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Apartment in Beautifully Restored Medieval Tuscan Village, 7klm from Volterra



Updated: 18-Aug-2016
Apartment Near Montecatini Val di Cecina, Volterra, Pisa Province, Italy - High Quality Complex and Pool, Well Placed for Visits to Pisa, Sienna, Florence and the Sea

The beautiful restoration of this small complex of four buildings, containing 24 high quality private apartments and a swimming pool of uniform depth, 14x7m, took place in 2008. The architecture and design of Podere le Volpaie has followed the traditional local style. It contains beamed and tiled ceilings, terracotta tiled floors, loggia style balconies, and a stone exterior. The original farm shape, with four buildings around a well and courtyard, has been preserved. Apartment B6 has one king-size and one twin bedroom, two bathrooms, and is located on the top two floors of a 4 storey building, reached by a private stone staircase. With a 360 degree panorama of rolling Tuscan hills, it nestles tranquilly, 7klm beneath the beautiful and historic town of Volterra, famed for its alabaster work and 4km below the charming Etruscan village of Montecatini Val de Cecina, with easy access to Pisa, Sienna, Florence, San Gimignano and the sea.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are two retired academics with a passion for France and Italy - their food, wine, history, culture, landscape, people. It was our lifetime dream to have places of our own there, and to share them with friends and family. Now we are happy to share them more widely with others who we hope will develop their own love affair with these beautiful countries.

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Speaks English, French, German, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

Spectacular views. Spacious apartment." Davies Sept 2010

"Wonderful views, glorious weather - truly relaxing holiday venue. Local wine and cheese excellent. Atherton Aug 2010

"Too excited to unpack. Wanted to go straight to the pool for a cooling dip. We were lucky enough to see and experience the carnival atmosphere of Volterra, with live music everywhere. " Abdullah July 2010

‘Words are not enough to describe the beauty and tranquillity of this countryside’- Stokoes – NE

‘There is so much to do here, you need more than a week, or to come back!’ - Tysons – Cambridge

‘The apartment had everything we needed, and strikes a great balance between the traditional design and modern conveniences’ - Formans - Sheffield

We meant to travel a lot, but the immediate surroundings were so beautiful, we spent a lot of time just exploring the hill towns. McAteers, Ireland

Beautiful pool - the place our children loved the most. Doskocil, Czeck Republic
Mar 2009
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2 Reviews

based on 2 holidaymaker reviews


A wonderful holiday

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the property for 7 days, clearly not long enough, stunning location with fantastic views. The accommodation had everything that we needed, would love to return.

There was only a swimming pool onsite but that`s all it needed, very peaceful location. We had lovely days out in the surrounding area including Florence and Pisa which were not to far away. Volterra was beautiful. The local town of Saline de Volterra is only 3 kms away and there is a wonderful restaurant 5 minutes away in view of the property, lovely sunset while dining.

The owners provided good communication and the property was very well maintained, anyone staying here would not be disappointed, a fantastic place to stay.

Chris, Julie & Craig

Newbury, England.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you loved it as much as we do.
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Fantastic views and beautiful property!!

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I stayed for a week and it was not nearly long enough! The buildings were beautifully maintained as well as the apartment itself, and the pool was great. You can see Volterra from one side and Montecantini from the other. Truly a Tuscan surrounding. The location worked well as you could travel towards Chianti inland or go to the coast. I advise the ladies to do some purse shopping as the leather is what you would expect coming from Italy and I was sorry I did not buy more! The food was always good but we chose to make our own as the produce there is so very fresh and tastes different from what we normally would have at home. I believe we shall book for next year and highly recommend this holiday and its location to all.

Lisa and Chris

Cambridge Ontario Canada

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for these positive comments, and we are glad you enjoyed it.
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From the Owner

We chose this apartment for a variety of reasons. First, we loved the drama of the countryside around Volterra - its spectacular views. Each season presents a different aspect. Then we found it very accessible for the airport, cities like Pisa, Siena, Florence, but also the sea and wonderful hilltop villages. Volterra is a fabulous little town with a roman and an etruscan past, and you can never get tired of it, but it is not overrun with tourists. We loved the high specification put in place by the developers who insisted on sympathetic features which respected place and time. The complex allowed complete peace, but also a sense of community for those who like to be sociable. The beautiful pool is a natural gathering place. Once we had seen it, we couldn't settle for anything less.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Pisa at 60 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Saline at 3 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Livorno at 50 Kilometres Nearest Train : Cecina at 30 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Cecina at 30 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Saline at 3 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Cecina at 30 Kilometres Car: necessary


Cecina is the nearest resort, at 30 mins drive, with sandy private and public beaches, seafood restaurants and supermarkets. There are water parks and outdoor concert sites. Bibbona Mare and San Vincenzo are similar to the south, at 45mins and an hour respectively. Castiglioncello is more of a marina to the north. The lovely seaport of Livorno is about 45 mins away. There are 45 min ferry trips to Elba from Piombiono, which is c1.25 hrs away, and 4 hr ferry trips to Corsica from Livorno.


Pisa is the nearest airport, at about 50 mins from the apartment. It has regular flights all year round from a wide range of countries and cities, and multiple car hire agents on site. For UK visitors, there are very good value Ryanair flights most days of the week. Florence and Sienna airports would also offer easy access. A car is highly recommended for visiting the many places of interest, and for easy access to the nearest village for groceries etc.


At 50 mins from Pisa (nearest airport), 1 hour from Lucca, 1 hr 15mins from Florence, 45 mins from Sienna, 30 mins from San Gimignano and 30 mins from the sea, this is the perfect location from which to explore the heart of Tuscany. The area is full of Roman and Etruscan ruins, as well as beautiful medieval and Renaissance cities, with countless churches, galleries, museums to explore, making it an all year round destination. The hilltop villages offer uncrowded tourist interest, and good food.

Further Details:

Most visitors to Tuscany come for the beautiful countryside and the rich historical heritage. The area around Volterra teems with hilltop villages, vineyards and olive groves. It offers concerts, medieval pageants and festivals all year round, many of which are free. This city is the location for Stephanie Meyer's popular novel, New Moon, now a film. The tourist office offers guided walks around the New Moon locations. The food is a delight, with game specialities inland and seafood specialities at the coast. Restaurants abound in Volterra and the surrounding countryside, and are very good value. Local wine is available on tap in the local supermarkets at less than 2 euros a litre!

The ice-creams are out of this world, with a new flavour for every day. There are small supermarkets and banks in the nearby village of Saline di Volterra, and larger ones up the hill to Volterra. Local speciality shops have clothes, leather handbags and shoes, jewellery, art, alabaster, crystal and olive wood items.

The nearby village of Saline di Volterra (c4km) supplies all necessities, including wine straight from the vineyards. It has two restaurants, cafes, butcher, baker, supermarkets, etc. At 50 mins from Pisa (nearest airport), 1 hour from Lucca, 1¼ hour from Florence, 45 mins from Sienna, 30 mins from San Gimignano and from the sea, this is the perfect location from which to explore the heart of Tuscany.

For lovers of Opera, this area is home to the world famous tenor, Andrea Bocelli, who gives a local concert here every July at the open air Teatro del Silenzio, about 12 klms from the apartment. This is an evening not to be missed, and the rehearsal evening the night before is just as magical.

On middle Sunday in July, the region even boasts its own mini palio, at Casole d'Elsa - same ceremonies and horse race, but more intimate than the better known one at Siena. Other festivals with themes such as archery, theatre, cheeses rolling, are a regular summer feature.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Oct 2016 - 18 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £84

Booking Notes:
To book, please contact the owners. A 20% deposit will be required upon confirmation of your booking, and then full settlement within eight weeks of departure. A security deposit of 100 euros will be required with the settlement, which will be refunded within two weeks of your return. Long weekends or stays shorter than a week may be possible, especially in low or mid season. Also rental periods which start and finish on days other than the normal changeover day. Contact owners for a quote.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day normally Saturday, but it may be possible to offer flexibility, especially in low and mid season. Long weekends possible. Guests should arrive between 4pm and 9pm and leave by 11am. They will be met by our representative with the keys.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in euros.

Deposit of 20% paid on booking and balance and security deposit paid eight weeks before arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

Although the property stands alone in the countryside, it benefits from a good road passing close by - no rough tracks to negotiate - and a convenient village with all conveniences just 3kms away.

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool


  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 100 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Upstairs bathroom with shower, basin, WC, bidet and washing machine. Downstairs bathroom with shower, basin, WC and bidet. Each bathroom has a hairdryer.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/6 (2 Bedrooms + Sofa Bed + Travel Cot) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed, wardrobe and bedside drawers. Bedroom 2 with twin beds, wardrobe and bedside drawers. Double sofa bed in lounge, bedside drawers, wardrobe cupboard. Travel cot and high chair available for additional infant


  • Balcony
  • Golf ...
  • Veranda


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: This is a non-smoking apartment. We regret that we cannot accept animals. There is a DVD player and selection of DVDs, plus an iPod dock. There is a travel cot and high chair to accommodate children. All windows have mosquito screens. Outside: The loggia balcony captures the afternoon and setting sun, the tranquillity of unbroken countryside by day, a refreshing breeze to moderate the summer heat, and an intense starry sky at night. The complex has common garden areas and a swimming pool 14 x 7.5 metres, with a sunbathing terrace, used only by guests of the 24 apartments. The pool is open from mid May to end September. The apartment has 4 sun loungers for exclusive use of guests at the pool. The complex is very quiet and private, with electronic entry gates. Access is easy, just off a country road. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Cleaning at end of rental (can be arranged weekly if preferred for an extra charge). Linen and towels included and changed weekly, but pool towels not supplied. Other: Dining room with table for 4/6, 6 chairs, sideboard, French dresser, radiator, fireplace, mirror, clock, hanging lamp, large cupboard/wardrobe, 2 sets of French windows to balcony, turning stairs.

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