OVERVIEW Casa dell’Ambasciatore
Casa dell’Ambasciatore is a charming house standing on its own on the edge of the hamlet, surrounded by a garden and wide stretching views onto open fields and the Monte Amiata in the background.
The entrance over the terrace with pergola and dining table leads straight into the large living room with a large fireplace and open plan kitchen. The room is generously furnished with two large sofas and a dining table. French windows lead onto the terrace to one side and into the garden to the other side of the room.
A few steps lead down to the two bedrooms and bathrooms. These rooms can be turned into doubles or twins according to the wishes of our guests. Both bedrooms have French windows into the garden.
The salt water pool of the estate is 2 minutes on foot from the house.
Amenities and services
Villa is equiped with:
- Pool: 10 x 6m
- Fenced Pool
- Internet access
- Hifi stereo
- Satellite TV
- Dogs welcome
- Bed & bath linens
- Final cleaning
Service on request:
- First shopping
- Arrival dinner
- Baby equipment
- Central heating
Floorplan of the villa
1 large living and dining room with open plan kitchen
2 double / twin bedrooms
2 bathrooms, one with shower, the other with a tub
Table and chairs for al fresco dining
Fenced salt water pool, 6 x 10 m, can be reached in 2 minutes by foot and is shared with other tenants.
ESTATE: Vivo d'Orcia
“Vivo d’Orcia is not a place, it is a way of life…” The Castle of Vivo d’Orcia lies in the widespread Orcia valley in southern Tuscany, 2 hours from Florence, 1 hour from Siena, close to such cultural jewels as Pienza, Montalcino and Montepulciano, to name but a few.
The hamlet Vivo D’Orcia lies at an altitude of 900 m above sea level. The particular combination of altitude and meditteranean climate creates an unusual whealth of flora and fauna. Many wild animals such as deer, wild boar and foxes as well as the most deliscious truffles call the Monte Amiata their home.
A pope’s refuge: the estate with the impressive castle and the romanesque church reaches back to the 11th century. The humble hermitage was transformed into a sophisticated and well-organised agricultural center when Cardinal Marcello Cervini, later Pope Marcello II, acquired the estate in 1534. The property is still owned by the family today, they spend the summer months in residence as attentive and interesting hosts. Incidentally, their castle was featured in the jan. 2005 issue of THE WORLD OF INTERIORS.
Century old chestnut trees cast their shade in the gardens of the houses, ideal for al-fresco meals outdoors. Fresh fruit and tomatoes, spicy sausages, homemade pasta and polenta, mushrooms from the woods next door, truffles, and of course the precious local olive oils and wines.Read more about Vivo d'Orcia
- Montepulciano is a graceful Tuscan hill town, best known for its Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which was being praised by connoisseurs over 200 years ago and can certainly contend with Italy’s best today. The many churches and handsome palazzi, the steep cobbled alleys and vine-trailing stone bastions are essential viewing for anyone venturing south of Siena. On a clear day from the top of the town you have tremendous panoramic views across the countryside, stretching towards Assisi’s Monte Subasio, Monte Amiata, the Val d’Orcia, Pienza, and even the towers of Siena.
- Montalcino is beautifully situated on a hill inhabited since Etruscan times, swathed in vineyards and olive groves. It is a quiet, affluent, attractive town with pretty buildings and flower-filled squares, and many shops selling the Brunello di Montalcino.
- Pienza, the unfinished “utopian” city, was commissioned by Pope Pius II in 1459. In just three years the cathedral, the papal and bishop’s palaces and the central part of the town were completed, but the extensive project ended abruptly when Pius died only two years after the consacration of the cathedral.
- The Val d’Orcia is a wide valley south of Siena through which the old Via Francigena (the chief route linking Rome with the north) used to lead, passing castles and fortified towns, some of them dating back as far as the eighth century. In San Quirico make sure you see the Horti Leonini, an early Renaissance garden, as well as the western door in the city wall and the Collegiata (main church).
- Florence et Rome can be reached by train in one and a half hours from the nearby station Chiusi.
- Monte Oliveto Maggiore. This abbey was founded by three Sienese noblemen who left the city to live a life dedicated to prayer, religion, etc. and who founded the Olivetan order – an off-shoot of the Benedictines. The most important thing to see at this still active and working Monastery is the cycle of frescoes that decorate the monumental cloister. They describe the live of Saint Benedict and were painted by Signorelli and Sodoma. There are also some beautiful marquetry stalls in the church itself. It is a very magical and serene place set in the midst of exceptionally beautiful countryside.
It is home to a dozen monks who specialize in restoring old books, and make wine, honey and olive oil.
- Sant’Anna in Camprena is a rambling monastery on the road between Pienza and San Quirico d’Orcia. A very romantic setting which served as location for the film The English Patient. In the refectory there is a fresco by the renaissance painter Giovanni Antonio Bazzi, known as Il Sodoma.
- Sant’Antimo is surely one of the loveliest Romanesque buildings in all of Italy. It is hard to imagine a more sympathetic combination of architectural grace and natural setting. Originally founded by Charlemagne in 800, the abbey was once home to a prominent Benedictine community. Creamy stone bricks, luminous Volterran alabaster, playful carvings and frescoes of animals give it a peculiarly sunny air. A group of French Cistercian monks now runs the abbey, celebrating Mass with Gregorian chants several times a day.
- Tuscany is famous for its hot springs, belonging to a geothermical system that more or less encircles Monte Amiata, the most spectacular being Saturnia in the south west of the region. Close to Vivo d’Orcia is Bagno Vignoni which has been popular since Etruscan times. St Catherine of Siena is said to have appreciated its therapeutic qualities, as is Lorenzo the Magnificent, whose family built the splendid arcaded pool – a kind of flooded, bubbling piazza, famously used by Tarkovsky for some of the more surreal passages of his film Nostalgia. Bagni San Filippo may go into the books as the world’s smallest thermal spa – a telephone booth, a few old houses, an outdoor spring in the middle of the woods with glistening limestone formations, and one small hotel with a public pool.
- Fashion addicts can splurge out at the famous Prada factory outlet, which lies on to road to Florence.
(rates in € / week)2017
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* Low season :5 March to 8 April 2017
* Mid season :6 May to 1 July, 26 August to 30 September 2017
* Mid season 2 :6 May to 1 July, 26 August to 30 September 2017
* High season :1 July to 26 August 2017
GUEST REVIEWS, Casa dell’Ambasciatore, Vivo d'Orcia
In response to your kind letter I am writing to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay in Casa dell'Ambasciatore and Casa de Lilli. From our arrival, with the warm welcome of Simona and the beautiful garden flowers throughout the house, to our departure 4 weeks later, we enjoyed everything about our accommodations, location, and the wonderful people we met. Simona is a lovely young woman. She was very helpful and responsive whenever we had questions, or needed information. Her English is very good, and our Italian is non-existent, so it was comforting to know she was nearby if we needed help. The delicious cakes, hand made by Alba, were an unexpected and delightful welcome gift. Please pass our thanks on to the Cervinis. We loved the cakes so much that we ordered three more over the course of our stay, and Alba presented each one, wrapped more beautiful than the last. The dinner that Andrea, of I Lecci, delivered our first night was outstanding. The food, presentation and charming Andrea were very memorable. We enjoyed it all so much that we made 5 visits to I Lecci to savor Anna's delicious cooking and the warm ambiance they created each time we dined there. They are sweet and generous hosts. We appreciated all of the restaurant recommendations, and tried quite a few. We especially enjoyed our evening at Ristorante Silene. The food was superb and chef Roberto was so kind and attentive. I think one Michelin Star is just the beginning for Silene. We visited the Pinzi Pinzuti wine shop a few times. Marcellina is a delight, and the shop is unique and a lovely place to spend an afternoon of tasting a variety of beverages, cheeses and other treats. We enjoyed visiting many of the hill towns, large and small, as well as a quick trip to Rome, Via Reggio and a practice race for the Palio, the morning before the real Palio. The information you provided was very helpful. We did discover, however, that Vivo no longer has a Post Office or a petrol station, and Pizzeria Le Cannelle is no longer open.
We did try the pizza at Restaurant Flora in Vivo, where they bake the pizzas in a wood fired oven, and it was very good. We left 2 fly swatters for the next guests. We loved keeping with the windows open, but found the flies to be annoying, so the fly swatters were a good solution. We also pointed out to Simona a wooden step in the yard that needs to be secured. All in all, very minor, trivial things that did not detract from our enjoyment.
The setting is very beautiful and decor is inviting and comfortable. At night, with the fireflies about, my husband declared it "magical." We had a wonderful holiday, and thank you for helping to make it so special. There is still so much to see and do in beautiful Italy, that I know we will return again. I look forward to the day when I contact you to book our next holiday.
While relaxing under the pergola, which was laden with ripening grapes we enjoyed the ever changing view up to Monte Amiata, watching the hawks gliding on the thermos. We could sit there for the whole week but we did drag ourselves away to visit the recommendations that were in the book provided. Off we went to the beautiful St. Antimo's Abbey, Montalcino, Monepulciano, Pienza, San Quirico d'Orcia, Sienna, and a jewel of a find one afternoon when we took the wrong road, Radicofani. Stepping out of car the view was breathtaking with the clouds racing by and all at once the bells started ringing for mass. Beautiful.
It was always lovely to return to our comfy Casa, relax, swim and walk to see the sunset over the valley. We found the first shopping option and the first dinner fabulous and ate at I Lecci 3 times that week.
Thank you again
It was a revelation to discover a Tuscany so different from the E.M. Forster "Room with a view" images of domes and paintings. These were all of course only twenty minutes drive away in Montepulciano; but here half way up the magnetic fields of Monte Amiata we were in another world of more primitive forces. Here we could under the moon see porcupines and wild boar searching for truffles; experience during the day the seemingly forgotten restorative 40 degree hot waters of Bagno San Filippo and breath in the cool air of the evening recovering from the baking heat of the hill towns. The nearby water-falls and towering orange lichen encrusted palazzo of San Gallo brooding over the valley recalled a Claude landscape. The view from the terrace up towards the summit of the extinct volcano was truly of a beauty and tranquillity hard to describe. With a bottle of Mr Biondi-Santi's wine from nearby Montalcino the evenings spent here were truly unforgettable.R.B., Great Britain, August 2012
Unser 1-wöchiger Aufenthalt im Casa dell'Ambasciatore hat unsere Vorstellungen bei weitem übertroffen. Es war paradisisch - ein wahrer Genuß für Augen und Seele! Ein absoluter Traum, den wir alsbald möglich wiederholen möchten. Ein perfekter Urlaub!!N. Burghagen, Deutschland, August 2010
Nous sommes partis avec la société Trust and Travel en Aout 2008 et gardons un excellent souvenir de ces vacances, tant point de vue organisation avant notre départ qu'une fois sur place, la maison louée correspondait exactement aux photos présentées sur le site, même mieux! Nous sommes partis à 4 dont deux enfants de 8 et 10 ans, tout s'est très bien passé, nous avons étés très bien entourés, il s'agissait pour nous d'une première expérience de réservation via internet et nous pensons certainement refaire un voyage avec Trust and Travel prochainement, nous conseillons leur société sans hésitation.Stéphanie Chenet et Christophe Gustin, Belgique, Août 2008 06/04/2009
Nous avons énormément joui de ce séjour. La „Casa dell’Ambasciatore“ et son entourage ont de loin excédé nos attentes. Nous y avons trouvé le calme, la beauté de lieux, une maison aménagée avec goût et soin. Un grand merci pour l’acceuil chaleureux.Patrick, Valérie, Arnaud et Thibault, Belgique, Août 2006 10/01/2009
We had the most wonderful time at Vivo d'Orcia. It was all peace and beauty, and I would urge anyone who wants to see the 'real' Tuscany to go there.
It is very isolated, and so not suitable to everyone's taste. You need to have some adventure in your soul to go there!
The Casa dell'Ambasciatore is beautifully restored to a very high level. It has everything one needs for comfort, and the meal we had ordered was one of the best we have ever tasted. Jonathon Radford, the head gardener at Vivo was there to help with any questions or issues and is a wonderful asset to the visitor.
Thank you so much for helping us with this holiday. We look forward to our next adventure with you!
The village of Vivo d’Orcia, at less than one kilometer from the estate offers excellent shopping facilites. You will find a small supermarket, a bar and a bank, as well as a typical trattoria specialised in the regional country fare. NOTE: the farmhouse Montecucco lies 17 km from Vivo d’Orcia, please contact us for precise info on distances from Montecucco.
- Abbadia San Salvatore 15 km – 30 min
- Pienza 35 km – 50 min
- Montalcino 35 km – 50 min
- Montepulciano 40 km – 50 min
- Orvieto 90 km – 1 hr 25 min
- Siena 75 km – 1 hr 30 min
- Florence 165 km – 2 hr
- Rome 200 km – 2 hr 45 min