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Tuscan Vacation Rental near Volterra

La Paiola

Loc: Volterra
Ref: PIS414
Sleeps 8
4 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
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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.

Technical Description
For 6 Guests:
Ground floor: Down 15 brick steps to the main entrance passing by a small furnished patio. Den with a fireplace and PC. Living room with CD stereo, collection of classical and contemporary music, Ipod dock, ceiling fan and two French balconies. Two steps down into dining room with TV, antique marble-top table and French doors to a covered and furnished terrace. Kitchen with marble-top center island with 5 burner stove top, convection oven, fridge, dishwasher, US-Style coffee maker, toaster, washing machine and doors to the furnished terrace. Four steps up into one bedroom with a queen size bed.

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:
In addition to the above, the cottage is opened.

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.

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Rental Price Includes: Two baskets of firewood, a PC with Wi-Fi and Skype access.
Not included & paid on site in Euro: Heating, electricity, firewood and phone calls.
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Economy $ 2600  
2019 Weekly Pricing at a Glance
Rentals begin and end on Saturday
Economy
$ 2600
Dec 29 to May 17, 2019
Oct 19 to Dec 27
Shoulder
$ 2875
Jun 29 to Aug 30
Peak
$ 3055
May 18 to Jun 28
Aug 31 to Oct 18
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