|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
This exquisitely restored farmhouse is situated in one of the most beautiful positions, right in the heart of Chianti Classico. From its secluded position the views are absolutely stunning, with all the windows framing a picture of the lovely Chianti countryside at its best.
The Piaggione of Serravalle, at a first glance, appears as a gem naturally cast on the highest ridges of the Chianti hills of Central Tuscany, and as a jewel it shines with its authentic flavors, ancient traditions and silent stillness.
Shaded and enclosed by oak woods and shrouded by the greenness of its olive trees and vineyards, it mingles within the horizons of the grandeur of the Tuscan countryside that is still genuine and remarkably unspoilt.
The structure of Piaggione consists of three spacious apartments: La Nostra, the principal appartment wich holds 6/8 people; the Belvedere, located on the second floor of the Villa, holds 6 people; the Hunting Lodge, a separated cottage, holds comfortably 4 people.
Among the Villa there is the Loggia, which houses a wellness center embellished by an exotic touch. On the top floor a spa tub and an infrared sauna and, accessing via a staircase, you will approach a somewhat hidden room used for massages and turkish baths on the bottom floor.
You can let yourself go under shoothing jets of hot water or to the 37 ° C of the indoor hot tub. In alternative, you can be enveloped by the warm therapeutic infrared sauna, until it reaches the adjustable temperatures up to 65 ° C. In between sessions, you can relax on our ergonomic lounge chairs, underneath the beautiful orchids and tropical plants. Descending the stone steps from La Loggia you will access the hammam area, inspired by the most renowned spas of the Etruscans and the Romans and a room entirely dedicated to the art of massage, with a comfortable shower and the glittering mosaics of the Turkish bath. The steam bath together with the chromotherapy and aromatherapy, as well as being beneficial to the skin and respiratory system, contributes to the proper relaxation of the mind and the body.
La Loggia del Piaggione has a very unique characteristic: it's a spa area that we let upon request so that you can enjoy it privately with friends or family.
We offer the following treatments:
Hot tub with Jacuzzi 36/37 ° C: Being within the panoramic Loggia, it's always available even with cooler outside temperatures or at night-time: you will be immersed in nature and protected by the large panoramic windows and can be used comfortably by four people.
Infrared Sauna: Very beneficial for your body, but without the side effects of a traditional sauna, the operating temperature ranges from 45 to 60 °C and can be used by everyone.
Turkish Bath: The turkish bath, is a steam bath at 35-38 °C. The ambience decorated with mosaics is equipped with all comforts, a chromotherapy light, a small fountain to refresh your wrists and your face and a hand shower to cool the lower limbs. Ten minutes are required for your skin and the respiratory tracts to gain great benefit, then, before repeating the session we recommend a warm
shower. During or after the treatment you can relax in the lodge or in the small garden reserved for wellness from where you can comfortably access the pool area outside.
In the wellness area is located a comfortable lounge for massages that will favor your complete relax.
On appointment, a specialist will be at your disposal to provide you with a massage: ayurveda, relaxation, reflexology etc.
If you desire to take advantage of these treatments, we recommend contacting us before arrival.
On the outside you are welcomed by a splendid swimming pool that plunges down on the lush valleys and, between sprouts of fragrant shrubs, built in the rocks, a jacuzzi tub that is surmounted by a spurt of hot water. Small paths and stone steps cut into the gardens that slope down the valley, designing silent hidden nooks that make its way through the forests. In this enchanting setting, stand out the modern sculptures of famed artist Alberto Inglesi that will accompany your quaint countryside strolls and hikes. If your desire is to rediscover the spontaneousness of life, the Piaggione of Serravalle is the place to be, to relax and immerse yourself in the magnificence
of a Tuscan setting blessed by serenity and silence.
The Piaggione of Serravalle is a lively farm that is in constant action and that brings forth its daily activities that are carried out in order to achieve a balance of eco-friendly status that are , rational and respectful of the rules that prevail in nature and that characterizes its existence in every detail. Plants and animals, placed at the center of activities, have always been treated like human beings and therefore have the best care and attention to undergo the strictest quality controls that strive
for excellence as well as for superb genuineness. The seasonal cycle of activities, therefore, commence in spring with the most suitable positioning of the plants, sowing the seeds and the maintenance of gardens, vineyards and olive groves. During the summer we proceed mainly with the picking of fruits and vegetables and then we begin canning the food for the winter and start collecting the wood for the colder months. Autumn however, is the most busy period since we deal first with the grape harvest and later with the olive picking.
We also commence all the various processes for the production of wine and oil, the squeezing and the pressing and we also collect the wild fruits from our forests , traditionally considered to be one of the bases that characterize our local cuisine. During the winter, with the arrival of the frosts we end our labors but we also have to start preparing the land for the new year to come and we have
time to devote ourselves to more domestic chores. Of course we always have our farm animals to look after. The food processing is challenging and goes hand in hand with the local tradition, to sustain the authenticity of ancient flavors and discovering new ones, thus giving the opportunity to gourmet fanatics to acquire the most authentic recipes , the methods of cultivation and preservation.
The culinary skills of Camilla, joined with the hard labors of Alberto, will allow you to take advantage of the exquisite cold meats, salamis, bruschette and cheeses produced on the farm and we will be honored to prepare you memorable full course meals with traditional dishes, accompanied by Chianti DOC and DOP Extra Virgin Olive Oil; all obviously of our own produce and of course our products can be purchased directly on the farm. Camilla also offers her services as a professional tour guide, organizing trips and excursions all over Siena and its territory and enriching them with thorough descriptions and explanations. Albert, instead, offers his own experience and skills in the arts, by offering sculpture and painting classes. Among the various projects under construction, in the future Piaggione will be able to offer cooking classes as well as organizing educational strolls along the paths of the vegetable gardens. Also at a stones throw from Piaggione recently has been established a horseback riding center , with a full range of activities related to equestrian trekking through the ancient roads of the Chianti hills.
Camilla is a licensed tour guide that has been operating for over thirty in Siena and its province. Together with her husband Alberto, at her mothers death, despite the hard times, she decided to roll up her sleeves and take control of the project, proving not only to be fit for the task but demonstrating a strong character suitable for the role. She undertook challenging decisions, always dictated by a spirit of loving-kindness and far-sighted choices that rewarded her over the years and that culminated in this wonderful masterpiece.
Camilla is fluent in English, French and German and her vast knowledge of local history and art of the area, together with her fascinating savoir faire, guarantee unforgettable tours and excursions to explore Siena and its treasures. Her passion for the authentic taste of local cuisine, is high-flown in her first-class preparation of typical dishes that she cooks and serves in unforgettable dinners accompanied by Chianti wines of her own production in front of somewhat a fairy tale landscape.
CAMILLA purchased this villa in 1920
for understand who we are visit our website www.ilpiaggionediserravalle.it
At Piaggione of Serravalle you will discover La Loggia , a small wellness paradise. Created from the predilection of the family for aesthetics, health and body care, La Loggia, with its large windows, treasures the most precious secrets for a complete physical and mental relaxation. You can let yourself go under soothing jets of hot water or to the 37 ° C of the indoor hot tub. In alternative, you can be enveloped by the warm therapeutic infrared sauna, until it reaches the adjustable temperatures up to 65 ° C. In between sessions, you can relax on our ergonomic lounge chairs, underneath the beautiful orchids and tropical plants. Descending the stone steps from La Loggia you will access the hammam area, inspired by the most renowned spas of the Etruscans and the Romans and a room entirely dedicated to the art of massage, with a comfortable shower and the glittering mosaics of the Turkish bath. The steam bath together with the chromotherapy and aromatherapy, as well as being beneficial to the skin and respiratory system, contributes to the proper relaxation of the mind and the body.
La Loggia del Piaggione has a very unique characteristic: it's a spa area that we let upon request so that you can enjoy it privately in company of friends or family.
We offer the following treatments
Hot tub with Jacuzzi 36/37 ° C: Being within the panoramic Loggia, it's always available even with cooler outside temperatures or at nighttime: you will be immersed in nature and protected by the large panoramic windows and can be used comfortably by four people,.
Infrared Sauna: Very beneficial for your body, but without the side effects of a traditional sauna, the operating temperature ranges from 45 to 60 °C and can be used by everyone.
Turkish Bath: The turkish bath, is a steam bath at 35-38 °C. The ambience decorated with mosaics is equipped with all comforts, a chromotherapy light, a small fountain to refres
The use of the wellness is included in the price: Summertime, Easter and Christmas
for all the others saisons the price for the free use of SPA is € 50 each person for the week , bathrobes and slippers included.
Heating: the central heating is included, we ask just € 15,00 contribution each day to provide all the wood for the several fireplaces.
5% discount for 2 weeks booking.10% for 3 weeks
Camilla and Alberto were the perfect hosts. The villa was just as the pictures showed and accommodated 10 adults easily. And after a long day of travel to get there, the hot tub was wonderful. Nestled in a working vineyard along a hilltop the views were breathtaking every time we looked out the window or stood on one of the many porches. Alberto is quite the winemaker and his Chanti Classico rivals anything we tasted either dining out or at the nearby wineries. We had a couple renewing their wedding vows with us and to celebrate we had Alberto cook us pizzas! They were so good and as long as we ate, he kept making them. It was so good we later asked for the Tuscany Dinner which was two kinds of pasta and Florentine Steak. Delicious. If I had to do it all over again, I would have Alberto and Camilla cook for us every night, for their food was better than any we could find at any restaurant. We also had rental car trouble and Alberto handled it while we were away in Florence for the day. So nice to feel like a large Italian Family. Definitely will return and encourage you to visit soon!
A group of 17 of us rented out the entire place for 8 days. We had the best time exploring Chianti and Tuscany from Alberto and Camilla's wonderful villa!
Between the all the space in the main house and the Hunting lodge, we never felt like we didn't have enough space. Both patios provided plenty of space to sit and amazing views. There are plenty of bathrooms for a large group and plenty of space to sit down for dinners and meals.
The kitchens are fully stocked with what you need to cook, but come prepared with groceries unless you have a car. The closest town is a good 20 minute walk and there is hardly anything in there. If you rent a driver and bus, please note that getting down to the house is bumpy and steep, but possible. Do all of your shopping when you are visiting other towns and be prepared to cook dinners or have them cook dinners, the are no restaurants within in short walking distance.
I would highly recommend the pizza by Alberto and any dinners by both of them. Everything they made was pure Tuscan heaven and memorable. Come hungry, they out due themselves. I would also recommend dinner at Dievole, a winery very close to them for one evening.
Alberto and Camilla will make you feel so welcome and will make this trip a once in a lifetime experience. Camilla is a terrific guide and I would highly recommend booking her for a full day visit to Siena (a magical city). She also took us to Pienza and Montalcino, she is very knowledgeable and will provide an amazing guided tour.
I highly recommend this location and house! The house itself is very comfortable, but slightly rustic. If you are looking for something modern or new, you will not find it here. The beds are comfortable, rooms are clean, and the space is great.
I hope you can visit this part of Chianti/Tuscany!
We visited Tuscany as a group of 15+ and stayed with Alberto and Camilla! They were the most wonderful hosts and took care of us and every need. Camilla speaks great English and also does tours around Tuscany including Siena (she has a lot of passion for Siena so it was amazing to see it through her eyes). The family prepared many meals for us and every course was divine. The home itself has many different layers and is comfortable for everybody!
We spent the last two weeks of August, 2016, at the villa, hosted by Camilla, Alberto and family. The trip represented the culmination of a wish I’d had for many years, to spend time in Tuscany with our adult children. We had an absolutely terrific time at the villa!
One important thing to understand is that the villa is run on ecologically-friendly, organic principles. In fact, we understand that TripAdvisor has them rated at the Platinum level (high) for the degree of environmental sensibility they demonstrate, with 12 kW solar panels, etc.
What this translates to for visitors is a genuine taste of the Tuscan country-side… lush greenery all around you, warm dry heat, and abundant animal life, both human tended and not. You can be awakened by roosters crowing, and you’ll hear the geese and pigeons who live there. The rabbits who wander through the property in the daytime are remarkably tame and quiet, but you’ll also occasionally see and hear the wild boars that are around as well. During our stay, Alberto had to erect electric fencing to keep them out of the vineyards, but their presence didn’t affect our visit at all… Quite the opposite, as one of the camera junkies on the trip was out to try to get a picture of them… Only semi-successfully!
One area that was beautifully laid out (manicured) and maintained was the pool and the jet tub. Fantastic! We spent a lot of time using this facility, and it was universally loved by our kids. I was hitting both of these after my runs, and enjoyed them thoroughly. The jet tub is maintained at body temperature, so it is not like a conventional hot tub per se, but that was what made it lovely – we had lots of heat from the Tuscan weather, we didn’t want it in the tub. The jets in the tub, and their setup was novel and very enjoyable.
The absolute highlight for us was the pizza dinner offered up by Alberto, Camilla and family. It was expensive but worth every single Euro… for good reason! Alberto and his sons need to heat the outdoor wood-fired oven to 800C (takes about 4 hours) then let the temperature settle to 500C to turn out pizzas off the oven deck at a prodigious rate! These are build-to-order, customized as we like them --- appetizer pizzas (white) with other appies (we loved the deep-fried sage!) and prosecco, followed by main course pizzas (red, built as you like) followed by Nutella dessert pizzas. This is a treat not to be missed!
Piaggione di Serravale was a beautiful and comfortable birthday visit. Rustic means not hotel like, more home like- warm and competent hosts and an experience to live (for a short time) amidst stone walls and antique woodwork. Beautiful surroundings. A working home/hobby ranch, winery, and olive oil producer.
The hosts work very hard to provide the best accommodations. Alberto provided an amazing array of real pizza pies. Camilla kept a close tab on use of the home, helping us inderstand how to best manage our visit (original custom woodwork and hardware, organic farm life). This is real country living, with all of its adjustments. Dirt roads, wild deer, incredible sunrises, fresh eggs from the coop. Its real, and completely separate from big city tourism.
Its easy to romanticize the rustic Tuscan life. Its reality (including hard work, and a difficult economy, complicated organic production scenario) is there if you're interested.
This is a great destination for folks looking for a taste of Tuscany, especially Chianti Classico. A hotel can provide predictable luxuries. Adjust your expectations for something less standard, and you'll be pleasantly surprised and you'll probably want to go back. Reading the guest book, many do visit repeatedly. I hope I will. This place is special.
My family and friends gathered at the villa for a week to celebrate my daughter's 50th birthday. We were 14 people and took all the rooms. I can't recommend the villa and Camilla and Alberto's attentions highly enough. The villa is beautiful and sited so that the view is spectacular. On our first night, Camilla and Alberto provided us with a light meal around the pool, which was a great way to settle in. During the week, we had family meals around the historic dining room table. On our last night, we had the pizza dinner, an extraordinary, not to be missed, experience. We had initially planned to do day trips, but it was so peaceful at the villa that we spent many days around the pool and walking the country roads. Some of us did yoga in the morning by the pool, overlooking the Tuscan countryside. The nearby town of Castellina di Chianti is charming and nice surprise was discovering three of Alberto's sculptures there. The villa and Camilla and Alberto's talents made this a memorable stay.
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Once at Piaggione you will find a bronze sculpture that marks a line theimmaginary border from everyday life to the new reality of our place. Thissculpture is 'Estia' which, as in the ancient Greek mythology, symbolizes the custody of the gate, securing a place in the house untouched, announcingguests the safety, welfare, well-being that goes through self-knowledge.
How can we get in deep communication with our inner life when everyday life has deprived us of that ability to listen?
Here's a good reason to come to Piaggione
The five sculptural images that are found in outdoor tell you what this place has to offer: the chance to rediscover yourself through all the senses.
The housing of the place depicted by Estia reassures our inner calling for it to bedefended by a daily increasingly invasive and not very responsive to ourauthentic needs. If we place ourselves in listening to ourselves we will recoverour sensory dimension, we strip off the superfluous and we are in a position to be attuned to the world around us. A magic circle that connects the self with the other and with the entire universe.
Crossing the threshold we meet the five sculptures that symbolize, in turn, the senses, Taste, Smell, Touch, Hearing , Sight.They are there to remind us gradually, the value of the step by step tocommunicate with ourselves. So one at a time to recognize that we discover our essence of men and women of nowadays lacks a sensory snapshot spontaneity.