Italian Villas

After watching movies like Under the Tuscan Sun and Eat, Love Pray,  I’ve always wanted to go to Italy and spend a couple of weeks in a villa in the countryside just focusing on myself.  Maybe write that book I always wanted to write or paint, learn to speak Italian, read a novel, take a cooking class, or do nothing at all.  With the hustle and bustle of our lives with all its stresses, obligations and commitments we have, it’s easy to lose ourselves and who we are.  Sometimes we need to take some times and get to know ourselves again.  And what better way to do than hanging out in the Italian countryside.  So in honor of some of my favorite movies, here are some perfect villas for your get away.

They also make a great romantic getaway, just in case you have a different get away in mind.
Alchimsta Bis

Sleeps 6   3 bedrooms / 2 baths
This stone cottage with private pool and garden is located in the hilltop village of Monterchi, which is known for La Madonna del Parto, a painting by Piero della Francesca.

This unique property combines the luxury of a
villa with private garden and pool with the charm and convenience of being in a small village with shops and restaurants nearby. In the village there is a bank, post office, grocery store, and several restaurants. Famous Tuscan and Umbria cities such as Arezzo, Firenze, Siena, Assisi, and Perugia are easily reachable from this location.  Alchista B can be rented alone or with Villa Alchimista.

Diana B

Sleeps 2-4  1 bedroom / 1 bathroom

The Chianti Hills are known around the world for delicious red wine, rolling hills, and medieval villages. These beautifully restored stone farmhouses are located in the Chianti Classico area of Tuscany.

The famous Abbey of Badia a Coltibuono in Chianti is about 2 kilometers from this tranquil location. The Medieval towns of Gaiole and Radda are nearby as well (3 km and 7 km respectively). Diana A is a large farmhouse that sleeps 10/12. Diana B, an independent stone farmhouse that sleeps 2/4, is located nearby on the same Tuscan estate.

The farmhouses enjoy views of the surrounding countryside of vineyards and olive groves and share a large pool. Renting both together is an ideal location for a larger group. The entire property sleeps 12/16.

Isola Rossa

Situated on the unpopulated western coast of the Monte Argentario peninsula, this lovely stone farmhouse offers absolute tranquillity within a glorious setting. Rescued from ruin by a well-known Italian architect, it stands now as a simple but charming summer retreat, artistically decorated in a fresh, uncluttered style.

The restoration work provided the house with a good kitchen and three ensuite bathrooms, and reserved the entire top floor for an airy, loft-type master bedroom.

A path leads through the olive, orange and lemon trees that surround the house to a secluded pebble beach. Private pool with views over the sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean before you, this is a perfect gem for a get-away-from-it-all holiday.

Casa Castagno 

Michelangelo Buonarroti, the Renaissance painter and sculptor, was born at Caprese, an ancient cliff-top village in the beautiful hilly area between Arezzo and the Casentino Forest Reserve.

Casa Castagno, ‘Chestnut House’, is a delightful stone cottage nestled into a forested hillside near the village, the perfect retreat for a couple keen on walking and touring the area’s magnificent abbeys and lovely old villages.

The cottage has just been fully restored and equipped with new kitchen appliances and a modern bathroom, although its interior stone walls, high beamed ceilings and original terracotta floors were all preserved.

A private swimming pool, positioned for the best views, offers a relaxing alternative to sightseeing.

La Casella

 La Casella is 2 km south of Cetona, ideally located in south-east corner of Tuscany for touring central Italy. From here you can easily reach most of Tuscany and Umbria on day-trips. The A1 Autostrada is about 15 minute drive away, and in about 20 minutes in Chiusi is a main-line train station.

This is a scenic region with famous vineyards, historic hill-towns and large farming valleys with panoramic views. Here is the classic Tuscany of cypress lined roads and olive groves.

At La Casella you can enjoy outside dining al fresco and views over the countryside from two covered terraces, and from the chaise lounges on the sunny brick-paved pool side.

Dinners can also be cooked outdoors on the brick barbeque. From the garden you can pick sage, rosemary and thyme for your favorite recipes.

Nearby Tuscan towns include Montepulciano to the north, about 1 hour or less are Siena, Arezzo and Cortona. Florence you can reach in about 1.5 hours. On the Umbrian side are Perugia, Assisi, and Orvieto.

Villino La Vigna

Comfortably sleeping two people, with additional facilities for an extra two, this pretty country house with pool nestles in a privileged elevated position on a hillside facing out towards the sea.

Located nearby is the picturesque medieval village of Castelnuovo Magra, just on the border between Liguria and Tuscany.

This venue forms an ideal base for exploring the Cinque Terre fishing villages and nature reserve, as well as for accessing the local beaches.

High above the charming, picturesque little town of Greve in Chianti, a castle offers refuge in the form of holiday properties. Ruota is a charming, original holiday property with admirable views.
In the valley below, Greve in Chianti has a medieval square, weekly market and good shops selling a variety of Tuscan specialties. It is just 1 km away by foot (or for the intrepid driver on a very rough track!) or 11km by road.
The property retains its sense of privacy by means of a long unasphalted track. Siena, Florence and Arezzo are within reach for day trips.

All on first floor: Living/dining room/corner kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

CH inc. Ceiling fans in bedrooms. Cot on request. Satellite TV. W/machine in shared laundry. Terrace. BBQ. Shared swimming pool (12 x 5m, depth 1.4m) available Apr-Oct.

Distance to Panzano 6km

Distance to Greve 50m

Nearest facilities 50m

Please Note: There is a 150 Euro security deposit poa.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pool is shared and measures 12 x 5m; 1.4m deep. Pool is open from the end of March to the end of October. The housekeeper lives on site, there is a taxi service to town, cooking classes & wine tasting in nearby farms, tickets to museums in Florence on sale at reception as well as other tours in the area.

(Private cars & private drive or bus tours) This property is reached by 1.5km of unpaved road.