered the embodiment of rural chic, a favourite of foodies and wine lovers, while its cities harbour a significant slice of the world’s Renaissance art.
Blessed with beauty, wine and an unparalleled artistic legacy, it is famous for its hills outlined by endless rows of cypress trees, majestic castles, thermal spa towns, tiny medieval villages surrounded by olive groves: this is an idyllic valley with gorgeous emerald green and a medieval past originating from the Via Francigena, a pilgrimage road that connected Rome to northern Italy and beyond.
Wine and cheese productions are premium, as this is the cradle of the famed Brunello di Montalcino wine, the Chianti, the Super Tuscans and home to pecorino Toscana cheese of Pienza. Near San Quirico lies the Bagno Vignoni hot springs, a medieval spa centre renowned for its ‘piazza d’acqua’ (literally ‘water square’), which is almost too beautiful to be true.
Home to Vasari, the great artist who designed Uffizi the way they still are today and the setting for much of Roberto Benigni’s Oscar-winning film ‘La vita è bella’ (Life Is Beautiful), Arezzo and its valley are definitely one of the best three locations to visit in Tuscany. All the major attractions Tuscany is iconic and famous for are located in this area.
The property is located in the surroundings of Perugia and twenty minutes from Foligno. The Cathedral of Foligno houses Saint Feliciano’s remains. It was constructed in the 12th century and it has become an interesting pastiche of styles from the Roman-Gothic to the Renaissance. One can see some outstanding historic costumes belonging to those performing at the Giostra della Quintana every year.
The Giostra della Quintana is a lively festival which has recreated medieval jousting tournaments for over 6 centuries. It is held in June and September.
The whole medieval ambiance is revived: historic costumes are worn by the competitors representing the ten neighbourhoods and typical medieval dishes are served. Spello, again near and close to Assisi, where Saint Francis Church with its spectacular convent is located, is considered one of the treasures of Umbria, rich in history, monuments and works of art such as those by Pinturicchio. Montefalco, near Foligno, is called the “balcony” of Umbria (a scenic overlook), because of its sights.
Hidden away in Perugia’s area, close to Foligno mediaeval old town, this entire hamlet offers five exquisite bedrooms. Featuring a fairytale atmosphere, this historic castle surrounded by the lush Umbrian hills in central Italy, is an architectural treasure dating from the 1300’s, transformed into a one of the most unique and unforgettable historic residences in Umbria.
Equipped with a fitted kitchen and dining spaces – the living room has a seating capacity for 10 people and the table in the dining room comfortably seats up to 12 guests – the whole estate affords both privacy and independence.
Begin your day on the terrace with the sweeping view over the surrounding hills and inner courtyard, while savouring the generous breakfast featuring fresh pastries and dishes make each morning by our chef. The courtyard is yours to rule: relax on the sundeck, take a dip in the pool, let loose on the loungers set under the warm Umbrian sun.
Unwind under the furnished gazebo with a good book, or with a group of friends for a chat and a cocktail. Everything is tastefully decorated, with handmade, brand new furniture, and modern comforts such as wireless internet and air-conditioning.
Local activities include hiking and cycling – the local concierge can help guests hire bicycles or a even a boat for a tour in Lake Trasimeno. This property in the countryside yet walking distant to a village and restaurant, featuring 500 square meters of living space and great exteriors, the exterior area is scented like flowers blossoming in spring and the entire experience it is quintessentially Italian.
The proximity to a number of small villages and towns with restaurants, bread shops, organic markets, artisans shops, hidden little churches and monuments, not to mention proximity to Assisi, Foligno, Perugia and Spoleto are all part of one unforgettable experience.
Alfresco Dining (eating outside)
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The property features:
• Swimming pool
• Air conditioning in all bedrooms
• The estate is 15 minutes on foot from walk from a very good restaurant and center of small village and 20 from Foligno
• The property offers 500 Sq. Mt. of living space, 350 Sq. Mt. of terrace and a garden measuring 1000 Sq. Mt.
• 10 is the maximum number of guests this property can accommodate
• Underfloor heating
• Independent AC system in bedrooms
• There’s a computer available and wifi connectivity is available throughout the castle
• Flat screen TV
• DVD player
• Professional kitchen
• 5 Double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms each with pay per view and international channels, high tech mattresses, a luxurious line of bath products, and Wi-Fi
• Swimming pool (4,5 by 8,5 meters and 1,30 meters deep) and luxury pool furniture
Travel Designer, Allure of Tuscany.
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