Imagine yourself at this villa in Tuscany: lounging under cameo-pink vaulted ceilings; enjoying a feast in a formal dining hall under an antique chandelier; or drifting off to sleep in a room filled with ancient furniture and delicious trompe l'oeil. The life of a 15th century noble awaits you in this Tuscany villa with a pool near Arezzo, which is where the movie "Life is Beautiful," starring Roberto Benigni, was filmed. Right on the eastern corner of the triangle formed by Siena, Florence, and Arezzo, this elegant Tuscany vacation rental is both well located for day trips-- and an experience in itself!
This is an old country manor hou...se which has recently been restored. It is interesting because each of the three stories is from a different century, from the 1500's to the 1900's. The villa is surrounded by two courtyards, a vineyard, and a long cypress path which leads to the main entrance. There is also an above-ground pool (8m x 5m) which is open from May to September, and a private garden (a second garden is designated for the owners) with a pergola, lawn, and porch connected to the kitchen. An internal courtyard has a table and chairs in front of the entrance hall. On the property there is also a chapel from the 18th century. A road runs along the front of the property, so the entrance is in the back.
(600 m2/6,458 ft2)
Ground Floor: The entrance hall has a barrel-vaulted ceiling and a door leading into the internal courtyard. Inside the villa you will find a living room with cameo-pink walls, paintings, a stone fireplace, armchairs, and a sofa bed suitable for one person (160cm x 200 cm). A huge kitchen/dining room has furniture dating from the 15th century: a dining table made of stone, a fireplace, and copper jugs lining the wall. There is also a sofa and a fireplace. A second cozy kitchen has an oven, stove, dishwasher, washing machine, and other kitchen equipment. The ground floor also contains the one bedroom, which has vaulted ceilings, a chest of drawers, a writing desk, an armchair, and a queen-size bed (160 cm) . There is one bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower.
Mid-Floor: Ten steps up from the ground floor there is a small mid-level area. This contains a store-room and a bathroom with a sink, WC, bidet, and bathtub with handheld showerhead.
First Floor: Upstairs there is one large dining room with a table covered in red brocade, a chandelier, two empire-style sofas, a bookcase, and a grand piano. There is also a second, smaller living room in pale blue that has a fireplace, a round table, and various seats. There are also four bedrooms and two bathrooms on the first floor: The first bedroom has a queen-size bed (160 cm), a writing desk, wardrobe, and armchairs. The second room, which is decorated with trompe l'oeil from the 18th century, has an single bed (85 cm) and a writing desk. The bathroom next to these two rooms has a cast-iron bathtub, built-in wardrobe, sink, and toilet. The third bedroom has curtains and walls decorated with images of a lion, and the furniture is in neo-gothic style. The queen-size bed (160 cm) sits in a wooden frame, and there is also a chest of drawers, writing desk, and a wooden wardrobe. The fourth bedroom is in pink, with two narrow single beds (80 cm), a chest of drawers, table, and closet. The second bathroom has a toilet, sink, bidet, and shower.
Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.
* Housekeeping: 15 Euros per hour
* Chef Service: 15 Euros per hour
* Linen Change: 15 Euros per bed
* Airport Transfer: 100 Euros
* Driver Service: 20 Euros per hour
* Babysitting: 15 Euros per hour
* This property comes with a welcome basket which may include coffee, biscuits, butter, jam, pasta, olive oil, bread, water, milk, and wine.
* Firewood: Available free of charge
* A car is recommended for this property.
Additional amenities include: fireplace - indoor, housekeeping available - extra cost, walk to town, heating - partial house, welcome basket, cd, hair dryer, cook service available - extra cost, outside area - private, independent villa, free parking on premises, broadband access, outside dining, window screens - whole house.
Left on 07/30/2011 for a stay in July 2011 | Scott
Beautiful views and exterior.
While the bathrooms were fine, there was only one with a real stand-alone shower. We 3 couples shared.
Great restaurant recommendations from villa.
Thelma's review of Villa Giovi
Left on 07/31/2008 for a stay in July 2008 | Thelma
Absolutely wonderful. From 10-year olds to septuagenarians, everyone adored the villa and had lots to do both within walking, bus, and train distance.
The beautiful entrance from the back, enjoying family dinners on a beautiful stone table over 500 years old, the gorgeous high-ceilings, the great taste in design evident in the restoration of the house and grounds, and the lovely, welcoming family. The pool was perfect for the children and the adults at the end of every day. There was ample room at the villa for the 9 of us.
An excellent restaurant is within walking distance, as is a good pizza-trattoria place nearby. In a short driving distance is an excellent supermarket with a large store next to it that has anything you might have forgotten to bring. Several of us went on lovely walks in the area. Also, on the way to the restaurant Principe is a fascinating cemetery - beautifully lit at night.
Richard's review of Villa Giovi
Left on 06/30/2007 for a stay in June 2007 | Richard
The pictures do not do it justice. It is beautiful and has all of the modern amenities you will need. The owner went above and beyond stocking the house. So, you can just enjoy and relax.
There are so many reasons to love this villa, but I will try to narrow it to a few. Location: The villa is literally steps away from the bus. Despite the recommendation of a car, we didn't need it. We were able to take the bus to Arezzo's train station or just wander around town. Accommodations: The accommodations were outstanding. We had a party of seven and had more than enough room. The home was immaculately clean and had every amenity you needed. The manager were extremely attentive to any issues that popped up and made sure the villa was extremely well equipped.
I am grasping at straws here, but we were awakened by some pesky pigeons in the early morning, but if that is it's greatest flaw life is pretty good.
Everything. The grounds and pool are beautiful. We took full advantage of the patio area to eat and drink. It is Tuscany, after all.
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