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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 ruins of an Etruscan villa, this 12th-century farmhouse sits in a valley above 70 acres of prized olive groves with its own gurgling stream. Here and there, lawn chairs and even a hammock are set on the lawn to enjoy in the company of a good book. A painting of the idyllic valley of la Paiola, by Camille Corot, titled "A view from Volterra," resides in the National Gallery of Art.

From la Paiola, a 10 minute drive along a wooded lane leads to the very walls of Volterra. The hospitable 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. As one of our most rented homes year after year, it's no wonder that returning guests book la Paiola a year or more in advance.

The outdoor terrace and patios are fully furnished and meant for dining al fresco or watching the sun set. Also on the grounds, a newly restored cottage for two may be opened with the villa when rented for eight guests. The smoke free villa's interiors feature antiques, excellent reproductions, a great kitchen, a PC with Wi-Fi Internet and use of a Skype account, screened windows and doors, heated mattress pads and a delightful touch of whimsy. Three of the four bedrooms are air conditioned while the fourth has walls against a hillside to keep it cool.

For most of the year, the friendly American owner lives in an apartment along one side of the home that is served by its own separate entrance, and he'll happily demonstrate the workings of the wood burning oven on the grounds. Guests renting during the olive harvest, typically from mid-October through mid-November, will certainly get to observe and maybe participate in the raccolta degli ulivi.

At 1770 feet above sea level and crowned by an impressive Medici fortress, Volterra is seen from miles around and is gaining popularity as one of Tuscany's most treasured hill towns. Its strategic position made it an important center of the Etruscan civilization, and today, it houses one of the best collections of Etruscan artifacts in the Guarnacci Museum.

The area is well suited for hiking. On the grounds of la Paiola, there is access to an ancient Roman path that passes by the ruins of a Roman Theatre (1 AD) in just over a mile, and beyond are the remains of Roman baths (3 AD).

Volterra offers several restaurants, cafes, alabaster shops and more in just ten minutes by car. Within a 30 minute drive are San Gimignano's imposing medieval towers and the crystal shops of Colle Val d'Elsa. The 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, washing machine and doors to the furnished terrace. Four steps up into one bedroom with a queen size bed.

First floor: Two air conditioned 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 one air conditioned bedroom with a queen size bed. One bathroom with shower.

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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  
Economy $ 2600  
2018 Weekly Pricing at a Glance
Rentals begin and end on Saturday
Economy
$ 2600
Dec 30 to May 18, 2018
Oct 20 to Dec 28
Shoulder
$ 2875
Jun 30 to Aug 31
Peak
$ 3055
May 19 to Jun 29
Sep 1 to Oct 19
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