An idyllic retreat set in a peaceful, unspoiled corner of Tuscany. This charming farmhouse sits on an oil and wine producing estate - The world famous spa town of San Casciano di Bagni is only 12 Km away. The nearest small village of Piazze (grocery shop) is ideally situated at only 4 Km. We can arrange an excellent local cook service at your villa as well as a Tuscan cookery afternoon. Stylish interiors with beamed ceilings & cotto floors, air-conditioned bedrooms, wi-fi, mosquito nets at windows. Welcome basket, pool towels & 2 x weekly maid service included in rental. Ping-pong table for guests use. BBQ & covered outdoor dining area perfect for dining 'al fresco'. Vespa & bike rentals, wine-tasting and guided tours can be arranged by your English speaking host Olivia. An unforgettable Tuscan experience....
The vast country estate comprises 4 villas which are fully independent and completely private. Each property is securely nestled into a panoramic backdrop of peace and serenity. The perfume of lavender, rosemary and sage fill the air and the miles upon miles of softly rolling hills dotted with olive groves and vineyards is a sight to calm the senses.
Villa Fighine is composed of a main house with 4 air - conditioned bedrooms and a pretty dependance with a further 2 air conditioned bedrooms. (These cannot be rented separately only together so the pool is private
Main House: 300sqm
Ground floor: large living room with fireplace (satellite TV), large kitchen (oven, freezer, dishwasher, toaster, american coffee maker) with fireplace as well as dining area and direct access to an outdoor terrace furnished with table and chairs, bathroom with shower, laundry room with washing machine.
First floor: lounge with fireplace (not available for use), double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower, double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bathtub, double bedroom, bedroom with french-bed, bathroom with shower.
Ground floor: kitchenette, double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower and direct access to the outside, large suite with double baldaquin bed, direct access to the outside and en-suite bathroom with shower. Beautiful panoramic views over the Castle of Fighine.
GARDENS & POOL
The large lawned area is surrounded by olive groves and mature trees which provide natural shade - perfect for children to play.
There is an outbuilding near the house houses a table tennis table
The private swimming pool is set in an elevated position, providing panoramic views over the valley.(10m x 4m with a depth of 1.2m to 1.4m) Swimming pool open mid May to mid October.
Pool house with shower and a small food preparation area with fridge ideal for preparing a summer BBQ and dining 'al fresco'
FINISHING TOUCHES AVAILABLE:
The following activities and services can be arranged during your stay.
Guided tours: vineyards, shopping, city guides, etc.
Creative workshops: painting, ceramics and photography.
Grocery shopping - delivered to villa upon arrival and payable locally to the owner.
Private home chef to prepare a Tuscan meals with fresh local ingredients
Private cooking lesson in the comfort of your villa with fresh local ingredients
Bike and Vespa rental - local hire rates apply.
Extra maid service, babysitter available
Breakfast & dinner service
USEFUL TO KNOW:
(One of the world's best spa resorts)10 km from the villa http://www.fonteverdespa.com/en/spa-tuscany/1-0.html
Complimentary welcome basket with local yogurts,cookies, fruit juices & jams to start you on your holiday
Maid service (included in the rental price) on Tuesdays and Thursday (4 hours each time). Extra maid service & Extra linen change available at extra cost if required
Pool towels included
All bedrooms have a lovely view & air-con with mosquito nets at windows
Ping pong table
Access to the villa is via an unpaved road of around 1.5km
Francesco and Olivia will respect your privacy but are on hand to help should you need anything during your stay.
They are able to organise day trips and to make your holiday at Villa Fighine unforgettable. Their thoughtful touches and local knowledge make this a home from home- fresh flowers and a welcome basket with local yogurt, juices, cookies, olive oil in your villa upon arrival.
The family continues to farm the land - harvesting grain, producing olive oil and raising the prized Chianina cows as their ancestors did before them - Please feel free to ask to try their home grown produce.
Olivia speaks fluent English and is a licensed tour guide. She has an initmate knowledge of the loacl area and can help you to enjoy the entire region at the fullest. No request is too big or small for her attention.
Alternate lazy days by the pool with days spent discovering the local area. The position of San Casciano dei Bagni offers the unique opportunity to discover 3 different regions of Italy with only a short drive: Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. Within the surroudning area you will find many medieval hamlets, national parks and monuments to the Romans and Etruscans that once ruled this land.
The Medieval village of San Casciano dei Bagni is only 12 Km from the villa and the main square has a magical view! The town is know for its healing spring waters which you can enjoy the benefits of at Fonteverde SPA, (One of the world's best spa resorts)10 km from the villa http://www.fonteverdespa.com/en/spa-tuscany/1-0.html
Here are some of Olivia's favourite places to visit from the property. She can arrange a tour for you which can be personalized : private vineyards tours and wine tastings, exclusive visits to private mansions, lunch in refined country restaurants away from the tourists and crowds.
(Distance, circa 20 km) Radicofani is an hilltop medieval hamlet built around the 12th century fortress. The history of Radicofani is linked to the personality of Ghino di Tacco, a Sienese aristocrat who became an outlaw and took shelter in the fortress of Radicofani, where he lived as “the gentleman thief”.
(distance 25 km) Back in the sixth century B.C. , under the rule of the Etruscan prince Porsenna it was one of the most powerful cities of central Italy and bitter enemy of Rome. The important past of this town is treasured in two archeological museums that also give access to the underground town: the fascinating ancient aqueduct dig by the Etruscans.
(50 km from the property) This antique town dominates the Valdichiana from its hilltop position. A rival of Chiusi in ancient times, today it boasts beautiful architectures and one of the most interesting archeological museums, the MAEC, Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca, that hosts also a section dedicated to the Futurist master Gino Severini, native of Cortona.
(35 km from the property). As many of the mentioned towns it has an Etruscan origin, but it is in the 12th century that Orvieto shapes as the town we see today and builds the architectures that make it incredibly unique. Among them stands out the Gothic Cathedral. Do not miss the visit at the Pozzo di San Patrizio (Saint Patrick’s well) characterized by an incredible double helicoidally staircase and the underground town. Details may be found at www.orvietounderground.it
CITTA’ DELLA PIEVE
(15 km from the property)– Antique town (it has Etruscan origins), today it offers to its visitor elegant palaces and incredible number of churches with bell towers. The Cathedral treasures paintings from Pietro Vannucci, the Reinassence painter known as “Il Perugino”, master of Raffaello, who was born in 1446 in Città della Pieve. This small town has an incredible cultural life and offers a wide variety of events throughout the whole year. Not far from the ancient walls of the towns is a private contemporary art collection, Il giardino dei Lauri, open to public upon appointment: www.ilgiardinodeilauri.it
It’s an ancient village that until few decades ago was almost abandoned and partly wrecked. An Italian entrepreneur, Brunello Cucinelli, has decided to bring it back to life, electing Solomeo as the headquarter of his company. Antique and contemporary cohabit in perfect harmony and this hamlet has become a great example of “enlightened company”, where employees work in a serene atmosphere in a men-sized ambience. In the hamlet there is also a Cucinelli boutique
(distance 40 km) Known as the pearl of the 16th century, is the home town of the poet Poliziano, intellectual at the court of Lorenzo de’ Medici, and the cradle of the Nobile wine. A walk through the streets and alleys of the historical center will be framed by important architectures from some of the greatest Italian architects such as Antonio da Sangallo il vecchio, Vignola, Baldassarre Peruzzi. Just outside the walls that surround the town, in a secluded position, is the great Renaissance temple of San Biagio.
(distance 50 km) Pienza is a small Renaissance town nestled among the hills of Valdorcia. In mid 15th century the Sienese Pope Pius II, from the aristocrat Piccolomini family, transformed the village of Corsignano in to the “ideal city of Pienza”. The Piccolomini palace and its ornamental garden, the austere stone Cathedral and the many palaces that crowns the main square and the picturesque alleys will make the tour of Pienza unforgettable. Do not miss the walk to the Romanesque parish church of Contignano.
MONTALCINO e S. ANTIMO
(60 km drive from the house along the Via Francigena and other panoramic roads). Montalcino is set on top of a hill that dominates the Val d’Orcia and offers fascinating views. A military stronghold of the Republic of Siena, today is widely known for its prestigious wine, the Brunello, obtained from Sangiovese grapes, here called brunello.
The abbey of Sant’Antimo is reached after a short drive along roads surrounded by vineyards. The legend tells it was founded by Charlemagne in 781. The abbey is a great example or Romanesque architecture and it is kept alive by a group of monks that six times a day celebrate Mess with Gregorian chant. For further information, visit the official Abbey web-site: www.antimo.it
SAN QUIRICO D’ORCIA
(45 km from the property, along the panoramic road – the ancient Via Francigena -that crosses the Val d’Orcia). A small medieval town that hides fascinating architectures. Amongst them are the Romanesque-Gothic collegiate church and the 17th century Chigi Palace, built by the architect Carlo Fontana. There is also an Italian garden, the Horti Leonini, where every summer are hosted exhibitions of contemporary artists.
(40 km from the property, close to San Quirico d’Orcia, along the same panoramic road). The life of this medieval hamlet happens around the main square that consists of a large travertine thermal pool, once used by the pilgrims that use to stop in Bagno Vignoni during their long journeys. Among the prestigious guests that in the centuries have visited Bagno Vignoni and benefit from the thermal waters are Santa Caterina da Siena and Lorenzo the Magnificent.
(distance 100 km) Less then two hours drive from the property is the Gothic jewel of Siena. Beyond the many historical palaces and ancient churches, Siena its known for the fascinating Campo square, where twice a year, on July 2nd and August 16th the most ancient horse race takes place: the Palio. On the highest area of the town is the majestic black and white Cathedral that houses the art work of some of the greatest Italian artists of all times such as Nicola Pisano, Michelangelo, Donatello, Gianlorenzo Bernini, just to mention the most famous.