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THE WOOL MILL OF STIA is a charming, comfortable and grand historical house dated 1800, attached to the Museum of the Art of Wool-making (Museo dell’Arte della Lana) and its ancient wool mill, located in the lovely Tuscan village of Stia at the source of Arno river, in the middle of Natural National Park and Forest of Casentino. The building (350 sq mts, 2 floors) has been recently converted into an exceptional apartment and completely renovated in respect of the original building characteristics, and it’s in excellent condition. The ground floor is about 180 sq mts, and has its own entrance from the street. - The ground floor is composed of a very wide entrance hall/sitting room, one triple bedrooms (extra large), and one big bathroom with shower. - The first floor is about 170 sq mts, and is reached from the ground floor by an original very large stone staircase. - The first floor consists of 1 double bedroom, one big bathroom with bathtub, one magnificent living room and dining room (with five windows, a big fireplace and very high ceiling) one kitchen with service room.
STIA: The European Biennial Wrought Iron exhibition returns from 5th to 8th September 2013 together with the 5th World Forging Championship.
During these 4 days the whole community of this small town rallies round to collaborate in what is not only a traditional exhibition but which offers an occasion for blacksmiths from all over the world to confront each other so that the forging tradition is kept alive.
Over the years the Biennial in Stia has become one of the most important events in Europe offering an occasion for blacksmiths from all over the world to exchange ideas, make new contacts and to experiment new techniques, as well as offering spectacular events: from the Exhibition of over 50 stands to the International Drawing and Design competition to the World Forging Championship.
PIERO DELLA FRANCESCA: In Arezzo and around it you will find many masterpieces of Piero della Francesca, one of the most important artist of the Renaissance Age.
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If you have never visited the Casentino area, located in the heart of Tuscany, and in one of the remaining few wild part of it, you will be pleasantly amazed of this small valley between Arezzo and Florence and behind the Appennino mountains.
Here history, art, spirituality and nature are combined together in a indissoluble particular way.
The nature in Casentino is still uncontaminated, with the National Park Forests that offers wonderful panoramas for the lovers of the nature, and sporting activity as the trekking or the mountain-biking for the most willing people.
Our house, THE WOOL MILL HOUSE OF STIA, is located in the tipical village of Stia, which is the first place of the Casentino Valley crossed by the Arno river after being born from the Falterona Mountain, on its way down to Florence.
The house that dates back to the 1800s, is a part of an historic wool mill that measures 54.000 square meters. Today the Mill has taken on a new life for the community as the Museum of Wool-Making where it keeps the memory of this antique tradition alive along with preserving the building where generations of Stians worked.
THE WOOL MILL HOUSE OF STIA overlooks the ancient village and the beautiful site of Palagio Fiorentino with his wonderful garden. Next to it you will also find a natural Park named Canto alla Rana, a proper environment to do pic-nic, walks, sport, where during the summer it is possible to swim in the waters of the Arno too.
To the slopes of the Falterona Mountain, the lovers of archaeology can visit the lake of the Idols, an ancient site of cult where is been recovered over 600 bronze figurines of the IV-III sec. B.C. Today many bronzes are at British Museum.
The history of the valley is very well known because of his many castles and medieval parishes and also because of the great centres of cult as the Monastery of Camaldoli, the Sanctuary of the Verna and the Abbey of Vallombrosa that in the ray of 30 km offer three great monastic orders of the Camaldolesis, of the vallombrosanis and of the Franciscan ones.
From Casentino you can easily reach and visit the cities of Arezzo, Cortona, Florence and Siena.
It's important to know that Stia every two years holds The European Biennial Wrought Iron exhibition together with World Forging Championship, the next exhibition will take place on September from 5th to 8th 2013.
Year Purchased: 1994
About the owner: My name is Simona, I was born in Florence in the 1958, where I have studied.
In the past I have worked for Fashion Magazines, Interior Decoration, Design and I lived in Paris and Milan for many years. Now I am living in Florence where I am working in the Yoga field.
Why the Owner Chose Stia: I have bought this property because many years ago, when I have visited Casentino, I felt in love with the place. I am an industrial Archeology lover and my house is a part of the charming Stia’s Wool Mill complex made up of several buildings. I like nature too and this part of Tuscany has a beautiful nature, wild an uncontaminated. I like walking, running and mountain-biking in the forest of the National Park, swimming in the river during Summer time and skiing during the winter. I love to feel the energy of the Mother Earth, I don't like tourist places.
The Unique Benefits at this House: My WOOL MILL HOUSE OF STIA is not a typical house, is a very special place. I like its huge spaces. It is my refuge. I can stay hours just reading a book in the living room, sipping the silence, enjoying its light changing colours and intensity during the day.
I also love playing the piano in the lobby with the entrance door open letting people walking in the street come in.
But my favorite thing is to spend time at THE WOOL MILL HOUSE OF STIA with my whole family and my friends. Some times, during the summer holidays, we arrive after having spent the whole day hiking in the woods and swimming in the river Arno with its cold and refreshing water, and at the evening we love eating together sitting around the big table eating fresh vegetables bought from the farmer who lives here near the park,