Set up in the hills, the villa benefits of views and gentle breezes. Villa Carducci is at a short drive from the picturesque towns of Castagneto Carducci, Bolgheri and Donoratico, all charming and full of attractive cafès and trattorias; the estate provides a perfect starting point to explore the Maremma, discovering the area’s splendid countryside and many attractions. This part of the Maremma is considered Tuscany's most interesting wine producing area, wines such as Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Guado al Tasso Antinori grow at your threshold. Where there is good wine there tends to be good food. A good choice of restaurants, from simple to sophisticated, can be found in the near surroundings.
While the villa is perfectly located for touring the famous wineries and medieval towns, it is also in close proximity to the sandy beaches. Guests are offered the facilities of the private beach cabana separated by a few meters of dunes and Mediterranean brush from the main beach. At your request, the staff can organize a picnic or a barbeque at the beach.
Villa Carducci is conveniently located, less than an hours drive from Pisa's international airport.
• The villa’s garden, designed by award winning garden designer Arabella Lennox-Boyd is safely fenced and it features a well-groomed lawn - which makes it ideal for children to run and play - an orchard with apples, pears, figs, and a vast selection of aromatic plants, next to old evergreen oaks which cast their shade.
• Two paved porticos form an ideal place for outdoor living
• Two long tables under the porticos for outdoor meals
• In the garden a large hexagonal umbrella with table and chairs is thoughtfully placed near the swimming pool providing a delightful space for lunch or leisure.
• Swimming pool furnished with high quality outdoor furniture
• Red clay tennis court (tennis racquets and new balls provided)
• Pizza oven
• The villa is situated within 35 acres (15 hectares) of very private land and surrounded by green fields and luxuriant vineyards
• Private access to the beach with picnic cabana, shower, sun beds and changing cabin. Beach itself is not private. The beach facilities (changing rooms, etc.) are private but not serviced.
• Welcoming kitchen fully equipped with state-of-the-art appliances
• 7 elegant and comfortable bedrooms, which include 2 doubles and 4 twins or double on the first floor and 1 twin on the ground floor, boasting richly colored textiles and refined decor
• High quality bed linen, towels and table linen
• High quality table ware for indoors and the garden
• Laundry room
• Separate apartment for staff at the back of the house with two bedrooms
• The villa is serviced by friendly and attentive staff consisting of two maids, a cook and a gardener. There is also an English speaking secretary on call that can do a concierge service for guests
• Air conditioning in the living rooms and 5 bedrooms
• Ceiling fans in all bedrooms
• Satellite TV
• 3 I-Pod docking stations
• DVD and Blue-Ray player
• Outdoor lighting
• High quality tennis court, rackets and tennis balls provided
• Parking for up to 10 cars
• Baby Equipment: complimentary travel cot and high chair available on request
• House alarm and video surveillance
• Automatic gate
• Pool open from mid-May to end of September. The pool measures 6 x 11 meters, its depth runs from 1,20 to 3,50. It isn't heated and it isn't fenced.
Staff | Service included
• Chef service (breakfast, lunch and dinner) 7 days a week, for 8 hours per day.
• One member of the staff will stay overnight in a two bedroom apartment at the back of the main building. At least one member of staff 24/7 (no need for alarm settings).
• Weekly change of bed linen and towels on Saturdays
• Daily change of pool towels
• Pool and garden maintenance
Staff | Service on request
• Extra linen and towel changes
• Laundry services, including washing machine, dryer,and ironing (no self-service of the laundry facilities)
• Tennis lessons
• Private visits to neighboring wine estates
• In-house massages and other beauty treatments
• The village Donoratico with all the shops you need, as well as a train station 4 km - 10 min
• The beach with cabana, changing room, shower and sun loungers - 12 min
• Closest private airport Grosseto 90 km/1 hour drive
• Closest commercial and private airport Pise 80 km/1 hour drive
• Bolgheri 5 km - 12 min
• Pisa 75 km - 1 hr
• Livorno 70 km - 1 hr
• Volterra 60 km - 1 hr
• Florence 133 km - 1 hr 30 min
• Massa Marittima 60 km - 45 min
• San Gimignano 80 km - 1 hr 20 min
• Siena 157 km - 1hr 40 min
• Piombino, where you can catch a ferry to Elba 40 km - 30 min
• Rome and Rome airport - 3 hours
Things to do
• Bolgheri: the NYTimes thinks this village is one of the 45 most desirable places to visit in the world. The Viale dei Cipressi, a three-mile road bordered by 2,500 cypress trees, leads straight into Bolgheri where you can stroll, do some shopping, have an aperitivo and try some of the best restaurants of the area. Th jet-set meets at the caffè della Posta where you can taste some of Bolgheri’s reds. Their ice cream Bolgheri Ti Amo is made with organic and local ingredients.
• It is here that Bolgheri DOC wines are produced – world-class wines such as Sassicaia, Guado al Tasso and Ornellaia as well as numerous others of the highest quality. This "Eldorado of Italian wine" as it has been called became an internationally known region following an event in 1974 arranged by Decanter where a 6-year-old Sassicaia won over an assortment of Bordeaux wines. Bolgheri has become one of the most interesting and gifted areas in the whole universe of wine thanks to some illuminated personages, among such as Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, the oenologist Giacomo Tachis and the Marchesi Piero and Lodovico Antinori. Guado al Tasso has its own little shop where you can buy the estate's wines as well as different hams and salami made from the estate's own breed of local pigs (cinta senese), olive oil and pasta sauces.
• A tour of the Guado al Tasso winery followed by a tasting can be organised upon request. Please book ahead, places are limited.
• An excellent Spa – The Tombolo Talasso Resort belonging to the Antinori family – lies in the next village.
• Castagneto Carducci: An enchanting medieval village built around the Gherardesca Castle. In 1907 the name of this municipality was changed in honour of poet Giosuè Carducci who spent a year here with his family. The medieval castle has been enriched in time and offers stunning views of the valley. Each spring Castagneto is the venue for a major gourmet festival which attracts enthusiasts from all over Italy.
• The golf of Baratti and Populonia : Baratti is a lovely bay with great swimming & impressive umbrella pine trees. The medieval village of Populonia is well worth a visit. Climb up the tower for amazing views over Baratti & along the coast.
• Massa Marittima. Here, in one of Etruria's oldest and most prosperous communities, the same minerals that were extracted 2,500 years ago are still being mined. The first miner's code in Europe was drawn up here in 1310. Three years earlier, the graceful Romanesque-Gothic cathedral was completed. Decorated with three orders of arches and slender columns supported by lion-headed capitals, it stands on a steep flight of stairs above the square that contains Massa's medieval buildings, an architectural grouping characteristic of 13th-century Tuscan cities: the travertine Palazzo Pretorio of 1230 with its escutcheons of former mayors, the Palazzo Communale, formed of three crenelated tower-houses and decorated with frescoes, among them a Lorenzetti Madonna.
• Livorno is Tuscany’s main port and was designed as an "ideal town" during the Italian Renaissance. The laws offered the right of public freedom of religion which attracted numerous Jewish immigrants, who contributed to the mercantile wealth and scholarship in the city. Even tough the city suffered extensive damage during the Second World War the part of town called "Venezia Nuova" (Little Venice) is well worth a visit.
• The Parks of the Val di Cornia: The parks stretch along the coastal strip opposite the Island of Elba. The various archaeological and natural sites of the Parks make this area an interesting alternative to the traditional tourist destinations: a place where nature and archaeology converge to let you discover the charm of the "Toscana Minore". More information on www.parchivaldicornia.it
• Everyone knows the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but the city of Pisa is not just the Tower, nor the marvellous Piazza dei Miracoli . Some of the less-visited attractions include one of Pisa’s oldest churches, San Paolo a Ripa d’Arno located in the middle of a magnificent garden by the river Arno. The Sinopias Museum with its magnificent collection of fresco sketches. Don’t miss a walk on Le Piagge, a tree-lined boulevard running along the river , beginning at Ponte della Vittoria and ending at Ponte delle Bocchette. It is very popular among the locals, Le Piagge makes for a nice off-the-beaten-path walk in Pisa, and a perfect way to discover Pisa away from the crowds of the main sites. More information on www.pisaunicaterra.it
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