Traditional Villa - Belvedere in Siena, Tuscany with Stunning Views
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Pets allowed:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
This beautifully renovated rustic villa is only 10 minutes’ drive from the heart of Siena. Built in the 1500’s, Belvedere (beautiful view) is situated on a remote hilltop with breathtaking views of the Tuscan countryside with vineyards and olive trees in the immediate vicinity. It’s near enough for ready access to Siena yet remote enough for your private piece of Tuscan tranquility.
Siena is one of the most beautiful and best preserved medieval cities in Europe with an absolutely stunning cathedral Il Duomo. The hospital of Santa Maria della Scala is said to be the oldest hospital in the world. The Piazza del Campo is a beautiful sight any day of the year but transforms to its medieval state for the famous Palio di Siena every 2nd of July & 16th August. Each contrada or section of the city battles it out for the famous bareback horserace around city centre.
Belvedere is also a fantastic location to base yourself for day trips to Florence and many other towns dotted around Tuscany such as San Gimignano, Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano. A trip to the abbey Monte Oliveto Maggiore for evening vespers followed by dinner in the quaint walled village of Buonconvento is highly recommended. Further afield are classic medieval towns such as Cortona, Perugia and Assisi and to the west, the Isle of Elba is a day or overnight trip.
Alternatively you can escape for days on end with only a few minutes’ drive or a 15 minute walk to the local shops for a coffee, an ATM or to top up the essentials – some local bread & milk, a bottle of Chianti, some fresh pasta or an array of regional cheeses. There are plenty of supermarkets only a short drive away if you are really stocking up or if you don’t feel like cooking there are many options for dining in the surrounding Colonna San Marco, San Rocco, Costalpino or in Downtown Siena.
Closer to home, points of interest are Certano (the estate villa), where you can pick up a bottle of Chianti produced in the surrounding vineyard and the monastry – Eremo di Lecceto where you can attend evening vespers.
Traditional Tuscan architecture, characterized by terracotta floors & exposed wooden beams is common throughout, including the three spacious bedrooms, each with their own bathroom. A dining table that seats 12 will be the centre of some great feasts and memories or you can choose to eat around the more cosy kitchen table. The kitchen is fully equipped with pots and pans, glassware & ceramics, enabling you to cook up your own meals if you so desire.
Come and enjoy the 'Dolce far niente' - the sweetness of doing nothing by grabbing a book, cooking up a meal & playing some cards. Alternatively use this as a base for countless day trips to explore Tuscany & beyond.
- 130 m²
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Smoking Allowed:
- Children Welcome
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Events Allowed
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8
- Bedroom 2
- 1 king
- Bedroom 3
- 2 twin/ single
- Bedroom 1
- 3.0 Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1
- bidet, toilet, shower
- Bathroom 2
- toilet, shower, bidet
- Bathroom 3
- bidet, toilet, shower
- All bathrooms are complete with shower, basin & toilets.
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Coffee Maker
Living Room seats 5:
The living room is set at the center of the house. Feture a traditional fireplace, a large table that can seat up to 12 people and a sofa. Everything is decorated with traditional Tuscan furniture....morecollapse
- Washing Machine:
- Linens Provided:
- Towels Provided:
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Covered Parking:
- Outdoor woodfire Pizza Oven fully functional.
- CD Player
Deck / Patio:
Our deck is overlooking the beautiful Tuscan countryside. It is sitting direclty over the olive field and the vineyeard. You can use this space for some 'al fresco dining' or to watch shooting stars....morecollapse
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Eco Tourism
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Scenic Drives
- Horseback Riding
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Botanical Garden
- Winery Tours
- Equestrian Events
ReviewsWrite a review
On Siena's Doorstep - A Beautifully Renovated Tuscan Rural Retreat
On Siena's Doorstep - A Beautifully Renovated Tuscan Rural Retreat
We stayed at Belvedere for 10 days in late Spring/early Autumn 2012. It was a wonderful experience particularly being so close to Siena and yet isolated from the daily hustle and bustle. The location of Belvedere in a classic Tuscan rural setting with glorious views over the surrounding countryside, vineyards & olive groves was superb, particularly as we watched the spectacular sunsets whilst enjoying the local wines. Decorated in the rustic Tuscan style with terracotta ceilings and log beams, the spacious villa was very comfortable and clean with all the facilities we required for our stay. Siena exceeded our expectations after having visited many hilltop towns and cathedrals elsewhere in Tuscany and Umbria, and the absolutely beautiful cathedral Il Duomo blew us way. We thought we would have a quick look at yet ‘another cathedral’ and ended up staying the remaining 3 hours until closing. The rich history, the cobblestone alleys, the cafes and quaint restaurants all make for an intoxicating experience. The Piazza del Campo is so unique even though very touristy. It was a very easy short drive into town for sight-seeing or for a very reasonably priced meal of amazingly good quality and we loved tasting the local wine. It was also fun to prepare our own meals occasionally at Belvedere with local produce while we relaxed after a day trip. The local village Costalpino is only 1.5km away and has good coffee, a supermarket and an ATM across the road. Nearby towns including Pienza, San Gimignano and Colle di val d’Elsa were within easy reach and we loved exploring much of Tuscany from Belvedere. We can recommend a trip to a monastery called Abbazia Monte Oliveto Maggiore for vespers chanted by the Benedictine monks at dusk by candle-light. It was a very moving, unforgettable experience. We loved staying at Belvedere and highly recommend it not only to explore Siena but also as a perfect base for an authentic Tuscan experience. Most definitely we’ll be returning with friends next time so we can share an idyllic holiday in our beloved Italy.
- Guest SusieQ
- Date of stay 09/22/12
- Review Submitted 01/14/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, romantic getaway, girls getaway, sightseeing.
I stayed at Belvedere for a week with my wife and another couple whilst on a one month tour of Italy from Venice to Tuscany then Rome to the south. It was great to have a homely base that was private enough when we wanted to cook, relax & spend some quality time together as well as researching our next adventure on the internet. We were able to make a few day trips to Pisa & Florence but we really enjoyed exploring some of the smaller villages nearby like San Gimignano & Monteriggioni. Siena was easy to access so we visited regularly and we found this city had more charm than Florence as it wasn’t overloaded with tourists. This villa was clean and well preserved, with some unique artwork and antique furniture. We even managed to cook up some woodfired pizzas in the oven outside, which was great fun despite needing to make the dough twice! Only criticism would be that the road leading to the house was fairly bumpy and slow going on a small car. We would definitely consider staying here again & wish we allocated more of our trip to this region.
- Guest Henry L.
- Date of stay 11/25/12
- Review Submitted 01/12/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, sightseeing.
Owner response: Ciao Henry, we're glad you enjoyed your stay. You will be pleased to note that we've recently completed the entire road having it resurfaced and leveled. It is so smooth now you could even drive a Ferrari on it! All the best and we look forward to see you again. Carola & Adam
Villa of Belvedere - Siena, Tuscany
Villa of Belvedere - Siena, Tuscany
I have been lucky enough to travel to many places around the world, but my favorite by far was when my finance and I stayed at Belvedere in Siena, Tuscany in November of 2011. This peaceful, spectacular villa is located 10 minutes from Siena so getting to city for shopping and night life is no trouble at all. As you drive into the estate you will pass the main house, Certano, surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, where they make a variety of different wines and olive oils on site, available for purchase. Continuing down the road you will come to the last and most beautiful villa on top of the rolling hills with spectacular views in every direction. The 3 bedroom villa was superbly decorated in rustic décor and was fully equipped with everything that we needed. The main room had a beautiful dining room table seating 12 in front of a gigantic fireplace which we used frequently. We sat on the balcony every night with a glass of wine watching the sunset over the vast hilltops reminiscing about the experiences we had that current day. We quickly made this villa our new home for the 3 weeks of our visit, while exploring the surrounding areas. The managers, Cesare and Gianna, were extremely helpful in assisting every one of our needs and giving us wonderful information about the surrounding areas. We were treated to an authentic Italian welcome dinner prepared by the managers. Since we were there during chestnut season, we participated in the harvest of the chestnuts from the surrounding property and were shown how the chestnut jam was made. It was fabulous! The property adjacent to Belvedere raises horses and it was my enjoyment to visit them each morning with a few sugar cubes. (I made two wonderful friends immediately.) We found a gem tucked away in the hills of Tuscany, and couldn’t have been happier with our stay. The villa was perfect for the two of us and would be also perfect for a group of visitors since the villa is so spacious. We would highly recommend Belvedere to anyone that is planning a trip to Siena.
- Guest World traveler
- Date of stay 11/07/11
- Review Submitted 10/14/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, sightseeing.
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Additional information about rental rates
Rates are inclusive of initial & final cleaning, water & electricity. Our house's central heating runs with a pellet stove. A pellet stove is an automated stove that burns
compressed wood or biomass pellets to create a source of heat. We will provide one large pellet bag per night of stay. Any usage above your total allocated amount will be charged on a consumption basis at current retail price.
- Pet Fee: $100 + tax
- Property Damage Protection: $49
- Cleaning: $65
- Taxes Not included
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- Nearest Airport: Florence (Peretola); [& Pisa International 119Km] at 88 Kilometres
- Nearest Ferry: Piombino at 80 Kilometres
- Nearest Train: Siena Train Station at 9.6 Kilometres
- Nearest Motorway: Raccordo Autostradale Firenze - Siena at 4.5 Kilometres
- Nearest Beach: Follonica at 76 Kilometres
- Nearest Barpub: Costalpino at 1.8 Kilometres
- Nearest Golf: Royal Golf La Bagnaia at 13.8 Kilometres
- Nearest Restaurant: Ristorante Antica Toscana Di Del Vigna Milva at 1.8 Kilometres
Year Purchased: 1512
About the owner: Hi I'm Carola and I'm a citizen of the world! My dad is Italian and my mum is Uruguayan and I have had the luck to live and experience life in both countries. Even though my mum won't be too happy about it, Italy has always been my preferred place in the world. I currently live in Dubai with my husband Adam who shares the same passion for the Italian life (and food!) and with whom I have had the pleasure to bring back to a new life my dad's villa/farmhouse in Siena. Everything here has belonged to my family for centuries and have been either preserved or restored with love. We cherish the idea that we can share this heritage with someone new. Open all drawers, leaf through the books and feel at home. I only ask you to treat the place and its odds and ends as if it was your own cause this place truly represents a piece of my heart.
Why the Owner Chose Siena:
This property and most of its furniture has been in my family for generations. We cherish the idea that we can share this heritage with other people while we are living abroad, giving the opportunity for others to experience the beauty of this piece of Tuscany. Open all drawers, leaf through the books and feel at home. I only ask you to treat the place and its odds and ends as if it was your own cause this place truly represents a piece of my heart.
The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
For me it's the view from the kitchen that i never tire from, although there are spectacular views in every direction. Many a good meal with a bottle of wine has been enjoyed whilst soaking up this view. It's difficult to do proper justice to the place with photos alone. You really need to spend a few days to take it all in.
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Front view of the villa
A tough day at the office!
Vineyards & surrounds during Summer
The fire place and the "feast-table"
We like to call this the "birds room" due to its many bird pictures
Double room overlooking the front and side of the villa
Panoramic view of the vineyard after harvest
View of the villa from the olive field
Side view of the house and entrance to upper floor
One of many breathtaking views. Olive trees blending into the mountains.
What's better than a Chianti sipped looking out to this gorgeous view?
Old wagon-wheel mounted on the front side of the villa
A nice entrance
Breakfast table... coffee is served!
Some typical food served at the large table
Living Room to enjoy a book
Traditional iron beds with beautiful view
Sunset from the little balcony
View through the olives
Vineyard after the harvest
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