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Iesolana wonderful hamlet in the heart of Chianti Italy




Farmhouse in Tuscany, Italy



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BORGO IESOLANA Iesolana is picturesquely situated in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, halfway between Arezzo and Siena, on one of the most panoramic hilltops in Chianti and at the same time close to all the famous places of interest (Artistic cities, small villages and food and wine trails). The apartments are completely restored and equipped with every required comfort. They are decorated with prestigious traditional furniture, which functionally maintain their rustic quality and meanwhile offering the guests the opportunity to enjoy a truly stimulating holiday in perfect peace. Iesolana accommodate the guests in 8 apartments of various sizes for 2, 4, 6, and 8 persons. Every apartment has a private gazebo or terrace. The wine bar has been carefully furnished in a fashion style giving a warm atmosphere to the ambience. From the windows you can enjoy the wonderful view over vineyards and olive groves. Here we serve dinner, breakfast and tasting of our wine and olive oil production. The panoramic views surrounding the pool with comfortable furniture in teak for a perfect relax. Mountain bikes, trekking and cooking courses are the activities that our guests can avail of, when they are not busy visiting the cities of art, or discovering some of the nearby towns and villages. FACILITIES WITHIN THE PROPERTY Here in Iesolana a lovely swimming pool (8x16 meters – Deep 1.35 m) is located in a marvelous position surrounded by olive trees and overlooking the vineyard and Chianti hills all around. The Wine Bar, with its elegant and modern furniture hosts for breakfast, dinner and wine tasting of the Iesolana wine production where you can enjoy the wonderful views from the outside terrace. The farm’s produce of wine and extra virgin olive oil is available for purchase in the residence. For your kids there is a playground and nearby is a lake where guests can fish. Mountain bikes are available for rent. Horseback riding 5 km. away, private lessons or tours of the area, also for beginners. Reception is open every day to give the Guests all the information and good tips to enjoy the area in order not to miss the best of Chianti and surrounding. Reservations to Museums or wine tasting, maps, events, theatre, concerts in Castles and more… A meeting room in the Wine bar for groups, family parties, weddings, business events and other occasions is offering a room with different possibilities of arrangements suitable for max sixty people. Cooking courses: In the Wine bar we organize cooking courses. The course based on Tuscan cuisine is divided into different lessons: · The lesson of Tuscan antipasti · The lesson of Tuscan “primi piatti” · The lesson of Tuscan soups · The lesson of Tuscan fresh pasta · The lesson of Tuscan desserts All cooking lessons include the preparation of 3 dishes except the lesson of Tuscan antipasti where you prepare them all (5). Each cooking lesson consists of a 3-hour hands-on cooking experience and ends with a tasting of the food prepared. 1 lesson: Euro 120 per person (2 persons) and Euro 80 per person (for groups of 3-8 persons). NEARBY FACILITIES Bucine is the nearest village (3 km away) and offer all kind of shops: grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, banks and so on. In Bucine there is a picturesque open market on Wednesday morning and another one in Montevarchi on Thursday morning (8 km away). ACCOMMODATIONS Il Portico: on the ground floor (45 sqm) suitable for 2 people. It has a small lounge/kitchen 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom with shower. A private covered terrace with table, chairs and 2 lounges is overlooking vineyards and fig tree. Il Camino: on the first floor (55 sqm) suitable for 2 people. It has a lounge/kitchen, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom with shower and a covered portico with small wrought iron table and chairs. Gli Archi: on the ground floor (80 sqm) suitable for 4 people. It has a lounge with couch, kitchen, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with shower. A private covered terrace with umbrella, table and chairs is overlooking the Tuscan hills, pool and Wine bar. Il Loggiato: on the first floor (80 sqm) suitable for 4 people. It has a lounge area, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a covered portico with small wrought iron table and chairs. I Cipressi: on the ground floor (98 sqm) suitable for 4 people. It has a lounge with couches, kitchen, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with shower. A private covered terrace with table and chairs is overlooking the pool and Tuscan hills. Il Belvedere: on the first floor (98 sqm) suitable for 6 people. It has a large lounge/dining area, kitchen, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with shower. A private covered terrace with umbrella, table and chairs is overlooking a small quiet garden. I Lecci: on the first floor (80 sqm) suitable for 6 people. It has a lounge, kitchen (with dishwasher), 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with tub/shower. A private terrace with umbrella, table and chairs is overlooking Lecci and Walnut trees. La Tinaia: on the ground floor (120 sqm) suitable for 8 people. It has a large lounge, a large kitchen (with dishwasher), 4 bedrooms, and 3 bathrooms with shower one with tub/hydro massage. A private covered terrace with table and chairs is overlooking the Tuscan hills and sunflower fields. WHERE WE ARE Loc. Iesolana, Bucine, 52021 It is located in the heart of the "Colli d'Ambra", not far from highly interesting historical and cultural sites such as Florence, Siena and Arezzo. HOW TO REACH US By Car: exit "Valdarno" on the A1 Florence-Rome motorway. On leaving the tool station of Valdarno, follow the signs to Montevarchi turning right at the first crossroads towards Bucine. Drive for about 6 kilometers and after passing the village of Levane; drive on for another two kilometers until you reach the village of Bucine. Continue for about 500 meters without entering the village until you see the white sign to POGI (part of the village of Bucine itself). On reaching POGI, drive for 400 meters until you reach an ancient bridge on your left. Cross the bridge and continue driving along the paved road and turn into the narrow country road which, after about 1 kilometer, will lead you to Iesolana.

Local Area Details

BUCINE AND THE SURROUNDING AREA
The lovely area of Bucine lies in Central Tuscany at the centre of a triangle formed by three outstanding historical cities of art: Arezzo, Siena and Florence. It borders on Chianti, an area which has come to be considered as an internationally renowned icon for the richness of its history, the beauty of its landscape and the quality of its Tuscan food and wine.
Coming from Valdarno, the Bucine countryside forms a privileged gateway to the Chianti region; it is a verdant area, prevalently rolling hills and high land, where valleys cover only 19% of the total. The most important cultivation is of the typically Tuscan olive trees and vines. The valley has managed to preserve its rural physiognomy over time, and a social environment which is still, in many ways, traditional.

A valley rich in history:
This area, like other areas in Italy, has a long history behind it which goes back to Roman times, but being in Tuscany, seat of the Etruscans (prior to the Romans), it also bears archaeological traces of that civilisation. Its geographical position, a natural link between the north-south and east-west axis of the peninsular, has made it a place of strategic roadways. Because of this, at least up to the fifteenth century, it was the scene of bitter, bloody battles between the nearby cities (Arezzo, Siena and Florence). During the Middle Ages fortified hilltop villages were built to defend the territory, traces of which are still visible in Cennina, San Leolino, Civitella and so on.

THE VILLAGES:
There are a number of picturesque villages of historical interest in the Bucine area, which still bear witness to its rural, farming roots. Among those worth visiting are:

BUCINE: seat of local government and the largest town in the area, it offers facilities such as the post office, banks and automatic cash dispensers, a CO-OP supermarket, other food shops, car repair garage and bars.

SAN LEOLINO lies on the edge of the ridge of hills which lead down from the Chianti Mountains, a few kilometres from the little town of Gaiole in Chianti.

GALATRONA: the most visible remaining part of the ancient castle is the look-out tower which can easily be reached on foot. The Pieve Romanica di S. Giovanni Battista (Romanesque parish church) can be seen at Petrolo, near the tower. Inside the church are works by Giovanni della Robbia, which date back to the first half of the XVI century.

CENNINA has preserved its characteristics as a mediaeval castle better than any other place in the area. The keep, which is still clearly visible, was built in 1167.

MONTEBENICHI nestles on a hilltop overlooking the Chianti region. The ancient castle in the heart of the village is of Lombard origin. The Pieve di Santa Maria in Altaserra (parish church of St Mary), one of the most beautiful monuments in the area, can be reached on foot from the village.

CAPANNOLE: the old part of the village, situated above the nucleus of modern buildings, is well worth a visit. The settlement owes its importance to its position at the intersection of main roads from Valdarno, Arezzo ,Valdichiana, Siena and the Chianti hills.

RAPALE: from its panoramic position the village enjoys wide-sweeping views of green rolling hills, woodland and valleys, and an enchanting mediaeval atmosphere.

SOGNA: the level pathway from Rapale makes it an easy walk to the lovely village of Sogna, which apparently dates back to the XI century.

BADIA A RUOTI: the ancient monastery is well worth visiting. The exact date of its foundation remains uncertain, but it was undoubtedly built before the beginning of the XI century. A splendid painting by Neri di Bicci can be seen inside the church.

All the villages in the valley can easily be reached by car or by bicycle as they are only a few kilometres apart.

WEEKLY MARKETS:

Bucine: Wednesday morning
Ambra: Tuesday morning
Montevarchi: Thursday morning
Pergine: Friday morning



PURCHASE OF WINE AND OLIVE OIL:

· Fattoria “IESOLANA”, Loc. Iesolana, Bucine, Tel: 055-992988


LOCAL FESTIVITIES AND FAIRS IN AND AROUND BUCINE:

SAN LEOLINO: 30/05-01/06, Crostini festival

PIETRAVIVA: 07/07-13/07, Frog festival

PERELLI: 19 e 20/07, Threshing festival

BADIA A RUOTI: 21/07-27/07, Fête of the Wheel

AMBRA: 08/09-14/09, Snail festival

BUCINE: 15/09-22/09, Village fête

PIETRAVIVA: 4 e 5/10, Festival of Our Lady of the Rosary

BADIA A RUOTI: 11 e 12/10, Festa of Our Lady of the Rosary

PLACES/CITIES TO VISIT:

MONTEVARCHI
WEEKLY MARKET: Thursday morning.
THINGS TO SEE: it is worth taking a look at the historical centre, with a pleasant walk to the main square: Piazza Varchi.
Here we find the most famous church in the town: “the Collegiate Church of San Lorenzo”, which represents one of the few examples of strictly “Baroque” architecture in the valley and is certainly one of the most beautiful in Tuscany.
Access to the two roomed Museum of Sacred Art is inside the church. Paintings, sculptures, miniatures, silverware and ceremonial furnishings are on display in the first room. In the second, can be seen the shrine of the “Holy Milk” with sculptures in relief from the School of Andrea della Robbia, dating back to the end of the fifteenth century.
The Palaeontological Museum, situated in the ex-Convent of S. Ludovico, is worth visiting. About 1700 exhibits found in the Arezzo areas of Valdarno and the Val di Chiana are preserved and on display here.

SAN GIOVANNI V.NO
WEEKLY MARKET: Saturday morning
THINGS TO SEE: its worth a visit to the historical centre, with a very pleasant walk past some lovely shops, and the leafy, shady footpath along the river.
In the centre of the town is the splendid Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie which dates back to the late fifteenth century. The Museum of Santa Maria delle Grazie is situated here, displaying numerous works of distinction among which, the “Annunciation” by Beato Angelico.
On your walk, stop off at the Birthplace of Masaccio who was born in San Giovanni V.no in 21 December 1401.
Also very beautiful are the Pieve di San Giovanni Battista and the Church of San Lorenzo.

AREZZO
MUSEUMS IN AREZZO :
· Museum of Mediaeval and e Modern art, Palazzo Bruni-Ciocchi, via S. Lorentino 8,
· Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art from the Duomo di S. Donato,
square behind the Duomo 12
· Restored Piero della Francesca frescoes, “La Leggenda della Vera Croce”, Basilica di San Francesco

FAIRS AND EVENTS IN THE CITY OF AREZZO:
Giostra del Saracino:
Date: last Saturday but one in June (evening event) and the first Sunday in September.
Place: city streets and Piazza Grande.

Antiques fair:
Date: every first weekend of the month
Place: streets in the historic centre.

FAIRS AND EVENTS IN THE PROVINCE OF AREZZO:
ORTONA: 30/08–14/2003 Antiques Exhibition and Market, Palazzo Casali and Palazzo Cagnotti
CIVITELLA IN VAL DI CHIANA: 10/08/2003, Calici Di Stelle (wine tasting by starlight)
SAN SEPOLCRO: 14/09/2003, Mediaeval crossbow competition and pageantry
LUCIGNANO: 18/05 and 25/05/2003, May Day celebrations
MONTEVARCHI: Antiques Market, every last Sunday of the month
TERRANUOVA BRACCIOLINI: Valdarno Antiques Fair, every second Sunday of the month.

CORTONA
MUSEUMS IN CORTONA:
· Museum of the Etruscan Academy, Palazzo Casali, tel: 0575-630415
· Diocesan Museum

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS IN CORTONA:
Copper Fair, 24-27/04, Palazzo Casali
Mediaeval Week, 30/05–08/06, Mediaeval plays, displays and flag-wavers
Steak Festival, 14-15/08, Public Gardens
Porcini Mushroom Festival, 24/08, Public Gardens

LUCIGNANO
WEEKLY MARKET: Saturday morning
EVENTS AT LUCIGNANO:
May celebrations, 18/05 and 25/08

SIENA
WEEKLY MARKET: Wednesday morning
EVENTS IN SIENA:
Festivities on the Eve of the Palio:
01/07 and 15/08, benediction of the horses, and traditional religious ceremony.

Palio delle Contrade (bareback horse racing competition between the different areas of the city):
29/06 and 30/06 trial running
02/07 PALIO
03/07 procession of the winning “contrada”.
16/08 PALIO
17/08 procession of the winning “contrada”.

FAIRS AND EVENTS IN THE PROVINCE OF SIENA:
ASCIANO: Clay Market, historical town centre, every second Sunday of the month
MONTICCHIELLO: Teatro Povero, July-August at 21.00
MONTERIGGIONI: July: Historical Pageant and Mediaeval Festival
September: Street Banquet with mediaeval dishes and Theatrical performance
SAN GIMIGNANO: 14/06 and 15/06 “Le Ferie dei Messi” – Mediaeval festival, performances, ballads and story-telling, processions in costume.
GAIOLE: 14/09/2003 Wine festival and neighbourhood torneo

THERMAL SPA BATHS IN THE PROVINCE OF SIENA
The Siena area is famous for its wealth of thermal springs and spas, source of health and well-being, as first the Etruscans and then the Romans knew well. Siena is the richest province in terms of thermal waters with numerous springs in its territory.
You will have many opportunities and an ample choice of places to visit in the province of Siena.

Thermal Park of Bagni San Filippo, with its huge plane trees, leafy avenues and streams of steaming water.
Petriolo, only example of a fortified spa, the most popular in the fourteenth century.
San Casciano dei Bagni, famous from Etruscan times.
Rapolano which offers us the San Giovanni spa, baths which date back to IV-III centuries BC and The Ancient Querciolaia, with a thermal swimming pool fed by the hot waters from the spring, and the ruins of the Etruscan-Roman baths.
Bagni Vignoli, a lovely old mediaeval village in the heart of Valdorcia, with its famous “water squares”.
Chianciani Spa, with its green parks.

SAN GIMIGNANO

MONTERIGGIONI
LA VAL D’ORCIA

PLACES TO VISIT:
1)THE ABBEY OF MONTE OLIVETO MAGGIORE
2)MONTALCINO
3)SAN QUIRICO D’ORCIA
4)PIENZA:
5)MONTEPULCIANO

FIRENZE
MUSEUMS IN FLORENCE:
· Galleria degli Uffizi
· Museo Nazionale del Bargello, via del Proconsolo 4
· Cappelle Medicee, p.zza Madonna degli Aldobrandini
· Cappella Brancacci, Chiesa del Carmine, p.zza del Carmine
· Cupola del Brunelleschi, Cathedral, p.zza Duomo
· Giardino di Boboli, p.zza Pitti

IL CHIANTI
The name “Chianti” comes from the Etruscan name “Clant-i” meaning “Water”, which seems to be reflected in the way the borders of the Chianti Classico protected area are marked by the rivers Pesa and Arbia as well as numerous springs. The Chianti area stretches over an area about 50 km long and between 20 and 30 km wide. The region embraces nine “comuni” (local government areas): Castelnuovo Berardenga, Castellina in Chianti, Poggibonsi, Barberino val d’Elsa, Tavernelle val di Pesa, San Casciano val di Pesa, Greve in Chianti, Radda in Chianti and Gaiole in Chianti. Greve, Radda, Gaiole and Castellina all lie entirely within the Chianti Classico protected area, while only 421 hectares of the land in Poggibonsi, 80% of San Casciano, 64% of Castelnuovo, 45% of Tavernelle and 35% of Barberino are included inside the area. The Castelnuovo, Castellina, Radda, Gaiole and Poggibonsi tracts form part of the Senese Chianti covering 42,631 hectares; the land in the territorial areas of Greve, San Casciano, Tavarnelle and Barberino, totalling 30,412 hectares, form part of the Florentine Chianti. The borders of the Chianti area, or to be more precise the confines of the Chianti wine production area – an area of about 70,000 hectares - were decreed by the Grand-duke of Tuscany, Cosimo III in 1716 and have remained virtually untouched since
then. The present borders were established in 1932. The importance of wine in the Chianti area can be traced back to Etruscan times, though the name “Chianti” was first used to refer to wine in 1404.


EVENTS AND FAIRS IN THE CHIANTI AREA:
GREVE: Chianti Classico Festival, 2nd week in September
STRADA IN CHIANTI: Folk festival, 4th week in April

PERUGIA AND LAKE TRASIMENO
THE LAKE is the largest stretch of water on the Italian peninsular and the fourth largest in the whole of Italy. Heart-shaped, it covers an area of 128 km, with a maximum depth of 6 m and a low- lying shoreline, in places fringed by reeds. Three islands rise out of the lake: la Maggiore, la Minore and the Polvese. The surrounding land has always been much contested for its strategic importance, its beauty and the richness of the water and soil.

PERUGIA
MUSEUMS:
· Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, Palazzo dei Priori,c.so Vannucci 1
· Gipsoteca Greca, Etrusca e Romana, via dell’Aquilone 7
· Museo Archeologico Nazionale dell’Umbria, ex Convento di San Domenico, p.zza G. Bruno 10

LA MAREMMA AND THE SEA
IL PARCO DELL’UCCELLINA IN MAREMMA

The Park was established in 1975 and covers an area of 10,000 hectares. It stretches along the coast from Principina to Talamone and eastwards inland as far as the Aurelia main road. The central and southern part includes the “Uccellina” mountains where the highest peak, Poggio dei Lecci, reaches 451 m above sea level: these hills overlook the entire Tirrenian coast, the Tirreno sea and the islands of Giglio, Elba and Corsica providing a truly magnificent panorama.Especially beautiful, and characteristic, is the view of the mouth of the river Ombrone, its dark waters flowing offshore and gradually mixing with the green of the sea.
The only way to enter the park is via the Centro Visite di Alberese, where you can board the bus which leaves every hour between 9.00 and 14.00 and will take you inside the park to “Pratini”, the starting point for the various pathways.

THE ARGENTARIO PROMONTORY
From the park of the “Uccellina” continue south along the S.S. 1 (the Etruscan Aurelio road) towards Orbetello. The Argentario promontory is a peninsular, from which rises Mount Argentario (635 m above sea level), joined to the mainland by three narrow strips of land known as “Tomboli”, only one of which can be driven along. A beautiful panoramic road runs round the promontory linking the little coastal towns of Porto Ercole and Porto Santo Stefano together. Ferries leave regularly from Santo Stefano to the lovely islands of Giannutri and Giglio.
The whole area of Maremma is of considerable historic interest because of the numerous Etruscan archaeological sites and remains.
Of special interest: Etruscan ruins at Roselle (Siena-Grosseto, S.S. 223, 8 km from Grosseto) and Etruscan Necropolis of Vetulonia (S.S. 1, between Grosseto and Follonica)
PLACES WORTH VISITING IN THE MAREMMA HINTERLAND:
· Magliano in Toscana
· Manciano
· Pitigliano

WINE EVENTS
CALICI DI STELLE (WINE TASTING UNDER THE STARS), 10th AUGUST 2003
CANTINE APERTE (OPEN DAY IN THE WINERIES), Sunday 25/05/2003 from 10.00 until 18.00
WINERIES IN THE PROVINCE OF AREZZO:
· Fattoria “Iesolana”
· Fattoria “Le Ginestre”,Cometti family, via Giovanni XXIII, Pergine V-no
· Tenuta di “Petrolo” Sajust family, loc. Galatrona, Mercatale V-no


WINERIES IN THE PROVINCE OF SIENA:

· Az. Agricola “San Felice” S.P.A , loc. San Felice, Castelnuovo Berardenga
· Az. Agricola Barone Ricasoli S.P.A, loc. Brolio, Gaiole in Chianti
· Castello di “Poggio alle Mura Banfi” S.P.A, loc. S.Angelo Scalo, Montalcino
· Castello d’Albola, via Pian D’Albola 31, Radda in Chianti
· Dievole S.P.A, loc. Vagliagli, Castelnuovo Berardenga
· Fattoria “Castello di Volpaia”, loc. Volpaia, Radda in Chianti
· Fattoria dell’Aiola, loc. Vagliagli, Castelnuovo Berardenga· Fattoria “Rocca delle Macie” S.P.A, Castellina in Chianti


WINERIES IN THE PROVINCE OF FLORENCE:
· Castello di Uzzano, Greve in Chianti

FASHION OUTLETS:
- PRADA
- THE MALL: In the mall you will find outlets for Bottega Veneta, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Loro Piana, Sergio Rossi, Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent.
- DOLCE E GABBANA
- FENDI



Iesolana wonderful hamlet in the heart of Chianti Italy Property Information

Type:Farmhouse
Location:Tuscany, Italy
This Property Sleeps:36
Minimum Price Per Week:€490
Maximum Price Per Week:€2200
Nearest Airport:Florence (airport code FLR)
Notes

Property Features

  • Has a Pool
  • Close to a golf course
  • Children are allowed

Contact Information for Iesolana wonderful hamlet in the heart of Chianti Italy

Name: Borgo Iesolana
Telephone: +39 055 992988
Alt Telephone:
Fax: +39 055 992879
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