One of Tuscany's best kept secrets is the beautiful valley sheltering this recently renovated 18th-century farmhouse, a podere retaining all the charm and delight of its past combined with updated comfort.
Podere Santa Pia is an authentic holiday home in Castiglioncello Bandini, a small village in the Maremma, in the south of Tuscany, situated half way between Florence and Rome and close to Montalcino, Arcidosso, and Monte Amiata.
Situated in a charming position on the top of a smooth hillside, Podere Santa Pia offers an extensive view of a breathtaking panorama all the way to the sea. The beautifully situated terrace has views over what seems like half of southern Tuscany. On clear days, you can have a great view of the islands of Monte Argentario, Elba, and even Corsica.
Until 1883, Santa Pia was a small cloister for women.The large stone farmhouse has been lovingly restored, its beautiful stone walls aged by hundreds of years of sun and rain have been barely touched.
The house offers four large bedrooms on the first floor with a total of eleven accommodations (2 rooms with a matrimonial bed, 1 room with 4 single beds, 1 room with 2 single beds) and bathroom with a shower and toilet. On the ground floor, there is a second large bathroom with a bathtub. The living room (55 square meters) features two beautiful arches and leads out onto the terrace. The authentic floors and elegant pointed arches create a warm and quiet atmosphere. The big kitchen provides a huge old stone fireplace and also leads onto the terrace with magnificent holm oaks which provide deep shade.
Further amenities: wi-fi, dishwasher, laundry machine, gas cooker with oven, fridge with freezer compartment, coffee machine, toaster, private parking lot, barbecue, outdoor furniture, open air shower in the garden...
There is also a piano in the living room. Wi.Fi connection inside Santa Pia and on the main terrace.
The bedrooms are light, spacious and full of light. The rooms are dominated by tall ceilings of supporting beam and tile construction.
The apartment, attached to the house, has a spacious kitchen and living room with mezzanine sleeping area for two persons. The terrace offers views on the front garden and the rolling hills around Cinigiano.
Podere Santa Pia
House and garden
Podere Santa Pia, a formal cloister in the Tuscan Maremma is situated on the outskirts of Castiglioncello Bandini.
Celebrare il dolce far niente
The first bee hive in the garden
What should you do if you see a swarm?
Podere Santa Pia boasts a beautiful garden, with plenty of secluded corners for writers or readers
Podere Santa Pia is situated in one of the most unspoiled areas of the Maremma Toscana: nestled between Montalcino and Scansano, Podere Santa Pia is surrounded by the "DOC Montecucco" vineyards, olive groves, woodland and green hills. Ssilence is broken only by the sounds of nature.
A generous garden sweeps down the hill with fig and olive and downy oak trees offering shade from the heat of the summer sun and offers various areas for relaxing and soaking in the views. The cool shadow of centuries-old oak trees, the thousand colors of the garden changing at each season make this place a natural oasis.
The incredible view encompasses the cultivated hills of ancient castles (Porrona, Colle Massari, Castelnuovo), framed by the wooden ridges of the Amiata Mountain. A vision of the rolling hills of Tuscany, and the irregular horizon line formed by the dense Mediterranean woods, which transport a fresh afternoon sea breeze from the Tirrenian sea, contribute to the farm's idyllic atmosphere. Not too far away, the river Orcia flows into the river Ombrone, which upon surpassing the bottleneck of Sasso, becomes definitively Maremman. There are superb opportunities for trekking and bicycling in a wide variety of landscapes and Podere Santa Pia provides several guides and maps.
If you book the house or the apartment fort two weeks in September and October, you'll enjoy a special discount of 50% on the second week.
Podere Santa Pia Holiday Home Tour - YouTube
Casa vacanze Podere Santa Pia | YouTube
Arcidosso is the nearest larger shopping village (13 km from Casa Santa Pia). Just on the entrance of the village, next to the first roundabout when you come from Castiglioncello Bandini and Monticello Amiata, you have the Coop Supermarket (Via Donatori Del Sangue, 58031 Arcidosso), and Conad Supermarket (CO.RI.M. SRL, via Risorgimento 75).
Weekly market day in Cinigiano and Arcidosso is on Tuesday.
Distances | Castiglioncello Bandini 2,5 km Massa Marittima 74 km Abbadia San Salvatore 36 km Acquapendente 58 km Arcidosso 14 km Arezzo 115 km Castel del Piano 19 km Chianciano 64,2 km Chiusi 73,4 km Cinigiano 8 km Cortona 99,2 km Crete 84,8 km Firenze 144 km Monte Amiata 35,2 km Montalcino 34,5 km Montepulciano 70,4 km Pienza 56,7 km Pisa 191 km San Gimignano 106 km San Quirico d'Orcia 47,3 km Siena 72,7 km Sinalunga 71,2 km Monte Oliveto Maggiore 55 km Castiglione del lago 97 km Gualdo Tadinio Orvieto 86,8 km Perugia 134 km Spello 161 km Abbey of Sant’Antimo 26 km Gerfalco 80 km
According to some legends, the beautiful Pia, Nello d'Inghiramo de Pannocchieschi's sorrowful wife, crossed this bridge to go into exile in Maremma, at Castello della Pietra. Dante Alighieri wrote about this legend (Divine Comedy, Purgatorio, Canto V).
“Deh, quando tu sarai tornato al mondo,
e riposato della lunga via,”
seguitò il terzo spirito al secondo,
“ricorditi di me, che son la Pia;
Siena mi fe’, disfecemi Maremma:
salsi colui che innanellata, pria
disposando, m’avea con la sua gemma.”
“O pray, when you return to the world,
and are rested from your long journey,”
followed the third spirit after the second,
“remember me, who am La Pia.
Siena made me, Maremma unmade me:
this is known to him who after due engagement
wedded me with his ring.”