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Casa Faraona

Enjoy an authentic and idyllic rural holiday at this secluded villa with a pool found deep in Chianti. Sitting on the edge of a hamlet, the beautifully restored farmhouse is on a vast private estate and boasts sweeping views over vineyards, fields and oak forests. All on one level and with one wheelchair accessible bedroom and bathroom, the villa is ideal for visitors with mobility difficulties.

The compact villa is encircled by a manicured garden. The pool with sun beds and a covered dining pergola both overlook the bucolic vista. To make the most of al fresco meals, there’s a pizza oven and BBQ.

Indoors, wooden beamed ceilings and terracotta tiles are combined with contemporary furnishings, art prints and creative lighting. The interiors are bright and airy thanks to large arched windows and French doors. A door leads from the dining terrace into the well-equipped kitchen which has a round table with a table seating six. There is also a living room with a flat screen TV.

Of the three en-suite bedrooms, two have double beds with lovely iron bed-frames and the wheelchair accessible room can be set up with a king bed or two twins. The bathrooms feature modern fixtures and large walk-in showers.

Next to the villa there is a larger house which is lived in, but which only has two small windows onto the garden and pool of Faraona. Two trees have been planted in front of the windows, therefore, guests still have wonderful privacy. Directly from the villa you can enjoy excellent hiking through the forests and fields of the area. Wine lovers need not venture far to savour some of the best Chianti wines, plus a short drive away are charming villages and cultural destinations of Tuscany including Florence and Sienna.

Casa Sampieri

Along the south-eastern coast of Sicily, and near the famous baroque towns of Noto, Ragusa and Syracuse lies the charming seaside village of Sampieri. Until a decade ago Sampieri was a small fishing village. Today there are still few stubborn fishermen, but the main economic activities have become agriculture and tourism. It’s a charming village inhabited by less than a thousand people and has featured in numerous movies as well as a popular Italian television series called Montalbano.

The village is interesting with well-maintained buildings and an attractive historic center which consists of a maze of paved streets that develop along the main promenade. This is where all the necessary conveniences are found including nice cafés, a bakery, a small supermarket and a drug store. It’s on this promenade, tucked away in a niche between other seafront buildings, that you’ll find the charming freestanding home called Casa Sampieri.

Discovered in 2021 by a Milanese architect and his Sicilian wife, restoring the derelict house soon became a labor of love. The home was full of typical features such as floors in locally made cementine as well as a local lava stone. The interiors recuperate this charming historic character, paired with designer furniture and local antiques.

The ground floor living room has a large sofa and wicker armchairs. For centuries the open square in front of the house has been used by residents as a place to sit and say hello to passing neighbors. You too can take advantage of this tradition as the living room armchairs are perfect to position outside to sit and enjoy an aperitif. It’s a wonderful way to meet the locals, all while taking in the view of the sea, which is directly in front of the home and only 40 meters away.

The large fully-equipped kitchen, with a dining table, opens onto a private airy courtyard on the back of the house, where an additional dining table is found. Between plants of bougainvillea, jasmine and rosemary is a sofa, hammock, and outdoor private shower making the space a type of oasis. there is a large dining room, seating 8-12 people, inside if by a slim chance the weather would not permit you to dine outside.

The house has 3 double or twin bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, 2 of which are ensuite and one in the corridor. A staircase in the kitchen leads you upstairs to a laundry area with washing machine, drying rack, iron, and ironing board.

Casa Sampieri is definitely off the beaten track and the village is still quaint and friendly. All in all, a stay in this location will allow you to feel part of the true Sicily, and most certainly leave you relaxed and delighted by its way of life.

The beach of Sampieri is one of the most beautiful in all of Sicily, with crystal clear waters and golden sand accompanied by a unique view of the Fornace Penna, a wonderful ruin of industrial archeology. The long beach extends two kilometers and is protected by a long series of dunes and a verdant pine forest. There are several beach establishments and a restaurant along the beach. Further past this beach is another more natural, secluded beach which is definitely worth the walk.

Villa La Loggia

Encircled by a lush garden of roses, bougainvillea, cyprus trees and pines, this attractive recently built villa provides the perfect setting for a heavenly Italian beach holiday on one of the country’s loveliest coastlines and within one of Italy’s most prestigious wine appellations.

The one-story villa has been beautifully designed for fluid indoor and outdoor living thanks to French doors leading onto its two large terraces and a perfectly manicured garden. The focal point of the interior is a large open-space living and dining area which has a high ceilings and features chic modern furniture with colorful accents. The living area has three plush sofas and four armchairs overlooking a working fireplace. On the other side of the room is an open-plan kitchen with a large marble island, ideal for socializing while preparing meals.

The bedrooms are cleverly distributed on either side of the main room and have direct access to the garden terraces, offering guests additional privacy. There are two double rooms with king-size beds and two twin bedrooms, all equipped with en-suite shower rooms. Each room is individually decorated with bright touches and unique headboards above the beds.

The stylish and colorful ambiance flows onto the villa’s two beautiful verandas. The main covered outdoor living area is divided by a buffet between the sitting area with eclectic chairs and the dining area with a large dining table where you can spend your evenings enjoying alfresco meals and taking in the gentle sea air.

The verdant garden has both shady and sunny areas which you can savor while lounging on a sunbed or reading in a comfy garden chair. A private path through the pine grove takes you to an unspoilt beach where there is a private cabana, parasol, towels and sunbeds for villa guests.

La Loggia shares the same tree-lined driveway as villa Le Palme, which is located nearby although privacy is maintained by trees.

Villa Le Palme

The sea and sun are reflected throughout this bright and airy beach house a short walk from a stunning beach of the Maremma coast. When you’re not on the beach, you can soak up the sun on the villa’s rooftop terrace or relax in its wonderful outdoor living areas.

Located on an aristocratic estate bordering the coastline and within the world-famous Bolgheri wine appellation, the villa is surrounded by a Mediterranean cactus garden, a manicured lawn and a large pine grove. The central open plan living and dining room echos its natural setting, decorated in various shades of blue and hints of oranges and reds. Beyond the inviting seating area with a fireplace is the kitchen and marble island where guests can sit for breakfast or a snack. French doors lead directly onto the villa’s main terrace.

The four bedrooms, two ensuite doubles and two twins with their own shower rooms, are found on each side of the living room. Their white walls are juxtaposed with sections of color and include contemporary floral prints and details. The bedrooms also have large wardrobes and direct access onto the terraces.

The three terraces beckons at all times of day, whether it’s for a sunny breakfast on the open patio, a refreshing aperitivo or dinner on the covered terrace or an afternoon of taking in the sun on the gorgeous rooftop terrace with a serene view over the pines. The pristine beach is reachable via the property’s private path through the pine grove. Here guests have access to their own private cabana, parasol, towels and sunbeds.

The Villa Le Palme shares the same tree-lined driveway as the Villa La Loggia, which is located nearby although privacy is maintained by bushes and trees.

Livietta

Situated on the fringes of the splendid hilltop village of Cetona, this carefully restored one-bedroom cottage is the ideal base for a romantic getaway in Tuscany’s stunning Val d’Orcia. Guests are treated to a private garden, a plunge pool and lovely views of the rolling countryside all with the convenience of being able to access cafés, shops and bustling town life on foot.

The stone building lies within secluded grounds on the hillside nearby its sister villa, Casa Livia which is located in the tower and can be rented along with the Livietta for bigger groups. The recent restoration has given a fresh make-over to the cottage. The successful refurbishment highlights historic features like wooden beamed ceilings and terracotta tiled floors smartly juxtaposed with crisp whitewashed walls, bright decorative elements and contemporary technology.

The villa excels at comfortable Italian living both inside and out. Spend your mornings lounging next to the sun-drenched private plunge pool, a converted traditional Tuscan fountain which also has hydro-massage. Then curl up with a good book in the shaded Ottoman style pergola while nibbling on a light lunch of local cheese and meats before retreating from the midday heat for a catnap on one of the interior’s two comfy sofas. Alternatively, catch up on your favorite international shows on flat screen satellite TV or escape to the study with a cup of tea for some peaceful alone time.

In the evenings you can prepare delicious seasonal Tuscan cuisine in the villa’s compact yet well equipped kitchen and using ingredients freshly picked from the villa’s own vegetable garden. Enjoy your delectable creations either outdoors under the charming vine-laden dining area or at the round dining table which opens onto the garden.

The villa is complete with a shower room on the ground floor and a lovely bedroom, with a double bed and views over the garden, which occupies the second level.a

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).

Casa Rossa

Casa Rossa has a large elegant sitting room with working fireplace, beamed ceilings and stone flagged floors.

There is a beautifully equipped modern kitchen which leads out onto a dining terrace.

The bedrooms are beautifully decorated by leading Italian designer Federico Forquet and there is a separate bath and shower in each of the bathrooms.

The house has air conditioning.

Casa Teatro

Casa Teatro is an extremely comfortable house with a most welcoming atmosphere. It is located near Casa Janine and the theatre. Two small but delightful gardens offer al fresco dining or a quiet spot to read.

The property, like all the houses in Castello Fighine, is furnished with beautiful antiques and wonderful rugs. There is an extremely comfortable sitting room with working fireplace, dining room and kitchen, equipped with the most modern appliances and long marble topped counters.

There are three luxuriously appointed bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom with separate bath and shower. The spacious master bedroom has a king-sized bed and the other two double bedrooms have queen-sized beds. One of the double rooms has the advantage of a separate study.

Casa Vittoria

Casa Vittoria is a private villa built of stone, situated in the middle of the 11th century village of Fighine.

Set amidst lovely surroundings with two very pretty patio gardens, Casa Vittoria has been tastefully and lovingly restored, maintaining the original architecture and beamed ceilings throughout.

Casa Vittoria is entered via the pretty patio gardens into a spacious dining hall. The large, comfortable sitting room, with working fireplace is accessed through an archway leading from the dining hall. The fully-equipped kitchen, complete with dining area, has all modern conveniences and is light and airy.

On the first floor there are two double bedrooms and one twin bedroom, each with en-suite bathrooms with separate shower and bath.

Casa della Pineta

The apartment lies on the ground floor of a small cottage on the estate. It is a very friendly and sunny house, and nearly all the rooms have french windows opening up onto the garden. The outdoor spaces are nicely furnished and comfortable. From the kitchen, french windows open onto a pergola covered in jasmin. The two double bedrooms give onto a tastefully decorated outdoor living room.

The caretaker and his wife live in the upper floor of the cottage.

A private path leads through the pine tree grove and the dunes to the beach. Here you will find a private cabana with sunbeds, parasol and bath towels. You can leave your beach equipment here during your stay as the cabana can be locked.