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"Explore the wilds of Tuscany"

A genuine Tuscan farmhouse, ideal for those who need to get off the beaten track.

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Casa Quintino appeals to people who love nature and solitude

Casa Quintino is the perfect place to unwind
Climb into ruins, explore ancient etruscan civilisations.
Picture yourself in Tuscany
Quintino sits between wild forests and farmland.

Rental Options

  • Whole Villa 8 - 11 (Weekly / Monthly)
  • Top Apartment 6 + 3 (Weekly / Monthly)
  • Lower Apartment 2 + 1 (3 night minimum)

Accommodation

  • 4 private bedrooms (2 double + 2 twin)
  • 2 fully equipped Kitchens
  • 2 Bathrooms, (2 showers and one bath)
  • 2 Sitting Room / Dining Rooms
  • Large outside patio
  • Extra beds (1 double sofa bed + 1 single foldout bed)

Facilities

  • WiFi Internet Access in all rooms
  • Ceiling Fans in all rooms
  • Central heating throughout
  • 1 Washing Machine
  • 2 Dishwashers
  • 2 TVs (Italian TV or connect your hard-drive)
  • Audio Amplifier - Connect your iPod

Getting Here

  • AIR: Fly to Rome, Pisa or Florence
  • TRAIN: Pisa / Florence - Siena line: get off at Certaldo or Poggibonzi station
  • CAR: ESSENTIAL to have a car (*Required)
  • TIME BY CAR:4 hours from Rome Airport / one hour from Pisa or Florence Airport




"an old farmhouse above a hidden valley"

Situated above a hidden valley, backed by mountainsides of forest, Casa Quintino is at the end of a farm road, 1.6 kms from the main road (SP4) : 25 minutes drive from either Volterra or San Gimignano and in the center of the cultural triangle, one hour equidistant from Pisa, Florence and Siena. To the east, it is an easy one hour drive to the long sandy beaches of the Etruscan coast, stretching from Cecina to Piombino, the gateway to the islands of Elba and Giglio. For naturalists, Casa Quintino is on the ancient pilgrim route, now the white truffle trail, and is ideal for mountain biking or hiking.

Casa Quintino is not offered as a classy 'Villa', but is a personized home, lovingly restored by the family to retain the feel of this old farmhouse. It was built 300 years ago on the site of a hermitage, where monks quarried travertine and built a little chapel, the ruins of which remain on the hill. We have tried to combine the ancient mood of the site, with modern comfort to offer you the deep tranquility of unspoiled Tuscan countryside. It is a haven of peace, off the conventional tourist route, and you will have complete privacy as it is not shared by other families.

The personal paintings, books, piano, ethnic furnishings, as well as the simplicity of the rough finish appeal most to those who are seeking a genuine getaway from urban sophistication. Casa Quintino is in a charming position with long views over looking rolling hills to Volterra on the skyline. In the evening the moon rise can be seen from the patio, and stars are extraordinary in the deep velvety night where in spring the only sound is the call of the nightingale. It is a nature lover's delight with the birdsong of cuckoos and African hoopoes whilst deer, foxes, porcupines and wild boar regularly visit the ancient spring in the evenings.

Casa Quintino consists of two floors, with separate entrances: 'Il Refugio' upstairs sleeping 6-9, and 'Le Stalle' on the ground floor sleeping a couple.

The upstairs apartment 'Il Refugio', is up the original stone staircase and straight into the traditional living room with the original Tuscan fireplace. Now fitted with an effective jetmaster, and with TV and a small kitchenette, this cosy sittingroom is ideal for winter. On this floor there are three large double bedrooms, all 5 x 4 meters:
- the master bedroom, 'Lamu Room' is named for paintings of East Africa, with a kingsize 4 poster carved bed;
- the 'Zimbabwe Room' can be a double or have twin beds and has a pull-out sofa;
- the 'Bushbaby Room' (kids room) has twin singles which can be a double as well as an extra fold-out bed.

Each room has fans and central heating. All windows have lovely long unspoilt views over the valley below across the rolling hills to Volterra. There is one shared bathroom / WC with bath and shower on the top floor.

The ground floor is the main communal space if the whole villa is rented. The original animal stalls ('Le Stalle') have been converted into a large cool living room, (10 x 4 meters) under a double vault, with large comfortable chairs, sofa and television down one end, with well equipped dinningroom / kitchen on the other side. Two french windows open on the shady patio, with a refectory table ideal for long midday meals al fresco.

Also on the ground floor, the large double 'Tibetan Room' (5 x 4 meters) has the use of a simple shower room / WC (not en suite). The view from the bed through the french windows, across the valley, makes this spacious apartment ideal for a romantic getaway.



Within one hour of the villa...

Local Attractions

  • Florence, home of Renaissance Art
  • Siena: for the famous Palio race
  • Pisa: the Leaning Tower
  • Volterra: Ancient capital of Eruscans
  • San Gimignano: Medieval Manhatten
  • Monteriggioni: hill top village
  • Vinci: Leonardo's home museum
  • San Vivaldo: Medieval Crusader park

Food and Wine

  • Fine Local Restaurants
  • Wine Tasting
  • Italian Cooking Lessons

Culture

  • Italian Lessons in Florence
  • Etruscan Museum in Volterra
  • Roman Amphitheatre in Volterra
  • Renaissance Art Galleries
  • Art History Tours in Florence/Siena
  • Painting and Art Courses in Florence
  • Traditional Opera in the Piazza (San Gimignano)
  • Annual Andrea Boccelli Concert (Lajico)
  • Annual Medieval Festival in Volterra
  • Summer Music Festival (Lucca)
  • Summer Jazz Festival (Volterra)

Outdoors

  • Cycling and Walking Trails
  • Horse Ride over the hills
  • Day on the beach
  • Hire a scooter and explore
  • Natural Springs and Spa

 

 

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