"Il Belvedere", entirely renovated in 2003, was the old house of the farmworkers who used to work in the "Fattoria di Brolio" farmhouse.
The interiors, which are finely restored and furnished with extreme smartness, in full observance of the tuscan tradition, reflect the needs of our guests.
There are eight apartments subdivided in this way:
Six apartments (45 sqm each), all on ground floor, are made up of one lounge with a fully equipped kitchenette, with the possibility to add a double sofa bed (for children only) and a double bedroom with bathroom.
Twoother apartments (about 80 sqm each, two on the first floor) are made up of a big lounge with a fully equipped kitchenette, with the possibility to add a double sofa bed (for children only) and two double bedrooms with their own bathroom.
The apartment on the ground floor with the two double bedrooms is equipped for disabled.
All the apartments have got delightful wooden-beam ceilings, well-kept terracotta tiled floors as in the best Tuscan tradition, antique furniture, orthopaedic beds.
The bathrooms, finely renovated too, have all got showers.
All apartments are provided with sheets and towels.
They are extremely cool and ventilated, this is why they do not need air conditioning.
All the kitchenettes have got a fridge, a four ring-cooker, pans, glasses, cutlery, cups etc...
Each apartment has Tv-Sat with all the main international programms.
We did not put all the photos not to load the website and because all the apartments have got the same furnishing.
Apartment 01: situated on the front side (35 m2), 15 mt to the garden and pool, ground floor, living-room, small fully equipped kitchen with oven, double bedroom with bathroom, air conditioning.
Apartment 02: situated on ground floor (40 m2), 10 mt. to the garden and pool, living-room with double divan bed for Kids not older than 14 years, small fully equipped kitchen, double bedroom with bathroom on first floor, air conditioning.
Apartment 03: situated on garden side (40 m2), ground floor, living-room with double divan bed for Kids not older than 14 years, small fully equipped kitchen, double bedroom with bathroom on first floor, air conditioning.
Apartment 04: situated on garden side, ground floor (35 m2), living-room and small fully equipped kitchen, double bedroom with bathroom on the same level, air conditioning.
Apartment 05: situated on garden side (40 m2), ground floor, living-room with double divan bed for Kids not older than 14 years, small fully equipped kitchen, double bedroom with bathroom on the same level, air conditioning.
Apartment 06: situated on garden side (70 m2), ground floor, living-room with double divan bed for Kids not older than 14 years, small fully equipped kitchen, two double bedrooms each one with own bathroom on the same level, air conditioning.
Apartment 07: situated on the first floor (40 m2), living-room with double divan bed for Kids not older than 14 years, small fully equipped kitchen, double bedroom with bathroom, air conditioning
Apartment 08: situated on the first floor (50 m2), living-room with double divan bed for Kids not older than 14 years, small fully equipped kitchen, double bedroom with bathroom, air conditioning.
All the apartments are equipped with air conditioning, dishes, fridge, micro wave, Italian and American coffee machine, tv sat, Internet wireless, small fully equipped kitchen, stove, phon and toiletries, sheets and towels, laundry in common.
There are many beautiful places to be seen in the area even if a week is usually not long enough to see them all.
I will try and do my best to advise you with tours in the area and, weather permitting, to make you spend lovely days at the residence swimming-pool.
The "Belvedere" is situated in a very central and equidistant position from the main cities of art.
Actually, only 20 km distant there is Arezzo and its historic center (very easy to get to), famous for the "Giostra del Saracino" as well as the location of many films such as "La Vita è Bella" by Roberto Benigni.
The first Sunday of the month, still in Arezzo, there is a big Antiques Fair where you can ind all sorts of things.
Only 45 km distant there is Perugia and Siena which is famous for its Piazza del Campo where, in July and August, the traditional "Palio di Siena" takes place. Whereas 12 km away you will find Cortona with its beautiful view of the whole Valdichiana, and its narrow streets full of typically Tuscan antique and craft shops. Besides, at the end of August, there is the oldest tuscan antiques exhibition. About 30 km distant there is Montepulciano (a beautiful medieval village in the province of Sienna) and Pienza, while if you go towards Siena you can reach a charming village called San Gimignano, and then go further to Volterra. At a distance of 40 km there is the most important place in Italy for the wine production :
Montalcino, with all its wineries where you can directly buy the most famous italian wines.
Moreover there are places which are very famous for their old religious tradition : from the abbey "Abbazia di San Salvatore" to the "Abbazia di Sant'Antimo", and up to North of Arezzo, to the sanctuary "Santuario della Verna", "Monte Fumaiolo" and "Camaldoli". Further South, towards Perugia you will find the lake "Lago Trasimeno" and its three islands: Maggiore, Minore and Polvese; you can easily reach them with the boat service from Tuoro sul Trasimeno. After Perugia there is Assisi with all its traditions connected to San Francesco and its Basilica, finally there is Spoleto, famous for its festival "Festival dei Due Mondi". At further distances there is Florence (Firenze), (70 km), Pisa and the beautiful Lucca (150 km) and in the end the Eternal City, Rome, (160 km), two hours by car, which can be partly visited in a day, at least to get a glimpse of its ancient splendour.
Let us not leave out the Out-Let shopping centers which are quite a few in the area: the Out-Let Village Valdichiana is only 10 km away (there you can find Levis, Nike, Puma, Calvin Klein stores etc..), other Out-Lets like "Space" and "the Mall", 50 km from here, South of Florence, deal with brand names which are famous and glamorous all over the world, from Gucci to Prada, from Ferragamo to Louis Vuitton, from Tod's to Hogan.
The nearest supermarket is at 1,5 km from the residence but the best-stocked one (which I strongly recommend) and where the service is excellent is the Eurospar of Castiglion Fiorentino, 10 km from here.
There are other restaurants nearby where you can taste specialities from the best Tuscan tradition as well as the famous " Bistecca Fiorentina " (thick cut T-bone steak) which comes from this area. At the wineries of Lucignano you will be able to experience excellent wine tasting. Moreover there are many wineries between Arezzo and Siena where you will find the most famous local wines.
For those who love sports there is:
A riding ground, 12 km away, from where you can ride a horse to unforgettable scenic places. One of the most famous Golf course in Italy, near Florence. A tennis court, 10 km from here. Sports fishing at our private lake, only 800 meters away. Paths for Trekking and Jogging on our estates, rides on Mountain-Bikes.
At Foiano della Chiana, only 6 km away, there are Chemists', Newsagents', Bars and Tobacconists'; whereas the nearest hospital is 8 km distant.