The Via dei Ponti Residence Nº 2

tuscany, italy
2 bedroom - 1 bath
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€120 - €800 per night (EUR)
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Perks for the Parents

This 15th-century villa is set in the rolling, picturesque hills of Tuscany, 20 km from Siena, and is an easy walk to the Alto Merse Nature Reserve and a river for swimming. It sleeps up to 5 + 1. The villa is just outside a small Tuscan village with a pizzeria and trattoria. It provides a great base to explore Tuscany’s ancient villages, medieval castles and beautiful countryside. Indulge with a visit to the thermal baths of Rapolano Terme, 30 minutes by car, where several hot water pools are set in olive tree slopes with panoramic views. The thermal baths of Petriolo and Saturnia are also close by.

Why Kids Love it

Kids will enjoy paddling and swimming in the River Merse, which flows about 200 m from the villa. The area is part of the Alto Merse Nature Reserve so the water is very clean and fresh. A small, shaded riverside area is within 5 minutes’ walk, and another 10 minutes brings you to a natural pool for a deeper swim. Families will enjoy the peace and quiet as well as horse-riding at the local riding centre and eating at the child-friendly restaurants and cafés of Rosia, just up the road. Further afield, it's an easy a day trip to the beach at Cala Violina, a beautiful Mediterranean bay.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 2 nights or 5 nights in high season (June 1 to August 31 and December 24 to January 6). Note that this apartment is 1 of 6 in a boutique resort. The apartment has central heating in winter for which there is an additional heating fee of €5 per day (generally November through March). Breakfast can be provided for an extra fee. Additional housekeeping is available, arranged with and paid directly to the staff, at 10€/hour. The bedrooms have archway access instead of doors. There are ungated steps in the shared courtyard that lead to another apartment and a several small steps inside the apartment. There are bicycles to borrow to explore nearby villages. For basic groceries there is a store in Rosia (6.5 km away) and a daily van sells fresh bread.

About the Location

The villa is just outside the small village of Brenna in the province of Siena. It is next to the large nature reserve of Alto Merse where there are walking and bike trails, and wild boar and fallow deer to spot. By car, Siena is 25 minutes away; Florence is 1 hour, 25 minutes away; Pisa is 2 hours; Luca 1 hour, 45 minutes, and Arezzo 1 hour, 10 minutes. The closest airport is Siena airport, 15 minutes away by car. Smaller towns such as San Gimignano, San Galgano, Monteriggioni, Montalcino and Volterra can be visited on a day trip. Torri, Stigliano, Montestigliano and Orgia are authentic Tuscan villages which you can reach by foot.

Accommodation Details

The residence has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom and is on 1 level on the ground floor. It is one of 6 apartments connected to a central, shared courtyard. This residence has a private entrance and the courtyard can be accessed through the kitchen/diner. The living room has a wooden bench, coffee table and chairs and is located in the old cellar with preserved 13th-century tufo walls and wooden beams. The family bathroom has a contemporary bath tub, shower and sink. The 2 double bedrooms face the central courtyard and a single/twin day bed in the central room provides an additional bed. There is a baby crib available on request. Outside is a private terrace, and a shared, central courtyard with dining tables and chairs, a BBQ and a wood-fired pizza oven.

Style Notes

Historic villa. Recently restored, this Tuscan hideaway has the perfect mix of ancient tradition and modern comforts. The antique spaces have been reinvigorated, made more comfortable and personalized using traditional local materials of rough stone, terracotta, wrought iron and wood. The central courtyard is a wonderful shared space for dinner under the stars. We love the cool traditional terracotta tiles and white walls throughout, the quirky living space in the old cellar with its ancient stone walls and the huge, stone bath tub, perfect for a soak after a long, hot day sightseeing.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
2 full / double
1 twin / single
sleeps 1
1 baby crib
Agostino P.
Member since December 09, 2014
Agostino Pacciani is a Paris based photojournalist whose photographss have been published in the press worldwide. He began his career in 1989, crossing theatres throughout Europe photographing ballet, dance, theatre and operas. His photographs, from the productions at the Palais Garnier to the theatre festivals at Avignon and Aix-en-Provence, have been published and exhibited in Europe and in the USA. In 1994 and 1995, the siege of Sarajevo radically changed his perspective and when he went to photograph daily life in wartime, he realized that this what he wanted to record henceforth in his work. His profoundly humane photographs are unique records of the war. After that, as a committed war photographer, he has covered events in Albania, in Kosovo, in sub-Saharan Africa, in Algeria, in Morocco, in Chile, in Brazil. In 1998 Pacciani made his first journey to the Gaza strip and returned several times, becoming a familiar figure camera in hand in the disaster zone. He revealed life in desperate circumstances, growing up in a war zone, working withing the constraints of a curfew and restrictions, family life during the Intifada, up to the inside life of militants. He has never stayed in hotels or humanitarian agencies but with the families he has befriended. Likewise in Kurdistan and Iraq where he spent the early months of 2003. Clandestine immigration from Morocco to Spain has been a subject of research. After the tsunami in December 2005, Pacciani went straight to Sri Lanka and Indonesia, sent by UNESCO. The war in Lebanon in 2006 brought Pacciani there for a unique kind of photographic docudrama about the different communities. Since, he has returned to Sri-Lanka and Sarajevo to report on post-catastrophe reconstruction and has completed an important series of in-depth photographs about Sicily. Pacciani’s work has been published in publications worldwide, including Géo, Figaro Magazine, Repubblica, New York Times Magazine, Newsweek and many others, His photographs have been shown in Washington, Sarajevo, Paris, Sienna and at UNESCO Born in Siena, Italy, Agostino Pacciani initially studied geology and discovered his passion for photography in New York. He has never looked back since and is based in Paris

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