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Built on the pre-Roman foundations of an Etruscan villa, this 12th-century farmhouse crests a valley overlooking 70 acres of prized olive groves and its own gurgling brook.
Here and there, lawn chairs and even a hammock are perfect for a good read on a lazy afternoon. A painting of the idyllic valley of la Paiola, by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, titled "A view near Volterra" (1838) permanently resides in the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Little has changed.
From la Paiola, a 10 minute drive along a wooded lane leads to the very walls of Volterra. The American owner, an accomplished sculptor and Broadway set designer, has lovingly nurtured this historic property to a high degree of comfort while exalting its authenticity. It's no wonder that returning guests reserve la Paiola a year or more in advance.
The fully furnished outdoor terrace and patios are meant for dining al fresco or watching the sun set. Also on the grounds, a restored cottage for two is opened when the villa is rented for eight guests. The smoke free villa's interiors feature antiques, excellent reproductions, a great kitchen, a Wi-Fi enabled PC with use of a Skype account, screens on windows and doors, and a delightful touch of whimsy throughout. All of the bedrooms are air conditioned.
When requested in advance, and at additional cost, an authentic Pizzaiolo is available for a fun filled pizza making night using the wood burning oven on grounds. Guests renting during the olive harvest, typically from mid-October through mid-November, will certainly get to observe and perhaps participate in a raccolta degli ulivi.
At 1770 feet above sea level and crowned by an impressive Medici fortress, Volterra is visible from miles away and one of Tuscany's "must see" hill towns. Its strategic position made it a center of Etruscan civilization. Today, it houses one of the rarest collections of Etruscan artifacts in the Guarnacci Museum.
The area is well suited for hiking. From the grounds of la Paiola an ancient trail leads to the ruins of a Roman amphitheater, just over a mile away, and beyond to the remains of Roman baths.
Volterra offers several restaurants, cafes, alabaster crafts and an assortment of one-of-a-kind shops reached in 10 minutes by car. Within a 30 minute drive are San Gimignano's imposing medieval towers or the famed crystal boutiques of Colle Val d'Elsa. Sandy beaches along the Tuscan coast are 45 minutes away; Siena or Castellina in Chianti: 60; Pisa: 75; Florence or Lucca: 90; Montalcino: 100; La Spezia: 2 hours. The lure of ancient hill towns, the mysterious Etruscans and the glory of the Renaissance may captivate you—as will the unrelenting beauty of la Paiola.
First floor: Two bedrooms each with a queen size bed. One large bathroom with a tub, a separate sunken granite shower and portable hairdryer. One narrow bathroom with three steps down into shower.
For 7 to 8 Guests:
Ground floor: Living/dining room with wood stove. Kitchen with five burner stove top, oven and fridge.
First floor: Twelve external steps up to a bedroom with a queen size bed. One bathroom with shower.
All bedrooms are air conditioned. A hairdryer is provided.