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Villa Carrera

Torrita di Siena,

All rooms have air conditioning with individual climate control. There are 1000 kwhs per week of electricity included in the price. Usage over this allowance is paid on-site in Euro.

A private charcoal barbecue is available.

A complimentary breakfast buffet is included in the price for Sunday morning. For the other days, continental breakfast may be arranged. To ensure availability, order this service at the time of booking. This service is paid on-site in Euro.

Car Needed
It is necessary to have a car at this property.

Refresh cleanings on Monday and Thursday with a towel change are included in the price - This service neatens the bedrooms and living areas, and it does not include cleaning the kitchen. Additional light housekeeping may be arranged, if requested at the time of booking. Advance notice is required and this service is paid on-site in Euro.

Closest Airports
TransAtlantic: Rome Leonardo da Vinci at Fiumicino - 2 hours
TransAtlantic: Milan Malpensa - 4.5 hours
National and Inter-European: Florence Peretola - 75 minutes
National and InterEuropean: Pisa Galileo Galilei - 3 hours

Driving Times
Siena – Perugia highway, Sinalunga exit: 10 minutes; A1 highway, Val di Chiana exit: 15 minutes; Sinalunga: 10 minutes; Montepulciano, Trequanda or Montefollonico: 12 ; Pienza: 20; San Quirico d'Orcia, Chiusi with train station or Cortona: 30; Castiglione del Lago (Lake Trasimeno) or Arezzo: 35; Bagno Vignoni or the abbey at Monte Oliveto Maggiore: 40; Siena or Montalcino: 45; Perugia: 50; Orvieto: 60; Florence or Assisi: 70; San Gimignano or Castellina in Chianti: 80; Rome: 2 hours

No steps are required to access the property's elevator which reaches all three floors.

Internet Access
For those taking along a laptop or an Internet capable device (ie. tablets, smartphones, iPads, iPhones), the property has Wifi.

Heating is paid on-site in Euro.

This property is located beside the village of Torrita di Siena; however a car is necessary since there is no public transit.

The kitchen is equipped with commercial grade appliances including six burner stovetop, oven, microwave, fridge with freezer, dishwasher, toaster and US-style coffee maker.

Dinner may be arranged, if requested at the time of booking. A minimum number of guests are needed to order this service which is paid on-site in Euro. Advance notice is required.

No Smoking
Smoking is not permitted inside the property.

Parking is beside the villa inside the gated estate.

Steps & Stairs
Guests may be dropped off at the main entrance. There are 23 steps to reach the bedrooms and bathrooms on the first floor or the elevator (51 x 31 inches) services all three levels.

The private pool is open from the last weekend in May to the first Friday in October. Pool towels are provided.

Road Condition
After exiting the A1 highway, the four mile drive leading to the villa is along very easy and level paved roads.

Satellite Basic package - A limited number of channels with most of them being Italian. There are one or two news channels in the English language.

Due to the height of the villa, the best views extending across the neighboring town to scenic countryside are enjoyed from the living room and most of the bedrooms, particularly those facing the rear or poolside that look out across olive groves and rolling Tuscan hills. Three bedrooms overlook sheltering pine trees. The pool and patio are positioned toward the idyllic country scenery. The outdoor dining pergola is on the town side of the villa and faces shrubs and greenery.

This property is equipped with a washing machine and dryer.

What's nearby
Nearest Shopping and Dining: Open the villa's gated entry and walk to a cafe bar and pizzeria within 100 yards. Within a third of a mile walk, there is a small grocer, a butcher shop, a restaurant and a pharmacy. Drive 10-12 minutes to Montepulciano or Sinalunga with an assortment of fine restaurants, pizzerias, café bars and wine shops. Within half a mile of the villa, there is a supermarket in Torrita di Siena, open on Saturday until 8 pm and on Sunday mornings. There are three supermarkets in Sinalunga.

Not To Be Missed:
Bagno Vignoni, a 40 minute drive is known since Roman times for the benefits of it's thermal spring waters that gather in a big basin located in a beautiful square in the center of town.

In Cortona, 30-minute drive, is the Museum of the Etruscan Academy located in the historic 13th century Palazzo Casali. The museum exhibits an impressive collection of archaeological material and artistic items. Open year round. Closed on Mondays.

- Monte Oliveto Maggiore, the most well known monastery in Tuscany, walk the cloisters and visit the shop where the monks sell liquors, ceramics and herbal remedies, 40 minute drive.

Public Transportation: The closest main train station with service to Rome is located in Chiusi, a 35 minute drive. The journey takes 80-90 minutes.

Golf: Golf Club Valdichiana - Within a 15 minute drive. Open year round. Closed on Wednesdays from November to February.

- June: Festa del Barbarossa takes place in San Quirico d'Orcia on the third weekend with a medieval costume procession through the village ending at the Horti Leonini Italianate gardens where neighborhoods compete in archery and flag throwing.

- August: In Pienza, August 14th is celebrated as the night of the Assumption with historic buildings opening their courtyards, and a torch light procession ends with fireworks.

- August: During the last week, Montepulciano hosts Bravio delle Botti, a race between the 8 contrada or neighborhoods with 50 pound wine barrels carried through the historic center. Dinners and games take place all week long.

- September: Pienza's Fiera del Cacio or cheese festival takes place on the first Sunday.

Open Air Markets: Morning markets are held in Chiusi on Tuesdays; in Chianciano Terme on Wednesdays; Montepulciano on Thursdays; in Pienza, Sarteano, Torrita di Siena or Montalcino on Fridays and in Cortona or Cetona on Saturday mornings.

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