|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Il Bacio, which in Italian means the Kiss, is the epitome of romantic bliss for two! It used to be the chestnut drying house but is now the cutest cottage - with everything you could need. It has chestnut beams, terracotta floors and has been furnished with country antiques which enhance the romantic atmosphere. The main room, down just a couple of steps from the front door has a sitting area with fireplace, (CD player, small library), dining table, and tucked under the main staircase is an oak dresser which opens to reveal a kitchen - fridge, fan, storage, sink, worktop, fast 2 ring hob, toaster, all cooking and dining equipment, cool bag.
The bedroom, complete with a hand-made wickerwork double bed and other lovely typical Tuscan antiques is on the mezzanine level, and has a wonderful window for night time views over the mountains. WiFi too.
The bathroom has a large douche shower head, toilet, washbasin and storage - all the latest in Italian design.
Childfree tranquillity is yours with a choice of two exquisite, lovingly restored, romantic detached cottages (each sleeping two) in the grounds of a historic farmhouse. If you need to keep in touch with the outside world then there is free wifi.
The 2 acre mature garden, completely at guests' disposal, is bursting with fruit trees, olives, rare conifers and numerous antiquities, including a 2000 year old Roman cistern!
THE POOL, WHICH NESTLES IN THE OLIVE GROVE, IS FOR OUR GUESTS' EXCLUSIVE USE, NO FAMILY OR CHILDREN TO DISTURB YOUR PEACE. It has a Sienese stone surround and wonderful panoramic views overlooking Etruscan Arezzo and beyond to the Pratomagno mountains.
If you can tear yourself away from the beauty and calm of La Torre, then Arezzo, the setting for the Oscar-winning film 'Life is Beautiful' is just 10 minutes away. It has a cosmopolitan atmosphere of laid back chic; cafes - to watch the world go by, antique shops to browse in, street markets, designer outlets and its famous goldsmiths. Florence, Siena and Cortona are all under an hour.
La Torre and the Surrounding Area: La Torre is set on the boundary of a State park and from here there are many wonderful walks (some easy and some a little more demanding) in the woods, along country lanes and even to the top of Monte Lignano where you can see for around 60 miles - South to Lake Trasimeno and Monte Amiata beyond.
Cortona - the beautiful setting for 'Under the Tuscan Sun' ( the book and the film) is just 40 minutes away - and it hasn't been spoilt.
Siena and Florence - each with a proud and different history are only an hour from La Torre.
The Chianti Classico wine area and the timeless Tuscan hill towns of Montacino, Montepulciano, Poppi, Anghiari and San Gimignano are all easy drives for the perfect Tuscan day - touring and tasting! You will not be disappointed!!
The St. Francis of Assisi trail (Assisi also easily reached for a day trip), Etruscan historical sites, the birthplaces and locations of many recorded scenes of Michelangelo, Piero della Francesca and Leonardo da Vinci.
Arezzo - Italy's Best Kept Secret: The Arezzo antiques fair held on the first Sunday of every month and the Saturday before in the historic centre of Arezzo. It is a fantastic event - hundreds of stalls with items ranging from Medici fireplaces to lace table clothes - and all between. A great day for buying or browsing!
The Giostra del Saracino, a medieval re-enactment, with hundreds of costumed participants, is held in June and September - similar to the Siena Palio but with Jousting not horse racing.
Numerous International Music Festivals. Wine Tours. Truffle Hunting. Photographic Fair held twice a year in Arezzo.
Finally the fashion designer outlets of Prada, Gucci ,Dolce & Gabbana, Ferragamo and Valentino and numerous others are all under an hour away by car. The area is also famed for its leather and gold industry.
We'll give you the directions.
Walks and Treks for you to Enjoy: La Torre is ideally situated for the walker and the cyclist. Set on the slopes of Monte Lignano the area is criss-crossed with numerous ancient paths and tracks - some dating back to Etruscan tijmes (600-500 BC). The driveway of La Torre was an ancient roadway over the mountain linking Arezzo with Cortona to the South. It would have been used by pilgrims and messengers for hundreds of years. Many would have stopped here to refresh themselves at the nearby spring before going on their way.
There is a sign-posted walk which passes right outside La Torre's gate which takes you to the summit of Monte Lignano and from here you can enjoy views stretching for more than 60 miiles. This whole area is a state park and is well served with sign-posted walks for walkers of every level. We have comprehensive maps to ensure your safe return!!
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“Good on yer, Miss, it’s your turn now.”
“Definitely not a Saga holiday...enjoy your adventure, but don’t forget us...”
Buoyed with best wishes from colleagues and students and the love and support of family and friends, I had quit my work as a teacher, left my house in the ‘capable’ hands of my student daughter and was about to look for my place in the sun. Could my dream become a reality? Could I be responsibly irresponsible?
There’s rarely a perfect time for change, especially a major one such as relocation, but my daughters were settled, as much as they ever will be, parents reassured that I was only 3 hours further away and friends promised hospitality.
It was the right time, my partner who also shares my love of Italy and the Italian way of life, was at a crossroads in his life, retirement was a few years ahead and I wanted to cram in a few more adventures ...
On 5th April 2003 this romantic, yet practical, fifty something set off with an open-ticket, an over-loaded car (well, you might need the kitchen sink!) and a contact.......
After months of searching we found a new internet site with some interesting properties and one seemed to have everything we were looking for. After a flurry of e-mails and a surveyor's report, we bought la Torre. The location was ideal – not too close to town but not too remote, good access, two Guest Cottages and within the traditional farmhouse was an 11th century watchtower! La Torre became our home in September....
Much to our delight the rental cottages have quickly proved popular and many of our guests return year after year. We have met some wonderful people and it has given us a great deal of pleasure to share La Torre with them.
We are only 1000 miles and a couple of hours on ‘Easy-Air’ from the UK but this in no way represents the differences we have discovered in a country that still embraces the seasons, celebrates its history, upholds its traditions and just loves its food and wine!!!
Sandra Yong purchased this cottage in 2003
It was love at first sight when we saw La Torre. La Torre (the tower), has been our home and holiday destination for many since our ‘Why not?’ move to Tuscany in September 2003. Ever since that first wow! moment when we walked into La Torre we have not been allowed to ignore the history around us because the original walls of La Torre – an 11th century military watchtower are in the centre of the house and part of our everyday life.
The 1000 year old watchtower, would have been about 20 metres tall and was part of a defensive ring around Arezzo. Some authorities suggest that there were 12, but ours, 5 kms. due south of the medieval centre of Arezzo, appears to be the only one that has survived. These towers were built to defend Arezzo during times of extreme turmoil. Life, politically and personally during this time was a constant struggle. Firstly, to retain independence and not get drawn into the age-old rivalry of Siena and Florence. Secondly, to avoid the feuds between the various Guelph and Ghibelline factions within the city walls and finally escape the wroth of a particular pope or emperor who would occasionally remind the Aretini of the ‘bigger picture’, often with very bloody results such as described by Dante in the Inferno.
Soon after our arrival at La Torre we started to learn about its history from Signor Enrico, the previous owner. It had been described as a Casa Signorile. ' Blah! That’s estate-agent speak, it might be a ‘gentleman’s house’ now but this house was a Casa Colonica/Farmhouse on the Albergotti estate when I bought it 35 years ago,' For 100's of years it was part of the mezzadria or sharecropping system.”
How did the countless generations that have lived and worked here for almost a thousand years live their lives?
This was the question I needed to resolve; not only out of personal curiosity but as a way of understanding the complex nature of Tuscany and her people ~ the people who had welcomed us so warmly.
La Torre set on the wooded hillside of Monte Lignano is reached via a country lane through vineyards and olive groves. It looks out over Arezzo, a thriving small city. La Torre with its two guest cottages - La Veduta and il Bacio (each dating back hundreds of years!) is perfect for the rest and relaxation many couples - of any age - seek as a respite from the stresses and strains of the working year.
The pool, just for the two guest couples, is set away from the house and you never feel overlooked or crowded. The extensive gardens offer many spaces and view points from where you can just sit and take in the ever changing views. There is secure parking and wifi, should you really need to keep in touch.
Along with Arezzo's proximity and its numerous of restaurants varying from the simple trattoria to the crisp white tablecloth of the full-blown dining Michelin experience we are within 10 mins. of the railway station with super fast trains to Rome, Florence and even to Naples and Venice. Rome in just 1.13 mins. The cottages, each full of charm and home comforts, provide privacy and space just to unwind and BE! We have numerous guide books, maps etc. and are unobtrusively on hand should you need any help or advice. Just visit our website for more information and more photos.
Italian or should that read Tuscan Cooking Courses are on offer and guests over the years have been able to extend their holiday experience by cooking real Tuscan food for their friends back home... I recently had this review...
I've just pulled out my cooking instructions to make pasta from the cooking course we took while staying with you at La Torre, and was reminded of the wonderful week we spent last fall at the cottage. It was so beautiful at the cottage that we relaxed on the terrace more than we went sightseeing - which was perfect. We enjoyed walking along the road to the house, and going in to Arezzo to wander. We had an amazing stay and hope to return......
It was rather a coincidence that we found il Bacio on the internet but it definitely is our plan to return!. Thank you so much for the perfect setting to escape from the hectic city life and letting us share a bit of your warm,peaceful and friendly home. il Bacio is the perfect starting point to discover the stunning beauty that is Tuscany but nevertheless you are always happy to come back home to this piece of heaven in the evening. It was a time we will always remember!
One week spent in this corner of heaven felt like a month !!
Il Bacio has everything you could need and leaves you wanting for nothing. We particularly like
the bathroom and the perfectly placed window by the bed, looking out in the morning while lying in
bed never disappointed.
Il Bacio is well positioned with many beautiful towns within a short drive which enabled us to do
late afternoon / evening trips rather than full day trips. Sandra and Paul have a wealth of information on the
area and are happy to share advice and tips.
The afternoon trips allowed us many hours unwinding and relaxing by the pool soaking up the Tuscan
sun and letting our thoughts wander in the complete blissful silence that defines il Bacio's surroundings.
This I think will be our fondest memory of our trip.
The welcome breakfast including a jar of to die for homemade fig jam and a bottle of Prosecco were
a lovely touch and set a perfect tone for the week to follow.
As a previous review mentioned, I would highly recommend a hire car, that is one steep hill up to the house !!
Il Bacio truely is a gem and we will both treasure our memories of it.
John & Isabelle
Our holiday in The little chestnut shed was exactly what we needed. Although tiny we had everything we needed and Sandra and Paul could not have been more welcoming. We loved the pool with views overlooking Arezzo, and our cookery course with Sandra was brilliant. One of the highlights for me was seeing the fireflies twinkle all around us while we sat outside in the evenings drinking Chianti! A real rural retreat, perfect for recharging the batteries. I highly recommend it.
Julia and Frank
The property was absolutely fabulous, as were Paul and Sandra. They were helpful and friendly, and nothing was a bother. Even though the weather was not great ( unseasonably cool and wet ) , the property was the perfect getaway for our honeymoon...exactly what we were after. Its location and situation was incredible, with fantastic views over Arezzo and the local area, ideal for us being hillwalkers too, and the layout of Il Bacio was so perfect, we spent the week trying to figure out how to take it with us back to Scotland !!!! Fantastic stay and we would happily consider returning at any time or season. Mr and Mrs J Carter
Set in a gorgeous peaceful location, Il Bacio is very comfortable with everything necessary for a self catering holiday. Sandra & Paul are excellent hosts, always on hand for local information,recommending beautiful places to visit & above all are very welcoming. We would certainly recommend La Torre as a base to visit Tuscany.
If you are a couple searching for a romantic stay in Tuscany, you needn't look any further. Staying in Il Bacio - a former chestnut drying house - is a wonderfully unique experience. Its decor is both rustic and elegant at the same time and the cleanliness is faultless. We made great use of the pool which is a good size, overlooks classic Tuscan scenes and has very comfortable loungers - need I say more! If the other couple are using the pool (there are two cottages at La Torre), you needn't worry that your privacy is compromised, as there is plenty of space. In the cottage, a wonderfully-equipped kitchenette allowed us to enjoy several home-cooked meals, each by candlelight in the private outdoor area. Everything we needed was there, but I have zero doubt that if we had required any more equipment, it would have been no problem. Leading us onto Sandra and Paul. Before our stay, I read of the owners: 'we are here only if you need us', and this proved very true. Staying at Il Bacio felt very private, indeed it was easy to think we were the only ones staying at La Torre, but as soon as we needed something (directions/recommendations), the lovely owners were there with their friendly and helpful advice. They are naturals at making you feel at home from the moment you arrive which means very little of your precious holiday time is spent 'settling-in'. Arezzo city is just 10 minutes by car and is deserving of its 'overlooked gem' status given to it by many of the guidebooks. Shops and eateries are in abundance here as well as the standard italian cafe culture which seems to go hand-in-hand with it all! My partner and I would strongly recommend a stay at Il Bacio.
What a lovely place to spend a week in Tuscany! We had such a fantastic time taking day trips to Florence, Siena & San Gimignano, Arezzo and Assisi! After the day trips and sightseeing we loved coming back to the tranquil beauty of Il Bacio! It is small, rustic, clean. well equipped and just so charming! We loved the ride up the mountain to get there (it does take some getting used to but is part of the adventure!) and listening to the owls, gazing at the stars out the window, drinking some wine on the little front porch while reading a book. Such memories we took back with us! Thank you to Paul and Sandra our very gracious hosts, for giving us good travel and dining tips and checking in at the end of the day to see how our day trips were! Loved the villa, loved the area!
Arezzo and La Torre are easily reached because of the area's excellent communication and transport system. The nearest airport is Florence, (1 hour), but Pisa, Forli, Bologna, Roma are all equally convenient. The main Italian autostrada -the A1, which runs North/South from Milan to Naples is just 20 minutes drive from La Torre. Arezzo's main line railway station is just a 10 minute drive from La Torre - However, to get the best out of Tuscany we suggest car hire is essential.
Bagnoro, the nearest village is just 5 minutes drive away there is a shop/bar and it is open every day.
Arezzo, 10 minutes drive away has everything the 21st century traveller could possibly need - banks, buses, taxis, shops, huge supermarkets, trains, restaurants, markets, museums, churches and countless other places of interest.
La Torre is adjacent to a State park and from here there are many wonderful walks (some easy and some a little more demanding).
Cortona, Siena, Florence less than an hour away.