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Old wonderful medieval farmhouse with pool in the heart of Tuscany

Bedrooms 5
Space 1,937 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Ideal for one or two families, a family gathering or a group of friends.

The exclusive farm Spicchiaiolona, now restored, with its two houses “Acasa” and “Il Castelletto”, of which its ancient stone-walls tell you a secular history, lies in the heart and in one of the most beautiful regions of Tuscany 12 km east of Volterra, 20 km west of San Gimignano on the road between Colle di Val D’Elsa and Volterra on top of a hill with a wide panorama including the Monte Amiata and Corsica. All around you’ll see cornfields, vineyards, woods and olive groves. The house is situated on a 10.000 sqm property accessible only by a private street.

The hamlet is 1 km from the closest and very recommendable restaurant, 15 minutes from Volterra and 30 minutes from San Gimignano, an hour from the cultural art-centers of Florence, Pisa, or Siena and also from the refreshing sea.

Acasa on two floors offers you comfortably room for 8-10 adults and is perfect for families or bigger groups. Acasa has 4 big king-size rooms, 1 room (with two separated beds), a terrace, a living room and a big modern eat-in kitchen with a chimney. There is a diaper changing table, highchairs and cots, if needed. Wood, electricity, warm water, 2 bathrooms with shower (and on demand, central heating in every room) are at your complete disposal. The beds are made up and towels are in the rooms.

Whose choice? Acasa is perfect for a family gathering or befriended families. It has as much space as you want to relax, to play, to hike, to go sightseeing or whatever. Enjoy Acasa’s private terrace, where you eat, chat, read or relax or enjoy a glass of wine. With unfriendly weather you can stay in the eat-in kitchen or the living room to play, write, read, discuss, chat or watch TV.

With the guests of Il Castelletto (six at most) you share the pool zone with its big swimming pool of 20 m length and 4 m width, which invites you to bathe, and its pool border of 85 sqm. Above the pool there is a pool terrace and veranda (150 sqm) with a wood-burning pizza oven, a barbeque, a little kitchen and a toilette, which completes our offer. You will either swim and play in the water or sunbath, read, chill out, have a drink, play and dance on the terrace or prepare your pizzas (children love it), cook and eat in the veranda, while admiring an unforgettable view.

The beautiful location and generous hospitality in a relaxing atmosphere, peace and silence, a lot of room for children, a parking space, which is only accessible by a private road, a refreshing swimming pool, the Tuscan landscape with its hills, cypresses, olive-trees, vineyards, cornfields and woods, the sunshine, the brightness, the fragrance, the sound of nature - all this will give you a wonderful holiday, perhaps even a moment of excellence.

Winter in Tuscany: The house is lovely during the winter for a longer stay for guests who are studying the Italian language, art, cultural history or just want to take a timeout. Ask for special conditions.

More Details

Nora & Michael
Member since: 1999
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french, german, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Nora & Michael

I am very pleased that you are interested in our home. I myself grew up near Florence and am Italian, a classical philologist. I spent with our four children 17 years in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. By now I am a retired grandmother of three grandchildren.

Tuscany's historic towns, its friendly people, its simple and tasty cuisine, its intense smells and colors had already captivated me as a child and now back to my roots, I am pleased again and over again when I see that guests can share this experience. I want to promise in no case more than I can hold. Michael, my husband and I appreciate your rays, when you arrive after a long and tiresome journey and look forward to spend your vacation at our just discovered home and property.

I would be extremely pleased to be allowed to get to know you personally, your Eleonora

Nora & Michael purchased this house in 1989

Why Nora & Michael chose Volterra

You are looking for a well-kept vacation house off the main stream of tourism for your family or friends. You appreciate details, love authenticity and enjoy the cultural richness of Tuscany, nature’s air and fragrance as well as the Mediterranean way of life.

Traffic free. In the countryside with meadows, fields, vineyards, forests and caves. Adults and children love the large swimming pool and the possibility to prepare pizza, fire the pizza oven, to create their own pizza, bake it and eat it.

What makes this house unique

We are most of the time on site and speak Italian, German, French and English. We listen to what you have to say and through the years we have learned what you appreciate and what you expect. You are our client and we want you to feel safe and well and to find the calm, the recreation, your fun or inner strength to dare new.


Volterra House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1937 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10 ...
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Acasa ist ein Ferienhaus des Podere Spicchiaiolona. Die Gäste von Acasa teilen den Pool und die Pool Terrasse mit den Gästen von Il Castelletto.
  • Der angehängte Mietvertrag ist auch ohne Unterschrift gültig,
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom - 1 king , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
  • 4 bedrooms with king-size beds, 1 bedroom with 2 on request separate or combined single beds, 1 baby bed or cot.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 1 bicycles
  • 20 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Should you like to have a car service, private chef, a cooking course, a Wine Tasting escort, a local guide or other, please let us know. We will look for suitable options.


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Old wonderful medieval farmhouse with pool in the heart of Tuscany
average rating of 4.8809524 based on 43 reviews

Great place with a wonderful viev.

  • 4 of 5

Sun-beds at the pool would have been a further plus.

Nora and Michael are very kind and helpful.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Lars, Yes you are right. Thank you for your review, which encourages us to amplify the pool area for next season and to update the furniture also with sun-beds. Though I have to confess that I know, I will miss our oldfashioned deck-chairs .
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Lovely peaceful property

  • 5 of 5

Very well equipped property with gracious hosts.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing views great location

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful hilltop location with amazing views all around. 20 mins drive to voltera and 30 mins drive to San gigiamano. Michael was an incredible host , could not have been more helpful. Hope to be back there one day. Fantastico!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice words, which make Nora and me flush. We give our best and will continue to do so, but to be fair, it's much more the magic of the place, the south, the history, the culture, the architecture, the pool, the Mediterranean kitchen and the local people that allowed you to enjoy your vacation fully. Looking forward to welcome you as a member of our growing group of guests regularly coming back.
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Wonderful landscape, spacious rooms and great hosts

  • 4 of 5

We were very pleased with the house. Clean, having plain but large bedrooms and a nice kitchen. We were a big group of 9 including two children but the house felt spacious. The view from the house and from the garden is really beautiful. Nice pool area too.

Michael and Eleonora were really friendly and made us feel welcome.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice words. We are pleased you liked it and you and your children had enough room. It was a pleasure to have you all on the pool area preparing some real Italian pizzas.
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A real Tuscan dream

  • 5 of 5

A real country house, impeccably decorated, where people have lived and worked for many centuries. At the top of a very steep hill, it was large in space, very clean, with a very well equiped kitchen. The property's many trees and garden (vines, olive and lemon trees) were very well maintained, the landscape, a dream. An ideal starting point for those who want to visit Pisa, Sienna and Florence. The large pool was a magnet for the children and adults.

A house, a site that was very hard to leave.

Nora and Michael were the best hosts, providing information and arranging reservations for restaurants and wine-tasting.

Their son, Lorenz, facilitated on the Net all the rental details prior to our arrival.

An anchor for a first time rental across the seas.

The house is near Volterra, the perfect Tuscan hill town.

I would recommend this property to everyone.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great house in the heart of Tuscany!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Spicchiaolano June 2010 for 10 days. We have really nice memories of this time. During the day the view and surroundings are beautifull and exactly what we expected from the Tuscan landscape. In the evening and night the area gets a romantic and magical touch because of all the fire flies that surround the house, a really nice suprise! We have been told the fire flies are only there around the month May and June.

The location of the house is good to discover the nice villages of Tuscany or visit Florance. Our part of the house had a great big kitchen with a nice terras, great for BBQ and enjoying Italian wines, cheeses and sausages till late in the evening. The pool is big and has a great view. The owners are friendly, helpfull and come with nice suggestions for restaurants and day trips. Next to that the Italian people are so nice for small children, you can easily bring them to restaurants and trattoria's and enjoy the nice food!

We would really like to return here some day and enjoy the heart of Tuscany!

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Florence, Pisa
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
a few of minuts
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Bagnaia (50 km), Castelfalfi (30 km)
Nearest Train
23 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
22 Kilometres
Cecina 33 miles, Pisa 45 miles
Nearest Restaurant
800 Metres
a few of minuts, Pizzeria (4 km), Volterra
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Car: necessary

San Gimignano and Volterra, cities that need no description, are located in one of the most beautiful and distinctive locations in Tuscany. Walks in the streets give the feeling to be in another time. One can only fall in love with these places: the soft landscape, the sun, the cypresses, the olives, the wine, the excellent cuisine, the spontaneous life of the people and much more ... Volterra, the city of the winds and the Rocks ', and San Gimignano are always surprising: they are rich in culture, arts and crafts houses. Etruscan, Roman and medieval walls, city gates and tombs, the Roman theater in Volterra, the tower houses of San Gimignano, medieval architecture and a rich selection of museums pamper the art lovers; Alabaster and goldsmith's art tempt you to purchase; Zuppa Volterrana, and wild boar are cooked with the same care as an Aragosta, and you can drink an open table wine as an alternative to a Vernaccia di San Gimignano or Tignanello.

Other activities: bird watching

Horse riding: in the immediate vicinity accompanied riding excursions.

Tennis: in Volterra

Golf: Two exclusive golf courses can be found in Castelfalfi (30 km) and in Bagnana (close to Siena, 50 km)

Cycling: Be aware that the gentle hills of Tuscany are not really gentle!

Climbing: bring your equipment and we'll show you where.

Mountainbike: if you are unlucky, you land in a wild boar herd.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Die Preise schließen Reinigung, Pool, Licht, Gas, warmes Wasser, Geschirrspülmaschine, Bettwäsche, Bad-Küchentücher, Chemineeholz und bei Bedarf die Heizung in allen Zimmern ein. Bettwäsche - Handtücher - Kochgeschirr, Gläser etc. sind vorhanden. Da alles im Wochenpreis inbegriffen ist,gibt es also keine Nebenkosten.Nur der eventuelle Gebrauch der Waschmaschine wird nach Inanspruchnahme verrechnet

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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