Villa San Giovanni is a beautifully renovated, spacious villa, the origins of which date back to the XVth century, situated opposite the ancient castle of San Giovanni d'Asso. A large sunny terrace and garden with private swimming pool overlook the spectacular Tuscan countryside. Its spacious rooms with air-conditioning, high ceilings and windows overlook the valley. The villa is elegantly furnished with antique furniture.
The villa is laid out on two floors: The ground floor comprises a large entrance hall, from which you enter into the beautiful, formally designed, XIXth century garden. The private 6 x 12 metre swimming pool is located on a terrace in the garden, next to a large changing room equipped with a large fridge suitable for poolside drinks and snacks.
Daily maid service, large sunny terrace, garden with swimming pool and spectacular views will guarantee a wonderful relaxing vacation. Please ask for the link of our home page to receive more information. Thank you!
Villa San Giovanni - surroundings: San Giovanni is a small village with approximately 300 inhabitants. The villa is situated in the upper part of the village - the 'Borghetto', directly opposite the ancient castle, the origins of which date back to the XIIth century, and which is now the seat of the municipal authorities. The territory of San Giovanni includes the hamlets of Montisi, Lucignano d'Asso, Monterongriffoli, Vergelle and Pieve a Salti. The nearby castle hosts the famous White Truffle Market in the month of November. TThe ancient romanesque church of San Giovanni Battista is near to the castle, while in the lower part of the village lies the most important church in the area, the beautiful San Pietro in Villore, built in the XIth and XIIth centuries, and which is now surrounded by many cypresses.
Hot spings - pool in the winter: Tuscany is famous for its Hot springs, belonging to a geothermical system that more or less encircles Monte Amiata, the most spectacular being Saturnia in the south west of the region. Steaming water collects in a number of white limestone basins – a rare natural spectacle and great fun to bathe in! Swimming possible both in the natural basins and in smart thermal baths. Saturnia offers a wide range of comforts and even a sauna.
Close to the property is Bagno Vignoni which has been popular since Etruscan times. St. Catherine of Siena is said to have appreciated its thearpeutic qualities, as is Lorenzo the Magnificent, whose family built the splendid arcaded pool - a kind of flooded, bubbling piazza. Not far from this antique piazza there is a hotel with a lovely open air swimming pool, fed from hot springs. This is also available to external guests. And least but not last: Bagno San Filippo or Montepulciano thermal springs. Have yourself thoroughly pampered! Just relax here!
Some places of interest: The property’s location makes excursions to Siena, Assisi, Orvieto, Perugia, Arezzo and Florence an easy day trip. But the area below Siena, stretching from the monastery of Monte Oliveto to Montalcino and Montepulciano offers some rewarding sites that are well worth a visit.
In San Quirico d’Orcia make sure you see the Horti Leonini, an early Renaissance garden, as well as the western door in the city wall and the Collegiata (main church).
Montalcino is beautifully situated on a hill inhabited since Etruscan times, swathed in vineyards and olive groves. It is a quiet, affluent, attractive town with pretty buildings and flower-filled squares, and many shops selling the Brunello di Montalcino.
Montepulcino is a graceful Tuscan hill town, best known for its Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which was being praised by connoisseurs over 200 years ago and can certainly contend with Italy’s best today.
Pienza, the unfinished “utopian” city, was commissioned by Pope Pius II in 1459.