This exceptional 17th century estate is one of the most exclusive properties for rent in Italy. The estate was originally a farmhouse, built on ruins from an Etrurian settlement in the 9th century BC, until it was turned into a Roman Baroque villa for Pope Alexander VII in 1651 by architect Carlo Fontana. More incredibly, the most famous horserace in Italy, the Palio of Siena, was raced seven times between 1679 and 1692 on the property’s grounds due to riots in the city.
The estate’s gardens with its olive groves, climbing roses, vine-covered pergolas, antique statues and the Scala Santa (Holy Stair) is said to be ‘the epitome of garden design’ and one of the most beautiful in Italy. This holiday villa is in an ideal location, situated in close proximity to the celebrated historic town of Siena and the lovely towns of Volterra and San Gimignano. The property has been meticulously restored to a very high standard offering modern amenities while still maintaining its authenticity.
The estate now offers 13 bedrooms, which can accommodate 23 adults and 4 children, 12 bathrooms, a fully fitted kitchen, a game room complete with PlayStation, a ping pong table and foosball, a private pool, and a family chapel. The interior spaces are elegant and refined with luxurious four poster beds, sumptuous window drapes, incredible artwork adorning the walls, terracotta tiles covered with plush rugs, and coffered or beam ceilings throughout.
The living room has ample seating with the various sofas and armchairs and the dining room’s long wooden table makes for grand feasts. The frescoes, artwork, antique furniture, and romantic drapes are perfectly combined to create the unique atmosphere of this spectacular property. This luxury villa is surrounded by its impressive landscaped gardens where there are various outdoor lounge and dining areas strategically positioned throughout, each wonderful for al fresco dining and lounging during the day and evening. The unique pool is truly the perfect place for relaxation and taking a dip on a hot summer day.
The estate is unique to the world, a retreat from the everyday life, and is the ultimate destination for a relaxing luxury holiday. Whether you would like to practice the art of lounging beside the pool, enjoy a cooking class at the property, or throw a lavish wedding ceremony, this villa is suited for all occasions. Should you ever want to leave this incredible estate, you can enjoy an afternoon wine tasting, horseback riding, playing tennis, or experience a day of art, fine dining, and shopping in Siena, San Gimignano, or Florence.