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Sovicille - Siena area - Tuscany
Property ID: 8038
Sleeps: 23-27

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- Premium selection
- Independent house
- Air conditioning
- Washing machine
- Swimming pool

- 13 bedrooms
- 12 baths

- Hair dryers
- Maid Service
- Private garden
- Wireless Internet
- Chef kitchen
- Clothes dryer
- Barbecue
- Fireplace
- Particular charm
- Satellite TV
- Telephone
- Baby bed available
- Cook Service
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Take a short drive into the countryside below Siena and soon you will reach Sovicille and the small village of Ancaiano.  Here you will find the entrance to one of Tuscany's most exclusive and historically important villas.  He played an important part in defining the style of Late Baroque Roman architecture, of which this villa is an excellent example.

Villa Cetinale was built in 1680 under the auspices of Cardinal Flavio Chigi for his uncle, Fabio Chigi, who became Pope Alexander VII.  The gardens are among the most famous in Italy, and have been featured in many prominent books about Italian gardens, including Edith Wharton's Italian Villas and their Gardens, in 1904. 

This villa is well suited for day trips throughout Tuscany or simply enjoying the pleasures of a comfortable and alluring villa and taking in the stunning landscape.  The sprawling gardens extend uphill onto a holy staircase through an area of 'Holy Woods' that leads to a monastery, still prominently visible on the hill.  It is said that Cardinal Chigi was ordered to make the journey daily on his knees to atone for the murder of another man, who was his rival in love.  When you stay at Villa Cetinale, you live among these legends of the past and create your own story in its magical atmosphere.

The garden also features a marble-sided pool and numerous statuary by Guiseppe Mazuoli.  Its recent owner has been an English earl, whose family has devoted its energy and resources to continuing its delicate preservation.

Villa Cetinale accommodates up to 23 guests in 9 queen bedrooms and 2 twin bedded rooms.  There is also an additional space especially for 4 children.  It offers a multitude of modern conveniences and entertainment possibilities tennis, swimming, sunbathing, children's rooms with video games, table tennis and foosball. 

Day trips can include a delightful choice of hill towns and art centers, including Siena, Florence, the little-known beautiful Romanesque cloister at Torri, the working monastery at Monte Oliveto, or the ruined Cistercian abbey at San Galgano.  The unpolluted River Merse is close by, with many beautiful swimming spots.  Hiking and horse riding is also available nearby, and the Tuscany coast can be reached in about an hour.

This extraordinary villa has only recently become available for vacation rental and represents a unique and exceptional opportunity for a luxury holiday.

The services of a chef are included in the rental price, and there is a fully equipped modern kitchen.  Cooking lessons are available, as is a large selection of Tuscan wine and other wines on request.

Amenities include:

- Bed, bath and kitchen linens
- Daily cleaning service
- Chef
- Five gardeners
- House manager
- Staff to help with serving food and drinks
- Baby cots and high chairs
- A complete laundry including 2 washing machines, 2 dryers
- Two dishwashers
- Microwave
- Ample parking
- Gas barbecue
- Disabled access to ground floor bedroom and bathroom
- Internet WiFi service
- Phone on every floor
- Two large TVs and DVD/Blue-ray players
- Music in the bedrooms, high quality stereo in drawing room
- Hair dryers in bedrooms
- Air conditioning on request



Ancaiano - bus stop (1 km)
Sovicille - cafe, restaurant, market, church, post office, pharmacy, bank (5 km)
Siena (14 km)
Monteriggioni (15 km)
San Gimignano (44 km)
Florence (70 km)


Gira! Italian Vacation Rentals
1003 South Madison Street
Denver, Colorado 80209 USA


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