Romantic Hillside Apartment with Phenomenal Sunset Views
From $123 / night
Description from the owner
Description from the owner
Type: Apt. / Condo
Casa del Tramonto (House of the Sunset) is situated on a hillside with wonderful views over the Val d'Arno. The building itself is reported to be a monastery originating from the 14th century, and has been restored using the original stone in the typical style of the region. The tiny hamlet, where Casa del Tramonto is located, is just 5 km from the ancient walled town of Civitella in Val di Chiana.
We've created three self -contained apartments from the south west facing portion of the old monastery, each with fantastic views - “Le Stelle”- The Stars, on the top floor, “La Luna” – The Moon on the 1st floor, and “Il Sole” – The ...Read more
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About the owner
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Additional Location Information
The village is approached by a winding road from Civitella through woodland, much of it sweet chestnut . As you approach the village you get tantalising glimpses of the views ahead. Casa Del Tramonto is in an idyllic situation on a promontory, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, the countryside dotted with almond and fig trees. In season, truffles and wild mushrooms are found in the woods. The casa is within easy reach of Florence, Siena, Arezzo, Cortona, Perugia, Assisi, Montalcino, Montepulciano, San Gimignano, and many other Tuscan towns. The nearby town of Civitella in Val di Chiana, 3 miles away, has spectacular views over the Val di Chiana. It has a wonderful restaurant, bar/gelateria (ice-cream parlour) alimentari (grocer's shop) which has a morning butcher's section of local produce. There are lots of wonderful restaurants in the area. Ample parking at Casa del Tramonto.
Civitella itself is a walled town set high on a promontory with astounding views over the Val di Chiana and is as yet fairly untouched by tourism. The town is completely unspoilt, with twisting alleyways and passages offering glimpses at every turn of urns and pots filled to the brim with a profusion of flowers. A small square, reached by stone steps up a passageway in the town walls, has a cafe/bar, gelateria, run by Allessia, where you can sit and contemplate the view over a cup of coffee or home made ice-cream and time seems to stand still. There's an Alimentari – (grocer’s shop) next door, which stocks most things, including meat in the mornings.
The restaurant Il Vicolo is in the square next to the Alimentari and bar, and has an outdoor terrace where you can dine out under the stars with stunning views looking out over the Val di Chiana 500 meters below. Mama Andreina is an experienced chef, and runs the restaurant with her two sons, Leonardo and Mirko. Andriena makes her own pasta, and all the food is freshly prepared from the moment you order.
The area around Gebbia is perfect for walking and spending time admiring the magnificent views. Tracks meander for miles in uninhabited territory. There is a free to roam policy in Italy, and besides the 3 acres of our terraces and gardens there are acres of woodland and walks for you to explore. The 5km road out of the hamlet to Civitella twists and winds through the chestnut woods and has a charm all of its own.
Monte San Savino is the nearest small town, about 20 mins drive. (Ask about the cross country route through the beautiful village of Oliveto, former home of writer Muriel Sparks. The bianca strada (unpaved roads) through the walled olive groves is very picturesque).
You enter the ancient centre of Monte San Savino through an old archway over the cobbled streets. It has a Wednesday morning market, great for fish, meat, cheese and local vegetables. The town doesn’t seem to have changed much for centuries. Wander the narrow streets of the old town, and if you can, take a look in the beautiful church of Saint Augustine, and take a stroll under the arched entrance to the town’s walled garden, which is beautifully tranquil, and has an outdoor ampitheatre, with performances during the summer months. Monte San Savino has some very good delicatessens and coffee shops.
Arezzo, the nearest big town, 20 mins drive away, is fascinating. To visit the old town - the Centro Storico, it's best to park outside the city walls and stroll up the Corsa Italia to the Piazza Grande. This is the place where the jousting tournaments (Il Saraceno) are held in mediaeval costumes several times a year, and the square is simply stunning, with wooden balconies straight out of the middle ages. A cool, pillared area at the top of the piazza is perfect for a cappuccino and to sit and watch the world go by.
Close by in the Basilica of S. Francesca are the famous frescoes of Piero della Francesca.
On the first Sunday of every month an antique fair is held in the streets of the old town of Arezzo. If you’re here at the beginning of the month, it's worth a visit as it is famous throughout the whole of Italy.
Siena, 50 mins drive, with its famous ancient square Il Campo, overlooked by its striking tower, is where Il Palio, the famous horse race is held in the square itself. Little known is the tiny ice-cream shop/cafe with its balcony overlooking the square. Find it and you'll have a privileged view of the square that few people know about. It has a fantastic view of the hustle and bustle of the square, Il Campo. We can let you know how to find it.
Cortona, one of the most famous Tuscan towns, is 30 minutes’ drive away across the Val di Chiana. This ancient walled town has many gift and novelty shops and boutiques. There's a shop selling Venetian theatrical masks at a reasonable price, if you're looking for an unusual souvenir. A fascinating restaurant is the "Ristorante Del Teatro", next to the theatre, its walls crammed with images and relics of the theatre - the food particularly good. The famous Michelin starred "Il Falconiere" restaurant is nearby with beautiful views over the surrounding area.
Florence is not far way, about 45 minutes' drive along the main autoroute. The best parking area is the Piazzale Michelangelo, a free parking area, which has wonderful views over Florence. The open tourist buses also leave from here, with guided tours around Florence, otherwise it takes about ten minutes to walk down to the Arno and the Ponte Vecchio. There is a great bar/restaurant with views of the Ponte Vecchio, called Golden View, just along the Arno toward the Ponte Vecchio, a great coffee stop. It's possible to travel by train to Florence, as there's a very good service from the station at Arezzo to Florence. You can be car free in the centre of Florence in under an hour. The old town in Florence is compact and easy to walk round. If it’s your first time you could get a tour by pony and carriage, you can pick one up in front of the Duomo, and ride in style through those spectacular streets for about 40Euros, or take a tour bus up into the hills for a good view of Florence. (This is where the free car park is in the Piazzale Michelangelo.)
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Nearest airport: Florence/Pisa/Perugia/Bologna
Car is recommended