In autumn 10 years ago we decided to dedicate a particularly windy day to the research of a farmhouse in the countryside between Pienza and Montepulciano. Only after quite a long time strolling around we stopped in front of Pratovecchio: a beautiful Leopoldian building of the 19th century, but quite shabby-looking. The renovation took a long time and was quite demanding, but in the end we managed to maintain the rural patina of the house, making it become liveable at the same time. Only during the renovation we noticed that the house would have been much too big for us. That’s why we decided to transform it into an Agriturismo, putting into practise the old wording “opening the doors to guests”. Who comes to stay with us is welcomed with family spirit and heartiness. The products of our vegetable garden and orchard with their antique species are strictly organic. The aromatic herbs fill the air around the pool and silence is the only daily “noise”. <b>At guests' disposal:</b> Pool 17x7 metres depth 1.5, common billiard room and restaurant for breakfast and dinner ( Dinner on the arrival date must be booked in advance). <b>Distances:</b> Montefollonico with all kind of shops at 1 km. <b>Extra services:</b> breakfast € 8 per person - children under 10 € 4 dinner € 30 per person - children under 10 € 15 1 extra single bed euro 10/night baby bed available euro 5/night
Southern patch of the Sienese territory and reaching out towards the Maremma and the Monte Amiata, the Val d’Orcia is considered one of Italy’s wonders.
Maybe it would be enough to read the lines that were published by the UNESCO in 2004, to give the reasons for its decision to put the Orcia valley on the list of world heritage sites: “It is the exceptional testimony of the way in which the landscape has been reshaped in the course of the Renaissance to mirror the ideals of the good government and to create at the same time an aesthetically pleasing eye-catcher.”
We think of the extraordinary architectures of Pienza, the village that in the 15th century has been transformed into the ideal city of the humanistic pope Pius II, Enea Silvio Piccolomini, adopting even his name. We think of the city walls of Monticchiello and of the experience of the Teatro Povero, maybe the only theatrical tradition in the world with ordinary people playing themselves: with self-written scripts and performing in the streets of their home town. We think of the Horti Leonini of San Quirico d’Orcia and of the vintage car-race Mille Miglia which has one of its most evocative stages right here in the Val d’Orcia. We think of the steep slopes of Castiglione d’Orcia, situated on a hilltop at the foot of the Monte Amiata, side by side with the Rocca di Tentennano, an isolated fortress that gave shelter to Saint Catherine, patron saint of Europe and Italy.
She had been sent there by the Sienese government as a mediator to appease the anger of the rebellious Salimbeni, a powerful family of bankers. We think of the vineyards of Montalcino and the exquisite Brunello, wine of celebrities and high budget auctions. We think of the magnificent estates where every single meal is a celebration of the Holy wedding between vine and the specialties of the territory: pici (thick, homemade spaghetti) and pecorino (sheep’s milk cheese). And all this while in the evocative, Carolingian abbey of Sant’Antimo the monks start singing Gregorian chants and a soft mist descends on the “Piazza d’acqua” (square of water) of Bagno Vignoni, the same that Andrei Tarkovski chose for the set of his film Nostalgia”.
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Additional information about rental rates:
breakfast € 8 per person - children under 10 € 4
dinner € 30 per person - children under 10 € 15
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