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Villa “Rosa dei Venti" is located in Cortona, where wine and olive-growing can be traced back to Etruscan ages. The farm's most ancient building is the Villa which may accommodate about 20 people. This building goes back to the 18th century, period in which it belonged to an ancient noble family from Cortona. Cortona's counts used the Villa as a summer residence whereas the surrounding farm could supply them with wheat, oil and wine for the whole year. As we know, in ancient times all noble families' properties were inherited by male offspring, whereas daughters could only get married or enter a convent. Cortona's seigneurs decided that all their estates in the Cortona countryside were to be divided among their three daughters, whereas the palaces in Cortona, Siena and Florence were to be given to their sons. Later on, in the early 1900's, the whole estate was bought by the Micheli family, and more in particular by great-grandfather Angiolo and great-grandmother Felice who gave birth to four sons in ten years time. That gave them some relief, since their sons could help them manage the whole estate. In the course of time the whole estate was perfectly looked after so as is today by great-grandchildren Barbara and Stefano. The “Rosa dei Venti" estate spreads over 25 hectares in the municipal district of Cortona. Its lands enjoys a favourable location, are well exposed to the sunlight and are suitable for the cultivation of olive trees, grapevines, wheat, sunflowers and melons. Two farmhouses are located within the estate: Villa “Rosa dei venti" and the “Vecchia Fattoria". Villa “Rosa dei Venti" is steeped in nature and beautifully sired; the swimming pool is located westwards where in the hot summer nights it is possible to enjoy a wonderful sunset. The Villa consists of three apartments called Maestrale (northwesterly wind), Scirocco (southeasterly wind) and Grecale (northeasterly wind). Libeccio (southwesterly wind) and Aliseo ( wind blowing from a subtropical anticyclone toward the Equatorial regions) are two separate cottages located in the park surrounding the Villa. The “Vecchia Fattoria" is located on the top of one of the three hills forming the hamlet of Creti, where some members of the Micheli Family still live. Here you may find farm tools and a small chicken, rabbit and goose farm. The “Vecchia Fattoria" is surrounded by a vineyard (1 hectare) which may yield enough wine to satisfy both the Micheli family's and the estate guests' needs. Olive trees stand in the background both in the park of Villa Rosa dei Venti and in the Vecchia Fattoria and their oil and wine production can satisfy both the Micheli family's and the estate guests' needs. The Villa is surrounded by a typical rural environment full of landscape expression. The cottage from the 18th century which has been recently restored on the basis of the original architectural features. All around the Villa there lies a large garden full of cypresses, olive trees and other typical trees of our land. Three lovely apartments and two cottages were created within the Villa Rosa dei Venti all of them are comfortably furnished and suitable for all kinds of customers. On the ground floor of the main house guests will find the “Reception". This was originally a spinning mill, where the young women of the farming families wove hemp and linen. Towels and bedclothes were woven with hemp, whereas table clothes, towels “for special occasions" and bales for flour were woven with linen. Both the posts of the fireplace and the wood leaning on them are original. Moreover, a wonderful arch paved with bricks dividing the spinning mill into two parts, the one where the loom was located and the other one where the young women embroidered bedclothes, table linen and towels, was brought to light. <b>At guests' disposal:</b> A large common dining room with kitchen and fireplace available on request and to pay extra on the spot. Cooking class available on request to pay on the spot. Baby bed available free of charge Wi-Fi internet connection available euro 5/week <b>Distances:</b> Foiano della Chiana at 5 km with all kind of shops. Cortona at 10 km, Montepulicano at 24. Camucia at 9 km with train station, bus stop at 2 km.
Villa Rosa dei Venti, is located in the heart of the Valdichiana in an interesting natural landscape framed by some places rich in history like the Etruscan town of Cortona, the castle of Montecchio Vesponi and the old medieval villages of Castiglion Fiorentino and Lucignano. Rosa dei Venti products:
Rosa dei Venti - Table wine Rosso Sangiovese Alcoholic content: 12,5 degrees. Colour: Rich ruby-red Territory: Municipal district of Cortona Vines:: Sangiovese Wine-making: Traditional wine-making with prolonged maceration Flavour: Warm, structured, tasty, sweet tannin, palatable Gastronomy: Excellent wine for roast meat, game, grilled meat and cheese. Serve at a temperature of 18 degrees.
Rosa dei Venti - White table wine Chardonnay Alcoholic content: 13 degrees. Colour: Straw-yellow Territory: Municipal district of Cortona Vines: Pure Chardonnay Wine-making: White wine with fermentation at a controlled temperature Flavour: Dry, fresh, full-bodied Perfume: Fruity, strong, persistent Gastronomy: Ideal for first courses with fish and in general with cheeses. Serve at a temperature of 9-11 degrees.
Not only wine. Villa “Rosa dei Venti is well-known for its production of extra-virgin olive oil. As the typical natural backdrop of the Valdichiana requires, the orderly rows of olive trees, the vineyards, the cornfields and the fields of sunflowers are placed side by side so as to create a beautiful view. There are approximately 300 plants in the following range: Frantoio, Leccino, Moraiolo and Pendolino. Hand-picked olives are put into crates and taken to the oil mill where they are pressed within 48 hours to avoid oxidation and to preserve the organoleptic properties and peculiarities connected to taste and olfaction. The extra-virgin olive oil of Villa “Rosa dei Venti has a golden colour verging on green, fruity taste and strong flavours. Available in 0,50 l 0,75 l bottles. As for wine, oil is produced in little quantities only for the use of the holiday farm guests.
Cooking class Learn the basic Italian cooking techniques to prepare 4 Italian dinners dishes. You will make Anti pasti's including Crostini's & Bruschetta. Also Minestra di pane and Pasta the authentic way with typical Tuscan fillings and delicious sauces. In addition, you will learn to make “Coniglio in umido alla toscana or Coniglio, pollo and anatra “ in our wood-burning oven or Tagliata with green pepper sauce and baked vegetables and much, much, more. Dessert will include one of the Tuscan pastry specialities. The Italian cookery course is conducted by Barbara and her mother Ornella who will teach you to cook 4 splendid Italian dishes in an informal environment where you will learn the passion of the Italian kitchen and have fun doing at the same time.
Swimming pool 7x15 depth 1-2.4 open fro 1 of May to 30 of September
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (€) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the manager / advertiser.
Additional information about rental rates:
Check-in from 4 pm until 7 pm - Check-out within 9.30 am
Electricity, use of washing machine, gas, linen and towels (one weekly change), water;
Baby bed available free of charge
Prices do not include:
Final Cleaning, mandatory:
Maestrale Euro 100
Grecale Euro 50
Scirocco Euro 50
Libeccio cottage Euro 25
Aliseo Cottage Euro 50
Tourist tax Euro 2/person/night for the first 4 nights, not applied to renters under 12 years.
Wi-Fi internet connection available Euro 5/week
Firewood and heating according to consumption
Air conditioning upon consumption ( available only in the units LIBECCIO-ALISEO COTTAGE-SCIROCCO)
Only in the Apartments Maestrale and Aliseo Cottage: Extra Bed available on request Euro 10/night
Weekly cleaning (on request)
Extra change of linen (Price on request)
Extra change of towels (Price on request)
Final cleaning: 50,00 euro
A Booking Fee of 30.00€ is to be added to the rental price.
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