Villa La Lodola
Villa La Lodola is a beautiful Tuscan farmhouse carefully restored in 1700 , nestled in the Val di Chiana and offering views of the hills. The Villa offers five bedrooms , each furnished with its own personality, one on the ground floor with access from the garden and four upstairs , two of which are suites. The refined decor with antique furniture, the warm hospitality , the magic Tuscan countryside… this is the unique atmosphere of La Lodola: here the suggestions of the past coexist with attention to the comforts of the present, and it is easy to feel more that a host, a part of the house . Villa La Lodola is surrounded by a large garden with a swimming pool for the exclusive use of guests that overlooks a beautiful valley of ownership. La Lodola is the magic of the place but also magic of flavours. A part of the building houses the “Osteria” where Chef Carlo Porcu, through its menu, guide you through a gastronomic journey in the Tuscan traditional dishes revisited by his creativity and prepared with the utmost care in the selection of organic and seasonal products. La Lodola is also a farm and some of the products can be purchased in the shop adjoining the Osteria . The Villa is located in the heart of Tuscany's most beautiful villages , its location allows you to easily reach the most important tourist attractions of Tuscany , combining the relaxation to the artistic and cultural tourism , discovering flavours , shopping and spa treatments.
FLORENCE: 1 hour
Homeland of literature and arts, Florence is an emblematic city that always shows a natural propensity to poetry, painting and architecture, as well as an innate grace and elegance . The river Arno divides it into two unequal parts and endless are its artistic and cultural treasures, gifts from prestigious artists such as Dante, Giotto, Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Lorenzo the Magnificent, to name just a few of the characters that made it unique. From Piazza della Signoria, to the Uffizi, from Holy Trinity in Santa Maria Novella, to the Duomo, or Santa Croce, all worth a visit. For further information: comune.firenze.it
CORTONA : 20 minutes
A sandstone coloured town enclosed by Etruscan and medieval walls, with a unique atmosphere. Visit the two main museums : the Diocesan Museum, (where there are important works by Luca Signorelli and Fra Angelico ) and the Museum of the Etruscan Academy (here there are important collections of Etruscan , Roman and Egyptian). For further information: cortona.net
AREZZO: 30 minutes
Arezzo is a town that proudly displays its face since the medieval city walls. Among the most prestigious masterpieces you must visit there is: the ' Legend of the Cross " (cycle of frescoes by Piero della Francesca, in St. Francis), the" Crucifix " by Cimabue (in the Church of St. Dominic) and the house of Vasari. For further information: comune.arezzo.it
PERUGIA: 40 minutes
The lovely Umbrian capital is nestled in the green valley of the Tiber River and the Trasimeno Lake. The entrance to the city is by the strings and the Etruscan walls and one is immediately subdued by the charm of the old roads, palaces, churches marbles , from Guelph lion and the griffin symbol of the Palazzo dei Priori. Enchanting is the Fontana Maggiore, and the superb frescoes by Perugino. For further information: comune.perugia.it , provincia.perugia.it
MONTALCINO AND MONTEPULCIANO: 45 minutes and 25 minutes
These two towns are famous for their fine wines : Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The architecture of Montalcino, dominated by pentagonal fortress with its towers, is to impress Siena. Montepulciano is called "the pearl of the sixteenth century " for the many works of Renaissance artists.
PIENZA: 30 minutes
This town stands on a hill overlooking the majestic Val d' Orcia. Built thanks to the enthusiasm of its illustrious citizen Enea Silvio Piccolomini , who became Pope Pius II , symbolizes the realization of the ideal city cherished by the humanists . Since 1996 Pienza is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, for the balance of forms and harmony of proportions that characterize it. For further information: nautilus-mp.com/comunepienza
SIENA: 35 minuti
Resting on three rolling hills , Siena is the city of the Palio, which twice a year (2 July and 16 August) the 17 historic districts are played with fury and passion to celebrate the Madonna of Provenzano . But to visit, in addition to the famous Piazza del Campo, there is so much in this historic city from the Cathedral with its bell tower and mosaics , and S. Domenico, the imposing Gothic style brick basilica . For further information: comune.siena.it