Nestled in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, on a peaceful rolling hill facing the medieval town of Santa Maria a Monte, our B&B is perfectly located for a weekend break or a leisurely longer holiday.
The 19th Century Villa is surrounded by hectares of natural beauty: Gardens, century old trees, romantic nooks and corners, and relaxing spots for a picnic or just to enjoy a quiet moment. The listed property has 3 bedroom (two of which are air-conditioned), all with private bathroom, in the upper levels. The big kitchen on the ground floor has all the tools you'll need to prepare a delicious Tuscan-style dinner. A spacious living-room, also on the ground floor, will offer you a quiet moment looking over the medieval town of Santa Maria a Monte. (On the lower floor is also available a 2pc bathroom).
Our family has lived on this property since it was built in the 19th century. Our great great grandfather, thanks to his passion for botany, decorated the park surrounding the Villa with trees from all over the world, now having grown into century-old magnificence. Pine, oak, maple and cypress trees are among the many different species you will encounter during a stroll. The olive grove is idyllic, the setting for many of our memorable family picnics, and is just one among many romantic and private spots where our guests can create their own wonderful memories.
Our home has witnessed not only the beautiful history of our family, but that of the village and of the whole region, richly steeped in the sights, sounds and aromas of a timeless culture.
The central-eastern part of Tuscany, where we reside, has been experiencing a spike in interest for those who, after visiting the more touristic areas, prefer to nestle back into a tranquil, peaceful surrounding to quietly savor the day's experiences. A slow life to rediscover and be reminded of what makes us feel better, happier, more relaxed, to experience again the magic of wonder, to take the time to see all that's around you and remember the beauty of the simple things in life.
Famous for its military strategic location, Santa Maria a Monte has always been an object of desire for its several neighbouring cities. And to this day, its location remains wonderfully strategic, only now for tourists. Enjoy the beauty Tuscany has to offer from this Medieval gem: away from the busy crowded masses, but still so close to be just a short drive away to the must-see destinations of Florence, Pisa, Lucca, San Gimignano, and of course the very famous wine region of Chianti - all within an hour's drive from Santa Maria a Monte.
Santa Maria a Monte itself has plenty to offer: fascinating strolls through the enchanting Medieval village square, towers, subterranean passages, natural water reservoirs, narrow winding roads and breathtaking vistas from the fortified walls.
The weekly farmer's market is definitely worth a visit, enjoy an authentic Italian experience alongside the villagers buying produce for the week, and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the locals to the backdrop of the musical banter of the market vendors. Shop for fantastic deals on everything from artisan crafts, designer quality clothes and shoes, as well as locally farmed and prepared tasty foods.
And if you need to unplug, there are hours of trails for peaceful walks through the surrounding beautiful Tuscan countryside.