4 double bedrooms, 1 twin/double bedroom, 2 ensuite shower rooms, 2 bathrooms with separate shower, 1 of which ensuite, 1 extra WC
Location: Southern Tuscany
This property rents Saturday to Saturday
At Palazzone a tree and rosebush-lined drive leads to the stone farmhouse whose arched French doors open to a large living room with long sofas and an open fireplace. From this room a wide arch opening accesses the dining room / library furnished with chaises near book-laden shelves and a rustic dining table for 12 is set to enjoy the view of Trevinano. While arched doors from this room open to a patio overlooking the pool, a bright hallway accessing the portico and WC leads to a modern travertine-dressed kitchen equipped to the standards of any modern cook. Conveniently off the kitchen is a 10 m. long portico furnished wicker armchairs and a stone dining table for 12 and ending at a built-in wood fireplace perfect for outdoor grilling.
On the ground floor there is a double bedroom perfect for anyone wishing to avoid the stairs. It has a king size bed and an ensuite wheelchair access shower room, not to mention a view of pastures, and hilly landscape to the west. All the other bedrooms are on the upper floor; while all are accessed from the stairway off the living room, the largest bedroom also has an external stairway leading to a private deck and then into the large king double bedroom with an open fireplace and an ensuite shower room with twin sinks. A second double bedroom on this floor also has an ensuite bathroom, in this case with both a shower and tub with a lovely panorama. Two further bedrooms, a king double and a twin, share a bathroom located between them, with twin sinks, tub and shower. All bedrooms have a small sitting area and all bath and shower rooms feature a lovely mix of natural materials and modern design fittings.
In addition to the portico several spots on the grounds have been designed to facilitate life outdoors – A restored pond surrounded by oak trees and fed by a deep well near the house is a peaceful oasis, with hammocks strung in the trees and table and chairs awaiting those seeking a moment of shade. Sun-seekers head instead to the infinity-edged swimming pool and the sun beds set on the flagstone patio flanking the pool, all positioned to enjoy a view of rolling hills and a neighbouring medieval town perched atop its tufo base.
While Trevinano, the town seen from the house perched on a tufo outcrop, does have two fine restaurants and a small grocery to rely on, it only takes 10 minutes to reach the larger San Casciano dei Bagni, famous for its abundant and beneficial thermal waters, be they in outdoor pools or indoor spas, such at the Fonteverde resort, established in the 17th century by the Medici. Equidistant is Acquapendente, a bustling market town with Etruscan origins, well-travelled in the Middle Ages thanks to its position on the Via Francigena, the pilgrims route to Rome.
Sitting practically at the intersection of three of Italy’s most fascinating regions – Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio – there is no end to the hilltop villages and ancient cities one might explore. The Etruscans, the powerful and wealthy civilization that flourished in these parts from 800 B.C. frequently built their settlements on hill, the steeper the better. Consider Orvieto atop a large butte of volcanic tufo and renowned for its marvellous gothic cathedral, the engineering wonder of the well of San Patrizio, a respectable white wine and a resplendent Corpus Domini festival in mid-June. Or the unique Civita di Bagnoregio, the quintessential hill town, connected to the rest of the world only by a pedestrian bridge. Also impressive is Pitigliano, a well-preserved town riding a tufo ridge, once known as ‘Little Jerusalem, for its Jewish community that thrived until the early 1900s. Wherever you visit, will want a camera along for the stunning views. To better understand the ancient Etruscan civilization the Archeological Museum in Tuscania and the painted tombs in Tarquinia are delightful musts.
In the Middle Ages towns flourished along the Via Francigena, the ancient pilgrim’s way from France to Rome. One such town was Siena, the medieval gem whose ancient hospital aided pilgrims and whose beautiful shell-shaped piazza, town hall, gothic art and architecture and famous Palio horse race draw visitors still today. Lovers of red wine are happy that Montalcino and Montepulciano are easily reached; the former is a town surrounded by fortified walls and extensive vineyards of the famed Brunello wine, while the latter, perched on a hillside, is the home of the Vino Nobile that bears its name. So central is wine production a part of Montepulciano that it hosts the Bravio delle Botti competition, that sees vying neighbors rolling wine barrels through the streets in late August.
There are two lakes within easy driving distance – Lake Trasimeno, Italy’s 4th largest body of water, with fine fish restaurants in towns along its banks, and Lake Bolsena, a volcanic lake with crystal waters and the haunting Isola Bisentina, accessible by boat from Capodimonte, itself the site of wonderful fireworks at the festival of St. Rocco mid-August. For those who prefer their water hot, there are abundant outdoor springs and spas in this area, the most striking, perhaps, the ‘square of springs’ in Bagno Vignoni, whose village square is decidedly thermal and once the favored watering spot of Lorenzo dei Medici and more than one touring Pope.
Endless destinations and days of discovery, all which happily end back at Palazzone, where a welcoming hammock, a panoramic portico and the quiet of Nature put it all in perspective.