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Villa San Gimignano . . . Apartments

Tuscany - San Gimignano - Siena
Sleeps:2 to 36
Bedrooms: 2, 3 & 4
Bathrooms: 1 to 3
Pool Shared

Euros 190-225 per Day
Available in CDN$
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This enchanting Resort comprises different types of apartments in various sizes that enhance the unaltered charm of the past, finished with materials bound to local tradition.  The accommodations have a convenient and functional cooking area and are furnished with elegant,wood furniture manufactured by local craftsmen.

The ground floor apartments look onto the garden that surrounds the Villa, and each one has a lovely wooden gazebo with table and chairs to dine or enjoy a moment of relaxation in the open air.The main entrance of the Villa opens onto the lawn opposite the old Chapel, now desecrated; a staircase leads to the swimming-pool with outdoor showers, surrounded by a wide solarium with beach beds. Within the facility there is a beach-volley court and a footpath through the olive-trees. Not far from this Villa, also reachable on foot there is the local restaurant of the Resort where you can taste traditional dishes of the Region.

Area Information: The area around is really fantastic. In only some minutes drive you can easily reach San Gimignano, this walled hill town with its 15 towers that looks like a medieval Manhattan. Originally an Etruscan village, the town was named after the bishop of Modena, San Gimignano, who is said to have saved the city from Attila the Hun. It became a comune (local government) in 1199 and was very prosperous due in part to its location on the Via Francigena – building a tower taller than that of one's neighbour (there were originally 72) became a popular way for the town's prominent families to flaunt their power and wealth. In 1348 plague wiped out much of the population and weakened the local economy, leading to the town's submission to Florence in 1353. Today, not even the plague would deter the swarms of summer day-trippers, who are lured by the town's palpable sense of history, intact medieval streetscapes and enchanting rural setting.

And close by you can also reach Volterra. Its well-preserved medieval ramparts give the windswept town a proud, forbidding air that author Stephanie Meyer deemed ideal for the discriminating tastes of the planet's principal vampire coven in her wildly popular Twilight book series. Fortunately, the reality is considerably more welcoming, as a wander through the winding cobbled streets (refreshingly populated by locals rather than tourists) attests.

The Etruscan settlement of Velathri was an important trading centre and senior partner of the Dodecapolis. It is believed that as many as 25,000 people lived here in its Etruscan heyday. Partly because of the surrounding inhospitable terrain, the city was among the last to succumb to Rome – it was absorbed into the Roman confederation around 260 BC and renamed Volaterrae. The bulk of the old city was raised in the 12th and 13th centuries under a fiercely independent free comune. The city first entered Florence's orbit in 1361, but the people of Volterra fought hard against Medici rule – their rebellion was brought to a brutal end when Lorenzo Il Magnifico's soldiers sacked the city in 1472. There was another rebellion in 1530 – again brutally crushed by the Florentines – but Volterra would never again achieve self-government, moving from Florentine rule to that of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany before unification in 1860.

 
Outdoor Photos   Click on the photo’s to zoom.

 

Swimming Pool

 

Interior

All rooms have period furniture and beautiful historic ceilings, and come with a satellite TV, and a private bathroom with hairdryer. Breakfast is a continental buffet.
The restaurant, which is located 700 metres away from the villa, serves Tuscan dishes and local wines. You can also buy the olive oil made on the estate.

Type of Apartments:

  • Typ A Two-room apartment:
    2+1 beds - living room with kitchenette and sofa bed, 1 double bedroom, bathroom with shower 
  • Typ B Three-room apartment:
    4+1 beds - living room with kitchenette and sofa bed, 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, bathroom with shower
  • Typ C Four-room apartment:
    5+1 beds - living room with kitchenette and sofa bed, 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, 1 bedroom with French bed, 2 bathrooms with shower

All apartments have a private equipped outside area next to their entrance. They can be on the ground or on the first floor. Wi Fi connection in the common area free of charge... 

TYP A Bedroom / Bathroom Description

  • Bedroom 1  Queen size bed, bathroom with shower

TYP B Bedroom / Bathroom Description

  • Bedroom 1  Queen size bed, bathroom with shower

TYP C Bedroom / Bathroom Description

  • Bedroom 1  Queen size bed, bathroom with shower
  • Bedroom 2 2 Twin Beds, shared bathroom with shower
  • Bedroom 3 1 French Bed, shared bathroom with shower

Heating Usage will be metered throughout your stay and you will be charged accordingly. Charges must be paid directly on the spot to the owner or his/her representative before departing. Please note that heating in Italy, when not subject to restrictions by the local Government, is more expensive compared to other countries. If you look for a property in low season, make sure to ask for an estimate of the heating cost. You may be asked to make a supplementary deposit for heating expenses.

Water and Electricity Please note that most of the properties in our portfolio are not the typical purpose-built Mediterranean holiday villas. Most are converted farmhouses or former manor houses, full of character and history. Water shortages do occur; please use it sparingly during the summer months. At the same time, Italy is probably one of the few countries in the world where the government has introduced a system of electricity limitators to contain the national consumption. This means you must be careful when using more than one appliance at once because the limitator will shut the electricity off.

Internet Connection Many of our properties have an internet connection. From our experience, when a connection is interrupted due to technical reasons beyond our control, it is unfortunately very difficult, despite our efforts, to receive immediate assistance from some of the internet providers operating in Italy. We therefore strongly suggest that those who need to access their emails should bring their own BlackBerry, or a similar portable device. Please note that in any case we cannot accept responsibility for lack of these services.

 

Interior Photos   Click on the photo’s to zoom.

 

Amenities

  • Satellite TV
  • Baby Equipment
  • Washing machine and iron
  • Wi-Fi in common areas 
  • Central Heating
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair drier
  • Kitchen:
  • Electric Oven
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Toaster
  • Italian Coffee Machine
  • Kettle

Out Door Equipment

  • Swimming pool available on the spot (7.5 x 15 m, h. 1 -1,60 m open from 15 Apr to 15 Oct)
  • BBQ
  • External parking place in the garden area 
  • Tennis court (0,700 km distance), Children's playground, Table tennis
  • Restaurant in the complex

Specifications

  • Type of accommodation: : Villa Aprtaments
  • Required security deposit Eu 150 payable onsite in cash or traveler’s check, 
  • Final Cleaning Eu 30 per Typ A, Eu 40 per Typ B and Typ C
  • Children welcome
  • Extra bed in the living room available on request free of charge for children up to12 y of age
  • Pets allowed on request Eu 30 per stay
  • Baby Cot 
  • No Smoking Apartments
  • Heating to be paid onsite upon consumption Eu 3 Kwh
  • Wi Fi connection to check on site
  • Tourist Tax Eu 1,50 per day for up to 10 nights. Starting from the eleventh night, the taxes are excluded. (Children under 12-year-old excluded)

Rooms

  • See Above

 

 

Distances

  • 700 metres unpaved road

  • 1 Km grocers, bar

  • 16 Km San Gimignano

  • 18 Km Volterra

  • 32 Km Siena

  • 55 Km Florence 

  • 68 Km Cecina (beach)

  • 80 Km Pisa Airport Galileo Galilei

 

Map of the area