Upon arriving at Villa La Verina, a sense of peace descends with only the sound of crickets and the breeze that whistles through the large oaks & blooming olive trees to disturb you. Turn the corner and the excitement is hard to contain......... a view so special and magical you simply cannot look away.
Beyond the pale blue swimming pool & rows of olive groves, lies the classic rolling hills of Tuscany, looking out it seems all the way to Pisa.
A fantastic place to rest and unwind with family and friends, Villa La Verina is also a great base to explore the surrounding treasures beyond the view!
A true Tuscan classic on the outside, Villa La Verina is cool and classic on the inside too as the many windows and vaulted ceilings allow the breeze to flow through the entire house. Exposed brick and beamed ceilings remind us of La Verina’s history, and beautifully furnished too with pieces collected from all corners of the globe.
The farmhouse itself sleeps up to 8 guests and the cottage nestled in the grounds can host up to 3 guests, occupied only as one estate.
The location of San Gimignano is unsurpassable as it rises some 334 m above seal level giving way to some of the most magnificent unspoilt views of the Elsa valley below. This walled town is famed for its 13 rather formidable towers, once 72 towers in total built as symbols of the wealth and power of the town’s medieval families. It is now one of UNESCO’s World Architectural Heritage sites. The town itself is named after the bishop of Modena who was said to have saved the city at one time from Attila the Hun.
However this area of Tuscany is most famous for its wines. The Vernaccia di San Gimignano is a dry, crisp white wine and was the first Italian wine to be awareded DOC status and has since been upgraded to DOCG. There are plenty of vineyards and wine tasting experiences we encourage you to experience! Sights worthy of visiting include the Palazzo Comunale and the Collegiata (the towns Romanesque Cathedral).
Other interesting towns in the area include Volterra and Colle Val d'Elsa.
Siena is approximately 49km and Florence 71km. Siena is one of the most unspoilt medieval cities in Italy with treasures scattered throughout its churches and museums. Beautiful gothic buildings combine with large open squares for the best Italian past time - people watching. During the 14th Century the Sienese School of Painting produced masterpieces from the likes of Pietro, Lorenzetti and Martini and now housed and marvelled at in the Pinacoteca, the Palazzo Pubblico and the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo.
For those who love the artworks of the Renaissance period, Florence the home of the Renaissance itself, has flourished since the 15th Century as a city of art, culture and international trading. Home to some of Italy’s most greatest artistic treasures in the world, it is a veritable banquet with the likes of Michelangelo, Da Vinci and Raphael pieces, to name but a few. Our suggestions would be the Cathedral, the Uffizi, the Palace of Bargello and the churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce. The library of San Lorenzo is a wonderful exhibition of Michelangelo’s artistic genius, and the bridge of Ponte Vecchio that stretches across the Arno River - an architectural marvel.
LayoutMain villa (for up to 8 guests):
Ground Floor: Entrance hallway with staircase to the first floor & access to: Master double bedroom with french doors to the terrace & En-suite shower room Double bedroom & En-suite shower room
First Floor: Beautiful sitting room with large stone open fireplace, french doors to balcony & doors to the upper terrace area. Access to: Fully equipped Kitchen/Dining Room 2 x Twin bedrooms Shower room En-suite Shower Room
For 9 people or more (maximum 11) independent cottage with: Entrance onto the sitting/dining/fully equipped kitchen Double bedroom with french doors overlooking the valley Single bedroom Shower room
- Private swimming pool 12.5 x 6.25 m - Depth 0.9 - 2.2m
- Fully restored brick built pizza oven
From May 2015 various improvements will have been made at the house including 6 additional headboards and more artwork in the main house; many new appliances; new furniture in the cottage; a new umbrella for the outdoor dining terrace and additional seating externally - in the upper garden a newly created viewing area with 2 park benches and a hammock and an outdoor coverted swing bench.
Swimming pool open between 15th May and 30th September (weather permitting).