Here there are 2 nice apartments created by the restoration of the outbuilding of a large villa situated between Siena and Arezzo. These 2 apartments are cozy and offer beautiful views over the surrounding landscape. The main villa is occupied by the owners and provides a nice swimming-pool situated approx. 20 m from the apartments away.
Distances: the small village of Ambra with food shop 4 km away, Bucine with all kinds of shops and supermarket 15 km, Siena approx. 20 km, Arezzo approx. 30 km, Florence (airport) 60 km. The surrounding area offers several outlets (approx. 25 km away) where it is possible to buy the best Italian brands.
At guests disposal: large outdoor areas in the park of the villa, covered swimming-pool with beautiful sliding windows overlooking a nice solarium terrace and the Italian garden, dress-room, toilet, shower, sauna, veranda. The use of the garden and of the swimming-pool is to be shared with the owners. Shared laundry room with washing machine.
SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENTS
There is the possibility to do the following sports:
MOUNTAIN BIKING: We have 4 mountain bikes at ab. 10 euro per day
TENNIS: TENNIS: There is a tennis court at 10 min. drive from the property - approx Euro 15 per hour.
Horseback riding at our neighbours by reservation
Hot air ballooning (their is a company nearby, reservations only)
Hiking or walking in which you may see the local wildlife in La Selva's own park
Fishing in our small lake
VISIT OF THE CANTINA, by reservation only in the office of the Winery.
POLO CLUBS: There are two Polo clubs a very short distance from here (5 minutes away) that have games very often during the weekends and can be watched.
ARTISTIC EXHIBITIONS and concerts - June, July and August only.
There are many concerts and exhibitions in this area during the summer, and you may attend.
WATER PARK AND DISCOTEQUES -
Crocodile - Waterpark- three discoteques
(exit 1A highway (autostrada), casello Monte San Savino)
Via Colle, 44, Marciano della Chiana (AR)
HOT SPRINGS: Terme San Giovanni, Rapolano Terme (SI)
Hot spring pool, massage, mud treatments, inhalation treatments, etc.
Tel. 0577/724030 for appointment
SHOPPING and BASIC NEEDS - suggested shopping list and some translation
The town of Ambra (5kms) has all necessities:
Fruit and veggies
Excellent meat market
Bar - cigarettes - telephone
Various doctors and dentist (the nearest hospital in Montevarchi, about 25 mins.)
Mechanics for all types of cars
The town of Bucine (about 15 minutes drive) has and even better selection of shops as well as a small supermarket and the nearest train station.
The town of Montevarchi is a major town and has a huge super market and has the hospital and a major train station.
Tuesday morning - Ambra (small)
Wednesday morning - Bucine (small) or Siena (big)
Thursday morning - Rapolano (small) or Montevarchi (big)
There is a fantastic antique market on the weekend of the first Sunday of every month in Arezzo. This is one of the biggest antique markets in Italy.
There is everything from old furniture, records, tea sets, glass ware, iron works, pictures, jewellery to old doilies and cloths.
Another good place to buy true antiques is the town of Monte San Savino, near here (20 minutes drive).
Sunday: everything is closed except bars.
Monday: Monday morning all shops that have nothing to do with food are closed in the morning.
Tuesday: everything is open
Wednesday: everything is open in the morning and all food shops are closed in the afternoon.
Thursday: everything is open
Friday: everything is open
Saturday: everything is open
SITES AND ACTIVITIES
La Selva is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Italy
and is placed in the southern part of Tuscany.
We are very near the provinces of Umbria and Lazio.
The scenery is typical of the pictures painted by the Renaissance artists. It has sweet hills and sweeping valleys, marked by noble cypress trees and adorned with vineyards, olive groves, and large forests of oaks, giving shade from the heat of the summer, the woods have trails and road for walks, mountain biking and horseback riding.
Our 370 Acres of fenced land is inhabited by wild animals:
Deer, wild goats, porcupines, wild boar, hedge hogs, fox, hares, squirrels
The climate is mild, except in July and August when the sun is very strong and hot.
Within a 15/30 minute drive, you can visit the art towns like Siena, Monte San Savino, Lucignano and Sinalunga.
In the direction of Chianti there is a constellation of little medieval villages and castles, full of history and each with there own personal story through the centuries.
In the direction of Siena there is the "Crete di Siena" a very special landscape that changes colour every month delighting artists from all over the world.
Within 30/45 minutes drive you can visit places like Cortona, Assisi, Perugia, Arezzo, Volterra, San Gimignano, Montepulciano, Chiusi, Pienza, Montalcino, to name a few. Some are famous for their wines.
Many have an Etruscan background. These villages are always on very scenic and unbeaten roads.
The landscape continually changes, making one hold their breath in wonder at what beholds around every corner.
Then of course there is Florence, 45 minutes away.
The home of the Renaissance, with fantastic churches and huge museums full of glorious history and artistic wealth.
We can advise and give information on the various cities of art and museums, providing road maps.
It is impossible to see everything and you may plan your stay, or just play it by ear.
Some people just like to relax and sun themselves around the pool - our pools are in very scenic positions.
Shared covered pool for both apartments (14x7 m)
TENNIS: There is a tennis court at 10 min. drive from the property - approx Euro 15 per hour.
===== ACCOMMODATION DESCRIPTION =====
1st floor: large living-room (TV) with dining area and fireplace, double bedroom.
3 steps lower: bathroom with bathtub (the height of the ceiling decreases, the lower part being 1,45 m).
3 steps lower: kitchen (oven, freezer, microwaves, toaster, orange squeezer, American coffee maker).