Villa Giovannini

Central Tuscany

  • 18-22
  • 9
  • 10
Web Ref: 3353
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Accommodation

  • Ground Floor: Kitchen (oven, dishwasher, microwave). Breakfast/dining room (fireplace). Large formal dining room. Living room (TV, DVD, CD player, iPod dock). Second living room. Indoor jacuzzi and chill out area. Shower room. Double bedroom with en suite shower room and access to garden. Two cloakrooms. WiFi. Air conditioning throughout (payable locally).
  • First floor: Sitting room (fireplace). Master double bedroom with additional single bed, freestanding bath and en suite shower room. Three double bedrooms with en suite shower rooms. Double bedroom with additional single bed and en suite shower room.  Twin bedroom with en suite shower room.  Utility room (washing machine).
  • Annexe: (accessed by steps up to first floor level): Two bedrooms, each with double bed and additional single, with en suite shower rooms. 
  • Outside: Extensive grounds of olive trees and grassed areas. Dining area with parasols. Pizza oven. In-built barbecue. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (16m x 5m) with terrace surround. Open May to end September. Poolside shower.

Superb 360 degree views of rolling Tuscan countryside are the order of the day at this beautifully restored country home. It sits perched atop a hill across the valley from picturesque Volterra, an important Etruscan town long before Roman times, and a delightfully atmospheric place for a stroll or an evening meal.

Traditional Tuscan arches link the large ground floor rooms, all of which lead directly outside, and there is plenty of living space around the property for socialising or quiet relaxation. There is even an indoor jacuzzi allowing guests to really switch off and unwind from modern life.

A handy double bedroom can be found on the ground floor whereas all the remaining en suite bedrooms are on the first floor, including two independent bedrooms which have external access only and feature picture windows framing the surrounding Tuscan countryside.

Outside, the large open spaces feature a dining area, pizza oven and private swimming pool all positioned to make the most of the exquisite views across this most stunning of Tuscan vistas.

A traditional restaurant lies close to the house and Volterra (7km) is nearby for an afternoon’s sightseeing or an evening meal. Likewise, San Gimignano (18km) is an easy drive away and is magical day or night. Siena (55km), Pisa (60km) and Lucca (70km) are also within reach for a fine day out and some of the best beaches along the Tyrhennian coast are just 60km away at Castiglioncello.

The road leading to this villa is a ‘white’ unadopted road.
Flexible changeover days are possible outside of July and August - please enquire.

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Great Things to Do Near Villa Giovannini

Volterra

is a fascinating place, with a history dating back to the Etruscan era, when it was a centre of alabaster extraction. The warren of streets are dotted with restaurants and lead up to the Piazza dei Priori at the heart of the town, dominated by the impressive Palazzo dei Priori which serves as a town hall.

San Gimignano

...a beautiful UNESCO recognised town that originally had over 70 towers, ostensibly constructed to defend the inhabitants but also somewhat of a competition to build the highest one! Only a few remain but they still make a striking skyline. There are many fine examples of medieval and Renaissance art to see, or the Torture Museum is a slightly gruesome alternative.

Visit Siena

Siena's historic centre has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and deservedly so - narrow streets lined with cafes and shops lead to the heart of the town - the unique Piazza del Campo, the shell shaped slanting square. Enjoy a coffee or a relaxed lunch before heading off for some sightseeing. Many of the city's churches have beautiful frescoes and sculptures, particularly the Duomo (cathedral). Please note that the Palio horse race takes place on July 2 and August 16 - they are either days to avoid or days to visit depending on what you want to experience!

Markets

The weekly market is a vital part of Italian life - somewhere to buy fresh veggies and locally reared meat, but also somewhere to meet friends and catch up on the news. It is not just a practical but a cultural experience to join the bustling crowds and pick out some lovely produce to cook back at the villa. Go to San Gimignano on Thursday or Volterra's on Saturday morning. A handicrafts market is also held in Volterra on the third Sunday of every month.

Go out for an ice-cream

Children will love the 'gelateria' or Italian ice cream shop. Watch their eyes pop out on stalks when they see the rainbow-coloured display and so many different flavours to choose from!

Chianti wines

Chianti is almost certainly the most recognised wine producing region in Italy, and one of the most known globally. This region can be reached in about an hour from the villa. If you are holidaying here between 30th May and 6th June, you may like to join in the Chianti wine festival which is held in the small village of Montespertoli, with the first opportunity to try the year's vintage.

Have a lazy day

This villa is well suited to getting away from it all, and putting aside a day or two where the most strenuous activity is deciding whereabouts to relax. Choose from sunning yourself beside the pool, cooling down in the shade, wallowing in the hot tub or playing social games together in one of the living areas.

Try out the pizza oven!

Guests always enjoy cooking their own pizzas in the pizza oven... It may take a little practice, but the authentic flavour of a wood fired pizza is absolutely delicious!

Cook up a storm, or let someone else do it for you!

Villa Giovannini is well equipped for preparing and serving a large meal, and there is plenty of space for all the group to sit together to enjoy it, either in the formal dining room or outside in front of the breathtaking view. Or you may prefer to hire a caterer to do the hard work for you - as the owners run a catering firm, this couldn't be easier to arrange!

Go walking...

The villa is surrounded by the Monte Nero nature reserve. The terrain is characterised by steep slopes, rocky outcrops and deep gorges made in the basalt rock by the Strolla river. The area is largely wooded and there are many walking trails through stunning scenery, including to the ‘cascatelle della nera’ waterfalls.

Play a round of golf

at Castelfalfi, approx. 25km from the villa. Castelfalfi is the largest golf course in Tuscany, with 27 holes altogether, comprising the challenging ‘Mountain Course’ (Par 72, 6351 meters, 18 holes) and the more manageable Lake Course (Par 37, 3171 meters, 9 holes). There is also a driving range with grass teeing grounds, and a clubhouse. Tee-times need to be pre-booked.

Horse riding

Treks from one hour to full day available from ‘Maneggio Area 52 Park’ at Prato d’Era, just a short drive from the villa.

Volterra by night

A fascinating guided tour to the most wonderful corners of Volterra. Experience the charm of the Etruscan city, then known as Velathri, at the most magical time of day. Tour every Thursday between 7th July and 25th August.

Treat yourself

to a spa day or massage at Spa San Lorenzo in Colle Val d’Elsa. Facilities include hydro-massage pool, sauna, steam room and sensory showers. A perfect way to totally unwind on holiday!

Family day at the coast

It takes about an hour a quarter in the car to reach the coast at Cecina Mare. You might like to combine a morning at the beach with an afternoon splashing down water slides at the Cecina Waterpark.

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.

A little further afield but well worth getting up early for

The major cities of Pisa (1h15) and Florence (1h30) are within reach for a day trip, and of course are jam packed with points of interest, iconic landmarks and cultural, artistic and architectural masterpieces. The smaller city of Lucca (1h30) is also a real gem, very well preserved and picturesque, and a manageable size to walk around and get to know.

Enjoy the pool

- it is one of the largest pools in our programme (16m x 5m), so there is plenty of space to swim and splash around. And what a view!

Colle di Val d'Elsa

A town of two parts: the working town at the bottom of the hill, and the old walled village on the hillside. The old village has beautiful stone houses and cobbled streets, and is famous for its crystal glass production.

Nearby

Towns

Volterra 15 mins
Colle di Val d'Elsa 40 mins
San Gimignano 40 mins
Siena 60 mins
Pisa 75 mins
Florence 90 mins

Beaches

Viareggio 85 mins
Forte dei Marmi 90 mins
Lido di Camaiore 90 mins

Airports

Pisa 75 mins
Perugia 100 mins
Times are approximate

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