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HillsideVilla overlooking the Tuscan landscape between Florence Arezzo and Siena

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Space 2,690 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

3 Bed, Lounge, Dining room, Kitchen, 2 full Bathrooms & 2 guest WC, jacuzzi

A typical stone built Tuscan farm house in a wooded hillside setting, dating back to the 1800’s, where a particular breed of swallow, called Rondoni, flocks to the house to nest in its eaves, hence the name. At 500 metres high, “I Rondoni” is situated between Florence and Arezzo, enjoying breath-taking views of the Arno valley dotted with Chianti vineyards, olive trees, cypresses and picturesque villages.

A farmhouse for generations, I Rondoni has recently been restored to a high standard, retaining its rustic charm and authentic character. The house retains the original wooden roof beams and genuine old “cotto” floor tiles in several rooms. The traditional bread-making oven still works.

I Rondoni has a fully equipped kitchen with marble work tops, dining room seating up to 10 people, 3 double bedrooms, 2 family bathrooms, a further 2 guest toilets, 1 jacuzzi, 1 large sitting room and a cosy lounge, 1 panoramic balcony, a stone-paved terrace overlooking the garden. Wi Fi network.

OUTSIDE THE HOUSE -

A stone-paved terrace surrounds the house. Three traditional wooden entrance doors access different areas of the ground floor. The otherwise sunny terrace has a shaded area in front of the house overlooking the split level garden below where cypresses, pine and bay trees provide a haven for the swallows. The terrace and garden are perfect for sunbathing and enjoying al fresco dining often accompanied by enchanting fireflies

THE HAMLET -

I Rondoni together with 5 other stone houses clustered on the hillside is just 2 kms above the picturesque mediaeval village of Loro Ciuffenna. An enviable position with its own micro-climate, 500 metres high I Rondoni enjoys a gentle breeze which keeps you several degrees cooler on hot summer days than the valley below.

I Rondoni is a convenient location to enjoy some of the most compelling Tuscan attractions: the Chianti region, famous for its wine tasting and olive growing, Florence, Arezzo, Siena, Cortona, Pratomagno Regional Park just to name a few.

Typical Tuscan restaurants are easily reachable within 5-10 minutes drive from I Rondoni. So there is a lot to appeal to you whether you like country walks, history and culture or simply enjoy excellent rustic Italian cuisine.

FIESTE (sagre paesane) AND MARKETS -

The fieste of the local villages celebrating religious and rustic traditions, provide an excellent opportunity for visitors to mix with locals, sharing traditional dishes and wines.

Regular markets for food and clothes take place weekly in all the villages & towns nearby (see list below). There are also specialised antiques markets, most renowned being at Arezzo, which takes place over the first weekend of each month and several antiques markets are held in Florence, in Montevarchi (fourth Sunday), in Terranuova Bracciolini (second Sunday).

Closest Markets (within 10-15 minutes drive from I Rondoni)

San Giovanni Valdarno: Saturday morning (food – clothes)

Loro Ciuffenna Monday morning (food – clothes)

Figline Valdarno: Tuesday morning

MEDIAEVAL HERITAGE -

Mediaeval Pievi (churches) are spread along the range of hills linking Florence to La Verna Abbey north of Arezzo towards the Romagna region. It is called the Pievi road which follows the route of the ancient Roman Etruscan road. The Pieve di Gropina, dating back to the year 774 is the perfect summer venue for music and cultural events just 3 kms from I Rondoni.

COUNTRY WALKING -

From I Rondoni you can enjoy daily walks to suit your energy level from gentle strolls to strenuous trekking in the eastern hills of the Arno in the unspoilt Pratomagno National Park or in the west side of the Arno valley in the Chianti hills.

Walks can be easy and relaxing if you chose marked paths that run among olive trees and vineyards as well as alongside the “Balze” which are argilla pinnacles created by the erosion of the Arno valley. These feature in the background of the painting of Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. Alternatively, you can chose more challenging marked paths up steep hills through woods of chestnut, pine, spruce and oak trees for a 5 or 6 hour hike up to the summits.

SPORTS -

Enjoy a game of tennis on a traditional clay court among olive trees and cypresses in a most tranquil setting, 5 minutes drive, can be booked with the local Church of Montalto in day and night time.

Full sized outdoor swimming pools and leisure facilities are avaiable at Montevarchi and San Giovanni

SHOPPING -

Glasswork and leather crafted products were originally part of Tuscan history and have since developed in internationally renowned luxury brands available in the Outlets and Malls located a short drive away in Levanelle and Leccio.

More Details

Owner
Riccardo
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2017

Amenities

Loro Ciuffenna Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Arrival not later than 6 pm
Location Type:
  • Resort
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , washer basin
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , washer basin
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , jetted tub , (the toilet is a toilet/bidet); washer basin
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , washer basin
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 2 beds or cots can be added
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 1 can be additionally provided with 1 or 2 single beds or an infants cot. Bedroom 1 and 2 have 2 windows. Bedroom 3 has 1 window. All the bedrooms have a wardrobe.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Children: 1 standard cot, 1 travel cot, small selection of toys, attachable chair (booster seat which attaches to dining chair), push-chair, children's table and chairs, paddling pool. The house is best suited either to very young babies or children above the age of 4 since there are no stair gates.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

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HillsideVilla overlooking the Tuscan landscape between Florence Arezzo and Siena
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
5

Il Rondoni was just what we were looking for in a Tuscany villa adventure!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time! Gabriel met us in Loro Ciuffenna and took us up to the Villa which was quite an experience the first time! It felt like we were above everyone and everything else!

The villa is rustic, but perfect for a relaxing vacation. After the crowds and bustle of Rome it was just what we needed! We had many great adventures, often visiting local villages or wineries that Riccardo had recommended for us. Thank-you for sharing your vacation home with us Riccardo - we will be sure to tell our friends. It was an amazing experience - one we will never forget!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed very much staying in this lovely old house overlooking the Tuscan hills and valley. It was relaxing and quiet. The nearest little town, Loro Ciuffena, is also lovely, and the region offers many opportunities. We were looked after well by Riccardo and Gabriele, Gabriele picked us up from the train station when there was a difficulty with our car on the first day. All much appreciated.

Guests will probably need a car here, carrying food up the hill would be difficult.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is very nice to read how you enjoyed the peace of I Rondoni and felt very well looked after. Thank you for your lovely feed-back.
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5

A perfect piece of Tuscan beauty!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house. The stone walls, the beams, everything about it is beautiful! The little hamlet is quiet and isolated and very peaceful. The house itself had everything we needed. And the jacuzzi made it feel a little bit extra special!

We were met by Sandro and his son who showed us the way and were very helpful getting us settled into the house. Please thank them for looking after us so well.

A word of warning, the house is up a very steep, very narrow road which is a bit intimidating if you are from a city (like me!) but you get used to it very quickly. By the end of the week we were driving like locals! But if you are hiring a car, the smaller the better. And if you can hire a geared (manual) car, even better.

We went for a lots of walks around the immediate area and on some of the little paths and the amount of wildflowers and butterflies and wildlife took our breath away.

We spent every evening on the balcony watching the sunset and enjoying the amazing views. And we loved watching the swifts at night.

Loro Ciuffenna is nice little town. Very easy to find if driving from the motorway. The whole area is well signposted.

The bakery is especially nice and there are a couple of lovely food shops. There is a huge (absolutely massive!) supermarket in Montevarchi, again very easy to find, which has everything but I preferred going to the small shops in the villages.

The gelateria in the town has lovely icecream. We only ate out once in Va' Pensiero but the food was gorgeous. The choices and the quality were fantastic. It is off a tiny little square but it is definitely worth finding. There are probably about half a dozen other restaurants too.

The walk down to Loro Ciuffenna is about half an hour and 40 minutes back (it's uphill on the way back!) but it is such a beautiful walk that you don't even notice.

Nearby the church in Gropina is worth a visit and is only 2 minutes from the town. We drove into Arezzo on a couple of days and loved it. It is a very nice city to visit.

I would recommend this house and this area to anyone who wants a relaxing, peaceful stay in a gorgeous part of the country.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted to hear you had such a wonderful stay. It certainly sounds as if you discovered much of what the area has to offer. With pleasure I will pass on your excellent feed back to Sandro and his son Gabriele. Thank you Riccardo
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Newburyport, Massachusetts - USA
5

An Amazing Tuscan Getaway!!

  • 5 of 5

When I was searching locations in Tuscany, I had a vision of the place and experience I wanted to share with my wife and friends. The I Rondoni villa exceeded all of our expectations.

What is being said about the views of the Chianti Valley from the villa is absolutely true and you could spend the day sitting on the patio just watching the variations in the light as the sun crosses the sky. Our rooms were clean, roomy and very comfortable and the only sounds were of song birds. In the morning we sipped coffee and ate the breads, cheeses, meats and fresh fruits/vegetables available at the little Punta market on the way into town (try the local prosciutto!). If you need more than the basics, there is a larger market (The Uni-Coop) in Montevarchi that would send most epicureans over the edge with the selection of amazing fresh meats and produce available. There is also a large selection of wines and other liquors if needed and it is about 20 minutes away from Loro. There are a multitude of vineyards in the area (call to see when they are open), but really, the Chianti that is available at the Punta for 5-6 Euros will satisfy.

The drive to the villa is a slightly narrow, but paved switch-back road that passes olive tree groves and small vineyards. The flowers were blooming during our time there and the smell of honeysuckle filled the air. From the villa there are several good walks, but my favorite leads to the chapel about a kilometer away.

As for touring, Loro Ciuffenna is centrally located in the valley and the drive along the Chianti road is worth it. You can also get the train in Montevarchi if you want to travel to Florence, or the other larger cities.

Riccardo, the owner, was excellent throughout the experience. Every question was quickly and kindly answered and we agree with the other reviewer in wishing we had the opportunity to meet him.

A few notes for folks: there is enough room to park two "small" cars and having a small car would be an advantage when traveling the roads in Italy. I had rented a large van and another couple in our party had a small car and we were just able to fit them in the space available. There are neighbors, but they were very kind, quiet and very respectful of our privacy (honestly, you would hardly know they were there).

We ate great food, drank excellent wine, laughed and had an amazing Tuscan home that we felt was ours own for a short time. Grazie Riccardo!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Czech republic, ?eské Bud?jovice
5

Beautiful Place!

  • 5 of 5

We are a group of 8 people and we spent one week in Rondoni.

The house is located on the top of the hill above Loro Ciuffenna - it’s very spacious and well-equipped. The view from the terrace is really breathtaking – we spent a lot of time there sitting, talking or eating olives, cheese and tomatoes.

There is a kitchen on the ground floor – there are two fridges and one big freezer, dining room, one bedroom and one toilet – very useful by sitting on the terrace. There are two bathrooms and three bedrooms on the first floor and – upstairs on the second floor - there is a big room with fireplace, smaller room with jacuzzi, another toilet and a little balcony. Everything was clean, and towels were prepared for us in each bathroom .

A car is a necessity there - we made a lot of trips (Chianti, Firenze, Siena, Arezzo…), we used a train too, because in the most popular tourist centers there is a problem with parking. Travelling by train was very comfortable and cheaper than a car.

Unfortunately, we didn’t meet Riccardo, but we communicated by mail – he answered every our question immediately, and helped us with everything we needed. My son is a coeliac, he musn’t eat flour and products from, or with flour. Before our arrival, Riccardo had found a restaurant and shops with gluten-free meal and gluten-free food in surroundings of Loro Ciuffena.

Rondoni I would highly recommend to anyone who likes silence, wonderful views and helpful owner.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great villa!

  • 5 of 5

We were two couples staying in this beautiful villa on the hillside over Loro Ciuffena in July/August 2012. The house is big (250 m2) and has everything one could need for a proper Tuscan holiday. The kitchen is well equipped and gives the possibility to cook one’s own meals. We had breakfast every day and a couple of dinners on the terrace , which holds a beautiful view of the Tuscan landscape. The terrace is also good for sun bathing or just reading and is planted with lavender and rosemary. There is also a balcony on the second floor, which gave us an even better view of the landscape, and we used to sit there in the evenings with a glass of wine. There is also a Jacuzzi in connection to the balcony, but as it was so hot while we were there we did not feel like using it. The villa is only 2 kilometers from Loro Ciuffena, but as it is quite steep the whole way, we advise renters to have a car available. The location is great for walking as there are marked paths around the house, and there are possibilities for both the fit and the not so fit. The paths are probably also nice in fall or early spring as well when the temperatures are lower.

We went to Loro Ciuffena for the weekly market and for one dinner – we regret we did not spend at least one more night there. We visited restaurant New Conte Max which served really good quality food and had good service – worth a visit! Grocery shopping we mainly did in Montevarchi, about 10 km away, but you can find good cheese, wine and bakeries in Loro as well.

We used the house as a base for our trips around Tuscany, we visited Arezzo, the Brolio Castle and wine tastings, we went to Greve, attended a Tuscan cookery class, went to the Mall – the Tuscan outlet for Gucci, Prada, Dior, Fendi… But we also spent an entire day just at the house relaxing. We did not go to Florence this time, as it was too hot for a city visit, but it’s not too far away if one feels like it.

The owner made sure his smiling father met us at the villa upon arrival, had a binder with useful information in English at the house and even e-mailed us to see how we were doing after a few days. There were even a few guidebooks, dictionaries and maps at the house, which came in handy. So did the WiFi.

We recommend this house for people who want the feeling of getting away from it all and live the good life with quiet nights with wine on the terrace, but still have the opportunity to see everything Tuscany has to offer.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It has been such a pleasure sharing our Tuscan villa with visitors who seem, like us to appreciate the view, the comfort of the house and the privacy. We've found the benefit of being 500 metres high is that even the hottest summers days are usually made more comfortable by the breeze. Summer is not the only time to come to I Rondoni. Spring is beautiful with its blossoms, and so is autumn with the changing colours of the hillsides. Winter makes the amazing landscapes even more magnificent in the snow. Way marked paths starting from I Rondoni itself, enable you to explore the peace and beauty of the Pratomagno hills .
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Map

Nearest Airport
68 Kilometres
Florence Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Loro Ciuffenna
Nearest Golf
48 Kilometres
Golf Ugolino Grassina - Firenze
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Montevarchi
Nearest Motorway
9 Kilometres
Valdarno
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Loro Ciuffenna
Car: necessary

I Rondoni sits on a Tuscan hillside between Florence and Arezzo, just 2 kilometres above the picturesque mediaeval village of Loro Ciuffenna, 7 Kms from the A1 motorway linking Florence and Rome.

I Rondoni is a convenient location to enjoy the Chianti region, famous for its wines, olive oil stunning landscapes and exquisite cuisine. You can visit vineyards where you can taste before deciding which wines to buy.

Interesting local villages throughout the Valdarno (Valley of the River Arno) include San Giovanni Valdarno, Montevarchi, Pergine, Figline Valdarno, Terranuova Bracciolini, Cavriglia, Incisa, Rignano all of which are within 10 to 30 minutes of I Rondoni. Each has a central square at its heart, with pedestrianised streets to explore full of boutiques, trattorie, churches, theatres, museums, exhibitions and fiestas.

The rich diversity of country walking from the door of I Rondoni through the Pratomagno Regional Park and across the Chianti mountains on the opposite side of the valley brings many ramblers to stay at the house as paths range from easy to strenous.

To the North of I Rondoni lies Florence and all its glorious sights: The Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio, Santacroce Church, Piazza Della Signoria, Leonardo da Vinci Museum, to name but a few. By car it takes 40 minutes from I Rondoni to Florence. However, the most convenient way to go is by train, as it only takes 25 minutes from Montevarchi into Santa Maria Novella in the centre of Florence. (Montevarchi is 12 Km from i Rondoni. Free car park is available at the Railway station in Montevarchi).

30 minutes drive South of I Rondoni is Arezzo with its splendid Piero della Francesca paintings recently restored in San Francesco Church and Piazza Grande famous for its antiques market. Siena with its shell-shaped piazza lies 1 hour west, Cortona with its Etruscan history 1 hour due south, San Giminiano, the hill top town famous for its towers 1.5 hours, Montalcino 1.5 hours, Volterra 1,5 hours. Rome is about 2 and half hours driving south.

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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $263.78

Winter heating surcharge: £ 30 per day.
Payment via bank transfer: 25% at time of booking and 75% on arrival.
200GBP fully refundable deposit is required on arrival.
Penalty is charged for cancelling as follows:
-Advance payment for cancelling up to 90 days prior to arrival date
-50% of rental charge for cancelling upto 30 days prior to arrival
-100% of rental charge within 30 days of arrival date

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.