Villa Vista Lunga, Piazze, Cetona

Sleeps 10

A beautifully restored stone house and panoramic pool near Cetona

Property summary

Sleeps 10

3 double bedrooms, 2 twin bedrooms, 2 ensuite shower rooms, 3 ensuite bathrooms with separate showers, 1 extra WC

Location: Southern Tuscany

This property rents Saturday to Saturday

Surrounding Region

  • Shops and restaurants in Piazze 2 km
  • Spa and hot springs in San Casciano dei Bagni 9 km
  • Shops, tennis, horse riding in Cetona 11 km, Archeological museum in Sarteano 12 km
  • Train and motorway access at Chiusi 20 km, Historic garden and concerts at La Foce 27 km
  • Montepulciano 33 km, Pienza 43 km, Perugia 57 km
  • Valdichiana outlet shopping 46 km
  • Orvieto 50 km, Cortona 67 km, Siena 86 km, Florence 140 km
    Airports: Florence 1 3/4 hrs, Rome 2 hrs, Pisa 2 1/2 hrs
  • Accommodation

    Entry to this beautiful stone villa is through two sets of French doors into the large living area that spans the width of the house. With large sofas set in front of an open fireplace at one end and armchairs available at the other there is room for all guests to gather. A door to the left of the fireplace leads into a coral-hued dining room with a table for 10 and then further on to a charming country kitchen with a corner fireplace, marble countertops and all modern equipment necessary for delicious group dinners. On this floor there are two bedroom suites - a double bedroom with a French double bed and whose guests use an adjacent bathroom with a separate shower and a twin bedroom with an ensuite shower room just off the rear entry hall which can be set up as a double with prior request.

    Further bedroom suites are located on the upper floors - On the first floor there is a large double bedroom with a walk-in closet and a bathroom with separate shower and a twin bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. The final bedroom suite, a double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, is on the second floor, as is a sitting room with a sofa and armchairs in front of an open fireplace. A door leads from this room to an external staircase to the garden.

    With such a beautiful panorama to the front of the house, it is not surprising the owners have provided several spots to take in the view. To the side of the house, with acccess from the kitchen and dining room, a covered patio is furnished for outdoor dining. On a lower level to the house, where the swimming pool claims the best view, the wider side of the flagstone surround is equipped with sun beds for those interested in tanning and a sheltering pergola furnished with table and chairs for those who are not.

    Local area

    With the nearest village only a couple of kilometres away, basic shopping and Italian home cooking is guaranteed. Equidistant in opposite directions the charming medieval hill towns Cetona and San Casciano dei Bagni have streets that meander up and around and meet at a church's bell tower or towering fortress. While Cetona's churches are rich in artworks by artists such as Pinturicchio, San Casciano dei Bagni's wealth come in a more liquid form. Renown for its abundant sources of thermal waters, for centuries it has drawn people to its healing springs, as evidenced by the 5th cent. pagan temple and the adjacent Franciscan monastery that gave hospitality to travellers. Not surprisingly, one of Italy's best-known spas, the Fonteverde, thrives on the same spot. Also close is the ancient town of Sarteano; founded by the Etruscans, whose culture can be revisited in the splendid painting of 'The tomb of the infernal chariot' in the Civic Museum, this is a lively town famous for preserving its traditions, such as when the town celebrates its history in a mid-August Saracen Joust.

    When it's time to set history aside for a bit, a change of venue provides Valdichiana outlet shopping near Chiusi or delightful summer concerts in the beautiful gardens of La Foce, the home of Iris Origo as described in her book 'War in Val d'Orcia'. Wine lovers will be happy to know they are not that far from the Vino Nobile of Montepulciano; known as the 'Pearl of the 16th century', this town sits atop a narrow limestone ridge at 605 m. above sea level. Encircled by walls and packed with Renaissance palaces and churches, it buzzes with life on market day Thursdays and during late August festivals. With motorway access relatively close by, it is also easy to enjoy a day out at Arezzo or Orvieto. While the former lies in the wide Chiana valley and is noted for its excellence in textiles and goldsmithing and for its monthly antiquarian fairs, the latter sits atop a large butte of volcanic tufo, making its position one of the most dramatic in Europe. This Umbrian city has been populated since Etruscan times and offers marvels to see, both above and below ground. Perhaps the only thing better than the wealth of sites to see is the knowledge that comfortable rooms and a refreshing pool await your return.


    Arrival groceries
    Available on request
    Baby bed and high chair
    Available on request
    Available on request
    Bike rental in Chiusi, 20 km
    Available on request
    Coffee Maker
    American and Italian coffee makers
    Cooking lessons
    Available on request
    Extra cleaning
    Available on request
    Portable fans available on request
    Final cleaning included
    In upper and ground floor sitting rooms and kitchen
    Furnished outdoor areas
    Furnished covered patios and poolside pergola
    Hair dryer
    Hair dryer in each bathroom or shower room
    Central heating (Extra)
    Horse riding
    Available in Cetona, 11 km.
    Insect screens or mosquito nets
    1 screened window in each bedroom and in living room
    Internet access
    WiFi fast internet - better close to modems (1 on the top floor & 1 in yellow room)
    Iron and Ironing board
    Mid-week cleaning
    Cleaning twice a week included in Mid & High seasons
    Mobile phone coverage
    Coverage not great, though this depends on type of phone
    CD player
    Pets welcome
    Pets permitted on request for a small fee
    Pool towels
    Pool towels provided
    Restaurant nearby
    In Piazze, 2 km.
    Swimming pool
    Dim: 6x12 m. With sun beds and furnished pergola. Open in 2020: 1 June-28 Sept.
    Tennis court
    In Cetona, 11 km.
    Transport and tours
    Airport shuttle service on request
    Washing machine
    Winery and Wine tasting
    Wine touring can be organized

    Things to note

  • This property requires a security deposit of Euro 500 on arrival. Please ensure you have the necessary cash to leave with the caretaker.
  • Though the panoramic pool at Villa Vista Lunga sits at a lower level to the house it is not far to go for a swim.
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