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luxury villa with private pool, cooking school, winery, chef

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,982 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

Farmhouse, Luxory vil2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), (Sleeps 2-45

Villa Fonte Cicerum Surrounded by olives and nestling in the heart of the South Tuscany - Umbria region, Fonte Cicerum is a true gem, its ideal location and enchanting view is just what you would expect from a Bertolucci movie.

FONTE CICERUM was a real farmhouse dating from the Nintheen Century and has been lovingly restored, with artifacts from their many travels and family treasures. We have managed to maintain the original Umbrian Tuscan atmosphere of the estate, restore and decorated it with unusual details. In every direction the views of olive groves on the surrounding hills is quite unforgettable, this is truly an Utopian place.

The villa, 360 mq, can be rented as a whole accommodating up to 12 guests in 5 double rooms with bathrooms, two of them with Cromotherapy. Relax rooms with large fireplaces, a library with a wide range of books, pergolas, outdoor and indoor dining room.

For smaller groups, part of the villa can be rented by arrangement.

The garden has a range of fruits trees, aromatic herbs which inebriate the air, rows of lavender accompany the path to the infinity pool, and the view is enchanting in every direction.

Located in Umbria, the greenest Italian region on its border with Tuscany, thought many to be the best of both region. Paciano, Umbria is a small medieval village on the edge of a park overlooking the south shore of Trasimeno Lake (400 meters above see level). Paciano is ranked by European Community as one of the top ten 'ideal villages' in Italy for the overall positive quality of life. It is also an ideal center for sightseeing trips to countless cultural points of interest in Umbria and Tuscany.

The village is located approximately six miles from Chiusi Railways Station. From the train station in Chiusi. From the train station in Chiusi you can travel to Florence or Rome in one hour and fifteen minute. The wine town of Montepulciano is a 30 minute drive, while Montalcino and the Chianti area are a 45 minute drive. Fontanaro Farm is an officially certified organic farm owned and operated by the Pinelli family.

There are 5 maxi villas with in total 10 cottages. Each one with great privacy and private eco salty swimming pool. Fontanaro is the honeymooners location, while villa Tartagli, villa Fontegirasole, Villa Fonte Cicerum are dedicated to families reunion!

While staying in this property, guests are encouraged to enjoy complimentary produce (fruits, tomatoes, and greens) from the vegetable garden (in season). All guests are greeted by the owners and receive personal attention. Everything possible will be done to assure a very pleasant holiday. Extra virgin olive oil and honey are produced on the farm and are available for purchase, while a basket with seasonal vegetable, extra virgin olive oil and honey is offered to guests upon their arrival!

One of the many wonderful features of il Fontanaro is a beautiful wine cellar where Alina Pinelli, a professional sommelier, can arrange for wine tasting. Three cozy cottages are adjacent to the main house. All have their own private patio and garden. Each cottage, approximately 70 square meters, has a large living room with satellite TV, a kitchenette, a fireplace, a large bedroom with king-size bed, and comfortable, modern bathroom with shower. Tartagli villa, which is 500 mt away from the Fontanaro farmhouse can accomodate up to 12 people. Brunello, Sagrantino and Sangiovese villas accomodate 6, 4 or 2 people.

Fontegirasole has 4 units, Fonte Cicerum is a single private villa and Fonte Cicerum that sleep 8.

For guest's convenience, in each unit there is also a library of English books, guides, maps, brochures, and tourist information detailing nearby places to visit.

Our property is located within a Perugino landscape. Perugino is a famous painter of the Renaissance, born in Città della Pieve (six mile away from Paciano.

Fontanaro is an organic farmhouse and here is the calendar of the main agricultural and Garden activities: April: Bee swarms captured, May and June Blooming of over 200 roses, August Harvesting and production of honey, September grape harvest, October saffron harvest, November Olive harvest.

Keywords: 10 Cottage Houses, villas, infinity salty swimming pool.


• Free high speed Wi-Fi (as soon also at Sunflower spring place houses)

• Air conditioning (not at Fontanaro, because the farm is self sufficent for electricity by solar panels)

• Sat TV

• Computer and printer service on request

• GPS devices on request

• Weekly change of linens

• Laundry washer

• Welcome breakfast and organic snacks from il Fontanaro farm, that includes olive oil, honey and a bottle of our wine!

• Free tour of Fontanaro Farm, cellar and vineyards

• Full time access to English speaking concierge to help arrange all activities via Skype, Viber, Whats app.


• Access to a chef for all meals. Children aged 6 to 10 pay half price. Meals for children under 6 are free. Liquors and wine not included. Ingredients are primarily organic and mostly farmed Fontanaro Farm.

• Access to a full wine cellar hand picked by Alina Pinelli

• Cooking classes and Bread cooking class

• Private wine tour with a professional Sommelier

• Transfer to and from any airport or train station

• Rental car facilities or vans delivered directly to the property

• Guided tours of the best of Umbria and Tuscany and private party

• Spa Amenities, massage , manicure, pedicure and facials at the swimming pool or at your guest house.

More Details

alina pinelli
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2018

About alina pinelli

I'm the owner of the farm wit my daugter alina who is a wine sommelier and chef, wile I'm a olive oil teacher, sommelier and chef.

I'm also degree in garden design, and i love to teach my friends all about the art of flowers.

Why alina pinelli chose Province of Perugia

We own and run Il Fontanaro, villa Tartagli and Sunflower Spring place, and here, every guest is treated like a visiting friend.

sharing our slow living and country heritage of food, wine and olive oil is our passion

What makes this farmhouse unique

We provide the type of service that big hotels and guidebooks cannot: booking a table at a little country restaurant, detailing directions to the ruined abbey at the end of an old footpath, and arranging lunch with the small winemaker who will personally walk you through his vineyard.

Il Fontanaro offers the perfect base from which to explore the stunning Val di Chiana, Val d’Orcia and the hill towns of southern Tuscany, around Siena, Montalcino, Pienza, Montepulciano…. and all Umbria (Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio, Deruta, Spello, Todi…).


Province of Perugia Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3982 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 10 -
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , bidet
  • 5
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , 2 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
  • King size beds (6), Twin or Single Beds (4), Child Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) plus 2 baby cribs
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Spa Amenities, massage, manicure, pedicure and facials at the swimming pool or at your guest house Access to a chef for all meals. Children aged 6 to 10 pay half price. Meals for children under 6 are free. Liquors and wine not included. Ingredients are primarily organic and mostly farmed Fontanaro Farm Daily cleaning on request Ping Pong (at Tartagli and Fontegirasole) 4 Mountain bikes available for guests Cooking Classes also special gluten free classes Olive oil Classes Wine tours Horse riding Golf facilities Guided tours of the best of Umbria and Tuscany (special for food, wine, and cultural cities) Rental car facilities or vans delivered directly to the property Baby sitter and kids doctor


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luxury villa with private pool, cooking school, winery, chef
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Heaven on earth!

  • 5 of 5

We felt like we met our long lost Italian family. Lucia and her family were so warm and welcoming. Giovanni her son picked us up from the train station and gave us a wonderful introduction to the property. Then shortly after we were greeted with love by Lucia. We didn't spend enough time there, only two nights. We wished we had stayed longer but we will definitely be going back. We have to share the experience with all our family and friends!!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York City, New York

PARADISE! Relaxing, Peaceful, Beautiful Scenery! Foodie & Wine Lover Heaven!

  • 5 of 5

I spent 4 nights at Il Fontanaro on the advice of a friend and it was an Incredible Experience of the Senses...Tranquil, Relaxing and filled with the best Organic & Home Cooked Foods & Wines. Alina & Lucia the Mother-Daughter owners provide such love & unparalleled exceptional service you will leave feeling well Rested, Relaxed and Happy!! I also attended their Country Slow Living cooking class where we cooked and ate several courses and sipped on wine all while laughing and learning so much about food, olive oil, wines, etc. I also met other guests at the villas all who were extremely warm, friendly and full of love. Alina & Lucia - have created such a wonderful organic & zen like environment from the farms to the villas to the conversations they have with you. I left Il Fontanaro Farms well rested, fed, Happy, full of love & optimistic. I didn't want to leave - below is a quick overview...

ROOM: 1 Bedroom Villa with an Infinity pool, Jacuzzi, Excellent WIFI, Stunning views of Umbria/Tuscany, Movie channel, plenty of books, amenities, Silver-Award winning Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Wine, Fresh vegetables all from their Organic farm. Guests are also welcome to participate in their Cooking classes.

SERVICE: Alina & Lucia provide EXCEPTIONAL & Superior Customer Service, warmth and love which truly was the treasure and unexpected value add of this entire trip. They pamper you, feed you, keep you happy and keep you laughing.

LOCATION: It's an easy & enjoyable 1-1/2 hours train ride from Rome. The Villas & estates sit on acres of lush gardens (olives, pomegranates, peaches, grapes, vegetables, etc.), scenic outlooks, etc.

Green Features: Eco-friendly, Organic farm, Recycle, Environmentally conscious

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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My Little Piece of Heaven!

  • 5 of 5

Part of me doesn't want to share this well-kept secret....but it's time to pay it forward! If you want to experience the true "Italian Culture" must visit Fontanaro! But I must warn you that if you come for just the day you will be cheating yourself.....and will not want to leave! Lucia & Alina will immediately make you feel like Famiglia. Their knowledge of wine, olive oil, honey & just about anything you want to know about Italy is outstanding. Any property you choose will have you coming back again & again, (my husband & I have returned four years in a row). I can promise you won't be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely place, great food and wine, great people.

  • 5 of 5

It's a fantastic holiday home. There are great views, especially from the lovely salty pool at sunset. What impressed us the most was the two hosts - very helpful and friendly.

We did also the cooking class with great pasta and wines from the farm!

They are all about organic and sustainability. Electricity comes by solar panels!

Tip - Fontanaro has some deals with local restaurants which are worth doing as it works out much better value with 10% off.

They were good restaurants that we probably would have gone to any way. See info in home or ask the host for details.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
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The Italian country slow living

  • 5 of 5

Best part of my holiday! Best wines and olive oils of my life. We did the slow food cooking class and we've learned to make home made pasta and the real Italian tiramisu!

Host, location, day tours: 5 stars!

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2014
  • Stayed: November 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York

Easily confused for paradise

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at Fontanaro for two weeks, and it was absolutely fantastic! Between the countryside, the food, and the culture, it's hard to pick out any one highlight. Perhaps even more amazing than these aforementioned aspects though, was the environment at Fontanaro itself, where you're welcomed with open arms and feel like you've somehow found a second family.

The cooking classes were fantastic, and will have you making some of the best food you've ever had. You will also receive the most well informed advice for places to eat and things to see, whether your inclinations be high-class or easy going.

A wonderful location, whether you want to take it easy for a week, or need a home base for outings throughout the Italian countryside. And the infinity pool looking out on the Umbrian hills doesn't hurt either...

  • Submitted: May 13, 2014
  • Stayed: April 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
130 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
14 Kilometres
Nearest Train
13 Kilometres
chiusi chianciano
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
chiusi chianciano
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
oca bruciata, paciano
Nearest Beach
180 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Organic Farming Explanations, Cultural Visit, Cooking Lesson, Wine tasting, wine tours, food tours, private events, 24h assistance




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $368.64
cooking class if request $135.17

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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