Visitors to Tuscany come for many reasons. Many come in search of fine art and others to explore the extraordinary countryside. Gourmets and wine buffs descend on Tuscany to enjoy the simple but wonderful cuisine and wine. Walkers enjoy the mountain paths, cyclists the rolling hills, and summer vacationers the sea coast and islands. Students come to learn the beautiful Italian language and culture.
From the Etruscans to the Romans to the Renaissance, Tuscany is possibly the greatest repository of art in the world, from extraordinary paintings and sculptures to frescoes and architectural masterpieces. This captivating region is a hub of Italian life, boasting the finest dining, the finest wines and breathtakingly picturesque scenery.
Driving distance (maximum two hours) from all Tuscan art cities.
- Florence 90 km
- Pisa, Lucca and Viareggio 180 km
- San Gimignano 70 km
- Volterra 65 km
- Massa Marittima 40 km
- Montalcino 70 km
- Pienza and the Orcia Valley 80 km
- Arezzo and Assisi 110 km
Monticiano village, a classical medieval hamlet is only 5 minutes' walk away. It offers all necessary amenities such as
- A couple of affordable restaurants serving traditional earthy Tuscan cuisine
- Bar and pub
- A small wine bar
- Small supermarket
- Newsagent and tobacconist
- Post Office
- Banks with ATM's.
- medical services
San Galgano Abbey which became internationally known after Andreij Tarkovskij’s movie ‘Nostagia’ was shot here is only 7 Km away. In summertime, the Abbey hosts an international Opera Festival as well as an important classical music concert season.
Romanesque Montesiepi Chapel, next to the abbey, preserves Galgano’s ‘sword in the stone’, which is likely to be connected to King Arthur.Both the abbey and the chapel attract many tourists throughout the year.
The villa is located in Beautiful Siena home of the world-known Palio horse race, a competition among the 17 districts of Siena (Contrade) in the form of a carousel horse race of medieval origin.The Palio takes place twice a year: July 2nd there is the Palio di Provenzano (in honor of the Madonna di Provenzano) and August 16th the Palio of the Assumption (in honor Our Lady of the Assumption).
Sea lovers will find equipped and free beaches along the Maremma coast 60 km away. Castiglione della Pescaia is a well-known family sea resort while Uccellina Regional Park offers miles of free white, unspoiled sandy beaches. The sea is a daily outing, too.
- Tutorial workshops of one or more days with Diana Grandi, Fine Art photographer.
- Wine-tasting guided tours
- Spa treatments
- Local guided walks with enviromental guides
- Sailing outings.