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Beautiful Tuscan Villa with Medieval Tower near Charming Town

Villa Aurora

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About The Experience
Few properties in Tuscany can boast such beautiful panoramic views of the region’s iconic hills and valleys as this one. The lovingly restored villa has a tower, built in the middle of the 1600s, that was once used as a lookout. Now, five couples will enjoy views of nearby Monterchi, as well as the swimming pool, dining al fresco, and day trips to nearby Arezzo and Cortona.
Location Description

This property is ideally located less than three kilometers from Monterchi, a medieval town that was dedicated to Hercules during the Roman times. Dating back to the year 1095, Monterchi has shops, restaurants, markets, a bank, post office, and several interesting churches. Perhaps the town is most famous for Piero della Francesca’s extraordinary fresco, the Madonna del Parto, painted in 1459 and now displayed in a primary school, also considered a museum. During the summer months, the museum hosts open-air concerts of classical music every Wednesday night on the gardens. Also in Monterchi is a Polenta Festival held every September where visitors can taste local recipes and learn about local traditions. Arezzo, the charming town used as the backdrop for Roberto Benigni's "Life is Beautiful," is about a half an hour drive away and is perfect for a day trip. Once one of the most important Etruscan cities, today Arezzo is beautiful for an array of architecture spanning centuries, from Etruscan ruins to the Roman Amphitheatre and the Medici Fortress. The first weekend of each month brings a popular antique fair, while annually there is a festival called "Joust of the Saracens," where all of the citizens dress in medieval attire and knights representing each part of the city charge at a target representing a Saracen king. The area is also well situated for day trips throughout Tuscany to places such as Cortona, Perugia, and Florence.

San Gimignano: 147 km/91 mi
Florence: 105 km/65 mi
Siena: 91 km/57 mi
Cortona: 45 km/28 mi
Monterchi: 2.5 km/1.6 mi

Exterior Description
This villa was lovingly restored, keeping to traditional Tuscan methods. The medieval tower has a terrace with unbeatable views over the whole valley. Behind the villa, up a staircase of wide, stone steps, is a new, private swimming pool (12m x 6 m deep, 1.5 m wide; open from May 1 to October 1) in a well-tended garden with roses, lavender, jasmine, cypresses and olive trees. Next to the pool is a Jacuzzi (Heated upon prior request; open from April to October). The area around the pool has a gazebo, table, sunbeds, chairs and umbrellas. An outdoor dining area, located behind the villa within the lush, terraced garden, is perfect for dining al fresco and has a barbecue and a view of Monterchi and the green hills of Tuscany. Additional amenities on the property include a tennis table, volley ball, playground area (1,000 m2) for children, and soccer area. Plenty of parking is available on the property.
Interior Description

Expanded around a medieval tower, the stone farmhouse was added in 1894 by the great grandfather of the current owner. Terracotta floors, wood beamed ceilings, original wooden doors, and period furniture adorn the inside of the property.

Ground Floor: This floor features two living rooms furnished with arm chairs and sofas, with a working fireplace, the television, and a stereo being found in the first. A charming wood-beamed dining room features a long table with chairs. The fully-equipped kitchen has a microwave, American coffee maker, Italian coffee maker (Bialetti), an electric tea kettle, toaster, dishwasher, and oven. A separate laundry room has a washing machine and clothes dryer.

First Floor: This floor has four of the five bedrooms. The first two bedrooms have queen size beds (160 cm) and en suite bathrooms with showers. The second two bedrooms each have a set of twin beds (90 cm, both can be combined upon prior request), and each have an en suite bathroom with a shower.

Medieval Tower: Accessible only from the outside of the villa is the tower and fifth bedroom. The tower has a small sitting area, a bathroom with a shower, and one double bedroom with a queen size bed (160cm). A staircase up to the top of the tower leads to a terrace with views over the entire valley.

Features Description

Please Note:

  • A welcome buffet is provided on the evening of guests’ arrival.
  • The tower and the fifth bedroom within are only accessible from the outside of the villa.
  • Air Conditioning: Available in all five of the bedrooms, only.
  • If needed and available, air conditioning and heating should ideally be requested ahead of time, at the time of booking. It may be requested upon arrival, as well.
  • The swimming pool is located at the top of the terraced garden and is up and behind the villa, accessible by a staircase of wide, stone steps.
  • Hair Dryers: There are hairdryers in each of the bathrooms.
  • Included with the rental of this villa is an excursion to the Tiber Valley with the owner (who lives 20 minutes away and is available for any assistance). Also included is wine tasting in the local winery and four hours to use the local tennis court with free equipment for two people.

Features and Amenities

  • Free Parking on Premises
  • Independent Villa
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Jacuzzi/Hot Tub - Outside
  • Outside Area - Private
  • Outside Dining
  • Pool Towels
  • Swimming Pool - Private
  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • TV - English Channels Available
  • Internet - Wireless
  • Telephone - Local Calls Only
  • American Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Electric Tea Kettle
  • Hair Dryer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning - Partial House
  • Heating - Whole House
  • Window Screens - Partial House
  • Portable Baby Crib/Play Pen - Upon Request

Property Seasons & Rates (USD)

Date Range Weekly         Min
May-20-2023 - Jun-17-2023 $5,361
1 wk
Jun-17-2023 - Sep-02-2023 $6,938
1 wk
Sep-02-2023 - Sep-23-2023 $5,361
1 wk
Sep-23-2023 - Oct-21-2023 $3,785
1 wk
Oct-21-2023 - Dec-23-2023 $2,996
1 wk
Dec-23-2023 - Jan-06-2024 $6,939
1 wk

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Arrival Times

Please note: Official Arrival Times:

  • Sat 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Conditions *

Security Deposit

  • Upon arrival at the property you are required to pay to the property representative a security deposit payable in cash. The security deposit will be returned to you prior to your departure minus any extra charges or accidental damages to the property. The listed security deposit is: 500 EUR

Additional Expenses

  • Final Cleaning Charge (Mandatory -To be paid upon arrival): 150 EUR
  • Heating: According to consumption
  • Telephone (If Available): According to consumption
  • Air conditioning: According to consumption
  • Arrival Fee (after 8:00 pm) Payable upon Arrival: 25 EUR
  • Outdoor Jacuzzi Heating (must be requested prior to arrival) - Weekly Charge: 250 EUR

Other Notes

  • Heating (in Italy): Allowed by law from November 1 - April 1; some exceptions for extreme weather
  • Arrival Fee (Outside Posted Times): Payable upon arrival
  • Tourist Tax (Payable upon Arrival): 1-5 Euros per person per day
  • Departure Time: 8:30 am

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Customer Ratings

  • 5.0 Star Rating Overall
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Based on 7 Reviews

Customer Reviews

The owner was very helpful and very informative. The grounds were lovely.
Enjoyed Most:
The grounds.
Enjoyed Least:
Distance from any village, wnot walkable to anything.
Surrounding Area:
I liked the small villages, but they were all quite far and we had to drive.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Arezzo--it was about a half hour drive.

JANET, November

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It was fantastic. Villa was clean and comfortable and the owner Rosado was extremely helpful.
Enjoyed Most:
Ambience and location.
Enjoyed Least:
It did NOT have a dryer...only drying racks.
Surrounding Area:
Small towns.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Monterchi. Not really...particularly for our group who were all over 60 yrs of age. The walk would have been very long for anyone really.
Tips or Restaurants:
Ice trays. Restaurant in Citerna, a town close by....Belvedere. Fantastic views and food/wine.
What GPS system to use and how to enter GPS coordinates into it. Rosado met us at a local bartrattoria in Monterchi and we followed him to the Villa.
Check In Out:
It was easy.

Rich, September

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Villa Aurora exceeded our expectations for a 2 week vacation in a rustic authentic Tuscan farm house. The house itself, while dating back to the middle ages and 1800's.... had been remodeled inside for comfort but did not lose any Tuscan Charm. The location was outstanding. The nearby town is the real deal. Monterchi is a small village, with medieval architecture but is not crowded with tourist like other larger towns. And the driving proximity to all the popular tourist towns was very easy.
Enjoyed Most:
The host was most accommodating, charming, always checking in for our comfort, and provided many little surprises to make our stay memorable. In addition to hosting our 1st evening meal, he set up a private vineyard tour, and a tour of a near by monastery dating back to Francis Assisi. The property has been in his family for centuries! The house has 5 bedrooms, and accommodated 8 adults with great ease, both indoors and outdoors. The landscaping was kept up immaculately and was truly an extension of the living area. The views were postcard perfect.
Enjoyed Least:
We loved the property, no complaints. However we suggest that the write up be amended to say that the walking distance to town is over 3 american miles. Also, while there is a electric washing machine, there is no electric dryer. So while the Tuscan sun did the trick.... be advised to pack fast drying clothes.
Surrounding Area:
Loved it. Villa Aurora was very accessible to wonderful towns to visit, vineyards, restaurants etc.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Monterchi is over 3 american miles. Arizzi, was about a 12 hour drive and provided a great train station if needed. And there are many extraordinary Tuscan villages nearby.... most easily accessible for daily excursions.
The host made finding Villa Aurora very easy. He met us at an espresso bar on a main road and we followed him to the house. This was a perfect arrangement, because he then gave us a tour of the home and amenities, and explained about nearby food shopping, markets, touring.
Check In Out:
It was very easy to work with Mary Kate at RentVillas. She helped me narrow my choices and found a Tuscan villa that matched my criteria. She always answered my email questions promptly, and always provided all the information requested information in detail. The host of villa aurora was a perfect in country host.

Katherine, September

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