Villa Alba is a 600 square-meter (approximately 6,458 square feet) and
two-storey house in the countryside which sleeps eleven people. The villa has a
private garden and a swimming pool. 20 km (12.4 miles) away from Siena and 80 km
(49.7 miles) from Florence, the villa is located in the heart of a protected
area named Crete Senesi.
The villa has 6 bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. There is one double
bedroom, four twin bedrooms, and one single bedroom. In addition, there are
several large living areas.
The villa, together with an adjacent small church, was built in the XVII century
by a famous family of bankers from Siena. The house, square-shaped just like a
small-fortress, has its doors and windows framed by the typical Tuscan grey
stone. The villa is surrounded by a garden with centuries-old trees overlooking
an endless expanse of low hills.
The villa is two-storey high, and each floor is 300 square meters (about 3,229
square feet). A lot of space for you to enjoy!!
The main entrance is on the courtyard facing the small church. Right next to the
entrance, you will see a spacious hall with sofas around an age-old fireplace.
The room is furnished with beautiful antique furniture. The floor is in handmade
terracotta tiles and the ceiling is supported by wood joists. The fireplace is
impressive as it covers almost one entire wall of the room and is embellished by
antique wooden chairs arranged around it.
From the great hall you can reach a series of smaller living areas. There is a
small reading or tea room, a room with a round card-table, and another small TV
room furnished with couches. Besides, there is also a bathroom and a cellar.
The ground floor also displays a dining room with a long seventeenth-century
table. Two glass doors in this room will lead you to a garden where you will
find an antique table with stone benches set in the middle of a large green lawn
Close to the dining room is a big kitchen modernly equipped with a stove, an
oven, a dishwasher, a fridge, and a freezer. A washing machine is also available.
There is also a large and age-old fireplace in stone and brick where you will be able to prepare grilled meat. Broiled veal steak of the local breed called Chianina are world-famous for its
quality and tastiness. The perfect set for a special barbecue!!
The bedrooms and a second large and beautiful living area are found on the first
floor of the villa.
In the middle of this living room there is a great billiard table in perfect
conditions to be used. There are also sofas and armchairs.
Five bedrooms sleep two people each and are spacious and well-decorated with
furniture dating back to late nineteenth century. One is a double bedroom,
whereas the other four are twin bedrooms. All have windows overlooking the green
scenery outside. In addition, every bedroom has its own large bathroom with a
bathtub. The one single bedroom in the villa has a bathroom with shower.
The little church next to the villa has been consecrated and masses are held
every Sunday at 11 a.m.
The garden and the swimming pool
As guests at Villa Alba, you will be able to enjoy a park with centuries-old
trees and a large lawn area where your kids can have outdoor fun all day long.
It is in the garden that you will find a 10 x 5 meter (107 x 53 feet)
swimming-pool exclusively at your disposal. There are tables, chairs, garden
umbrellas, and deck chairs around the swimming-pool. Once lying in the sun, your
eyes will meet the beautiful façade of the villa, the lawn, the trees and the
flowers. A view of low and green hills will unfold before you. The air is fresh,
clean and filled with the smell of flowers and herbs. You will be able to spend
long and pleasant hours outdoors accompanied either by your friends, a book in
hands, or a glass of good Tuscan wine.
Villa Alba is in the middle of a farming estate of more than a thousand hectares
(about 2,471 acres) on the hills near Siena. The area is part of the "Crete
Senesi", a territory where low argillaceous hills are spread out as far as
meets the eye. You will spend your vacation in the middle of the most famous and
reproduced Tuscan scenery both in cinema and paintings.
Here every season of the year carries its fascinating trait: in spring, hues of
light green cover the hills and lawns; in summer, the golden color of wheat
takes over the hills; and during fall, thousands of swarthy and dark green
The farming estate organically grows wheat used for the making of pasta, fodder
for its own livestock, the Chianina cattle breed, and extra-virgin olive oil.
Villa Alba is the main house of a small hamlet dating back to the medieval
period. The current structure of the villa and the hamlet date back to the XVII
century. Both villa and hamlet have been renovated into vacation houses; a
process which respected the former architectural structure of the buildings. As
guests of Villa Alba, you will have complete privacy as the garden and the
swimming-pool are available exclusively to you. Guests of other vacation houses
in the hamlet have another swimming-pool and garden at their disposal.
As you arrive, look around. You will feel as if time had slowed down. All the
surroundings are beautiful, tidy, and peaceful. The kind staff at the reception
will contribute to such feeling of tranquility with their warm welcome
greetings. The reception is in charge of providing any necessary information on
tourist activities in the area.
A tennis court and a playground are shared with other guests in the hamlet.
Trekking trails of varying degrees of difficulty will enable you to visit
enthralling angles of the farm.
Nearby tourist attractions
Once at Villa Alba, you will enjoy a wonderful vacation in Tuscany! You will
live and experience the real fascinating traits of Tuscany: the hospitality of
an authentic villa built by a noble family of bankers from Siena in the XVII
century which has undergone centuries of history; a stay in the heart of the
magic scenery of Crete Senesi; and the possibility of going on daily excursions
to Florence and other splendid cities of art in Tuscany and returning to the
relaxing atmosphere of the villa.
Villa Alba is about 9 km (5.5 miles) away from Monteroni D'Arbia, which is the
nearest town where you can find shops and restaurants. Siena is 20 km (12.4
miles) away and Florence is 80 km (49.7 miles) away. You will be in a quite
convenient position to visit the whole Tuscany. Moreover, you will be close to
the area of production of the Chianti Senese and Brunello di Montalcino wines.
Don't forget to visit the wine cellars of the area!
Villa Alba also has a parking lot. You need a car to stay at Villa Alba.
The swimming-pool is available from the 1st of May until the 30th of September.
The rental price includes: final cleaning; electricity; linens; towels.
Local Costs: Available upon request, if desired:heating (when needed).