- 2 bedrooms
- 2 bathrooms
- Sleeps 6
Description from the owner
This spacious apartment at Villa San Raffaello combines historic architectural and artistic details with modern kitchens and bathrooms. The villa with its large pool sits amongst vines in a landscaped garden on a hilltop with stunning 360' views of the Sibillini Mountains and the buzzing medieval village of Sarnano, named "one of Italy's most beautiful villages" that lies only 1km from the Villa.
Set in 8 acres of rolling Le Marche farmland, the Villa has been restored to an exceptional level; retaining best of the original architecture such as arches, old beams, tiles and bread ovens. There is a very big pool and 6 alfresco eating are...Read more
Villa & pool 1km to top medieval village-nat park
Sarnano, Marche, Italy
Additional Location Information
The bustling and perfectly preserved medieval town of Sarnano, named "one of the most beautiful in Italy" http://www.borghitalia.it/pg.base.php?id=5〈=en&cod;_borgo=831, is only 1km away from our Le Marche Villa.
Sarnano has a wealth of character in the ancient, cobbled streets that wind up through wonderfully restored piazzas, churches, dwellings and the impressive towers that dominate the amazing local landscape.
The history of Sarnano dates back to pagan and Roman times and is home to a theatre, museums, rennaissance art, a spa resort, over 20 restaurants, bars, many summer festas, some great shops, and a helpful tourist office.
Villa San Raffaello and Sarnano is an ideal base for outdoor activity, like parascending or climbing, for cycling, hiking the or walking in the Sibillini mountains or, the Monti Azzurri, the smaller foothills that surround the villa. The area is great for foraging, spotting wild flowers (guests have found over 15 types of rare orchid on recent
hikes), birding or bird-spotting.
The location is ideal for sightseeing and touring the medieval towns in the surrounding Le Marche countryside and for visiting the beaches of the Adriatic Riviera beyond.
Alternatively, simply kick back and enjoy the local art and history, and the fantastic food and wine on offer at the numerous local bars, shops, ristorante and delicatessens. For night owls there's even 2 late music pubs "Sticky Fingers" and Memphis Belle
Sarnano the Spa Resort or 'Centro Terme'
The local thermal waters are claimed to be beneficial for many complaints and the Spa or Sarnano Terme itself offers visitors health and beauty treatments in lovely surroundings at a reasonable cost. There are also other local beauty farms offering massages and beauty treatments nearby.
The Sibillini Mountains and National Park, Le Marche
The Villa lies 1 kilometre from the Sibillini National Park that protects the wildlife and medieval villages in this beautiful stretch of the Appennine Mountains to the South West of Le Marche. In the Sibillini Mountains you will find 10 peaks in excess of 2000m, rivers, stunning waterfalls, caves, gorges and lakes, all within easy reach of the Villa. There are also many local information centres where you can find out more about the area’s tracks and trails, flora and the fauna and abbeys and monasteries. The park tourist website has a wealth of information on the area and the main events and places of interest. Alternatively, you can purchase the detailed topographical map of the area.
The Sibillini National Park Information centres will advise you on the area , it's geography, history and where to spot local flora, fauna and wildlife including deer, bear, boar, wildcats, wolves, porcupine, peregrine falcons and golden eagles.
Activities in the Sibillini National Park
The dramatic landscape, with a highest peak of 2500metres, flower filled plateaux and the rolling hills below, offer an ideal location for walking holidays, cycling holidays, bird watching, photography, drawing and painting. The Sibillini National Park has organised tours and treks throughout the spring, summer and autumn months and has numerous predefined itineries available. There is Parascending, white water rafting and extreme sports on offer nearby, two of Italy’s most stunning gorge walks and mountain lakes with beaches and trattorias.
We are only 45 minutes from the beaches of the Adriatic Coast and 30 minutes from a superb mountain lake with beaches, gelati, boat hire and restaurants
Le Marche Sightseeing (journey times in minutes from Sarnano)
Macerata (30mins) Macerata is a beautiful town and boasts a number of piazzas with stunning architecture, a beautiful theatre, the Macerata Sferisterio or opera house, the Duomo, art gallery and museums of carriages and the unification of Italy/ wartime resistance. There are also a variety of tempting shops and some lovely bars and ristorante.
Tolentino(20mins) This vibrant medieval city is home to the shrine of St Nicola, and some lovely architecture including an ancient medieval bridge and a unique clock tower in the main square. The nearby 12th century Castello della Rancia. Wander has an armourment display, and on the central piazza you will find the the museum of caricature and art humorism, or simply enjoy the shopping, cafes and trattorie.
Montemonaco (30mins) A pretty walled town with an information centre for the Sibillini national park. From here you can walk in a couple of hours to the ‘cave of the Sibyl’ (the lair of Tannhauser’s Venus), or more striking, follow the River Tenna up the amazing limestone Golla dell’Infernaccio, / “Little Hell Gorge”
Hells Gorge & the Hermit (40mins to the start) Visit Padre Pietro a Cappuccian monk and hermit, who has lived alone for almost 40 years in one of Italy’s most stunning Gorges, He has devoted his time to construction of an amazing church on the foundations of the first Capuccian priory.
Drive through Amandola, down the hill and turn right towards Montefortino, you will see a brown sign on the right for “golla dell’Infernaccio” follow this and you will reach about 3 km of white gravel road, avoiding the potholes you will eventually reach two gateposts and need to park. Stop at the spring on route to top up your water bottles and park up at the end of the road, (there is a grassy area above for resting or picnicking) walk down hill, past the water cascade and then uphill for about 400m, after that its plain sailing, with 16km of pathway following the river Tenna through dramatic limestone cliffs. If you turn right after about an hour, following the sign for San Leonardo it leads uphill to Pedre Pietro and his chuch or hermitage
Abbadia di Fiastra (20mins-take the SS78 towards Macerata) A Cistercian monastery founded in 1142, built using stones from the nearby Roman town of “Urbs Salvia” In medieval times this abbey owned farmland that reached 30km to the coast in medieval times. Today the surrounding parkland is still cultivated by the monks and wines and other produce is on sale to the public, there are two very good well priced restaurants, and the monastery, an archaeological museum and beautiful nature reserve is open to the public.
Urbisaglia (20mins-take the SS78 towards Macerata)- A couple of miles from Abbadia di Fiastra, this impressive Roman site provides tours of its frescoes, theatre, forum and amphitheatre, which held gladiatorial battles on boats, there is also an impressive roman cistern, medieval castle and museum.
Ascoli Piceno (40mins) The stylish city has greatwalks along the river and the Piazza del Popolo with its tiled with travertine and undoubtedly one of the most elegant squares of Italy. An amazing array of gothic architecture, shopping and art galleries, plus some wonderful bars to sample the local Rosso Picen, Pecorino and Passerina wines.
Caldarola (15 mins) is dominated by the Pallotta castle, Built in the 9th Century and redeveloped in medieval times by the Pallotta family, who still own the castle and now open it to the public, there are also 3 other castles and some great ristorante in the surrounding countryside
Camerino (30mins) This panoramic university hill town has a history that dates back to Neolithic times. It remains as it was in Renaissance times, when the local warmongering Da Varanno family gained the upper hand over much of surrounding Le Marche . Camerino has impressive churches, palaces and art plus lovely gardens, outdoor cafes and a few great shops
Amandola (15 mins) This touring centre for the national park has a picturesque cobbled piazza, sit in one of the bars there and watch the world go by, or try strolling up the hill to the museum of rural history.
Frasassi (90mins) these stunning underground limestone caves are the largest in Europe and well worth a visit.
Lake Fiastra (20 mins) Swim in lovely lake set in the heart of the mountains. In the summer light the lake takes on a wonderful aquamarine colour and you can rent pedaloes and canoes, swim and sunbathe on the beach, have lunch at the pizzeria or osteria and then cross the lake via the bridge at San Lorenzo al Lago and park at Fiastra 2km up the hill, walk to the castle and tower on the hill which command amazing views of the length of the lake. Try Il Tribbio a great agriturismo at Fiastra village for lunch with great views. There are various signposted walks on the lakes banks.
Le Marche World War POW camp (25mins): Visit the camp at Servigliano that held thousands of Allied POWs during WW2. Hear stories including the mass escape following the Italian Armistice and the Italian farmers hiding Allied Servicemen until the liberation of Italy. An article in the UK Daily Telegraph describes the break out and there is even a web site dedicated to the Servigliano POW Camp and its prisoners
Lake San Ruffino (25mins): A co-operative down at the lake run a number of not for profit ventures here during peak season, there are massages and therapies, a great horse riding, a kayaking school, deer park, a picnic area, tourist office, small museum and a lovely osteria. You can swim if you dive off the jetty near the osteria.
Loreto & the Conero National Park (1 hour): Visit historic Loreto, its art gallery and the amazing basilica (where Mary mother of Jesus’ house from Nazareth is now located), the gentrified town of Recanati (home to Gigli and Le Marche’s most famous writer and poet Giacomo Leopardi) then move on to the Conero National Park, stopping at a few cantinas to sample and purchase some wonderful Rosso Conero wines (try Garofoli at Loreto for great wines, free tastings and good prices). Then move on to the picturesque coves of Sirolo or PortoNovo for lunch and swimming and then down to the marina at Numana for more swimming, strolling and a bit of go-karting or trampolining.
Le Marche Sport & Activities
Le Marche Football: Ascoli are the nearest members of Serie C and it’s quite easy and cheap to buy tickets. The city and its stadium are 45 minutes away. Tickets are available at the local tabacchi in Sarnano or in Ascoli on Matchday (don’t to forget to take ID)
Golf in Le Marche Italy:
The only Le Marche golf course is at Sirolo; Conero Golf Club (071/7360613) it is 6766 yards long and nestles in the hills of the Conero national park overlooking the sea. Weekday green fees of €40 – golf clubs can be hired. This is also a great wine producing area- so a trip to a Cantina for the 19th hole should be considered http://www.conerogolfclub.it/ita/conero/campo_piantina.asp
Le Marche Water sports:
Within easy reach are the yacht club at Porto San Giorgio, Windsurfing at Civitanova and Porto San Elpidio, Sailing at Civitanova, diving at Pedaso, canoeing at lake Fiastra
Le Marche Hang-gliding/Para-gliding:
Fifteen minutes from the villa you will find a Hang gliding school and accompanied tourist flights are available from May to October. http://www.limanhouse.com/home.htm
Le Marche Skiing & Snowboarding:
20 minutes from the Sarnano is Sassotetto is Le Marche’s main ski resort and is ideal for beginners, or for those who need a weekend ski-fix. There are 10 drag/chairlifts, 9 pistes plus off piste action available. At the ski resort are a couple of restaurants, ski & boot hire plus ski pass sales. There is also a regular bus service from the town.
Walking in Le Marche:
There are 10 marked circular routes from Sarnano for walkers of all abilities (you should find a little fold out map in the villa or on the desk in the tourist office) and the local tourist board organises guided hikes throughout the summer. The Sibillini National Park also organises tours and treks throughout the Spring, Summer and Autumn months and have numerous predefined itineries available http://www.parks.it/parco.nazionale.monti.sibillini/Eman.html.
Also available at the tabacchi is the detailed map of the network of paths and tracks through the Sibillini mountain national park, you can drive to the top of the mountains and walk the ridges across to a number of refuges that have bars and restaurants.
Le Marche Horse Riding:
Guided or solo horse-riding from 1 to 4 hours or itineries of up to 3 days are available at the local le querce agriturismo phone 0733.658211
Le Marche Horse Racing:
Visit Montegiorgio, half an hour from the villa if you fancy a day or night of watching and betting on horse racing Italian style (with riders in traps) http://www.sanpaolo.ippodromo.it/main.php
Flat racing is also held at Corridonia from June to September is half an hour away
Le Marche Waterparks:
Verde Azzurro waterpark is an hour away at Cingoli and offers families a day filled with pools, rides and slides. NB the rides are closed for lunch.
Onda Blu at Tortoreto (1 hr 45 mins) which offers more of the same but has more extreme slides on offer and is open all day.
Cingoli Adventure Park:
Right next to the lake at Cingoli, a beautiful town known as the balcony of Le Marche there is an adventure park with kids climbing wall, tightropes and zip wires, which include a 250m beast that is 70m in the air
Le Marche Donkey Trekking:
Great value half day or full day trips though woodland and around lakes and hills at Smerillo, 15 minutes from the villa phone Marco on either +39 347 6820066 or +39 349 3296752
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Mountain nearby, Rural retreats
Last updated on July 24, 2014
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- Damage deposit | $298
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Central heating
- Local Guides/Maps
- Linens Provided
Phone / Internet
- Internet Access
Pool / Spa
- Shared outdoor pool (unheated)
- Mountain Views
- Stove or Oven
- Stereo or CD player
- DVD Player
- Balcony or terrace
- Outdoor Dining Area
- Swing set or jungle gym
- Pet friendly - ask
- Smoking allowed - no
- Suitable for children - yes
- Suitable for the elderly - yes
- Wheelchair accessible - no
- 80 square meters