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Escape to the beauty and tranquillity of the Tuscan hills with a stay at Poggio Martino.
An authentic period farmhouse lovingly restored with modern amenities and comfortable accommodations for 2 to 6 people.

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About

General Description of House and Facilities

Nestled atop the rolling hills of Poggio Martino, the Villa Pace in Fasciano is a beautifully restored 19th-century Tuscan farmhouse, also known as a casa collonica.

Surrounded by lush, award-winning vineyards, this stunning estate offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Val di Chiana and Montepulciano to the east and the picturesque hills and valleys leading toward Cortona to the west.

Experience the charm and warmth of Tuscany in this lovingly restored brick and beam structure, featuring delightful architectural features such as arches, niches, original casement windows with thermal panes, a Roman fresco, a colossal fireplace, brick barbecues, patios, and a charming terrace with a stunning view. Spread across two levels; the Villa Pace contains two independent living quarters, each equipped with all the modern conveniences and amenities you could desire. Additionally, an extra guest bedroom provides ample space for up to six guests.

Accommodations

Explore The Property

La Scuderia

Experience the rustic charm of “La Scuderia” – a spacious ground-level suite originally a stable, with an open-concept kitchen, dining area, lounge, and sleeping area separated by arches. Stay cozy and warm in the winter with the massive fireplace and sub-floor heating, and enjoy natural coolness during the summer.

$1400 (Cdn)

High Season

$1100 (Cdn)

+ heat – Low Season

Prices are based on double occupancy for one week.

Relax and unwind in the charming garden of fruit trees, roses, and fragrant herbs, surrounded by the serene beauty of the Tuscan hills. The substantial brick barbecue is at your disposal, perfect for enjoying an al fresco meal. Inside, “La Scuderia” offers a newly built kitchen with modern amenities, a large dining table for up to 6 guests, a comfortable living space with plush couches and armchairs, Persian rugs, and a modern 4-piece bathroom. Sleeping 2-3 guests, this cozy retreat is available whenever the proprietor is not in residence, providing you with the perfect escape in the heart of Tuscany.

Il Piano Noble

Escape to the tranquillity of the upper-level apartment at Poggio Martino. With its own private entrance accessed by an exterior staircase leading up to a small terrace and front door, this apartment offers stunning panoramic views of the neighbouring villas and lush Val di Chiana. Enjoy the breathtaking vistas from the terrace, which overlooks the charming town of Montepulciano, known for its famous Vino Nobile wine.

$1800 (Cdn)

High Season

$1400 (Cdn)

+ heat – Low Season

Prices are based on double occupancy for one week.

As night falls, enjoy the stunning views of neighbouring towns and relax in comfortable patio chairs while listening to the soothing sounds of crickets, owls, and nightingales. During the day, soak up the sun and sip on your favourite drinks. Inside, “il Piano Nobile” features lofty 20 ft high brick and beam ceilings, a large living and dining area, a modern open kitchen, and two spacious ensuite bedrooms with queen and king-size beds. The well-equipped kitchen includes two fridges, a stove, an oven, and a microwave, making it ideal for cooking simple or elaborate meals.

Our pricing at Poggio Martino is based on double occupancy for one week, with discounts available for two persons sharing one bedroom in “il Piano Nobile.” During colder months, there will be additional fees for heating based on consumption.*

Our high season runs from Apr 15 – Oct 15 and during Christmas (Dec 19-Jan 6), Easter, and March Break (Mar 10-20). The remaining time is considered low season. We typically require a minimum one-week stay from Saturday to Saturday, with arrival at 3 pm and departure at 10 am. We can offer some flexibility when possible. Please get in touch with us for more information on availability and scheduling.

Our fees include complimentary WIFI, linens, towels, basic kitchen staples, and cleaning supplies for your convenience. Additional cleaning and laundry services may be available upon request and are to be paid for on the spot for a fee of 40€. Please let us know if you require any additional services during your stay.

At Poggio Martino, we do not require a security deposit. Still, please remember that you are responsible for any damage to the property, breakage, or extraordinary expenses above the regular cleaning. If any items are damaged or broken, we ask that you either replace them or offer an amount equivalent to their value. The value of any damaged items can be determined with the help of the proprietor or the local agent. Thank you for your cooperation in maintaining our beautiful property.

*Please note that costs for heating during colder months are variable and depend on consumption, typically ranging from 50-150€ per week. In the winter season, a cash deposit of 150€ per week is payable at the beginning of the rental period. The gas meter is read at the end of the stay, and you will be charged or reimbursed accordingly. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in keeping our property warm and comfortable during the colder months.

Amenities

LOCATION

Location and Access

Discover the perfect location for your Tuscan getaway at Poggio Martino, ideally situated between the charming towns of Montepulciano and Cortona. Perched on a hill overlooking impeccably maintained vineyards operated by Cantine Faralli, every part of our property offers panoramic views of cultivated fields, vineyards, and olive groves dotted with cypresses and Pini Marini. The area is renowned for its famous wines, including Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino.

Explore the area’s many Renaissance and Medieval walled towns, including Pienza, Lucignano, Trequanda, and Montefollonico. The larger capitals of Siena, Arezzo, Florence, and Perugia in Umbria are also within easy driving distance. Relax and rejuvenate at nearby spa towns like Rapolano Terme and Chianciano Terme, or take in the beauty of Lake Trasimeno in Umbria. Historic abbeys and monasteries are also just a short drive away.

We’ll provide a detailed list of activities, attractions, and local food options to enhance your stay at Poggio Martino. Just to let you know, a car is essential for your stay at the villa.

Distances

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.

Siena: 53 km; Perugia: 51 km; Arezzo: 44 km; Pienza: 33 km; Castiglione del Lago: 21 km; Assisi: 72 km.

Nearest towns for shopping: Chianacce (3 km away); Montepulciano Stazione (6.5 km); Bettolle (9 km ); Foiano della Chiana (13 km)

RECREATION

Recreational Activities and Highly Recommended Places in the Vicinity

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: Clients are provided with a detailed list of recommended places.

Public Swimming pools: Montepulciano Stazione, Foiano della Chiana.

Shopping: Val di Chiana Outlet Mall for high-end, discount fashion. Markets occur 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) and 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 marks “Carnevale,” – a month-long celebration in February-March.

Architecture: Heritage sites and walled medieval and Renaissance towns are within easy driving distance.

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 in the Western world. Built in 1319, it is adorned with artworks by Lucca della Robbia and frescoes by Signorelli and Sodoma(the 1500s).

Lucignano is a medieval/Renaissance walled town built on concentric circles. Go on market day.

Pienza, built by Pope Pius II, is 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 worldwide.

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 freshwater sports, a sandy beach, excursions to the island in the lake, a natural wildlife reserve, and excellent 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 significant 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.

CONTACT

Booking Procedures

To check availability at Poggio Martino, please get in touch with us via phone or email. When you confirm the dates, we will send you a booking form that you should complete, sign, and mail in, along with a deposit of 30% (by cheque or e-transfer). The balance is due at least four weeks before arrival, and we will send you a confirmation once the deposit is received.

Once the balance is paid, we will provide specific directions, meeting instructions, and detailed itineraries for places of interest. We like to meet our guests in person (or by video conference) to review maps and instructions.

Just so you know, Poggio Martino is a completely self-catered holiday stay, allowing you to cook your own meals and enjoy the local cuisine.

Contact Info

Poggio Martino – Tuscany
C.S. via Fasciano, 110
Chianacce, Cortona AR 52044
ITALIA
Canada: (416) 588-1954 cell: (647) 297-1954
mary.pace99@gmail.com

Who we are

Poggio Martino was initially restored by the late Oliver Pace, who drew inspiration from his extensive travels throughout Italy and the Mediterranean. Borrowing ideas from classical sites, he created architectural details that delight the eye and make this traditional farmhouse a true gem.

Maria Pace is the house’s booking agent and author of The Little Italy Cookbook (Warwick Press, 1996). With over 12 years of experience operating hands-on cooking classes in Toronto, Maria can arrange cooking lessons for guests when available. Her passion for Italian cuisine and culture is evident in every detail of Poggio Martino, and she looks forward to sharing this beautiful property with you.

Comments

Guest Book Comments

We had a wonderful time at Oliver’s villa. Your paper work was so well done that it made it easy for us to adjust to the new area…..many thanks for all that effort! Your location is perfect. Each day we explored and especially enjoyed the local restaurants… There were so many good options we will have to return to visit the ones we missed!
…The weather was cold for a few days….a nasty cold wind with snow in the wind one early morning. However it warmed up quickly and the deck was a great place to catch the sun each day.
Thank you, … for sharing your villa with us. It is so well located and we had a wonderful opportunity to experience life in Italy first hand. Everyone went out of their way to make us welcome!
Regards…..Sylvia and David.

With many thanks Oliver for the use of this memorable paradise – and to Mary for all of your information and ongoing support as we planned our trip. Salute!

Elaine (Thorndale, Ontario)

Beyond my expectations! Patsy (Collingwood, Ontario)

Thank you so much for every little detail. That made our time at the villa memorable… An exceptional adventure for sure.

Catherine (Collingwood, Ontario)

Cannot thank you enough for the use of your amazing home. Your helpful advice has made our week here a memorable experience. We explored the surrounding towns and villages, got lost plenty of times but always managed to find our way back to your welcoming abode. Your restaurant suggestions were great and we found a number of unexpected ones along the way. Thanks again and arrivederci!! Fondly, Shaun & Sue and Allan & Marion (Toronto, Ontario)

Thanks for a great stay. Very special being able to … enjoy the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We really appreciated the “history” lessons and your special knowledge of the people and culture of the area. … You have an incredible place that more than met our expectations… Thanks Mary for the places to go to, the meal was great when we arrived. We will never forget this experience. All the best
Eva & Bill (Solina, Ontario)

It was a wonderful time in Tuscany with you Oliver. I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect place to be in Italy than in your house. Molte grazie per spiegarci tanto della storia e della cultura d’Italia. Non lo dimenticheremo mai! Il tuo amico, Gary (Oshawa, Ontario)

My stay at the villa was amazing! Almost every day we went out to visit the ancient towns of Tuscany. Montepulciano was my favourite …and it’s only a 20 min. drive! Thanks Uncle Oliver! We love you! Love, Connor (11 years)

I really enjoyed seeing all the towns in Tuscany and meeting that artist. Your villa is beautiful outside and inside. Thank you Uncle Oliver. Love, Hailey (9 years old)

What a beautiful family vacation we have had in Tuscany. The daily adventures to the various hill top towns were amazing. These memories would not have been possible if it were not for Uncle Oliver’s generosity. Thank you so much for the memories that we are sure to never forget. Beautiful location with gorgeous views and landscape. Great wine, great food and spectacular company. Love, Nancy

From the sunrise to sunset and into the wee hours the villa provides a beautiful way to enjoy and experience Tuscany. The location can’t be beat. Road trips to Montepulciano, San Gimignano & Volterra, Montalcino, Castiglione del Lago, Perugia & Assisi, Castel Rigone… Be sure to enjoy a Nobile di Montepulciano late at night as you watch the milky way overhead. A magical place. Thank you Uncle Oliver, Love, Darrel (Ottawa, Ontario)

Je suis venue ici et je fus immerse dans la culture et l’histoire grace a la tres grand culture et generosite d’Oliver. De lui par son interet et passion de sa culture et son pays j’ai appris et decovert sans relache les moeurs, la tres bonne bouffe, les bons vins, les villages, comptes, vallees, musees, fontaines, bains thermaux, sculpture et biensur les eglises et leurs frewques. Je pourrais continuer ainsi et y inclure tant de details, tsellement d’anecdotes vecu par la presence d’Oliver. Je le remercie pour m’avoir donner une telle experience unique et eternelle.
Diane (Montreal, Quebec)

We’ve had a heavenly stay! So nice to have such a great “home base” to return to each evening after exploring Tuscany. So many memories to take away with us in the hope that we will return to again embrace the Tuscan hospitality. Thank you ever so much!
Marcie & Ted (Wyoming, Ontario)

Thank you for letting us stay here. We really enjoyed it. I love Tuscany and hope to come back. The villa was amazing and fully equip it [sic]. Jacopo was very help[ful] and nice (and not to mention oh so cute!!) Anyways thank you so much . God bless.
Nicole (12 years old), Peter & Fiona

Thanks for letting us stay in this beautiful place with its serenity & panoramic views of Tuscany. The birds twittering, even at night. A perfect base for exploring the countryside.

Many thanks to Maria Pace – [the villa] exceeded our expectations as a great place to see and explore the Tuscan hill towns and countryside. We had a wonderful holiday week.
Graham & Mari, Bob and Barbara

What a lovely villa and what a beautiful spot in the middle of Tuscany! Enjoyed watching sunrises while sitting up in bed. There is a very special “light” in Tuscany – it is so soft as it caresses the hills. So magical to see the twinkling lights of Cortona and Montepulciano at night time.
Thoroughly enjoyed our visits to all parts of this area – particularly enjoyed the scenic roads through the hills…. At the end of each day, it was wonderful to return here and prepare a simple meal and enjoy the wine from the area.
So glad we found this place – it’s been a wonderful holiday!
Ron & Marg (Georgetown, Ontario)

Had a great time and even enjoyed a night time Tuscan thunderstorm!
Great place to stay and visit.
Ann & Ian

Lovely location. Reasonable weather. Delightful food & drink.
Norman & Nancy; Paul & Jean (Toronto & Oakville, Ontario)

So glad to have been directed to this villa where we were kissed by the Tuscan sun, charmed by the people and partook of the splendid wines and food of the area! Just loved the medieval influence everywhere. Breakfasted on the patio every day and gazed at the twinkling lights and stars every night. A true holiday! Molte grazie.
Doug & Joanne; Jean & Peter (Toronto, Ontario)

We’ve had a wonderful two weeks … Enjoying the sights (twinkling lights of Cortona & Montepulciano, a full moon, amazing sunsets); sounds (birds, hunters & dogs(!), turnip trucks!); smells of pici with ragout, pecorino; tastes of vino Nobile, vino rosso, vino bianco, prosecco, etc.(!) and touch of Tuscan linens and other magnificent textiles.
The ease of getting around by car made the visits to neighbouring towns & cities most enjoyable. Watching the set up for the filming of a winter scene in Cortona was delightful (snow in October?) not really but they made it look good. Can hardly wait for the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun” to come out.
Pat, Brenda, Ruth (Toronto, Ontario)

We had a wonderful time in your beautiful home. The weather has been pleasant and views from all windows and door spectacular. A great holiday – thank you.
Rod & Alberta (Kitchener, Ontario) Pam & Charlie (Waterloo, Ontario)

It was great to lay claim to our little corner of Tuscany for a week. The location is perfect for day trips into the region – and so restful to return to in the evening. We loved it!
Elizabeth & Paul (Kingston, Ontario)

A wonderful restful stay! The Food Lovers Guide to Tuscany became our “companion” for the week. We thoroughly enjoyed our day trips to all the little small towns.
Sherry, (Toronto, Ontario) & Bill (Naples, Florida, USA)

Absolutely the most delightful residence and setting!
Beth (Vancouver, BC)

Thoroughly enjoyed my stay with my family in your wonderful home. The area is filled with one marvellous site after another.
Iris Brown (Windsor, Ontario)

… a truly idyllic spot! What a wonderful place to rest and relax as well as to serve as a base for some delightful day trips. Thank you for opening your home to us, and thanks also to Mary Pace who set us up beautifully for this visit.
Richard and Sheilagh (Windsor, Ontario)

We’ve come to the end of an amazing 2 week stay at your gorgeous villa from where we were able to savour all the goodness and sweetness that Toscana offers. Expectations were high and all and even more were met. We enjoyed in Particular “Le Crete” and Val d’Orcia, Val di Chiana, Montepulciano and Cortona…Thank you so much for helping make this dream come true!
Jeanne & Anne (Montreal, Canada)

What a treat to be able to spend two weeks in your lovely home! The views are breathtaking. It was a pleasure to be able to shop with the locals and cook in your wonderfully equipped kitchen. The location is perfect – peacefully bucolic yet with easy access to all the busier places.
Antonio was great and hovered over us like an Italian mother when he invited us to dinner.
This has been a memorable holiday. Thank you.
Arthur and Doreen – Toronto