Like an upturned rounded beehive, the peaceful, historic hamlet of Castello di Murlo is right in the middle of Etruscan territory. Most of the dwellings, including Pozzo, form part of the walls, which enclose two squares, one with an important Etruscan museum in the ex -Episcopal palace, the other, smaller, with a huge well in the middle. The views are stunning, with cultivated hills of the Crete reaching as far as Asciano and Siena on one side, and the Maremma countryside on the other.
On the ground floor, entered from the piazza, is an old stable-storeroom with, at its far end, a table, a fridge, a cold tap and a barbeque, making it easy to enjoy eating and relaxing outside on the terrace. Another door from the piazza leads to the first floor, with a sitting room with a very large fireplace, a dining kitchen and a bathroom. On the second floor are a double bedroom, and a twin bedroom with WC and washbasin. Furniture is a combination of delightful antiques and high quality modern fittings. Below the terrace is a tiny patch of green and below that a path leads in about 900 metres across the valley to Vescovado di Murlo, where there is a wide variety of shops and services.
From 900 BC until the Romans squashed them around 350 BC, the mystical and fascinating Etruscans flourished in Tuscany and left influences that continue to be felt to day. Developing extraordinary skills in engineering, their artistic and metalworking abilities enabled them to trade all around the Mediterranean and across Europe. Overlaid by Roman and then medieval influence, often Etruscan sites were used by successive generations and civilisations. Castello di Murlo was a minor centre in Etruscan times. Subsequently developing as a medieval feud in the 3rd Century, it was later effectively cut off from surrounding developments. To day it is an intact, medieval hamlet set in extraordinarily beautiful countryside. Its tiny population looks so like the figures and faces on Etruscan portraits that the people were recently the subject of French genetic research, comparing their DNA with Etruscan; and found to match. The owner of the village pizzeria/restaurant has his photo portrait, dressed as an Etruscan, displayed on the walls. The numerous tracks and roads crossing the area are still the only way to reach secluded places of remarkable historical, artistic and naturalistic importance making Pozzo a particularly good base for walking, riding and exploring. Murlo occupies a strategic position in relation to other places of importance in Tuscany. Its hospitable and discreet Anglo-Italian owners live next door and provide every help you may need to enjoy the innumerable feasts for your eyes, mind and palate that Tuscany offers with such amiable generosity....Read more
Left on 05/21/2015 for a stay in May 2015 | Kate BReviewed May 21, 2015Stayed May 2015
We stayed at Il Pozzo for the week of May 2-9, 2015 and can highly recommend this villa. We were warmly greeted by Sarah who toured us through the villa, made suggestions on places to visit and then quickly made us reservations for the local restaurant before it filled up. The villa is beautifully decorated and very comfortable with all of the amenities of home. We found a bottle of Tuscan wine, some honey and olive oil as welcome gifts in the kitchen. Later in the week Sarah and her husband Camillo invited us for drinks and appetizers and it was a wonderful way to learn more about life in this part of Italy. We loved the views - the Tuscan countryside for miles out the kitchen and bedroom windows and the coutryard of the walled village from the living room. There is an excellent restaurant and Etruscan Museum steps from the front door. Murlo provides an excellent base for driving the Tuscan countryside and touring the towns nearby - we enjoyed Montepulciano, Pienza, Montacino, Buonconvento; San Quirico D'Orcia; Monte Oliveto Maggiore, Siena and Bagno Vignoni. After all that touring, it was so nice to return to Il Pozzo and relax on the patio and enjoy the views and garden.
Left on 06/25/2010 for a stay in May 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 25, 2010Stayed May 2010
What a fabulous place to stay and explore Siena and Southern Tuscany! It was as though we had been transported back in time staying at Castello di Murlo. Our hosts were very helpful and friendly, organising an evening of Tuscan dining and wine tasting, and giving us hints on where to visit.
We had a great time and would recommend Il Pozzo to anyone. One word of warning - not for children.
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