OVERVIEW Casa di Giulio
Casa di Giulio stands at the far end of the private hamlet, at the foot of the castle of Vivo d’Orcia.
The house opens onto the piazzetta on one side and a private yard to the back of the house. The restoration of this charming rural building was managed by Daria Cervini, who runs Vivo d’Orcia with her 3 siblings. Her sense of style has turned this house into a place where new meets old in the best of ways.
A large glass door leads into the superb kitchen where an old farm table serves as main dining table. Two steps lead into the living room with huge fire place, which also opens up onto the piazzetta.
On the same ground floor a twin bedroom with adjoining bathroom has french windows into the back yard.
Lovely old terracotta stairs lead to the upper floor. Here a single bedroom which can also be a dressing room leads to the masterbedroom with its bathroom.
The view from all the windows is of great charm. Vivo d’Orcia is one of those magical spots where architecture and nature mingle effortlessly and become a place so special you will probably never forget it.
The saltwater pool lies at less than 200 m from the house. It is reached down a path that runs along the orchard of the estate. The pool area is surrounded by old walls and accessed through a gate (and therefore safe for small children).
Amenities and services
Villa is equiped with:
- Internet access
- Hifi stereo
- Satellite TV
- Dogs welcome
- Bed & bath linens
- Pool towels
Service on request:
- First shopping
- Arrival dinner
- Baby equipment
- Central heating
Floorplan of the villa
Twind or double bedroom
Pergola with table and chairs for outdoor meals
Oudoor living room under pergola
Saltwater pool at 5 min. walking distance (gated)
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)2023
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* Low season :15 April - 21 April 2023, 30 April - 10 May 2023, 22 May - 27 May 2023, 9 September - 28 October 2023
* Mid season :21 April - 30 April 2023, 10 May - 22 May 2023, 26 August - 9 September 2023
* Mid season 2 :1 April - 15 April 2023, 27 May - 24 June 2023, 19 August - 26 August 2023
* High season :24 June - 19 August 2023
GUEST REVIEWS, Casa di Giulio, Vivo d'Orcia
Casa di Giulio was better as expected. More than satisfactory! All was there, even a washing machine.
One suggestion: have one or two 'chaises longues' on the beautiful terrace, that was the only thing missing.
The holidays were perfect, and both owners and staff were extremely helpful.
Nous avons passé un séjour MAGNIFIQUE dans la Casa di Giulio.
Le domaine Vivo d’Orcia est splendide : un hameau au pied du château, composé de quelques adorables petites maisons et d’une ancienne et très belle église. Ici tout est beau – sans oublier les arbres majestueux, les vergers, la nature environnante, les collines et l’atmosphère extraordinaire de cet endroit magique. Quant à la Casa di Giulio, c’est tout simplement un petit bijou. Elle est ravissante, confortable et décorée avec un goût exquis .
Une très belle découverte pour nous dans une région grandiose.
Merci de tout cœur – de belles vacances … beaucoup trop courtes ! »
Wir sind sehr begeistert von dem Ferienhaus und der Umgebung gewesen. Die Bilder und die Beschreibungen auf Ihrer Homepage können zwar nicht ganz den Zauber einfangen, aber man bekommt schon einen sehr guten Eindruck und freut sich, wenn es dann sogar noch schöner ist. Es war alles zu unserer besten Zufriedenheit. Das Ferienhaus ist sehr geschmackvoll eingerichtet. Man kann sich auch bei schlechtem Wetter gut drinnen aufhalten. Das Drumherum mit den kleinen Gärten, den vielen Wiesen, dem Castell und der kleinen Kapelle lassen einen in eine andere Zeit entfliehen. Das Haus war auch sehr sauber, wir haben gern die Waschmaschine und den herrlichen Wäscheplatz hinterm Haus genutzt. Abends haben wir bei Kerzenschein im Garten unter der Pergola gesessen und die Stille genossen. Also, es war ein rund um perfekter Ort die Seele baumeln zu lassen und die Landschaft auf sich wirken zu lassen. Gerne empfehlen wir dieses Haus und Ihre Argentur weiter und würden uns auch nächstes Jahr wieder über einen Urlaub in Italien in einer Ihrer Unterkünfte vorstellen können.Frau Zeiger-Paulus, Schweiz, Juni 2014
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