The great writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, considered by most to be the last universal man to walk the earth, claimed that, in the world, “it is not possible to see more beautiful fields”. The Val di Chiana, a valley long a hundred kilometres marked by the passage of what is now called the Canale Maestro Della Chiana and the Chiani, is one of the most fertile agricultural areas in Italy.
The homeland of excellent olive oils, it is also a land made famous by the “Chianina”, a bovine breed renowned throughout the world for its meat, as well as by its extraordinary centres – such as Arezzo, Cortona, Chiusi and Montepulciano – of great historical interest and artistic and its past linked to the Etruscan civilization. Here you will also find famous vineyards, several hot springs as well as the best brand outlets.
But did you know that pici and garlic for lovers, also come from the Val di Chiana? Yes exactly! It’s the Aglione: sweet, delicate… kiss-proof!
In this slice of Bel Paese, which includes 23 municipalities each of undisputed beauty, it is nice to spend a stay with a different scent.
Start with the big cities, Arezzo or Siena among all, or walk towards the “small” centres such as Cortona, with its countless Etruscan testimonies, or Montepulciano, with its unsurpassed noble wine and the tower municipal that opens into the world. Or visit the castle of Gargonza, where Dante Alighieri spent his days, and then admire the Tree of Love in Lucignano, a town crossed by short suggestive alleys. Find refuge under the Logge Del Vasari, in Castiglion Fiorentino, or go to the discovery of the Tomb of the Monkey in Chiusi. Abandon yourself to the relaxation of the spas of Chianciano, those of San Casciano Dei Bagni or walk along the Via Francigena.
For your stay choose Villa Margherita, near Cortona. It is a charming farmhouse recently renovated and subsequently divided into comfortable apartments furnished according to the Tuscan peasant tradition. The villa immediately transmits an atmosphere of relaxation and hospitality also thanks to the large green spaces that surround it.
Or stop time with a holiday at Villa Cortona: surrounded by over 400 olive trees, and dominated by the pine forest of the “Le Comunanze” natural park, this residence celebrates the charm of the past and welcomes guests with all comforts in a clean and particularly refined environment where wood and marble offer a touch of suggestive elegance.
Suspended like a cozy nest in the Tuscan hills, Villa Aretina will open the doors of a harmonious old farmhouse from which to take flight on the wings of freedom. You will shout: “Heaven is here” immediately after seeing this 300 sq m residence, capable of hosting up to 10 people after a walk in the large park crossed by a very pleasant grassy mantle which, interrupted by comfortable stone paths, will design your steps all around the house to reach the large private swimming pool for exclusive use.
For those looking for a holiday between history and nature, Villa Marri is the ideal place. Outside there is also a comfortable swimming pool of 6 meters by 14 in length with sunbathing areas equipped with deck chairs and umbrellas and a Jacuzzi and then a play area to have fun with table football and table tennis as well as a beautiful garden.
Finally, if you want to be alone and in direct contact with nature, we suggest Villa Terranuova, an ancient residence with a rich history, with a refined and elegant taste as required, discreet and comfortable.
This is a place of wonders, where the senses are amplified by nature in a villa with a unique charm surrounded by over 2 hectares of land, completely fenced, and by a park where ancient cypresses, olive groves and, together, many fruit trees and a vegetable garden open to guests. All around the villa, there is a large garden with trees of various types, olive trees, cedars of Lebanon, flowers and hydrangeas in large Florentine terracotta, a rectangular-shaped swimming pool of 8 meters long by 4 wide and a depth of 1, 2 to 2.2 meters overlooking a large sun terrace equipped with garden furniture, tables and chairs. Here you can sit for lunch and dinner, stop for a cocktail or an aperitif, sit comfortably and read a book or have a chat. The world will stop for you to have a well deserved relaxing break alone, with family or friends.