On a clear day you can almost see Boise. Well, not quite to That. From nearly 2,100 feet, what you can see are the endless rolling hills of Tuscany woven into a patchwork of forests, fields and groves That blanket the land beyond the horizon. Up here, the air is deliciously well and cool.
Within the owner's villa are two totally renovated and tastefully decorated apartments, with its own entrance. Both are similar except That Pera enjoys a fireplace while Apple offers transfixing views from the balcony. The pool, built on higher ground and exterior Reached by 10 steps, has a furnished gazebo for al fresco dining. Pera has its own washing machine. Apple shares a laundry room with the owner.
The village of Castiglione d'Orcia, on the slopes of Monte Amiata, is half a mile away. It is dominated by the remains of an old fortress and anche is the birthplace of the painter Lorenzo di Pietro, known as The Oldie. Inside the parish church are panels by him, Pietro Lorenzetti and Simone Martini.
Within reasonable scenic drives you can explore all of Etruscan Tuscany. Italy's best wines are a dozen miles away in Montalcino. Pienza, the perfect Tuscan town, is even closer. The basin-like square and the thermal spas at Bagno Vignoni are less than four miles away. Siena, a bit farther north, is an hour by car, but there are so many captivating towns, abbeys, and vistas along the way That you may never get there.