Madonna del Bagno

Eastern Tuscany

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  • Ground Floor: Living/dining room with doors to terrace (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD, WiFi). Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave). Double bedroom with en suite shower room and doors to terrace. Double/twin bedroom with doors to terrace. Bathroom.
  • First Floor: Double/twin bedroom. Double bedroom (four poster bed) with doors to exterior stairs. Shower room. Small independent kitchen/diner (dishwasher, microwave) with doors to partially covered terrace and stairs to pool terrace.
  • Outside: Grounds of lawn and terrace. In-built barbecue. Wood oven. Washing machine. Covered private parking.
  • Private infinity swimming pool (12m x 6m) with corner steps.

Surrounded by lush olive groves and majestic Cypress trees, Madonna del Bagno is a recently restored property nestling on a hillside with truly breathtaking views over the Val di Chiana. The town of Castiglion Fiorentino, just 2km away, dates back to medieval times, its fortified walls clearly visible across the valley. As the panorama continues, the Castello di Montecchio is an iconic focal point of the area. Together the two create a natural frame for one of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in Tuscany.

The stunning stone exterior of this 19th century farmhouse is attractive and stylish. Verdant gardens seemingly blend effortlessly with the surrounding countryside as terraced olive groves tower high above on their journey uphill.The large infinity pool is a real feature of this property, with a splendid backdrop and ample terracing from which to absorb the views.

Inside, the décor has a typically Tuscan feel with cool terracotta floor tiles, pastel colours and exposed wooden beams. Thick stone walls keep the house fresh and cool during hot summer temperatures. Wrought iron bed frames and quality wooden furniture adorn the comfortable bedrooms where particular attention has been given to maximising the sense of space.

Castiglion Fiorentino offers a wide variety of bars, shops and restaurants. Neighbouring Cortona (13km) is a lively spot with steep cobbled streets and narrow passageways attracting artists from every corner of the globe. Be sure to spend an evening here to appreciate the town by night and soak up the quintessential Tuscan atmosphere. Further afield are Perugia (59km) and Florence (88km) both of which are worthy of a day trip.

  • The owners respectfully request that guests do not smoke inside the house.
  • The 2 double/twin bedrooms can be prepared as either - please advise at time of booking.
  • Please note: the price shown does not include a tourist tax of approx. €8 per person (payable locally). Children under 12 are exempt.

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Great Things to Do Near Madonna del Bagno

Experience the 'passeggiata'

No, it is not an Italian dance! In any town or large village, especially on a weekend or holiday, the inhabitants of the town will congregate in the main square in the early evening, to have a stroll around, talk to their friends, have an aperitif or ice cream, before dispersing for dinner. It is the perfect time to people watch!

Spend the day by the lake

Lake Trasimeno, to the south, is central Italy's alternative to the sea! There are eight public beaches around the lake, and various water sport activities are on offer or you can take a boat trip to the islands in the centre. There is also a cycle trail around the lake. The main town is Castiglione del Lago, but there are waterfront restaurants all round, many specialising in fresh fish. If you are holidaying at the end of July, you could attend the Palio of the Boats - a big boat race on the lake.

Take a tour of the Chianti vineyards

This world famous wine region is just an hour's drive to the west, with plenty of opportunities to taste and purchase excellent wines. Either go at your own pace stopping where you want to, or ask at any of the tourist offices for information on organised tours.

Go a little further afield

and visit the wonderful historic cities of Siena (1h 15m) or Florence (1h 30m), whose cultural wealth and architectural beauty is world renowned.

Enjoy wandering around Castiglion Fiorentino

a lovely walled Tuscan town with narrow streets, a lovely piazza and many hidden delights. Or spend the evening there having dinner by the piazza, watching the world go by.

Anghiari and Sansepolcro

Anghiari (40 mins) is a very pretty well-preserved medieval hilltop town. And nearby Sansepolcro (50 mins) is the birthplace of the artist Piero della Francesca and a couple of his masterpieces can be seen in the Museo Civico.

Cortona is a must

This gorgeous hilltop town is so picturesque it will take your breath away. It is full of interesting shops selling art and crafts, and local produce. Lots of events are held over the summer months, so ask at the tourist office for what's on during your stay.

Whilst in Cortona, follow the Roman road called Strada Basolata

which starts from the Chiesa del Torreone (at the top of Cortona) and climbs up towards il Monte S.Egigio, following the ridge of the mountain/hill. Fantastic views!

Go to market!

The local market in Castiglion Fiorentino is held every Friday morning in Piazza Garibaldi, and is a good opportunity not only to find fresh produce and specialities but also to mix with the locals and soak up the atmosphere of Italian village life.

The Tuscan Sun Festival

takes place in Cortona during the middle two weeks of August. Concerts, art exhibitions, and readings take place in the various churches and theatres, as well as many outdoor settings.

Seek out the books 'Under the Tuscan Sun' and 'Bella Tuscany'

Much of the content of these novels is set around Cortona. Read them on holiday and visit the places mentioned in the books to let the stories really come alive!

Enjoy the Giostra del Saracino

which takes place in the Piazza Grande in Arezzo in June and September. People from the town dress up in medieval costumes and parade through the town, which ends with a jousting competition.

Arezzo

The city of Arezzo is about 30 minutes away by car. Its famous residents have included the poet Petrarch and the painter Piero della Francesca. In more recent times, it was the setting for the film 'Life is Beautiful' by Roberto Benigni. The hub of the city is the red-brick Piazza Grande, surrounded by many beautiful buildings. Do not miss the Basilica of San Francesco to see Piero della Francesca's largest and finest work, 'History of the True Cross'. A famous antique fair is held in Arezzo on the first Sunday of every month. Dealers come from all over Italy to attend. See if you can find a bargain!

Discover Tuscany’s olive oil

Olive oil is widely used throughout Italy in cooking and as a condiment. Most families with a patch of ground grow their own olives for oil - and if you are visiting, you can buy direct from the grower. This is quite easy, as almost every wine producer also produces olive oil so that oil can be bought at any of the very numerous “Olio”, Vendita Diretta and Degustazione places dotted along the country roads of Tuscany.

Hunting castles in Chianti

There are lots of castles, towers and fortified abbeys in the Chianti region. Go exploring and get the kids imagining who used to live in these impressive (sometimes ruined!) places. Pick up a leaflet in Gaiole in Chianti; there are six different itineraries to choose from.

Make a splash!

The 'Acquapark Crocodile' in Arezzo offers numerous slides, swimming pools and whirlpools. You can also play beach volleyball, visit the aqua-gym or take a swimming class (all ages). Drinks and refreshments available in several bars or the restaurant, or take your own food to enjoy in the picnic area.

Parco Zoo della Fauna Europea

This animal park at Poppi, near Arezzo, occupies 50 hectares and specialises in common European animals. The zoo is open all year round and offers free parking, two bars and a big restaurant with lake views, a playground for your children and a botanical garden.

Nearby

Towns

Castiglion Fiorentino 5 mins
Cortona 20 mins
Arezzo 30 mins
Perugia 60 mins
Florence 80 mins

Airports

Perugia 65 mins
Florence 80 mins
Bologna 130 mins
Pisa 130 mins
Rome Ciampino 140 mins
Ancona 170 mins
Rome Fiumicino 170 mins
Times are approximate

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