Top three villas for weddings

From the unspoiled UNESCO World Heritage Site, Val d’Orcia with its spectacular sunsets, to the hill-top towns above rolling hills and the romance and vibrancy of Siena or Florence; whatever your wedding day dream a unique, magical and unforgettable celebration awaits you.

Famous for fabulous food, delicious wines and unrivaled hospitality Tuscany offers the perfect backdrop to your celebration. But push the boundaries of your imagination still further and you will discover Tuscany has even more to offer whatever the season…

Castello – San Casciano dei Bagni (SI) – sleeps up to 30 guests from € 17,700 per week

High atop a dramatic Tuscan hill, Castello proudly offers five houses for holiday rental.
Each of the houses is decorated to a five star standard. The houses form part of a picturesque hamlet with an impressive 11th century castle, stunning gardens, two beautiful breathtaking swimming pools, a theatre, and also a restaurant and bar with enchanting views.

 

 

 

 

 

Tarugi – Val d’Orcia – sleeps up to 18 guests from € 8,800 per week

Close your eyes and imagine your Tuscan dream house: 360° views, postcard’s sceneries from all the windows, the warmth and cosy atmosphere of the Tuscan’s houses together with the comforts of all the modern amenities. Fresh organic vegetables and typical products to be savoured under the pergola with views of the surrounding fields where sheep draw abstract illustrations. Enjoy the sunset from a jacuzzi with a glass of red wine and a backdrop of “calanchi” and a medieval Tower. Now open your eyes, you don’t have to dream anymore, your ideal villa is here: Tarugi.

Serratone – Gavorrano (GR) – sleeps up to 18 guests from € 10,200 per week

A 9 bedrooms luxury mansion set in its own oasis of natural beauty in the heart of the Maremma region of Tuscany. Serratone is composed of two adjoining houses connected by an open gallery on the ground floor and an open terrace on the top floor. The annexe, detached from the house, is a intriguing conversion of a silo previously used for wheat storage.

Guests will be astounded by the magnificent swimming pool and surrounding grounds including the pool house. Tennis court, access to private golf club and horseback riding makes this villa perfect for those who love sports and nature.

What’s new for 2013

Here’s another beautiful villa we’ve just added to our portfolio: Ripa

Ripa is an elegant Tuscan villa just outside the medieval village of San Casciano dei Bagni in southern Tuscany.  The villa enjoy amazing views over the UNESCO heritage site of Val d’Orcia.

Private but not isolated this villa welcome its guests in a cosy and warm atmosphere. The garden, Loggia and pool are the perfect places to relax and enjoy the views.

This villa is perfect for those who want to be near a village but still have some privacy and those who love Thermal Spa as all the guests have special discounts on access to the thermal pools and treatments. The village of San Casciano is just 5 minutes away.

Ripa is an ideal villa for winter holiday as well. We always suggest this villa to guests for family reunion at Christmas thanks to its warm and cosy atmosphere and the proximity of the Spa, to spend lazy days immersed in the hot thermal waters.

Ripa sleeps 10 from € 9,400 per week –  sleeps 14  from 12,200 per week

Contact us for more info.

The art of ceramic

BAE Ceramiche
Another typical “bottega” where you can see artisans working and buy some lovely gifts to bring back home.

Next to the Mosaic shop this small ceramic workroom owned by Gianfranco and his daughter  Roberta will welcome you and show you the art of creating and painting beautiful ceramics as well as Etruscan “Bucchero”.

On request they also organise classes.

Via Dell’Opio nel Corso 16 – Tel.: 0578 758430.

A real artisan in Montepulciano

LMA – Laboratorio Mosaici Artistici

There are a lot of shops in Montepulciano but we’ve selected just a few that are not just shopping places but  places where you can see real artists working and realise their products.

The LMA is a small typical “bottega” with a real artisan that realises reproductions by famous painters and characteristic Tuscan landscapes in mosaics.

You can just enter the shop and watch Albo working on his lovely mosaics.

Via di Cagnano 4 – Tel.: 0578 757272. Closed Sunday

Off the beaten path

Bagno Vignoni

A little jewel in the heart of the Val d’Orcia.

Located just 20 minutes drive from Pienza, near the lovely town of San Quirico d’Orcia, on the antique CASSIA road SS1 that connect Siena and Rome.

The name of this ancient village derives from Vignoni, already a famous castle in the 11 C, whose traces dominate the hill over the village. The thermal waters were frequented by the Romans. A porch-type bridge passes over the waters flowing from the bath towards the thermal establishments and subsequently going on to feed a series of mills situated along the steep banks of the river.

Sit under the Porch with a glass of wine and relax

Rolling barrels…

Bravio delle Botti – Montepulciano

On the last Sunday of August Montepulciano becomes the place where barrels roll up to the narrow streets until they reach the Piazza Grande.

It is just a game, of course, a challenge between the eight Contradas (divisions) of Montepulciano who compete for a painted cloth banner by rolling barrels of 80 kilos in an uphill race lasting around 1800 metres along the main street of the town.

The barrels are rolled by two athletes called “spingitori” whilst the course of the race winds through the streets of the towns historical centre until it reaches the churchyard of the Duomo in Piazza Grande.

The whole week prior to the main event is filled with important appointments and events: official trials of the “spingitori” for each of the Contrada; each evening the Contrade will open ready to welcome you with celebrations, dinners, games, music and… wine.

A special thanks to Nico Palazzi for sharing the beautiful images of the Bravio.