Vedi Torre Located Near San Gimignano in Tuscany

Vedi Torre Near San Gimignano in Tuscany, Italy.

Vedi Torre Near San Gimignano in Tuscany, Italy. Vedi Torre is an affordable vacation rental for 10 in San Gimignano, Vedi Torre is an old home in the Tuscan countryside that has been the vacation retreat for a European conductor and his family for more than a generation. And a substantial estate that produces its own oil and wine. It has all the charms, comforts and amenities that would draw a large family back year after year: spacious interior, Italian antiquity, comfortable furnishings, really fabulous views of San Gimignano and a pool. Vedi Torre is also historic. One of the four old farmhouses, along with a former franciscan monastery from the 14th century that form this small hamlet on a gravel road ridge overlooking the valley and San Gimignano on the other side.

Perfect for: Families/couples/group.

The Details:

Ground floor: Living room with double sofa-bed, double bedroom, fully equipped kitchen, large full bathroom with shower, wine-cellar (where we would sleep) and TV with local reception.
First floor: Spacious entrance, big kitchen full with dining table and typical old fireplace, 2 twin bedrooms, and in one of them is a room with shower and sink only (no w.c.) and a double bedroom that has sink for washing (hot and cold water) . There is a full bathroom off the TV room , near to the double bedroom with shower- but it is not en suite. Two large living rooms (one with a piano), one of them with a double sofabed , lifestyle and landscape for you to enjoy. Full bathroom: with tub and hand held shower. There is a small washing machine but no dryer. Separate little room next to it is the WC. Central Heating throughout. Did we mention the pool, spacious lawn and BBQ? Throughout the rental are italian antique furniture, lovely decorations and wonderful polished terra cotta floors.
There is a wholly independent casale (the pool house) located off the terrace and near the pool. This is reserved for the owner when in town.

Services, Features, Amenities:

Al Fresco Dining, Outdoor Furniture, Satellite TV, iPod Dock, Wifi, Cellphone (you have to charge with money), Fans for all bedrooms, Screens on windows, Refridgerator, Ice box/Freezer, Fireplace, DVD, CD Player, Washer, Microwave, Dishwasher, Detached, Private Parking, Bikes, Oven, Pergola, Pool, Chef Can Be Arranged, Grill/BBQ

A Little on the Region
San Gimignano rises on a hill (334m high) dominating the Elsa Valley with its towers. Once the seat of a small Etruscan village of the Hellenistic period (200-300 BC) it began its life as a town in the 10th century taking its name from the Holy Bishop of Modena, St. Gimignano, who is said to have saved the village from the barbarian hordes. The town increased in wealth and developed greatly during the Middle Ages thanks to the "Via Francigena" the trading and pilgrim's route that crossed it. Such prosperity lead to the flourishing of works of art to adorn the churches and monasteries. In 1199 it became a free municipality and fought against the Bishops of Volterra and the surrounding municipalities. Due to internal power struggles it eventually divided into two factions one headed by the Ardinghelli family (Guelphs) and the other by the Salvucci family (Ghibellines). On the 8th May 1300 Dante Alighieri came to San Gimignano as the Ambassador of the Guelph League in Tuscany. In 1348 San Gimignano's population was drastically reduced by the Plague throwing the city into a serious crisis which eventually led to its submission to Florence in 1353. In the following centuries San Gimignano overcame its decline and isolation when its beauty and cultural importance together with its agricultural heritage were rediscovered. The construction of the towers dates back to the 11th and 13th centuries. The architecture of the city was influenced by Pisa, Siena and Florence. There are 14th century paintings of the Sienese School to be seen and 15th century paintings of the Florentine School. The entire town is a UNESCO site.

Touring Ideas:

San Gimignano 5 km
Volterra 20 km
Siena 45 km
Florence 45 km
Poggibonsi (good for food shopping) 6 km
Colle di Val d'Elsa 10 km