Type: Holiday houses Geographical Location: Hill Accommodations:
n°1 Apartment , n°3 Double bed room. Total Guests 14
Atelier Cetona is located in a typical Tuscan Farmhouse, called "Palazzolo delle Vigne", on the roman pilgrim road. . In medieval times it was a stop for pilgrims crossing the Chiana valley on their way to Rome. This beautiful corner of Southern Tuscany lies on the border with Umbria in the province of Siena. In this very green landscape, on the slopes of Monte Cetona (1158 m) we have been offering for the last 12 years a very creative vacation to people who love nature and country life..
Our ancient country house is very carefully restored, in order to maintain the atmosphere of an old Tuscan stone house. The floors are of handmade terracotta tiles, the ceiling and roof in chestnut wood and the furniture is in local antique style.
If you want to have a wonderful holiday in a quiet setting, relaxing by the swimming pool and enjoying our excellent cooking, you are welcome the whole year round in our house. The "Podere" is embedded in an outstanding landscape all around, in an position immediately overlooking the vineyards. Here in Cetona the natural landscape is carefully protected by strict building regulations, which forbid modern constructions. Therefore Cetona’s landscape and surroundings are completely intact.
Accommodations and Services in Atelier Cetona
You are welcome the whole year round in our house.
The property sleeps 16 people. 1 apartment has 2 bedrooms and independent kitchen/living area with fireplace. 6 double rooms with antique furniture, all with private bathrooms. 1 Dining area seats 18 people, with open fireplace.
In the big Atelier space, 90 m, from where you can enjoy the view of both vines and Monte Cetona, you can write, read, draw and paint. In the dining room you can do family parties of up to 20 people, if desired our cook Patrizia can prepare a meal in the best Tuscan food tradition.
For your relaxation outside at your disposal there is 2 hectare of garden with high trees, and a swimming pool 15 x 5 m, a kitchen garden, orchard and vines for table grapes. You can do walking tours in the wonderful nature and if you are fit you will reach the peak of Monte Cetona in 2 hours. The walk is very worthwhile doing in good weather, because from the peak of the mountain you will enjoy a wonderful view from Siena as far as Perugia.
External services: Barbecue, Rental Bikes, Car park, Park
Experiences: Cycle tourism, Trekking
Sports: Mountain bike and nordic walking Riding possibilities in the neighbourhood Warmwater thermal baths in San Casciano, 10km. Wine tasting in Gentili's wine-cellar. Olive Oil tastings.
Facilities: Prior booking breakfast and half board service. For interested people we offer an artistic vacation for two weeks with half board.
In June and September you can take part in our special summer courses in painting, drawing, bookbinding and papermaking. The courses take place in the large Atelier (90qm) of the farmhouse, where you can draw and paint the wonderful landscape, or design and bind your own artistic book and create handmade paper.
In 2006 the courses will be held at the following times:
Drawing and painting: from 13th May to 20th May - 1 week
from 20th May to 3th June - 2 weeks from 3th June to 17th June - "
from 26th Aug. to 9th Sept. - " from 9th Sept. to 23th Sept. - "
Bookbinding and Papermaking: from 26th Aug. to 9th Sept. - - 2 weeks
Winter Events 2005/06
Every weekend special seminars are held for developing creative skills:
In 2005: Saturday 12. Nov.: Drawing with the right part of the brain Saturday 19. Nov.: Meditative Drawing Saturday 26. Nov.: Intuitive Drawing Saturday 03. Dec.: Study of lines and tone values Saturday 10. Dec.: Perspective Drawing Saturday 17. Dec.: Colour theory 1
In 2006: Saturday 15.Jan.: Colour-Exercises Saturday 22.Jan.: Colour theory 2 Saturday 29.Jan.: Techniques of oil pastels Saturday 05.Feb.: Techniques of oil painting Saturday 12.Feb..: Techniques of Acrylic painting Saturday 19.Feb.: Techniques of Watercolour painting.
Courses begin Saturday at 10.00. Every weekend classes will be held for 10 hours, 6 hours on the Saturday with a break for lunch, which is included in the price, and 4 hours on the Sunday with an aperitif. Price Euro 90,00.
Where we are
This beautiful corner of southern Tuscany lies on the border with Umbria in the province of Siena.
The house is situated on Strada Statale 321, sud. 57, 7km from the village of Cetona, in a very uniqueposition on the slopes of Mount Cetona. In 2005 Cetona was awarded the "Bandiera Arancione", the orange flag, meaning that Cetona belongs to the 100 most beautiful places of Italy. The village Cetona and its castle, the ancient houses and the villas are nestled amongst the marvellous greenery of cypresses, pines, olive trees and vineyards. The environment and landscape is carefully protected here. So you can also find porcupine, hare, pheasant, wild boar and with a little luck you can see also roebuck.
In front of us you can see the valley of Chiana with the city of Chiusi, one of the most important Etruscan sites and on the southern horizon you can make out the profile of Città della Pieve, birthplace of Perugino.
It's also worth mentioning that Montepulciano, Pienza, lake Trasimeno and Arezzo are close by, and these are places that you will visit on fieldtrips and that will contribute to an unforgettable experience.