Villa Monastero (10/22 sleeping accomodations - 310 sq.m.) is located in Eastern Tuscany, just 18 kilometers to the southeast of the city of Florence. Eastern Tuscany has been described as a land of saints, hermits and monasteries and Villa Monastero was originally built as a living quarters for the farming monks of the Vallombrosa monastery. The Vallombrosa order was founded by San Giovanni Gualberto Visdomini in 1038 who aimed to convince other aristocrats to also give up their riches and adopt a simpler life of greater virtue. Contrary to these origins the order grew both rich and powerful during the 16th and 17th centuries when the famous central abbey was built. Villa Monastero would have been built during the early middle ages, with the addition of its two central towers to mirror those of the fortress-like abbey during the Renaissance.
For those wishing to explore eastern Tuscany in greater depth, the ancient city of Arezzo is only 70 kilometers from Monastero and the nearby hilltop town of Cortona with its narrow, steep streets and medieval homes are perfect for visitors in search of architecture, art, and culture. We will help guests with itineraries to towns, such as Bibbiena (one of the oldest towns in the region, and subject to intense territorial feuding between Arezzo and Florence in medieval times), Poppi, and the vast Casentino region, an area of tiny villages nested among hills covered with ages old woodland just to the north of Arezzo. Day trips are also easily planned to all areas in Tuscany, and we are happy to help you with itineraries to towns, such as Lucca, Pisa, San Gimignano, Voltera, Montepulciano, Siena, and the Chianti region. Tuscany is known for its wines and with advance notice we can arrange for a guide to show you the area of your choosing and can help you customize your itinerary to wineries and vineyards in the Chianti Region. Villa Rental with pool for Vacations Rental in Tuscany
HISTORY: Villa Monastero is surrounded by 25 acres of land, cultivated by olive groves and a small, San Giovese vinyard, which were once tended by the monks of the region. The monks' living quarters have been restored into 3 apartments which may be rented on a weekly basis.
The region of Eastern Tuscany is appealing to those in search of art, architecture and culture, but also those who would like to relax in natural surroundings. The nearby abbey buildings at Vallombrosa are surrounded by such beautiful woodland that John Milton described them in his epic poem Paradise Lost (1667). The forest is the largest beechwood forest in Europe and there are numerous marked paths and picnic areas, in particular amongst the glorious, ages old forests within the vicinity of the monastery at Vallombrosa.
Tuscany vacation Villa: The three Villa Monastero apartments all have private bathrooms and kitchens and each can sleep from 2 to 6 persons. Every apartment has beautiful North/South views of typical Tuscan scenery, including groves and vines. The apartments all have high powered cooling fans and amenities, such as toasters, microwaves, sound systems, hairdryers and irons. Michelangelo (3+2 - m2 60):
Common room with fireplace and fold out double bed, kitchen, bathroom and double bedroom. An additional single bed may be added to the bedroom. Giotto (5+1 - 65 m2):
Kitchen/Dining room/Common room with fireplace, two double bedrooms, each with private sink, bathroom with shower. An additional single bed may be added to each of the bedrooms. Donatello (6 sleeping accommodations- 60m2)
Common entryway sala, kitchen, two double bedrooms, bathroom. An additional single bed may be added to each of the bedrooms. DEPENDANCE Montepescoli (4+1 sleeping accommodations)
: close to the Villa, two double bedrooms, bathroom with shower, 1 sofà-bed. The villa has 4 independent apartments which can be connected if required
SERVICES: Washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, Sky TV and DVD, toaster, stereo with CD player, computer with internet. Bicycles may be hired at Villa Monastero. There is a an 8 x 4 x 1.4 meter raised swimming pool the overlooks the San Giovese vines and olive groves below. Cooking lessons may be arranged for at the adjacent villa of Montepescoli and are given by a local Italian ‘Signora’. Menus include typical regional foods and local, genuine ingredients . A concierge service is offered, including all reservation requests and suggestions for day trips, restaurants, and museums. Free internet access is provided. Horseback riding is within 20 minutes. Golf is within 40 minutes. (www.golfugolino.it). Tennis facilities are within 10 minutes. Basic Italian lessons are arranged for upon request. Tours at competitive prices are offered by local guides to many area locations and museums. The tours are held in small groups or privately and include all transportation costs and entrance fees when applicable. Vendemia days are organized during the months of September and October. Guests participate in the harvest of local rufina grapes and also enjoy a home cooked meal by local farmers prepared with 100% natural ingredients from their farm. Home cooked meals are prepared by a local chef upon request and are served under the loggia or outside in the common area.
WHERE WE ARE: From Villa Monastero to: Florence - 18km. Arezzo - 60km. Rome - 300km. Siena - 90km. San Gimigano - 75km. Pisa - 120km. Pontassieve Train Station - 6km. (1 kilometer - km = 62 miles).
Villa Monastero is located just 18 kilometers southeast of the city of Florence, and six kilometers southeast of the village of Pontassieve.