Fontelunga's Villas are situated in the central Tuscany
Fontelunga's Villas are situated in the central part of Tuscany known as the Valdichiana, the valley of the Chiana river, the largest open valley in the Apennine mountains. It has been through many transformations over the centuries and it is believed to be the site of the first settlements on the Italian peninsula, home to a people know as the Etruscans (hence Tuscans). The valley is now famous for its beef from the Chianina cattle, producing the famous Florentine steak!. Due to the years of fighting between the Florentines and the Sienese, over 500 years ago, many fortified hill top towns were constructed in the area, which have remained intact until the present day and now waiting for exploration!
To the North of Villa Fontelunga there is the historic city of Arezzo, described as Tuscany's hidden gem. Also there are Civitella in Valdichiana and Monte San Savino, two beautiful villages, and the shopping Outlets for some retail therapy! N.B Florence is 1 hour's drive to the North.
To the East of Villa Fontelunga is the stunning hill top town of Cortona made famous by the recent film "Under The Tuscan Sun" which has views over Italy's 4th largest lake "Trasimeno", with the cities of Perugia and Assisi not far beyond. N.B Perugia is 45 mins' drive to the East.
To the South – West of Villa Fontelunga is the wine region of Montepulciano and the countryside of the "crete senesi" where the stunning hill top towns of Pienza, Montalcino and the hot spring town of Bagno Vignoni can be found. N.B Rome is 2 hours' drive South.
To the West of Villa Fontelunga is the amazing city of Siena famous for it's horse race, the "Palio", and many other villages such as Lucignano and San Gimignano nestled in the famous Chianti hills. N.B Siena is 45 mins' drive to the West.
Eateries in immediate vicinity
Within 10 minutes drive there are several great restaurants, bars, cafes and ice cream parlours. They offer a wide range of fare from "slow food", preparing local traditional dishes, to the more contemporary 'Tuscan with a twist" cuisine and Michelin star restaurants.
There are many local traditional events during the year and you may find your holiday plans coincide with one of them or you're making plans around the event! The famous Palio in Siena, the Saracino jousting tournament in Arezzo, the flower festival in Lucignano, the Arezzo antiques market (the largest in Italy) or the incredible local firework display below the Villa for the festival of Santa Lucia in September. There are many more - just drop us a line to find out the dates for this year!
The surrounding wine regions
As you may be aware we are perfectly situated between the three great wine producing areas of Italy not only Tuscany.
- Montepulciano region for the "Vino Nobile di Montepulciano" a wine first recorded as early as 600 years ago.
- Montalcino region producing the "Brunello" wine, an acquired taste but once smitten nothing else will suffice, considered the king of the region's wines.
- Chianti region – producing the "Chianti Classico" personified by those raffia bottles and thereafter with a candle in them on a restaurant table!
Local retail therapy
The Outlet visits have taken Villa Fontelunga by storm as have the post shopping impromptu cat walk shows in the living area by our guests. It's always best to shop before one of the dinner parties and then wear your wares!! The Outlets are situated within 45 minutes drive from us to the north where you can find Prada, Miu Miu, Jill Sanders, Gucci, Armani, Sergio Rossi, Loro Piana, Ermenegildo Zegna, Todds & Hogan and D&G. If there's nothing in your size then each Outlet has a bar and there are several great restaurants in the area