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OVERVIEW Casa di Pietro

The Casa di Pietro stands on the small square private square of the Vivo d'Orcia hamlet. The living room opens onto the square on one side and the private garden on the other side.

The walled-in garden of Casa di Pietro was designed by the British garden architect Jonathan Radford. It is one of the particularly attractive features of this charming holiday house.

Comfort was given a lot of thought. The interior decoration was taken care of by a daughter of the owners - Daria Cervini - an art historian specialised in gardens. Thanks to her initiative the garden at the back of the house was laid out lately.

The shared saltwater pool lies at a 2 minute walk from the house. It lies in its own walled-in garden.

Amenities and services

Villa is equiped with:
  • Pool: 10 x 6m
  • Pool (child safe): 10 x 6m
  • Internet access
  • Fireplace
  • Telephone
  • Hifi stereo
  • Satellite TV
  • Dishwasher
  • Washingmachine
Rent includes:
  • Bed & bath linens
  • Final cleaning
Service on request:
  • First shopping
  • Arrival dinner
  • Maid service
  • Baby equipment
  • Central heating
  • Pet welcome

Floorplan of the villa

Stylish cottage/Agriturismo rental Tuscany Vivo d'Orcia Casa di Pietro Floorplan
Ground floor
Large living room with open fireplace

Stylish cottage/Agriturismo rental Tuscany Vivo d'Orcia Casa di Pietro Floorplan
First floor
1 double bedroom
1 twin bedroom
2 bathrooms

garden :
Private walled-in garden with a pergola and table and chairs
Fenced saltwater 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.

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Tours & Guides


  • 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)

Beds Low season Mid season Mid season 2 High season
4 1030€ 1260€ 1485€ 1715€

* Low season : 05 March 2016 - 19 March 2016
* Mid season : 19 March 2016 - 14 May 2016, 01 October 2016 - 05 November 2016
* Mid season 2 : 14 May 2016 - 02 July 2016, 27 August 2016 - 01 October 2016
* High season : 02 July 2016 - 27 August 2016

GUEST REVIEWS, Casa di Pietro, Vivo d'Orcia

I'd just like to thank you and your company for setting us up in Casa di Pietro. Sublime. It really is a very special place and we loved it. The garden especially, which is beautifully considered and executed, and the simple walk to the pool, which is perfectly positioned against ancient walls, the whole pace redolent with history. No wonder the monks built their hermitage here; it's blessed with transcendent nature and a divine climate. Also, the hilltop towns - Montecielo and Montepulciano are just the right distance away, and their wines are a religious experience in themselves. As I say, sublime.

James Kerr, Great Britain, September 2013

Mit etwas Verspätung möchten wir uns nochmal für die tolle Organisation bedanken. Ganz außerordentlich beeindruckt aber waren wir von der Location selbst: die Casa di Pietro in Vivo d'Orcia war uns ein bezauberndes Heim in unserer Zeitreise in die Renaissance... und der Garten von Jonathan Radford ist ein einziger Traum! Alessandra war eine perfekte und sehr warmherzige Gastgeberin und Achilles hat uns in seiner goßen Freundlichkeit mit vielen Tipps und ausgesprochen schmackhaften Pilzen versorgt. Wir waren hier sehr glücklich und kommen mit Sicherheit im nächsten Jahr wieder.

F.Wulff, Germany, Mai 2012

27 May, 2011 After sightseeing in the bustling cities of Venezia, Milano, Ferrara, and Firenze, we were eager to arrive in Vivo d'Orcia, our oasis, where we could take in the lucious sights, smells, tastes, and sounds of the Tuscan countryside. "Eremo", the hermitage, was everything we had hoped for and more! As promised when we called to confirm our arrival, Jonathan was here to welcome us and show us Casa di Petro; Vincent, the French dog, and Tobias, the black cat, joined in the welcome party, all maing us feel instantly at home and certain that ti was where we needed to be in our journey. We cooked a simple but elegant meal of pasta con funghi, insalata, and vino (of course!) and finished with a small bit of chocolate and fresh "melone" before retiring; having the best noght's sleep of our trip, waking up to the early Tuscan sunlight and the singing of birds, we were off to Siena for the day. We have treasured every day of adventures and the joy of returning to our haven. Our garden, so obviously tended with care, has been a particular pleasure for our meals, "al fresco", and to come out and just be... Grazie, grazie mille for every detail! This place will always be a happy memory for us in our Italian experience! Post Note: Jonathan is an accomplished ecological garden designer and author of a book about his experiences that brought him to Eremo; we enjoyed reading the copy that was on our nightstand. The beds were heavenly, by the way! The Casa had a very nicely prepared book on recommended sights and restaurants in the area. The pool was being prepared for it's June opening; sorry that we weren't there to try it!

Margaret, USA, May 2011

Notre séjour à Vivo d'Orcia a été un pur plaisir ! L'ensemble, site et bâtiments, est tout à fait exceptionnel, et il a été très bien mis en valeur pour ce genre de séjour. Nos maisons étaient charmantes, raffinées et confortables, très joliment arrangées, un vrai hâvre de paix et de fraicheur... ce qui est bien agréable quand il fait 40° pendant la journée. Le petit jardin clos ou la pelouse avec vue sont propices à la lecture. L'accueil de tous a été très sympathique et souriant, les diners proposés sont absolument délicieux et gargantuesques, les voisins sont respectueux du silence du lieu. Tout est parfait donc !

Mme V.B., France - Août 2009

One week is just not long enough! We spent our days exploring the countryside from Siena to Florence to Bagno Vignoni + Chiusi, so much more to see + do Enjoyed long walks with kids + fresh pasta at the kitchen table – A cozy home from home with all you need (washing machine, dishwasher, heating). All you don’t need (no CNN and no Cartoon Network!). We’ll back!!

Cheryl, Junaid, Tareq & Alyaah and our special guest, Razana. The South Africans living in Beirut, Lebanon, September 2004

Vivo d’Orcia.... war für uns ein märchenhafter Ort! Casa di Pietro hat unsere Erwartungen in einem Masse übertroffen, wir wollten es kaum glauben! Vielen Dank für den freundlichen und warmen Empfang, den traumhaften Garten und das sehr leckere Essen am letzten Abend. Wir waren hier sehr glücklich und wohl nicht das letzte Mal hier.

Svenja + Jürgen, Deutschland, Oktober 2006

Wer bis jetzt noch nicht befallen war von der Sehnsucht nach der Toskana, der ist es spätestens jetzt, nach einem Aufenthalt in dieser schönen Anlage. Impressionen wie das Licht, der blaue Himmel, die dunkelbraune Erde werden uns noch lange im Sinn bleiben. Vielen Dank für alles .

Herr D.F. ,Deutschland, September 2006

We enjoyed a lovely 2-week holiday in this very beautiful place. Even though the last week it rained a lot, the children have been playing outside the whole time – playing with rocks and water ( building a „garden „ for the lizzards) pieces of rape etc. In the rain „rivers“ needed „bridges“ and boots. My favorite time was sitting in the back garden early morning – just sitting and watching the insects and lizzards ( have you noticed they come to drink water ? ), listening and smelling the lovely garden. It’s a bath for the soul! We enjoyed all our visits to the villages, towns and the seaside very much. There is much to do.

Family O. Netherlands, August 2006

We had a really enjoyable stay here, with perfect weather except for today which was extraordinary: lightning, rain, high winds, thunder and fallen trees. Thank you for the suggestions as to where to go. Our favourites were: Sant ‚Antimo, Pienza, Montepulciano, Siena and San Quirco. Also do try to see La Foce ( open Wednesday afternoons from 3pm). We really recommend having a few meals cooked by Alba nad Domitilla. They are delicious . Thank you everyone for being so friendly. We have had a really peaceful stay.

By Juliet aged 10. Fiona, Christopher, Juliet and Alex, UK, August 2008

Bonjour, le séjour s'est très bien passé; tout est conforme à nos attentes. nous ne voyons pas ce qui nous manquait, vraiment nous avons passé une très bonne semaine à Vivo d'Orcia Casa di Pietro. cordialement

François V.P. , France, Septembre 2008


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


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