This one bed Apartment is located on the outskirts of Cetona, Siena, Tuscany and is attached to the owner's home on beautiful, organic smallholding In the country,
This one-bedroom, self-contained apartment sits along side the strada del polaco (SP.321) on the outskirts of the historic town of Cetona.
The apartment is attached to the owner’s home on this beautiful, organic smallholding overlooking vineyards, olive trees and sunflowers. It is in the country, but still convenient for touring the rest of Tuscany and Umbria. The area is stunning with incredible views.
It is a 10-15 minute walk to the town of Cetona where you can have coffee in the piazza with the locals. There is also a shop that sells produce, one that sells meat, a bakery and convenience store for anything else you may need. There are a few restaurants in the town of Cetona itself.
The apartment has a double-bedded main room, bathroom with shower over bath, a full kitchen with gas cooker, fridge, wood burning stove, dining table with four chairs, a large balcony with table and chairs with views over the unspoilt countryside. The apartment would usually accommodate two people possibly three by arrangement, as in the main bedroom there is a futon sofa bed.
Amenities to include all towels including beach/swimming, bed linen, dishes and cooking utensils. A pleasant sunny garden with mature olive trees, lavender and roses surrounds the property where chairs and table are available for sitting and eating. Home grown organic produce available for purchase including olive oil, wine, honey, jam, eggs, seasonal vegetables and fruit.
The airports of Roma (2.30 hours) , Firenze (2.00 hours) and Pisa (3.00 hours) Perugia(1.00 hour) by road or rail.
There are many Medieval and Renaissance towns and villages in the surrounding area: Siena, San Gimignano, Perugia, Assisi, Orvieto, Montepulciano, and Pienza. The area is good for walking, hiking, horse riding, many natural hot, and cold thermal springs.
Cetona is the typical medieval village placed under the foot of an isolated mountain that originally was a volcano and where it is possible to visit Bronze Age caves. Nearby there are many tombs and archaeological Etruscan sites. The economy is mainly still based on agriculture and the landscape reflects this.
Weekend, midweek, monthly, and full season rental rates are also available on request. We speak English and Italian.
Check local sites using key word Cetona.
Cetona is a town and comune in the southern province of Siena, Tuscany, in an area where Umbrian and Lazio meet. The geographical elevation is between 250 and 1,148 meters the town is situated at around 350 metres,
Some of the oldest human settlements of central Italy were discovered at the base of Monte Cetona, such as the Gosto cave early neo-paleolithic, 40-80th century BC and Lattaia cave 9-10th century BC.
The Belverde park host 25 prehistoric and Bronze Age caves, such as the San Francesco cave. In addition, Several Etruscan finds.
The town of Cetona developed on the hillside around the Rocca fortress containing a square tower (ca900ad) and an inner fortress wall. It became know as the Scitonia castle. In the 1300s, Cetona was alternately ruled by Siena and Orvieto, and after a brief ruling by Perugia annexed by Siena. An outer wall was built, containing two round towers (1458 AD).
Grand Duke Cosimo 1 de Medici sold Cetona in 1556, to the marquis Chiappino Vitelli (1519-1575), who made the fortress into a private residence, and built the piazza, today named Piazza Garibaldi. His descendants also erected palazzo Vitelli in the late 1600s. Cetona was connected to Sarteano (1772-1840), and included in Italy by King Vittorio Emanuele 11 (1861).
The name of Cetona or Citonia (local variation) probably comes from the Latin word caedita, (deforestation with regard to a deforested and cultivated).
Churches in Cetona are the Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo (built 1155) and the Chiesa la Collegiata della San Trinita church (1745), as well as the convento di San Francesco (1212) and the convento di Santa Maria a Belverde with frescoes by Cola Petruccioli of Orvieto.
We have just passed a wonderful week at 'Casa Degli Olivi' It is a veritable home from home. Clean, extremely well equipped (what you do not have Adrian or Fabio will provide for you) deceptively spacious with ample storage space.
One or two people have written about the traffic noise - so I must address this point. Yes the villa is next to a 'moderately' busy country road leading to the village, but traffic tends to be in the morning when people are going to work and again in the evening (some also at lunch time). This was mainly just cars, the odd scooter ad occasional bus or bin wagon and was not a problem - the sounds that I have brought home in my memory are those of the crickets and doves and the cockerel in the garden we could hear wen sitting on te terrace looking out over the gorgeous Tuscan countryside.........
Cetona is delightful and unspoilt and friendly and there are two very nice restaurants, a couple of café bars where you can hang out with the locals, and aso a weekly (?twice weekly) market.
The apartment is in a prime position for reaching the main auto strada and main line train line to both Florence and Rome, and Sienna, San Gimignamo, Montelupciano and Cortona are a comfortable drive away.
The guys welcomed us with a bottle of both their red and white wine and their excellent olive oil, and eggs still warm from the hen!
The garden is bursting with olives and grapes and tomatoes and peppers and plums and pears - and all manner of other delicious home produced produce - even honey made from bees who gather their nectar from sunflowers.......
Personally we cannot wait to return - Thank you so much for your wonderful generosity in every sense of the word
Anthony from Hobart
Stayed Jun 2014 - Couple
What a fantastic experience in the Italian countryside. Two weeks tucked away from tourist mayhem. Even prior to our departure from the Middle East to start our holiday, the owners answered all our enquiries quickly,efficiently with sound advice. The accommodation was as described and perfect, and more than fulfilled our requirements. The property is centrally located to so many places of interest and if required close to rail if wanting to adventure further a field. The owners are very friendly and are able to supply lovely fresh farm produce, of which many a meal was made and enjoyed while seated on the balcony overlooking the valley to distant hills. Local environs offered great opportunities to further experience true Italian food, wine, culture and friendliness. We both would highly recommend a stay at Casa Degli Oliveli.
Tim from Winchester
Stayed Aug 2011
We stayed at Cada degli olivi for 9 nights and enjoyed our stay immensely.
The property is a self-contained apartment adjoining the owners house. The apartment is compact, but absolutely fine for what we needed. The kitchen has everything we needed given we werent staying for weeks and weeks. The bathroom is well done too - clean & well kitted out. The bedroom doubles up as the lounge & is relatively spacious.
From the apartment you can walk to the nearby village of Cetona, which is absolutely stunning & has some nice restaurants / cafes. It is about a 15 minute walk and half of the walk doesnt have a pavement, but if you take a torch (as we did) then youll be fine.
The apartment faces out towards a road (albeit there is garden between the apartment & the road - so you cant really see it), but to call it a main road is not fair. Whilst we were there youd probably see 2 or 3 cars per minute, and after a very short time you dont even hear it any more.
The apartment is on a small farm, and Adrian & Fabio (the two owners) are simply wonderful hosts. Were into home-grown food and we were provided with fruit, wine, etc. on a daily basis & we only paid for the wine & a few bits in the end. They were very friendly & we felt very welcome.
We really enjoyed sitting out on the balcony with some of the wine made by the owners & enjoying the wonderful atmosphere & reading books!
We stayed at Casa degli olivi during a period of unseasonably hot weather. We came during the hottest summer for almost a decade, with temperatures of almost 40 degrees centigrade each day. The fact that there was no aircon was a bit of an issue, with some hot nights, but we were soon provided with a fan by Adrian & Fabio & that really made a difference. If you are planning staying during the height of summer, be aware that this might be an issue, but whilst we were there the windows were being measured for mosquito screens that would have allowed the windows to have been left open, which would have made a big difference.
The apartment was really clean when we arrived, and we were provided with clean linen & towels during our stay.
We would certainly recommend staying at Casa degli olivi, and we would certainly like to go back at some point too.
John from Stratford-Upon-Avon
Stayed Jun 2011
Casa Degli Olivi is a delightful, spotlessly clean apartment in a very picturesque area of Tuscany. The owners, Adrian and Fabio could not be more helpful. The view from the balcony is fantastic and having breakfast, or just a glass of the guys home made wine, there was a real treat.
Casa Degli Olivi is an excellent base for touring the Tuscan towns and villages and a rail station in the nearby town of Chiusi (6km) has fast trains to places like Florence and Rome as well as local services to nearer places. Fares were well priced, too. Check them out on www.trenitalia.com (English option) before you go.
Cetona itself has 3 good restaurants so it was a pleasure to have a lovely meal with local wine and stroll back to Casa Degli Olivi afterwards. But do take a torch as the streetlights end just outside the main streets.
Jonathan from Witney
Stayed Jun 2010
The property was very well looked-after and well-presented throughout: very clean and comfortable. It was in a quiet and relatively secluded location - but not so secluded that we felt cut off from the outside world. The balcony had superb views over the Tuscan countryside: an ideal place to forget about things back home and get absorbed in a good book.
Cetona was an easy walk away, and the apartment itself acted as an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding area. (While not essential, having a car on hand was definitely a good thing.)
Adrian was a thoughtful and attentive host - and being able to purchase home-produced goods from him was a really nice touch.
In short, we were both very glad to have chosen to stay here, and would certainly recommend it to others.
Debbie from Stratford-upon-Avon
Stayed Aug 2008
"What a wonderful stay we had at Casa Degli Olivi, it exceeded all our expectations. The owners Adrain and Fabio were excellant hosts. The apartment was spotlessly clean and very comfortable. We loved the location, surrounded by olive trees, a lovely garden and not forgetting the chickens.Produce on sell from the owners was exceptional especially the red wine and the olive oil. We will definatley be returning. What a wonderful relaxing time we both had.
Thank you so much Adrian and Fabio for a fantastic time."
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WhenMay 19th to June 17th 2007, 1 month Review by Jules S. from Canada LocationThe apartment is situated above the owners’ home and is accessed through a separate door. The owners are into bio-culture of fruits and vegetables and also raise a few animals on their mini-farm.The décor is typical of the Southern Tuscany panorama with incredible views and a sense of calm and serenity emanates from the beauty of the olive trees interlaced with numerous flower beds . Nearby AmenitiesThe premises are situated in Cetona, a little village with a rather lively piazza when the weather is nice. One will find all basic necessities in Cetona including a variety of boutiques that sell anything from meat, fruits, vegetables and sundries. We counted at least five restaurants in the village mostly frequented by locals. The Sports Bar at one end of the piazza is remembered for the conviviality of the staff.Close by in Chiusi, you will find a train station and most of the amenities of a small Italian town with supermarkets and plenty of shops. The House/ApartmentThe house is just wonderful and quiet. Our quarters were located above the owner’s house and the general appearance was even better than we expected. There is a large bedroom with a king size bed, a well equipped kitchen and a large balcony with table and chairs offering a wonderful view of the Tuscan countryside. We found the place to be extremely clean and very private. We rarely saw the owners and they knew how to make us feel at home.GardenThe surrounding gardens are also beautiful. We were welcomed to use the table and chairs in the garden to relax amongst the smell of roses and lavender. Olive trees are plenty and we enjoyed walking through the elaborate landscape of the garden.Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living AreasFurniture is new and spotless. The apartment is very well appointed with all accessories that made our stay very enjoyable.Bedrooms/BathroomsBoth were large and offered the comfort we were looking for.KitchenThough limited in size, the kitchen offered anything one would need to cook a dinner for two. There are plenty of pots, pans and dishes, even an espresso coffee maker.All appliances were almost new and we did enjoy the wood stove (warmer) on a few evenings where the temperature was lower than normal. There is even firewood on the terrace for that purpose. Problems or BonusesProblems: absolutely none.Bonuses: the kindness of our hosts and their family. We were offered organic honey (the best we ever had), olive oil from the olive trees on the property, pasta sauce, wine, strawberries, raspberries and loganberries, not to forget the tomato sauce that we used for some of our pasta dinners. Moreover, the owners were even helpful in getting us to the Chiusi Avis agency and they had made arrangements for us to pick up our car a couple of days after our arrival. The service at this Avis agency is extraordinary. Agency and Representatives (and price)We had reserved directly from the owner a few weeks before our scheduled arrival through email. Both owners speak English fluently (one is British) and we booked everything in the most pleasant manner.Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?Absolutely. It is a place we will recommend to anyone wishing for a home away from home. The apartment’s location allows for anyone to easily visit Southern Tuscany and Northern Umbria. The location calls for the use of a rented car but the train station is within a 10 minute drive from the house. Florence, Siena, Orvieto, Perugia, Assisi and many smaller towns are within 100 kms.Things to do in this areaHaving spent a full month at Casa degli Olivi in Cetona, we found great pleasure in discovering most of the suggested tourist destinations in Tuscany and Umbria: Florence, Siena, Orvieto, Rome, Perugia, Pienza, Arezzo, Colle di Val d’Elsa, the Chianti wine region and the Thermes of San Casciano dei Bagni found in the vicinity. However, we found even greater pleasure in discovering little towns or villages away from the tourists where the Italian lifestyle has been preserved from outside influences.To name a few, we loved taking in the Saturday morning market activity found in Chiusi or Citta della Pieve, discovering villages like Monteleone (where the total absence of tourism allows for an unforgettable experience of calm and serenity), Piazze (for its Gentili vineyard) and Sarteano for an outstanding vantage point on the Tuscan countryside.We both enjoyed the food, especially Pecorino cheese, pasta and *pizze*. The wine selection is awesome; we will never forget the rose trees flowering in the vineyards and the fields of sunflowers basking in the Tuscan and Umbrian sun. The weather was great between mid-May and mid-June with a mixture of hot days followed by more comfortable periods of cooler temperature.The speed limit on the Italian autostradas is surprising to North Americans and the unending bends of national roads took some time to get used to. To summarize our experience, we can find only one way to express our satisfaction: we would do it again if the opportunity arises.
Review by Heather D from US LocationThe apartment was attached to the owners home on their beautiful, organic farm overlooking vineyards, olive trees and sunflowers. It was in the country, but still convienient for touring the rest of Tuscany. The area was absolutely stunning with incredible views. It was completely peaceful and serene.Nearby AmenitiesIt was about a 10-15 minute walk to the town of Cetona where you could have coffee in the piazza with the locals. There is also a shop that sells produce, one that sells meat, a bakery and convienience store for anything else you may need. There are only a few restaurants in the town.The House/ApartmentThe apartment was beautiful, well decorated, and comfortable. The owners went above and beyond in their consideration of the guests that would be staying there. It was the only apartment on the property. The bedroom had one large (king size) bed as well as a futon couch if needed. Looking out the bedroom window you see beautiful hills, an old stone house and fields of sunflowers and olive trees. The bathroom had everything you could need, as did the kitchen. Each morning I would sit at the table eating my breakfast looking out at the most spectacular views. There was also a balcony to sit and relax and enjoy the view.GardenThere was a table and chairs in the garden to use sitting amongst the flowers and butterflys. This would be shared with the owners. Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living AreasEverything was in perfect condition and the apartment would be comfortable for 2-3 people.Bedrooms/BathroomsThe bed and bedroom were fantastic. Bathroom had everything you would need.KitchenThe kitchen was perfect for however much or how little you wanted to cook. There were plenty of dishes, pots and pans. When I arrived there was organic, home made olive oil, honey, pasta sauce, wine, and eggs waiting for me.Problems or BonusesThe only surprise was how wonderful and peaceful the place was.would you recommend this vacation rental to others?I would absolutely recommend this place to anyone, friends and family included. This was the most wonderful, relaxing holiday I've ever had and the apartment had a lot to do with that.Things to do in this areaIn Cetona I enjoyed having coffee in the piazza as well as wandering the narrow stone streets. There is also a thermal spa nearby, but I didn't go. There is easy access to the main highway (A1) so I was able to see a lot of the area (Florence, Siena, Chianti wine region, and numerous beautiful hilltop towns).
Review by James from Canada May 2006, 7 days LocationThe apartment is located on the upper floor of a house on a beautiful small farm on the road in to Cetona. The area generally is a stunning, wild and rugged part of Tuscany, a little off the beaten track, but within easy drives of Siena, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Cortona, Lake Trasimeno and Orvieto. The A1 motorway is about 10 minutes from the house if you want to travel further afield. The area is totally charming, quiet, peaceful, free from hordes of tourists, and an excellent place to relax for a week while taking in the charms of the area.The centre of Cetona, a classic Tuscan hill town, is about 15 minutes brisk walk from the house. There is a supermarket, bakery, restaurants etc. in the town centre. It was beautiful to walk into town for an evening meal and stroll back under the stars.The house is in excellent shape. The house consists of the upper floor apartment that is rented out to visitors and, via a separate entrance, the part where the owners live. The apartment consists of one large bedroom, a large bathroom, a ktichen and a large balcony where you can sit out and eat admiring the views of the Tuscan countryside. Everything was spotlessly clean and well maintained by the owners who, since they live in the same building, were always on hand if we needed anything.There is an utterly gorgeous garden where you can sit out and have breakfast, read etc. In late May the roses were out and the scent was exquisite. All the furniture was in good shape, either new purchases or sturdy country antiques.Bedrooms/BathroomsAll was spotless and comfortable. The bath is large and inviting, and there is also a shower. KitchenThe kitchen was fairly basic but well equipped and perfectly adequate for two people. There were plenty of pots and pans, cutlery, glasses etc. It's not a place for cooking elaborate dinner parties for eight, but since we were just there to relax, it was just fine.Problems or BonusesThe owners had provided organic olive oil, wine, honey and eggs from their farm. The eggs were so fresh and delicious, and the owners took me to visit the hens that had laid them. Also, the honey was probably the best honey that I had ever tasted anywhere, with scents of lavender and clover from the owners' farm. I bought three jars to take back as gifts.Agency and Representatives (and price)The owners are Italian and English and were very helpful in giving advice about the local area. Unlike many other farms rentals, they only have one apartment to rent out, and since they live right next door we had the reassurance that if any poblems were to arise, they would be on site to fix them. The price was very reasonable.Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?I would aboslutely recommend this without hesitation to anyone who wants to live in Italy for a few days or a week away from the tourist hordes, but with the convenience of being able to tour around the small towns of southern Tuscany or northern Umbria.Things to do in this areaDinner at the fabulous nearby Frateria di Padre Ligio is worth it if you prepare yourself in advance for the 100 euro eight course tasting menu set in a lovingly restored monastery.
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