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Type: Farmhouse accommodation
Geographical Location: Hill
Accommodations: n°4 Apartment . Total Guests 16
Il Ginepro, sleeps 2 plus 4, 75 sq meters
Large light apartment on the first floor of the family house a few meters away from the swimming pool, living room/kitchen with original fireplace, beautiful views, wood burning stove, double sofa bed. Double bedroom, with double bed also bunk beds.
La Betulla, sleeps 6 plus 2, 75 sq meters
Apartment on two levels with access from an external staircase. First floor: Living/dining room, corner kitchen, with double sofa bed , double bedroom, bathroom with shower. Second floor: double bedroom, bedroom with two single beds(with possibility of changing to one double bed), bathroom with shower. Central heating.
La Ginestra, sleeps 2 plus 1, 35 sq meters
Little cottage full of character on two levels with panoramic views of the valley below.
Ground floor:Gracious living room with original stone features, hand made terracotta tiled floors and antique fire place with a corner kitchen and single bed. First Floor: Double bedroom and bathroom with shower. Central heating.
Il Noce, sleeps 2 plus 2, 50 sq meters
Cosy little cottage on two levels with the entrance from a little garden.Ground floor: Small kitchen, living room with traditional stone walls and beamed ceilings, contains a double sofa bed, bathroom with shower First Floor: double bedroom. Central heating.
There are plenty of things to do while you here and again, without having to get into the car.
First of all there is the swimming pool with diving board surrounded with plenty of deckchairs, loungers and umbrellas for just hanging around the pool in comfort and admiring the splendid view. Close by is a pingpong table for those who want a little more action from time to time.
Just above the pool is a stone barbecue and long table where you can prepare fantastic grills. You can buy fresh steaks (pork or beef) fresh from our farm, and on the subject of food you could take part in a cookery course to learn how to prepare some typically Tuscan dishes. What better way to improve your culinary skills?
Three beautiful horses graze the green meadows surrounding the farm. For those who would like to learn we give riding lessons, for those who can already ride the hills make perfect trekking country.
On foot this is marvelous country for hiking on the white country roads, some of which are of Roman origin or the woodcutters tracks which criss cross the hills in all directions.
We also have mountain bikes for hire, very popular in this region...the hillier the better it seems!
There is a little lake bursting full of trout and carp, so great fishing is to be had. You may be happy just to wander around the fields and terraces amongst the vines and olives trees, observing the cultivation of the land not so different to how it was a century ago and even before.
The Acquaviva Agriturismo is perfectly situated for exploring both Tuscany and Umbria many lovely places are within easy reach. In Tuscany there is Sienna, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Pienza to name a few. Rich in art, architecture and history, all to be reached passing through beautiful and carefully tended countryside, vineyards, olives, sunflowers.
Cortona and surroundings
Cortona is an ancient walled city situated on a hill side above terraces of olives and vines high above the Val di Chiana which lies in a breathtaking panoramic view below encompassing Lake Trasimeno, where Hannibal had his famous victory against the Romans and on the horizon beyond rise Mount Cimona and Mount Amiata.
The origins of Cortona have been lost in the mist of time. It was probably founded by the Umbri. Together with Arezzo and Perugia it was one of the three major Etruscan cities. Parts of the City walls are Etruscan and the huge blocks of stone they used can be clearly seen.
There are many places which house works of art from the Etruscans and Romans through the middle ages to the Renaissance and beyond. Amongst the places of historical and artistic interest to visit there is, the new Museo dell'Academia Etrusca and of the city of Cortona, the Museo Diocesano, where Luca Signorelli's(a son of Cortona) famous Annunciazione del Beato Angelica can be found. The domes and towers of beautiful churches, delineate the skyline, Santa Margherita (the patron saint of Cortona) looks over the city and the valley beyond, the green domed Santa Maria del Calcinaio is one of the most beautiful churches of the Renaissance.
There are various fiesta's and fares in the city the most famous of which are the copper craft work fare at the end of April. The Giostra dell'Arcidado and crossbow competition in period costume, May, the Sagra of the beefsteak August and the National furniture antiques fair at the end of August beginning of September.
There is a small and lively weekly street market selling just about everything from clothes and bags and shoes to cheese and hams and fruit and veg, bargains to be had!
Florence is about two hours away and Rome three by car taking the motorway or one hour (two for Rome) on the train from Camucia, which is the town in the valley just below Cortona. The trains are inexpensive and usually pretty dependable.
Umbria the 'Green Heart of Italy home to St Francis of Assisi the city remains a popular place for pilgrims. Perugia and Gubbio are both beautiful and fascinating. The green hills around are often topped with towers, castles romantic ruins or picturesque villages all tempting you to come and explore
In July the is a big and well established jazz festival in Umbria and in November the Eurochocolate festival in Perugia, home of the 'Bacci di Perugia' chocolates. Also in Umbria and very close by is Lake Trasimeno a lovely placid lake surrounded by unspoilt countryside, from Castiglion del Lago which stands in a prominent position above the lake you can look across the lake and it's islands to the Umbrian hills beyond.