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Il Pozzo, a charming house in a mediaeval hamlet, overlooking the Tuscan hills

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Quiet, traditional 2 bedroom house to sleep 4 in historic rural location

This comfortable and attractive house is built into the 13th century walls of the mediaeval hilltop 'castello' of Murlo dating from the year 1000, of Etruscan origins.

Set up like a townhouse, entry is off the picturesque central square opposite the world-famous Etruscan museum. A flight of stairs opens into a large Tuscan-style living room with traditional fireplace and comfortable furnishings. The spacious eat-in kitchen with washer, dishwasher, is on the same floor, as is the main bathroom with bath and shower.

Stairs lead up to the bedrooms. The master bedroom, facing over the hills, has a double bed. The smaller twin-bedded second bedroom is over the square and has a WC/basin en suite.

There is a private furnished patio and small garden with superb views of the Tuscan hills as far as the distant Siena skyline. The village is a pedestrian area; loading and unloading permitted. Typical pizzeria/restaurant across the square.

Ideal location for visiting Tuscan towns and sights and sampling delicious local products

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sarah wadsworth
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
June 19, 2017

About sarah wadsworth

- I was born and attended school in the North of England, then moved to London where I graduated and started working. After living in Switzerland and the US, I settled in Milan, Italy. For the last 12 years I have lived in Murlo with my husband Camillo where we are both involved in tourism and the organisation and promotion of local events. .

sarah wadsworth purchased this house in 2001

Why sarah wadsworth chose Val di Merse

It is many people's dream to live in Tuscany, and this house in the old walls of a picturesque mediaeval hamlet has been my answer. Being next door to our home, it is the perfect solution to put up family, friends and guests and to share the delights of this magical area with them.

What makes this house unique

- The benefit of being part of a tiny community (15 inhabitants!) in the midst of the magnificent Siena countryside. Alone with Nature but never completely on your own.


Nearest Airport
135 Kilometres
(Florence 80km) Pisa
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
120 Kilometres
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Siena-Florence highway
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
70 Kilometres
Castiglione della Pescaia
Car: necessary

Murlo is situated 25 km south of Siena at an altitude of 300m, 10 km above the ancient Roman Cassia road linking Florence to Rome. It overlooks the magnificent fields, olive groves and vineyards of the Crete hills on one side and endless forest to the other. This beautifully restored village, a pedestrian area with a permanent population of just 15, is the ideal location for a peaceful holiday, in a strategic position for visiting the area. Siena and the famous hill towns of the Val d'Orcia - Montalcino, Montepulciano, Pienza etc - are just a short drive away, and both the centre of Florence and the coast less than 1h 30m. The beautiful 14th-century Benedictine abbey of Monte Oliveto is closeby, beyond the lovely old market town of Buonconvento. Murlo boasts a world-famous Etruscan museum housing finds from the local on-going excavation site of Poggio Civitate and is within easy reach of many important archaeological areas and museums. The small town of Vescovado is 1 km away and has all the basic amenities: restaurant, bars, food shops, newsagent's, pharmacy, bank, post office, doctor's surgery, as well as a large well-kept outdoor swimming pool open to the public at the Albergo di Murlo.Typical pizzeria/restaurant across the square from the house.


Murlo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , wash basin
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , wash basin
  • Bathroom 2 is en suite to bedroom 2 and also comprises built-in washbasin
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
The property is not suitable for children


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Il Pozzo, a charming house in a mediaeval hamlet, overlooking the Tuscan hills
average rating of 4.75 based on 12 reviews

Ideal location, excellent accomodation

  • 5 of 5

The accomodation is roomy and instantly feels like home. The hosts warm welcome and information they provided on the local area added to the pleasure of our 10 night stay.

The facilities within the accomodation are more then adequate, plentiful kitchen utensils, cutlery and china, including a microwave, dishwasher and washing machine. The sitting area is very roomy and the outside patio has stunning views over the Tuscan countryside.

The village although small has a great restaurant, an Etruscan museum and the occasional special event.

The location is perfect for exploring the many nearby hill towns.

If you have a wish to enjoy the Tuscan life style in a wonderful environment then Il Pozzo in Murlo is well worth considering.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great stay!

  • 4 of 5

From our warm welcome, tour of our apartment, to the starter groceries purchased for us by Sarah, we were immediately off to a great and easy start upon our arrival. The apartment was very clean and most comfortable. It was a perfect spot for discovering many of the hill towns. We enjoyed meals at the trattoria in Murlo ,the friendly inhabitants of the village and the fine Etruscan Museum. The villages of Vescovado and Buonconvento were close by and easy to reach. Add great weather, flowers in bloom and the unending beautiful scenery and one could not ask for more. Having total access to wi fi was an unexpected convenient bonus. We highly recommend.Il Pozzo.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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A Superb Home In The Heart of Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent three weeks here in September 2015. We wholeheartedly recommend this property for anyone who desires a spacious, well-equipped home in a quiet little medieval village.

The hospitality, generosity, helpfulness and kindness of our hosts, Sarah and Camillo, were second to none! While planning our trip, Sarah was very helpful in answering our questions and (as it turned out) accurately representing the property. Upon arrival, she provided a very detailed (and welcome!) orientation and walk-through, maps showing recommended places to visit, advice for getting around the area (several roads had washed out in a recent storm), and a lovely welcoming gift of local wine, honey, and olive oil. During our stay, Sarah and Camillo shared several evenings with us, in their home next door and also in nearby Buonconvento — a real treat!

WiFi is available (through Sarah and Camillo’s internet service), although we found the signal too weak for practical use except in the southwest corner of the living room. We dubbed the chair in this corner as the “Internet Chair”.

Be sure to visit Murlo's Il Libridinoso restaurant. Donatella and Marisa are very gracious hosts and serve wonderful food. Our final dinner there, two nights before our departure, was something special! As for other restaurants, groceries, shops, and other services, you will have to travel to Vescovado (<1 km away), Buonconvento (11 km), or Monteroni (11 km).

If you do choose to stay here in Murlo, we would recommend having a car to facilitate your travels around the region. There is bus service to Murlo, but you would be at the mercy of their schedules. Murlo is a fantastic little hamlet, but you can see it all in a few hours (including the wonderful Etruscan museum and the rustic Chiesa Di San Fortunato, where we attended mass on two of the Sundays). You will undoubtedly want to venture out… There are lots of options for walks or day hikes around Murlo (Vescovado is about a 20 minute walk away) - Sarah can offer several possibilities. The charming town of Buonconvento is a 15-20 minute drive away (be sure to have a meal at Ristorante da Mario — fabulous!) and Siena itself is less than 45 minutes away by car. Over our three weeks we explored as far south as Pitigliano, west to the Tyrrhenian Sea (Populonia), north to Florence, and east to Montepulciano; each less than two hours’ drive away from Murlo. This was a perfect central location for our Tuscan adventures.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A villa situated in the walls of an old castle

  • 5 of 5

This was an unusual vacation destination. It gave us exposure to ancient Italian history while at the same time giving us the opportunity to live as the Italians do. The facility was clean and well-maintained. The owners were unfailingly warm and friendly. It is an ideal site for someone who wants to tour the Tuscan countryside by car. There are innumerable castles, old cities, monasteries and cathedrals within a one hour drive from Murlo. When I say "castles", I mean real fortifications used by actual knights during the period from roughly 1,100 AD until Renaissence times when Siena was involved in military struggles with neighboring Florence. We visited San Gimignano, Montepulciano, Abbazia di San Galgano, Montalcino, Pienza, San Quirico d'orcia and Abbazia di Sant Antimo. Siena with its beautiful cathedral is about twenty minutes to the north. We were an odd threesome -- my Father and his friend, both serious photographers in retirement wanted to tour Tuscany by car. There were innumerable opportunities for photography because of the abundance of scenic vistas and ancient ruins. During the six days we stayed here we did not run out of sites to visit. The food at local restaurants was good, and we thought was exceptionally good at the local hotel in Vescovado di Murlo. However, we had a full kitchen at the Villa complete with dishwasher, and this helped to hold down costs during our stay, since we ate in on many occasions or prepared bagged lunches to take with us on day trips to the surrounding countryside. We shopped at the local grocery store in Monteronni D'Arbia, a 15 minute drive to the north. Included in the rental as well is a small backyard garden which offered a beautiful hilltop view of the surrounding countryside. The Castle where the Villa is located also has a sizable museum dedicated to ancient Etruscan archeology, including artifacts unearthed in the hills immediately surrounding the Castle. So, this Villa-within-a-Castle is indeed a highly unusual property. There was only one negative: My elderly father had some difficulty climbing the stairs up to the bedrooms on the upper floor, and it would have been nice if there had been a hand-rail as there was on the stair leading from the street to the lower floor. Apart from that, we have no complaints to offer. We had a delightful stay and enjoyed it thoroughly.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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The perfect Tuscan apartment

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 2 weeks in this charming, comfortable apartment. It was perfectly located for traveling around the countryside visiting hill towns as well as the coast. Sarah and Camillo were excellent hosts and were always there to assist us and give us guidance. The kitchen is large and has all the items necessary to prepare a great dinner. The bedrooms upstairs are quiet and comfortable with lots of space to hang your clothes or put away in drawers. The living room is comfortable with a large fireplace, a great place to hang out after a day of traveling. There are markets nearby, a great bar in Vescovado where all the local men hang out (we drank beer or coffee and used their WiFi). And the Estruscan museum located about 1/4 block from your door was excellent. Highly recommended for a stay in the Toscana region.

  • Submitted: May 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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A very special place!

  • 5 of 5

Tuscany is a wonderful area to visit and staying in such a unique place is the icing on the cake. Murlo is absolutely charming and the house is very nice, facing onto the main square as shown in the photograph and out over the countryside at the back. The owners live next door and are very friendly and hospitable without being intrusive. They welcomed us into community events and all the locals were friendly. We particularly enjoyed our meals at the local restaurant which served delicious local food.

We would recommend this holiday home wholeheartedly to friends or family.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
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Additional information about rental rates

Central heating per day $10.6
Final clean $41.24


Owner's Cancellation Policy

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