Situated between Pienza and Montepulciano, two world famous Renaissance gems, in the heart of the stunningly beautiful Val d'Orcia, the house is within easy car distance of major destinations such as Florence, Siena and Rome. Wine lovers can visit Montalcino and Montepulciano; those needing pampering can chill out at the thermal baths in Bagno Vignoni. However, it doesn’t get much better than sitting outside the bar La Posta opposite the cathedral in Pienza enjoying a morning coffee or a drink after dinner, and watching the world go by. Both Pienza and Montepulciano are perfect little towns with plenty to see and excellent restaurants and if you want to stay close to home, other captivating nearby little towns with excellent restaurants within 15-20 minutes drive include Monticchiello, Montefollonico and Castelmuzio.
Chiusi (40 min) with its Etruscan museum and tombs is on the main rail line with fast direct trains to Florence and Rome and is also an access point on the A1 autostrada from Rome to Florence, as is Bettolle (20 min), so day trips to both cities are easy by train or car. Large supermarkets are in Montepulciano, Sinalunga and Chiusi.
There are concerts (classical, brass band, jazz, modern), opera, art shows, the La Foce festivals, and a host of other events throughout the area, mainly in the summer months. Other local activities include cycling, walking, ballooning and riding.
The house is at the end of a 2.5 km (1.5 miles) gravel road (strada bianca) maintained in good condition and there is plenty of space for parking.
The house is south of the SS146 between Pienza and Montepulciano.
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Places to visit:
Montepulciano, 12 mins
Pienza, 15 mins
San Quirico d’Orcia, 25 mins
Bagno Vignoni, thermal baths & spa, 25 mins
Montalcino, Brunello wine production, 40 mins
Chiusi, 40 mins
Siena, 55 mins
Florence, 75 mins, and fast train from Chiusi
Castiglione del Lago, lake, water sports, 45 mins
Perugia, 80 mins
Rome, 135 mins, and fast train from Chiusi
Montepulciano, 12 mins
Santo Pietro, 10 mins
Perugia, 90 mins (Ryanair)
Florence, 100 mins (Meridiana, Air France/City Jet)
Rome, 150 mins, (British Airways, Alitalia, Easyjet, Ryanair and others)
Pisa, 150 mins (British Airways, Easyjet, Ryanair)
Bologna, 150 mins (British Airways, Easy jet, Ryanair)