Tuscany, Pisa, Volterra
|Garden: 6500 SQM
|Floor Area: 410 SQM
Within 1 hour of an airport: Yes
Close to amenities
Beautifully restored, stone-built five bedroom house located in a quiet setting, set within a plot of 6,500 sqm (1.5 acres) and with stunning far reaching countryside views, located just 3 km from the Etruscan city of Volterra.
This spacious Tuscan farmhouse (340 sqm) has been completely renovated retaining the original features and it comes with a detached guest house. On the ground floor is a large entrance into the double living room with fireplace, bright and airy country style kitchen with French windows onto the garden, another room with window used as pantry as well as a laundry room, bathroom with shower and one bedroom. On the first floor there are four bedrooms, three with walk-in closet and one with ensuite bathroom and mezzanine, a further bathroom with bath and shower. The dependance, or guest unit (69 sqm) has not been totally completed and it comprises a living room and kitchen upstairs and a bedroom with bathroom downstairs.
The original Tuscan features include the old terracotta floors, wooden beamed ceilings, gorgeous barrel vaults, internal arches, and beautiful marble and alabaster features. All the systems are working with pellet boiler heating, telephone, satellite dish to be connected, wifi internet, as well as two wells for the garden irrigation. The garden is complete with external lighting, olive trees and a large pergola for al fresco dining, equipped with pizza oven and barbecue.
Volterra is particularly renowned for its peculiar urban layout that reminds us of its Etruscan origins: people can still visit part of the majestic protective walls built during the 5th to 4th centuries BC - including the well-preserved Porta dell'Arco and Porta Diana, two gates for entering the city - as well as the Acropolis that houses several buildings and the foundations of two ancient temples. There are many Roman remains to visit as well, like the Roman Theatre, dating back to the end of the first century AC, built in a natural amphitheatre. Stroll down the historical centre, step back in time and enjoy the timeless atmosphere that surrounds the town: taste the local produce and visit the handicraft workshops, where you'll find beautiful hand-crafted objects made from the natural alabaster, which is special to the area.
Volterra was once known as Velathri, the Etruscan name of the town, was one of the twelve main towns that belonged to the Etruscan confederation; at the end of the 4th century BC, the 7,300m long fortified walls were built up to protect not only the urban centre, but also the surrounding fountains, arable fields and the pastures from any foreign invasions. After the Frankish and Lombard dominions, Volterra passed under Roman control and changed its name into Volaterrae (where the modern name comes from); later, it fell under Florentine supremacy until the town passed under the Grand Duchy of Tuscany before finally becoming part of the Kingdom of Italy in 1860.The town's narrow medieval streets and its central piazza will make you fall in love. You'll appreciate the beauty of the 13th century Palazzo dei Priori which sits tall over the piazza, as well as the Palazzo Pretorio across the square. The August 'Volterra AD 1398' festival, held on the middle weekends in August, is a highlight. During these weekends, Volterra is as it was in the late 14th century, recreated with shows, events, markets, workshops, music and juggling.
The town is located in the Valdera region of Central Tuscany between Pisa and Florence where this colourful landscape of rolling hills dotted with medieval villages, castles and lanes flanked with tall dark green cypress trees, epitomises the Tuscan landscape. Meandering through the countryside of Valdera you feel the vestiges of the mysterious Etruscan civilization. In Lajatico the famous tenor, Andrea Boccelli, has created the 'Teatro di Silenzio' where natural landscape creates a breathtaking setting for an open air music and opera festival attracting top musicians from all over the world for special performances. Casciana Terme has thermal waters and spa facilities and is a pretty town with piazzas and cafès serving the local wine. The città d’arte (cities of art) nearby include San Gimignano, Palaia and Florence all of which offer wonderful history, art and architecture.
Distances: Volterra centre 3 km, Lajatico 20 km, San Gimignano 30 km, Casciana Terme 30 km, Pontedera (trains, supermarkets) 40 km, Cecina (beaches) 40 km, Siena 60 km, Pisa (airport) 70 km, Florence 80 km.