OVERVIEW Casa di Pietro
Casa di Pietro is a two storied house with walled in garden on the Vivo d’Orcia estate. It is one of a row of cottages built for the people working on the estate, back in the times when the castle was lived in by Pope Marcellus II.
You enter the cottage from a front square which is also bordered by the romanic church.
The ground floor is made up of the living room and the kitchen. At the back of the house the living room opens onto the garden. The upper floor has two bedrooms (a double and a twin) and two bathrooms.
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.
The interior design of tis simple but charming villa was taken care of by a daughter of the owners – Daria Cervini – an art historian specialised in gardens. It is also thanks to her initiative that the garden at the back of the house was laid out with so much care. Here you will find a pergola with table and chairs.
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
- Fenced Pool
- Internet access
- Hifi stereo
- Satellite TV
- Dogs welcome
- Bed & bath linens
Service on request:
- First shopping
- Arrival dinner
- Baby equipment
- Central heating
Floorplan of the villa
Large living room with open fireplace
1 double bedroom
1 twin bedroom
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.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)2020
|Beds||Nights||Low season||Mid season||Mid season 2||High season|
* Low season :1 January - 4 April 2020, 31 October - 31 December 2020
* Mid season :4 April - 16 May 2020, 26 September - 31 October 2020
* Mid season 2 :16 May - 27 June 2020, 29 August - 26 September 2020
* High season :27 June - 29 August 2020
GUEST REVIEWS, Casa di Pietro, Vivo d'Orcia
Casa di Pietro war besser als erwartet. Die Ausstattung des Hauses war bestens, eventuell noch zusätzliche Schneidemesser für die Küche. Sehr freundliche und interessierte Eigentümerin. Wir hatten eine phantastische Urlaubswoche und auch die Kinder hatten eine schöne Zeit. Es war einer der schönsten und romantischsten Urlaubsorte, den wir je besucht haben. Die traumhafte Natur, die Ruhe und die historischen Gebäude sind einfach einzigartig!S.H., Deutschland 11/09/2017
The houses (Lilli & Pietro) were absolutely charming. Each had their own unique beauty. Casa Lilly with the amazing Maroni trees just in front of the house and the stunning view each morning was delightful. Being greeted by woodpeckers, butterflies, cats, hogs and little wrens was for us city dwellers a real treat! The garden of Il Pietro for the second week turned out to be wonderful as the weather got colder we had no wind in this peaceful enclosure... just flowers, a wiff of lavender with humming birds... very close to paradise. Both houses were absolutely clean, well equipped, the flowers enchanting and the fireplaces an extra bonus. Your service, Katharina, was already a good start and helped us very much to prepare for the holiday. We were a bit dissapointed at the beginning to be limited in our arrival time as this is so difficult to project with holiday traffic. However, it all worked out perfectly. Laura was delightful and very keen to help which made our arrival and stay very safe - knowing someone was arround to help in a moments notice. Daria Cervini was very kind to explain a bit of the history of the estate and especially for allowing us to see the church and the house next door. To share a heritage like this is very special. Each evening when we traversed the bridge and saw this romantic gate was uplifting - what a place! It is not easy to transform this medival village into such an
enchanted place for guests to stay. Each house is renovated with care - but most of all the kindness of the people impressed us. Last but not least - Achilles was wonderful - he showed us the church and explained it in such a way that with a few words of Italian we understood one another. A highlight of our stay. And absolute highlight was the pool! Whilst it was too cool for my partner to swim in (but he swims even in a warm pool only 5 mins) - it was my favorite part of the day - as the water was saltwater based. We encountered this type of pool only once before and were always wondering why hotels do not adopt this more often. It is environmentally so responsible, not too mention that it is so much more enjoyable to swim in water that is not chlorinated. Personally, I felt it was improving my health which is interesting in such a short time. THANK YOU.
The house and garden were as described and were very well furnished and maintained. Staff were helpful and available as needed. The house was lovely and the garden beautiful. We had a wonderful stay.Mr. McKee, Ireland 25/06/2017
I'd just like to thank you and your company for setting us up in Casa di Pietro.
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.
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!
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 !
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 10/01/2009
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