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This Tuscany rental farmhouse is a peaceful medieval farmhouse sitting in an unspoilt valley on the border between the provinces of Siena and Pisa.
The thick stone walls and the original layout of the inner rooms give this house an ancient atmosphere and a lovely cool temperature in summer. In winter the large fireplace in the living room creates a cozy nest.
The simple and rustic décor and the natural setting of the house take you back to the slow pace of rural life.
Collonzolo scored 2 in the "'World's top 10 Family Friendly Holiday homes" in 2010.
The country house is made up of 3 bedrooms, each with its own full bathroom, two of which en-suite. A fully fitted kitchen and a living room with the fireplace are on the ground floor. On the second floor sits another bedroom, with its own entrance and bathroom.
The garden develops over different levels and features different eating and relaxing spots under the secular trees, hammock, garden chairs, a little wooden playground for children and a big private pool.
The area offers many activities like mountain biking, trekking etc.
Velia, the owner who lives on site, is always available to suggest lovely excursions and to prepare genuine meals.
Velia co-owns a marvellous restaurant in Radicondoli with her 2 sons Federico (Ghigo) and Tommaso. La Pergola di Radicondoli is not just renown for its authentic Tuscan cuisine, true to traditional recipes. La Pergola also offers a terrace with a breathtaking view of the surrounding Tuscan hills, stretching from San Gimignano to Volterra. This is the ideal setting for a romantic dinner, or simply to enjoy a glass of local wine under the starlit sky, which turns everything into magic.
Castelnuovo di Val di Cecina is a small village in the Colline Metallifere, sitting on the offshoots of the Maremma overlooking the Tirrenean sea and the Isle of Elba.
Its origins date back to the Lombard period (VII c), witnessed by a number of fortresses - still standing in the area - which the Lombards built when opening new roads in search for minerals between Volterra and Massa Marittima.
The area around Castelnuovo is rich in archaeological sites of the neolithic, etruscan, barbaric and medieval periods. The land is also marked by stunning millenary parish churches witnessing the rooting and spread of Christianity in the area.
The landscape is characterized by gentle hills, about 500-600 metres high, except the Devil’s Yard reaching 875 mts. Beside the River Cecina, the region is crossed by the Cornia stream that springs here and by tributaries of the Cecina, the Pavone and the Possera being the most important ones.
The woods are thick and the vegetation ranges from the Mediterranean scrub – pine trees, junipers, English oaks, strawberry trees – to the typical Appennine vegetation with turkey oaks, hornbeam, ashes, chestnuts.
The area offers wonderful walks through centenary chestnut groves towards the Appennines, where you can enjoy stunning views of the Cornia Valley, The Tyrrenian sea with the Isle of Elba and on a clear day even Corsica.
Other walks take you through the valle del Pavone in deep woods and moving towards Sasso Pisano you can take a fascinating walk along the fumaroles and sulphureous exhalations characterizing the area.
The land around Castelnuovo is very rich in thermal baths and springs, making it an ideal destination also in Autumn and winter. Petriolo and Galleraia are but a few.Worth visiting around the area are the villages of Sasso Pisano, Montecastelli Pisano, Radicondoli, S. Galgano a unique Romanesque church not far away.
Massa Marittima,Volterra, S. Gimignano, Siena, Florence are all less than an hour’s drive away, so is the beautiful beach of Castiglione della Pescaia, Punta Ala or the more modern and happening Follonica.
The port of Piombino, where you can take the ferry to the beautiful Isle of Elba, is a mere 60 kms away.
Castelnuovo on Wednesdays
Sasso Pisano third Friday of the month
Castelnuovo: second Monday in June; the Monday after the last Sunday on August; 10 November.
Montecastelli Pisano: 11 September
Sasso Pisano: third Tuesday of June; 17 September
La Leccia: 9 September
FEASTS AND SAGRE
Castelnuovo· Around August 20 Arts and crafts festival: the village come sto life with medieval artisans, food stands, street artists and shows.
Last week of October and first of November Chestnuts Festival: roast chestnuts, chestnut cakes and delicacies are sampled in street stalls.
Montecastelli· 10 August Concerto di S. Lorenzo in the parish church square·
last two weeks of August Acting and Painting shows.
Sasso Pisano· Second Sunday of August Fumarola Feast typical food, music and shows are held in the alleys of this medieval hamlet
December The Sasserino Olive oil festival Typical home made delicacies made with the freshly pressed olive oil can be enjoyed in the streets along with shows and music.
Leccia Beginning of September Grapes feas:t grapes based traditional dishes and lots of wine to be enjoyed in the streets of this small hamlet.
Typical products of the area are: Saffron, sweet almonds, honey, cheese, sasserino olive oil, honey, lots of Porcini mushrooms.
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