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Amenities:BBQ, Child Friendly, Internet Access, Laundry, Pets OK, Restaurant, Smoking OK, Swimming Pool, Wireless Internet Access
Activities:Biking, Museums, Swimming, Tennis, Wine Tasting
Description:Il Cellese is set in the heart of the Chianti, one of the most emblematic and stately areas of the Italian countryside. Located between Florence and Siena, its undulating hills evoke the refined country life of antiquity while maintaining its beauty and balance. Along its extensive terrain, oak forests alternate with cypress, vineyards and centennial olive trees. Here, the best Tuscan wines and olive oils are produced.The Chianti is a lifestyle marked by the rhythm of the land and having a fascination With its tradition. Its prosperity still endures at present, as do the images that the great Renaissance masters permeated their canvases with, a piece of the Italian 'belle country' that embraces centuries of history and has miraculously remained intact since the Middle Ages. The country estate of il Cellese occupies one of the most privileged locations of the Chianti. But, ite28099s the fusion of its landscape, agriculture, its wines, its healthy climate, its history and its proximity to the most beautiful cities that make Il Cellese unique. From its spacious apartments, perched upon a hilltop, you can contemplate an invaluable historic heritage and simultaneously enjoy the hospitality of the estate. ts geographic situation offers the possibility of traveling, in little time, to cities such as: Siena, Florence, Pisa, Arezzo or Lucca, most of them less than an hour away. nSERVICES: n Swimming pool - The pool is 16x8 metres, at its shallowest it is 120cm deep and at its deepest it is 2.50 metres. It is open from the beginning of May until the end of September. n Wi-fi internet n Laundry - communal laundry facilities available on site including a washing machine and a dryer. n Restaurant - open 3 evenings a week for dinner (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) n Local Leisure - tennis, mountain bikes, ballooning, vineyard tours & wine tasting, Vespa rentals, cooking classes n Tennis - 6km away in the town of Castellina in Chianti. n Barbeque - a communal barbeque is available on site. n Distances - Siena 25km, San Gimignano 15km, Florence 45km, Pisa 100km, Rome 250km. n Approach road - 1.7km of unpaved road. n nCORTONA & LAKE TRASIMENO: A place of dreams nCortona is an Etruscan jewel of the past. The prevailing character of Cortonae28099s architecture is medieval with steep narrow streets situated on a hillside (600 meters), embracing a view of the whole of the Valdichiana. The town's chief artistic treasures are two panels by Fra Angelico in the Diocesan Museum, an Annunciation and a Madonna and Child with Saints. A third surviving work by the same artist is the fresco above the entrance to the church of San Domenico. From Cortona you can travel to Lake Trasimeno, surrounded by charming villages, particularly Passignano, that appears to be locked between undulating green hills and the azure lake. Of note, Cortona was the setting for e28098Under the Tuscan Sune28099 by Frances Mayes. n nSouth of Siena nIn an area of ancient medieval battlegrounds and a landscape that changes with the seasons is where you will find the land of e28098Arbiae28099: Montalcino, the region of e2809cBrunelloe2809d, Pienza (home of Pope Paul II) and the Etruscan village of Montepulciano. Ite28099s about an houre28099s drive along the ancient road e28098Via Cassiae28099 toward Rome. n nSan Gimignano & Volterra nA road trip through Tuscany would not be complete without a visit to these towns. The rolling hills along the way are simply breataking and the trip will take you back in time. Volterra is renowned for alabaster. It is a city of stone with its narrow streets, looming towers and majestic palaces and fortifications made of yellow-grey fossil infused sandstone. San Gimignano has managed to conserve fourteen towers (of the original 72) which date back to the 11th & 13th centuries and has retained its feudal atmosphere and appearance. The town also has several masterpieces of 14th- and 15th-century Italian art. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and the location for some of the filming of Franco Zeffirellie28099s e28098Tea with Mussolinie28099. The drive is an hour or so. n nCHIANTI REGION: between forests & vineyards nWhile the Chianti region is famous for its wine, the area is also truly one of Italye28099s most spectacular. The undulating hills, dotted with cypress trees, stunning vineyards and ancient villages are stunning to behold. Just some of the smaller villages worth a visit are: Radda in Chianti, Volpaia & Lamole. At the end of a daye28099s drive in the region you may see villagers returning home along ancient dirt roads that were once part of historic battlegrounds, while the smell of flowers and lavender perfume the air and the sun sets on a magical day in a breathtaking land.
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