Rocca Villa

5 Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms Sleeps 10 Ripoli
  • The historic elements of this villa are complemented by beautiful landscape and modern amenities.
    The historic elements of this villa are complemented by beautiful landscape and modern amenities.
  • The dreamy pergola for dining or relaxing is just outside the villa.
    The dreamy pergola for dining or relaxing is just outside the villa.
  • Landscaped steps to the pool area to the villa.
    Landscaped steps to the pool area to the villa.
  • The Jacuzzi may be organized for a weekly fee.
    The Jacuzzi may be organized for a weekly fee.
  • Plenty of comfy seating for the whole crew.
    Plenty of comfy seating for the whole crew.
  • Nice to have a separate lounge area for TV watching. Check the date on the fireplace.
    Nice to have a separate lounge area for TV watching. Check the date on the fireplace.
  • Dine altogether Italian-style.
    Dine altogether Italian-style.
  • The kitchen is very well equipped.
    The kitchen is very well equipped.
  • Bedroom 1 classic Tuscan style with calm colors. Note the fine beams and cotto floor.
    Bedroom 1 classic Tuscan style with calm colors. Note the fine beams and cotto floor.
  • The ground level of the 400 year old tower now has a sofa. The stone walls are wonderful.
    The ground level of the 400 year old tower now has a sofa. The stone walls are wonderful.
  • Bathroom on ground floor of the tower.
    Bathroom on ground floor of the tower.
  • The ancient beams are impressive. Note the steps on the left to the terrace.
    The ancient beams are impressive. Note the steps on the left to the terrace.
  • The pool in the foreground is of this villa. Lovely Tuscan hills and farms beyond.
    The pool in the foreground is of this villa. Lovely Tuscan hills and farms beyond.
  • The village of Monterchi is just 2 miles away, with shops, grocery store and restaurants.
    The village of Monterchi is just 2 miles away, with shops, grocery store and restaurants.
  • The Madonna del Parto by Renaissance master Piero della Francesca
    The Madonna del Parto by Renaissance master Piero della Francesca
  • The Museum of Scales interactively shows 600 years of history of weighing machines. Good for kids.
    The Museum of Scales interactively shows 600 years of history of weighing machines. Good for kids.

This holiday villa has a wonderful character that embraces the vistas and beauty of Tuscany, history and relaxation.

A 400 year-old stone watch tower forms one side of this country home.  Rocca Villa offers comfortable modern furnishings, up-to-date appliances and a/c together with a large pool, expansive gardens and a dreamy landscape. For larger parties, Romanza Villa ¼ mile distant accommodes up to 12 guest.

Location

The tower is the high point of a tiny village.The mideaval town Monterchi is walkable (2.5k/1.5m) and has all services, restaurants and the famous Madonna del Parto fresco by Piero della Francesca. Cortona, Arezzo (train station), Gubbio, Montepulciano and Perugia all @ ½ hour’s drive. North/south highway just @17 miles away.

Interior

The restored common areas of the villa include 2 large living rooms one with the original stone fireplace from 1894, a dining room that will seat all and a spacious modern kitchen. Terracotta floors and massive beams proclaim Italy at every turn. The 5 bedrooms all have a/c and 4 of the 5 bathrooms are ensuite. Bedrooms are furnished with tasteful antiques and calm colors as traditional in Tuscany.

The 5th bedroom is on the upper floor of the tower that has a separate entrance. On the ground floor is a sitting room with a sofa as well as a bathroom. Upstairs is the bedroom with a private terrace.

Exterior

The rambling, private 5-acre property has a large pool, a jacuzzi, barbecue and a covered outdoor dining area.  Mature gardens flaunt beautiful flowers as well as organic fruit trees from which guests can may help themselves.

Splendid views across the hills of Tuscany and the valley of the Tiber river that flows through Rome to the sea. In the distance is the monastery of San Benedetto to which you are offered a private tour.

The surrounding oak woods and rambling trails invite long walks perhaps to the nearby private lake.

We love the atmosphere starting with the tower that was built in the mid-1600s by the Medici to guard their territory. Who in your travel group will most appreciate the ancient beams and stones and its little terrace?

Region

This region, the Valtiberina (valley of the Tiber) is rich in culture and history with these ancient, charming towns:

Anghiari beckons with mideaval fortifications, churches, shops and cultural activities.

Sansepolcro is rich with art, architecture and festivals in September including a contest of mideaval crossbow archery and flag throwing.

Tiny Caprese Michelangelo is the home of its famous son Michelangelo Buonarotti with a fine museum and is also known for exceptional chestnut production.

Arezzo hosts the largest antiques fair in Italy the first Saturday & Sunday of each month. Even if you aren’t shopping, enjoy the festive air and photogenic sights. In June and September Arezzo hosts the amazing combative Joust of the Saracens, a real mideaval armed joust!

Farmer’s Markets, Mercantale: Meet the local farmers and their fresh products, participate in tastings and cultural activities. Arezzo – 1st Sat, Montevarchi – 2nd Sat, Sansepolcro – 3rd Sat, Bibbena – 4th Sat Castigione Fiorentino – 4th Sun.


Things To Note

Neighborhood: Arezzo, Monterchi

Size: 250m2, 2690 sqft

Cooling: Air conditioning in bedrooms

Accessibility/Security: There are no alarms for the pool, guests are fully responsible for safety of all.

Payment: Upon reserving, 30% of the total is non refundable. Final cleaning E150 paid locally. E500 refundable security deposit.

Parking: Request parking for 5th automobile. Fee possible.

Utilities/Taxes: Air conditioning & heat paid locally. Hot tub in pool on request E250/week paid locally.

Services: Weekly stays include light welcome cold buffet, wine tasting in winery, monastery tour with the owner, 2 hour midweek cleaning, wifi, linen, towels, pool towels.

Room Details

Room Beds Amenities
Bedroom 1 Dual-Extra Wide Queen (1) Dual-extra wide queen (63in x 79in; 160cm x 200cm) which can be separated to form two single beds
Bedroom 2 Single (2) Two single beds (31in x 75in; 80cm x 190cm) that can be pushed together to form an extra wide queen bed
Bedroom 3 Queen (1) Queen bed (60in x 79in; 150cm x 200cm)
Bedroom 4 Single (2) Two single beds (31in x 75in; 80cm x 190cm) that can be pushed together to form an extra wide queen bed
Bedroom 5 Queen (1) Queen bed (60in x 79in; 150cm x 200cm)
Bathroom 1 (en suite to Bedroom 1) Shower, sink and toilet
Bathroom 2 (en suite to Bedroom 2) Shower, sink and toilet
Bathroom 3 (en suite to Bedroom 3) Shower, sink and toilet
Batrhoom 4 (en suite to Bedroom 4) Shower, sink and toilet
Bathroom 5 Shower, sink and toilet

    Bathroom

    • Hairdryer

    Connectivity/Entertainment

    • WiFi

    Heating/Cooling

    • Heating
    • A/C
    • Window Screens

    Kitchen

    • Fully Equipped
    • Blender
    • Coffee Maker
    • Dishwasher
    • Ice Machine
    • Italian-Style Espresso Pot
    • Kettle
    • Microwave
    • Oven
    • Stovetop
    • Toaster
    • Refrigerator

    Kid/Family Friendly

    • High Chair
    • Travel Crib

    Laundry

    • Drying Rack
    • Iron & Board
    • Washer
    • No Dryer

    Outdoor

    • Patio
    • Patio Garden
    • Terrace
    • BBQ
    • Hot Tub
    • Pool

    Special Features

    • Balcony/Terrace

    Amenities

    • Pool
    • Air Conditioning
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Things to See & Do

Arezzo (23km mins Driving)
Classic fortified Tuscan hill-top city with famous cathedral, significant frescoes, beautiful piazzas and streets. Monthly antique's fair. One of the most important Etruscan cities and located on the important Via Cassia Roman north-south highway.
Cortona (48km mins Driving)
Beautiful hilltop Tuscan town. In addition to restaurants and shops, an Etruscan museum, an archeological park with ancient fortifications and stretches of Roman roads. Paintings by Fra Angelico.
Perugia (70km mins Driving)
A great city of Italy, the capital of Umbria. Important during Etruscan times, it remained a destination through the Middle Ages when it established its University. Gorgeous churches, fantastic museums AND Perugina Chocolate Factory.
Montepulciano (77km mins Driving)
Top Tuscan town known for its eponymous wine, architecture from medieval times to the Renaissance.
Florence Airport (120km mins Driving)
Amerigo Vespucci Airport/Peretola airport, small international airport quite close to the city centery. Code: FLR

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