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Stunning Panoramic Views from Private Luxury Home in Medieval Village Center

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,722 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Overview

About the property

2 bedrooms, 2 full baths on 3 levels with terraces and great windows with views.

Fully renovated luxuriously furnished 4-level town home in the center of a thriving medieval village 45 minutes west of Siena and an hour south of Florence. 2 bdrms/2 baths with tub and shower (one ensuite with 2nd floor bdrm, the other on main living level), central heat and air conditioning, 2 terraces. Bedrooms are on the 4th floor and the 2nd floor; living, kitchen and dining room on 3rd floor (which is one flight of stairs up from street level). Total living space is approx. 160 sq meters. Upstairs bedroom has a very large terrace with dining table and chairs, potted garden and chaises. The 2nd floor bedroom has a queen sized bed and space for up to two additional twin beds which are stored in the cellar and can be set up upon request. Large, L-shaped modern sofa with down wrapped cushions is comfortable for sleeping on additional person. Comfortably the house sleeps 5, but 2 more people can stay for an extra fee.

That's the house. It is positioned on the northern side (with the best view) of the loveliest little storybook village of 700 residents. We are right next door to La Pergola Pizzeria on one side and the smallest theater in Europe (67 seats) on the other. And two doors down is an artisan's workshop, Ammos, a treasure trove for those seeking original art to bring home from their travels. Radicondoli is like a trip back to sweeter, more innocent times. It has four bars, three restaurants, four churches, a variety of shops and services, two grocery stores, a butcher, a tourist office, a bank with ATM, and locally staffed volunteer ambulance service and the friendliest people you will ever meet.

There are festivals throughout the year: May 1 is Primo Maggio. The last weekend of June is the San Giovanni Festival; late July-first week of August is a major theater, dance, music and art festival with concerts in village spaces, piazzas and out in the countryside. Every Thursday night in July and August, Via Garibaldi (my street) is closed to traffic and an evening festival takes place with food, cocktails, live music and dancing--it's called the Notte di Giove, and it's a no-miss event! In early July and mid August the famous Palio di Siena horse race takes place in Siena, and I can connect you with a great tour guide and the option to purchase bleacher tickets to view the trials and main race. In late September we have the Festa della Madonna, which culminates in a candlelight procession through the village with our medieval Madonna della Mercedes fresco. In late October we have the Festa di San Simone e Giuda in the main piazza with roast chestnuts, sausages, chestnut cake and wine, as well as old fashioned children's games. Day trips to Chianti villages and wine country, Volterra, San Gimignano, Florence, Siena, San Galgano Abbey, Massa Marittima, Arezzo, Cortona, Pisa, the Mediterranean coastline and a great many more beautiful destinations are possible, though you will want to carve out some serious loafing in the village and at home time, because Radicondoli is such a beautiful slice of Paradise you will fall in love with it the moment you arrive!

More Details

Owner
Marlane Agriesti
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
August 11, 2017

About Marlane Agriesti

We live in the house part of the year and rent it out when were not here, so it is quite comfortable, with all the things that make us feel at home. You will find a beautifully stocked and outfitted kitchen, nice rugs and furnishings, books, and WIFI throughout. There is no TV because we're here to enjoy the peace, but if I want to watch a soccer match or something else, just go to one of our bars and sit down with the locals to take it in. It's so much more sociable that way!

Marlane Agriesti purchased this house in 2001

Why Marlane Agriesti chose Siena Province

Because it is simply the best places on earth--a comfortable, luxurious home with magnificent views from all levels in a hidden pocket of gorgeous Tuscany an easy drive to anywhere. Being In Radicondoli means you're instantly a local and part of the pace of the town. The complete opposite of the better know towns and cities where making a true personal connection isn't easy. The local people are excited to meet new visitors. You feel like a part of "your" town rather than a visitor passing through.

What makes this house unique

This house is several cuts above the local rental properties, which are furnished as rentals. It is very comfortably furnished, authentically renovated with traditional style but an open, flowing floor plan, and the location couldn't possibly be more convenient. You only have to walk ten steps to the best pizzeria in all the world! And the village itself if the real prize, a place of lost in time. A place from the past, and very much of the future as well.

Amenities

Radicondoli House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , bidet , En suite with lower bedroom. Also has clothes washer
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , On main living level, 1 flight of stairs below upstairs bdrm
  • Downstairs bedroom is quite large, and has a bathroom en suite which also houses the washing machine. We dry our clothes on drying racks indoors or on the terrace (depending on weather). The lower bedroom has space to add two twin sized beds in addition to the queen sized bed.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , One queen bed in a large room in which 2 twins can be added
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Upstairs bedroom with large terrace has one queen bed, an armoir and dresser for guests. Its triple panel glass door opens out onto a large terrace with dining table, chairs, chaises and potted plants. The view is breathtaking!
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • tennis
Notes:
Private chef can be arranged for special meals and occasions. Please book ahead. Driving service can be arranged and should be booked well ahead. Cooking lessons in the house or surrounded farms can be arranged--ask owner. As a tour operator, I have all the possible fun things to do right at my finger tips--but do book well ahead as things can get quite busy in the high season!

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Stunning Panoramic Views from Private Luxury Home in Medieval Village Center
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews
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Pure Magic

  • 5 of 5

Casa Illuminata is pure magic!

The village of Radicondoli is filled with lovely people, incredible food and amazing views.

Marlane was a gracious hostess from afar.

She was a wealth of information and arranged for reservations and a traditional Tuscan Welcome. Her home is warm and well appointed and filled with everything we needed to feel 100% at home!

Marlane stayed in contact with is throughout our stay! She was instrumental in arranging for a wedding officiant, who was perfect!

I hope to return to this magical place in Italy again.

Home was very clean and well located for day trips to Seinna and Florence.

Had wonderful meals at La Pergola, Agreteca, and Nationale .

Ciao

The Newlyweds

Robyn and Mark

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Robyn and Mark, Infinite thanks for your kind words about Casa Illuminata and Radicondoli. It was a privilege to host you (if only from afar), and to assist in your wedding plans. On behalf of all involved, I wish you a long and happy life together! Tante belle cose, Marlane
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5

Beautiful apartment that feels like home

  • 5 of 5

Marlene's beautifully apppointed apartment is large yet cozy and inviting. We stayed for a week with our two adult children and everyone had plenty of space. We loved watching the sunsets from the upstairs terrace, but there are 5-star views from the living room and lower terrace, too. There is an amazing pizza restaurant next door and groceries a very short walk around the corner. Marlane was very communicative and provided details about the house, the town, and the surrounding area. It was a great base for our explorations of Tuscany.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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😊� lovely, air conditioner was finicky. The town was very friendly.

  • 4 of 5

Thank you

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: HI Michelle, Thank you for your review--I'm happy that you found the house lovely and the village friendly! It was great to have you there. As a note of clarification to anyone else looking for an air conditioned house in the village, I believe that Casa Illuminata is the only one. The air conditioners are very effective and work quickly, but as they also serve as heaters in the winter, if you are the first to stay there in the summer the remotes have to be switched from heating to cooling (the house manager can show our guests how this works and how to control the temperature). And as the house instructions note, the house electrical supply only supports two units at a time. There is one unit on each floor. Wishing you well! Marlane
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5

An Amazing Property

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for a truly authentic small village Tuscan experience, than I hope you are able to rent this incredible property. It is clean, very comfortable and the view from the upper terrace is beyond compare. Really. The view is the best in the village and the terrace is large enough to seat many people for an incredible outdoor meal at home.

The kitchen is supplied in very high quality items making food preparation all the more fun. But if you want to eat out, the village has many restaurants and I doubt you will have a bad meal experience...we certainly didn't and we ate at every possible location.

The people of Radicondoli are friendly and welcoming. I hope you are able to rent this beautiful Tuscan home.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The perfect choice for Tuscan immersion

  • 5 of 5

If I was a fly on a wall, I would choose a wall at Casa Illuminata just to see the faces of those who see this Tuscan treasure for the first time. As you walk into the living area, you face a triptych of arched windows. It's a stunning, jaw-dropping view. Then you look around and discover how beautifully the room has been designed and decorated. Everything is both tasteful and thoughtful. Bookshelves fill the east wall, but its spaces are equally shared by books and objets d'arte. Many books provide help in exploring Tuscany and translating English to Italian.

The kitchen and dining area repeat the arch theme and again, it's obvious a lot of thought and creativity went into the design. By American standards, the kitchen is tiny, yet a chef and four of us maneuvered easily about the space as we learned to make polenta with prosciutto, spinach and goat cheese ravioli, sesame potatoes, a beef roll and one devine apple tart.

Casa Illuminata features two bedrooms, one upstairs from the living area and one below. The upstairs bedroom opens to a large terrace that provides the best view in all of Radicondoli. You'll spend a lot of time there lounging, eating, sipping wine or coffee, taking pictures, and -- of course -- sighing. It was there the sky blazed in shades of red as we consumed our culinary handiwork. The lower bedroom has a terrace as well. There's a nice view, just not as panoramic as what you get upstairs. Beds are very comfy and there are blankets and pillows galore. Bathrooms are modern and a washing machine resides in the downstairs bath. Clothes are air dried on racks. It's the way laundry is done in Italy.

Casa Illuminata is cosy, clean and comfortable. But perhaps its best feature is the hilltop village of Radicondoli. The locals still greatly outnumber the tourists and the vibe is relaxed, informal and friendly. If you're lucky enough to book this place, it comes with a wealth of information and tips from its owner. The tourist information center is close by and Karin can offer a long list of suggestions for dining, wine tastings and day trips. She's a great resource.

This beautiful Tuscan retreat does have one downside -- whether you stay for a few days or a few weeks, there will come a time when you must leave. Trust me, it's not easy.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful vacation spot!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time in radicondoli and will not be our last. What a beautiful area. Casa illuminata was everything we were hoping for. Two bedrooms, two baths wonderful living room and kitchen area and spectacular views. The town charm was exquisite!!!! If your looking for a great relaxed area to vacation, don't miss out on this gem and don't miss out on Casa Illuminata.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mark, Thank you for your generous review and thank for gracing our village and home with your warm, friendly presence. Karin told me how wonderful your group was. It was a pleasure to host you. Come back again soon! Tante belle cose, Marlane
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Map

Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Florence
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Colle di Val d'Elsa
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
La Pergola
Nearest Beach
90 Miles
Follonica
Car: necessary

We can arrange for you bike rentals, hot air balloon rides, cheese farm visits, winery tours, cooking lessons and more. Just ask.

Photos

Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $120
Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night
Damage Insurance $79

No pets or smoking are permitted in the house.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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