Private holiday villa
with pool

Il Colombaio di Montebenichi


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Recreation

The spacious lawn area on the west side of the villa can be used for badminton or crocket.  Guests can get a first-hand look at the natural beauty surrounding Il Colombaio by taking one of several marked trails originating near the edge of the property. Mountain bikes can be rented at the nearby town of Castelnuovo Berardenga.


Nature

The wooded areas near Il Colombaio are home to wild boar, falcons, deer, fox, beech maarten, and other animal species.  It is recommended that guests wear sturdy hiking shoes when walking in these areas.  Some of the aforementioned animals wander onto the roads during the hours near sunrise/sunset and during the dark.  The lack of lakes and open water reservoirs as well as the continuous wind make Il Colombaio almost insect-free.


Local attractions


With its upward winding spiral shape, the medieval village of Monte Benichi has a rich history, and features two castles, two churches, a small luxury hotel and a great family-owned Tuscan "trattoria" restaurant, where the food is fantastic and reasonably priced.

A few kilometres by car is the small walled village of San Gusme, sitting atop a hill, with the views extending from the local vineyards to the towering landmarks of Siena; San Gusme is completely a pedestrian zone, offering charming restaurants.

Il Colombaio is also near some of the most important historical cities in Tuscany: Florence (1 hour), Siena (20 minutes), Perugia (1 hour), Arezzo (45 minutes) and Pienza (1 hour). Even the famous duomo of Orvieto is only just a little over one hour away.

From Monte Benichi, the Chianti road winds around woods, olive groves and vineyards taking you to medieval villages, imposing castles, and wineries. It takes 40 minutes to drive southwest to Montalcino (producing  Brunello, one of Italy's best wines) or to head southeast to Montepulciano (known for its Vino Nobile).  There is an extensive house book to provide guests with hints about where to go and also where to dine.

Slightly south of Monte Benichi are the “Crete Senesi”, an extraordinary and unique land known for its clay lomes (which give it its name) and the Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore.

The small thermal spa town of Rapolano, 20 minutes from Il Colombaio, features two resorts with natural hot sulphuric-calcium springs emerging from the ground at a temperature of 38°C.



Driving directions

From the NORTH (Milan, Florence, Bologna, Pisa)

Take the highway A1 and exit at Valdarno (the second after Firenze Sud), immediately after the toll booth make a right. Drive in the direction of Montevarchi-Levane-Bucine. At the Levane traffic light turn right onto road number 540, and keep following signs for Bucine and Siena driving by Bucine and the villages of Capannole, Ambra and Pietraviva. About 2 km after Pietraviva you find a turn on your right to Montebenichi. Go all the way up hill, circa 5.5 km to the little town of Montebenichi. As you enter the town you will find on your right hand side a castle wall and a stone wall on the left hand side, in front of you restaurant “Osteria Orciaia”. Take a right and go down the little road in front of the osteria, and you must drive for 250 meters overlooking the Valdarno, you will reach 6 cypress trees and a tiny chapel. Take a right once again driving with a stone wall on your left hand side; 50 more meters and you will pass some piles of wood on your right hand side, immediately after, there is a big olive tree, 10 more meters and the entrance is on the right hand side, you can see the house from the road. You have arrived.

In alternative to A1 motorway exit at Firenze Certosa and take the highway Firenze – Siena to Siena. When in Siena stay on this highway that borders the city of Siena and follow the sign to Arezzo and Perugia. After 20 km from Siena, take the exit called "Colonna del Grillo" and follow signs to Bucine (left), after about 5 km turn left to Montebenichi. Go all the way up hill, circa 5.5 km to the little town of Montebenichi. As you enter the town you will find on your right hand side a castle wall and a stone wall on the left hand side, in front of you restaurant “Osteria Orciaia”. Take a right and go down the little road in front of the osteria, and you must drive for 250 meters overlooking the Valdarno, you will reach 6 cypress trees and a tiny chapel. Take a right once again driving with a stone wall on your left hand side; 50 more meters and you will pass some piles of wood on your right hand side, immediately after, there is a big olive tree, 10 more meters and the entrance is on the right hand side, you can see the house from the road. You have arrived.

From the south (Rome, Naples)

Take the Highway A1 direction Firenze (Florence) and drive for about 150 Km to the exit VALDICHIANA. After the tollgate there is a roundabout, take the first road on the right and follow the sign to SIENA - FOIANO DELLA CHIANA - PERUGIA. After 1 Km turn right direction to SIENA (road n°326/73) for about 25 km passing by the towns of Rigomagno, Rapolano Terme and Armaiolo. Take the exit called "Colonna del Grillo" and follow the signs to Bucine and Montevarchi (left after about 5 km turn left to Montebenichi. Go all the way up hill, circa 5.5 km to the little town of Montebenichi. As you enter the town you will find on your right hand side a castle wall and a stone wall on the left hand side, in front of you restaurant “Osteria Orciaia”. Take a right and go down the little road in front of the osteria, and you must drive for 250 meters overlooking the Valdarno, you will reach 6 cypress trees and a tiny chapel. Take a right once again driving with a stone wall on your left hand side; 50 more meters and you will pass some piles of wood on your right hand side, immediately after, there is a big olive tree, 10 more meters and the entrance is on the right hand side, you can see the house from the road. You have arrived.



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Closest airports:  Florence (1 hour), Pisa (2 hours), Rome (3 hours).

Closest major railway station:  Montevarchi (40 minutes).