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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 Apartment sleeping 6-9 (daily rate Euro 230 in high season)
  • Double rooms rented as a B+B (daily rate from Euro 60 - 90 in high season)

Accommodation

  • Il Refugio: Ground floor apartment: Large double room (Sleeps 2), bathroom (not en suite), kitchen/sitting/dinningroom and long patio @ Euro 90 per day
  • Bushbaby Room: large double room with two singles and a fold our bed - sleeps 3; shared bathroom @ Euro 60 per day (not including breakfast)
  • Zimbabwe Room: Large double room with two Queen size beds and fold out sofa - sleeps 2 - 6 people; shared bathroom @ Euro 70 per day (not including breakfast)
  • Meals can be provided with advance order

Facilities

  • permenant kids splash pool
  • WiFi Internet Access in all rooms
  • Ceiling Fans in all rooms
  • Central heating throughout
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Audio Amplifier - Connect your iPod
  • well equipped kitchen with all mod cons
  • Dinning table seating 8
  • Outside patio with tressle table for large gatherings
  • Extra Crockery available for large gatherings
  • Barbeque near patio

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, 1.7 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.

Casa Quintino is situated on the edge of the Parco Benessere (Wellbeing Park) which has been created for healthy holidays. Gambassi Terme is the center of a lively group of conservationists who organise excursions into the hills and forrests to visit hermits caves, ancient aquaducts and old monastires buried in the forrest. Whether walking, riding horses or by mountain bike there is plenty to explore along the Via Francigena, the ancient pilgims route to the Holy Land. There is a new spa in the little town of Gambassi as well as at the pretigious Castel Falfi where an upmarket resort has been developed for the rich and famous. This includes a sunset bar overooking the most beautiful valley in Tuscany, an exotic horizon swimmingpool and spa open to the public. see www.gambassigena.it

Casa Quintino is not offered as a pristine 'Villa', but is a quirky home, lovingly restored by the family to retain the feel of this old farmhouse. It was first 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, with no made made sounds or sights and you will have complete privacy to relax away from it all..

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.
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, and ashower/wc on the ground floor.

The original animal stalls ('Le Stalle') on the ground floor 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 tressle table ideal for long midday meals al fresco.

Also on the ground floor, the large double 'Lamu Room' (5 x 4 meters) has a massive four poster bed, with elegant mosquito net was carved in Lamu Island,East Africa. 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 fortified village
  • Vinci: Leonardo's home museum
  • San Vivaldo: Medieval Crusader park

Food and Wine

  • Wine Tasting in every direction around Quintino especially towards San Gimignano
  • Italian Cooking Lessons with Arcangela, cook and eat a typical Tuscan meal @ Euro 65 p.p. +39 05711614755
  • Oil Tasting and full emersion in a Tuscan farm: +39 0571 638486 / +393287874250
  • Eco-Brunch and guided tour of permaculture +39338 2081548
  • Pasta making demonstration (free) Pastificio San Cristoforo + 393318235907
  • Pizza Bar, Castel Falfi Il Rosmarino. +39 0571890159
  • Elegant dinning at Castel Falfi Restaurant
  • Good local fare at Molino D'era, on the road to Volterra
  • Local Trattoria at San Vivaldo
  • Volterra, a street of delightful local eating places
  • San Gimignano; a popular resort for tourists and every one's taste

Culture

  • Italian Lessons in Florence
  • Etruscan Museum in Volterra
  • Roman Amphitheatre in Volterra
  • Renaissance Art Galleries (Florence/Siena)
  • 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)
  • Famous Pallio Horse Race (Sienna)

Outdoors

  • By horse along via Fancigena Tel: +39 320 4616650/ 348 7298218 Euro 20 p.p
  • By mountain bike along Via Francigena: +39 057 639192 free information from Tourist Office via Volterrana 60/A Gambassi Terme
  • Toscana by bike: Hire an electric bike and explore the Via Francigena on a guided tour @ Euro100 per person. +39 3939774847
  • Visit the Spa in Gambassi for a day of pampering with your favourite treatement: special discount for our guests
  • A day on the beach at Cecina, join the the fun of a lively all-Italian beach, one hour drive from Quintino
  • Hiking on the Via Francigena: one day guided tours to old churches along the pilgrim route. phone Irina +393664063534

 

 

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