Take a vacation from the ordinary at the spectacular Villa di Montelopio. Dating from the 16th century, the property retains its original stateliness, but has been recently restored. During your stay, enjoy meals prepared by the on-site cook from the villa’s vegetable garden. Spend your vacation by the pool, or use the property as a base to explore the Pisa region.
The villa’s vine covered walls cluster around a central stone courtyard, where there are two dining tables perfect for breakfast. There’s also plenty of seating around the in ground pool, which is tucked into the olive groves. Cook service is included, but there’s a barbecue if you’d like to try your own hand at local specialties. Musical guests will appreciate the piano in the living room.
Many of Villa di Montelopio’s rooms still have their Renaissance style grandeur—think beamed ceilings, cotto floors, carved wood furniture and stained glass windows. Gather around the large fireplace in the living room, reminiscent of a great hall, or relax in the more casually furnished library and TV room. If you need a snack between meals, the kitchen has modern facilities.
The villa’s five bedrooms are divided between the central part of the house, its tower and the right wing. In the main house, there’s a bedroom with two twin beds and bathroom access. The bedroom in the tower has a double bed, en-suite bathroom, air conditioning and its own sitting area. In the right wing, one bedroom has a double bed, the second has two twin beds and the third has a single bed. All three have shared bathrooms.
As its name implies, the villa is located in the village of Montelopio. It’s less than a mile from the property to shops and other amenities in the village of Fabbrica, and a 15 minute drive to the medieval village of Castelfalfi and its 21st century golf course. If you’d like to do some sightseeing, the nearest highway access is 19 miles away, the city of Pisa is 22 miles away, and Lucca is about 30 miles away.
Left on 03/21/2013 for a stay in October 2012 | Paulette .Reviewed Mar 21, 2013Stayed Oct 2012
This incredible villa was as beautiful, if not more so, than the website described it. The on site manager Dubi, was very welcoming and helpful. The cook Maria did a wonderful job at dinner,but breakfasts were a bit monotonous with packaged bread (that was rather dry), packaged biscotti, coffee and tea. Once we figured out how to ask for meat and eggs, it was wonderful. She really does a beautiful job on her dinners and desserts! Pastas were light with delicious sauces that weren\'t too heavy. Note, our first night we were so hungry, we enjoyed 2 and 3 helpings of her pasta! Only to be surprised when she brought out the main course! Every night pasta is just the first course, so don\'t fill up! Also, what we didn\'t realize, is that you don\'t have access to all of the villa. It\'s plenty big enough, but many pictures on the site are of the owners quarters. We got to tour it, but not use that part. Those fancy bedrooms are kept locked. A beautiful chapel available for prayers if you want. - Paulette C., ,
Left on 03/21/2013 for a stay in August 2012 | Maureen .Reviewed Mar 21, 2013Stayed Aug 2012
Our group of seven (a family of six plus one aunt) had a wonderful time at the Villa - Maria, the cook, made delicious meals, Dubi, the caretaker, was ever vigilant and helpful, and Maria Paola, the housekeeper, was extremely kind and hard-working. The Villa is set amidst a tiny village centrally located in Tuscany. The Villa has olive groves and a wonderful vegetable garden that we regularly foraged. Although the Villa dates back hundreds of years, it has every modern convenience. We all wish we could have stayed longer! - Maureen L., New York, USA
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