The "Villa Pace" in Fasciano is a 19th century Tuscan farmhouse ("casa collonica") situated at the summit of a gently sloping hill, on a ridge known as Poggio Martino.
It is surrounded by an award-winning vineyard and overlooks the beautiful Val di Chiana and Montepulciano on one side, and the lovely hills and vales leading towards Cortona on the other side.
This typically Tuscan brick and beam structure on two levels has been lovingly restored and enhanced with delightful architectural features: arches, niches, original casement windows (with thermal panes), a Roman fresco, huge fireplace, brick barbecues, patios and a charming terrace with a stunning view. It contains two independent living quarters both equipped with all the modern conveniences and amenities plus an additional independent guest bedroom.
Prices are based on double occupancy for one week. Discount may apply for 2 persons using 1 bedroom in "il Piano Nobile". Fees for heating are extra and based on consumption.*
High season: Apr 15 – Oct 15 (also Christmas Dec 19-Jan 6, Easter & March Break - Mar 10-20). The remaining time is low season. The week generally goes from Saturday to Saturday: arrival 3 pm, departure 10 am. There may be some flexibility when possible.
Fees include: linens and towels; a few basic staples in the kitchen and cleaning supplies. Additional cleaning/laundry services may be available upon request and are paid for on the spot. WIFI is available at an extra charge (up to 40€ per stay).
A security deposit is not required, however, you are responsible for any damage to the property, breakage or extraordinary expenses above the normal cleaning. You may either replace the damaged items or offer an amount equivalent to the value of the item. The value of any damaged items can be determined with the help of the proprietor or the local agent.
*Costs for heating in the colder months are variable. The range is 50 – 150 Euros per week depending on consumption. In winter, a cash deposit of 150€ per week is payable at the beginning the rental period. At the end of the stay, the gas meter is read and you will be charged or re-imbursed accordingly.
|La Scuderia||iL Piano Nobile||La Francescana|
|Central Heating||Sub floor, radiant heat & fireplace||Large rads||Large rads|
1 Queen+ 1 sofa-bed
1 king & 1 queen size
1 queen size
|Linens & towels||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Stove, Oven, Fridges||Yes||Yes||-|
|Casement Windows with Screens||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Floor or table fans||Not needed||Yes||Yes|
The villa is ideally located between Montepulciano and Cortona, perched on a hill surrounded by an impeccably maintained vineyard operated by Cantine Faralli. Every part of the property has panoramic views of cultivated fields, vineyards and olive groves dotted by cypresses and Pini Marini. The area is noted for its famous wines: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and the famous Brunello di Montalcino. Many Renaissance and Medieval walled towns are within easy driving distances: Pienza, Lucignano, Trequanda, Montefollonico. As well are the larger capitals: Siena, Arezzo, Florence and Perugia in Umbria. Spa towns like Rapolano Terme and Chianciano Terme are close by as is Lake Trasimeno in Umbria. Historic Abbasseys and Monasteries are within easy driving distances.
Note: A car is essential for your stay at the villa.
Rome Airport (Fiumicino): (260 km) 3 hours by car.
Florence Airport: (100 km) 1 ½ hours by car.
Train: The nearest major train station is Terontola/Cortona or Camucia/Cortona (20 km). A little further and towards the south, Chiusi-Chianciano Terme (35 km) is a major train hub, hence trains run more frequently.
By car: The villa is close to the A1 autostrada (exit is Valdichiana/Bettolle – less than 15 km away) as well as the superstrada connecting Siena and Perugia.
Wineries: Although the great vineyards of Siena are found in Montepulciano, (Vino Nobile di Montepulciano) and Montalcino (Brunello), there are also the more popularly known Chianti vineyards just north of Siena (Gaiole and Radda). Arezzo wines are equally delicious though less famous.
Restaurants & Trattorie: a detailed list of recommended places is provided to clients.
Public Swimming pools: Montepulciano Stazione, Foiano della Chiana.
Shopping: Val di Chiana Outlet Mall for high end, discount fashion. Markets take places in Foiano, Sinalunga, Montepulciano, Torrita di Siena, Chianciano Terme, Arezzo and Florence. Deruta for its world-famous ceramics. Volterra for alabaster. Arezzo for gold.
Cycling: Excellent trails, e.g. Il Sentiero della Bonifica (long,flat and easy) as well as the more challenging hilly trails to various picturesque villages.
Festivals: Music festivals abound in spring and summer; the centuries old Palio in Siena occurs twice in the summer, as well are the many local festivals (sagra) celebrating food and products of the region. Foiano celebrates "Carnevale" - a month long festival in February-March.
Architecture: Heritage sites and walled medieval and Renaissance towns are within easy driving distances.
Sant' Antimo: a 1000 year old Monastery with its Romanesque vaulted ceiling where you can be transported back to the middle ages.
Monte Oliveto Maggiore: one of the largest active monasteries of the Western world. Built in 1319, it is adorned with artworks by Lucca della Robbia and frescoes by Signorelli and Sodoma(1500's).
Lucignano, a medieval/Renaissance walled town built on a series of concentric circles. Go on market day.
Pienza, built by Pope Pius II, is considered the perfect example of Renaissance town planning.
Corciano: an impeccably restored medieval town & world heritage site in nearby Umbria.
Art & History Museums: Important Etruscan sites of Chiusi & Cortona. Works of il Perugino, Luca Signorelli, Sodoma, & other Renaissance masters. Major museums in Florence, Siena & Arezzo.
Thermal baths: Rapolano Terme, Chianciano Terme, San Casciano dei Bagni and Bagno Vignoni draw visitors from all over the world.
Other Attractions: The Tyrrhenian Sea and its beaches are a two and a half hour drive from the house. Lake Trasimeno is 20 minute drive away and offers fresh water sports, a sandy beach, excursions to the island in the lake, a natural wildlife reserve, and wonderful Umbrian food. This is the lake where Hannibal defeated the Romans after crossing the Alps with his elephants in the Battle of Trasimeno in 217 BC.
Other major centres like Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Volterra, Pisa, Orvieto, Assisi, and Todi are all within comfortable driving distance (from 40 minutes to 1 ½ hours). Rome centre is only 1 hour 20 minutes away by fast train from the Chiusi station.
To check availability, contact us by phone or email. Upon confirmation of dates, a booking form will be sent. This should be completed, signed and mailed in along with a deposit of 30% (cheque or e-transfer). Balance is due at least 4 weeks in advance of arrival. A confirmation will be sent once the deposit is received. Specific directions, meeting instructions and detailed itineraries for places of interest will be provided once the balance is paid. When possible, we like to meet prospective guests in person (or by Skype) to review maps and instructions.
Poggio Martino - Tuscany
C.S. via Fasciano, 110
Chianacce, Cortona AR 52044
Canada: (416) 588-1954 cell: (647) 297-1954
Italy cell: (39) 347- 210-6543
Oliver Pace, the proprietor, has travelled extensively throughout Italy for many years and knows the entire peninsula very well. Formerly a history teacher, he is a fund of information about the history, culture, art and architecture of the region.
Oliver's sister, Maria Pace, is the booking agent for the house and author of The Little Italy Cookbook (Warwick Press, 1996). She operated a program of hands-on cooking classes for over 12 years in Toronto. When available, she can arrange cooking lessons for guests