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Cetona  | Bedrooms: 7 | Sleeps: 14

Rates: from £7,276 per week

Castello di Rocca is set majestically on top of a hill with commanding views over the Tuscan countryside and encircled by the historic village of Cetona- but so far below the view is entirely rural. It has been carefully restored combining opulence and refinement to offer a true luxurious experience.

The medieval streets of Cetona are crowned by Castello di Rocca, a stronghold dating back to the 13th century that is now surrounded by an 18th-century villa. Bushes frame the entrance path while halfway up you enter a barrel-vaulted tunnel with arched-niches containing Etruscan tombs. All is theatrically lit and at the top you will find yourself in an ancient amphitheatre that forms the first of numerous terraces. Upon entering the property, you'll pass through a grand hall with an imposing crystal chandelier. The library and a stunning grand piano are to the left of the hall, while on the right there is a living room complete with fireplace surmounted by an intricately designed mirror. The well-equipped kitchen connects to a dining room with views over the gardens and the pool, and a marble guest bathroom completes the floor. From the hallway, a grand travertine marble staircase leads to a gallery with doors to four large bedrooms (three doubles and one twin), all with recently renovated en suite bathrooms. Another flight of stairs takes you into a big library/study, and there are also three additional en suite bedrooms on this floor. Every room is sumptuously decorated with great attention to detail, merging original antiques and fine fabrics, while the bathrooms are covered in varicoloured marbles. The private swimming pool is set among the lush green gardens and has been exquisitely crafted from the travertine stones of an ancient Roman bridge dismantled in North Africa. There are also several furnished outside areas in which to enjoy delicious meals or to simply relax and admire the views that stretch from olive groves and oak woods to Mount Cetona and the Umbrian Hills. There is also exclusive access to a separate accommodation which houses a further living room, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and a sauna. On the lower ground floor there is a huge room - ideal for throwing a party or celebrating a special occasion. The door from here leads directly on to the stone-paved streets of Cetona.

VILLA ACCOMMODATION

Ground Floor - Enter into a grand hall with imposing crystal chandelier. On your left find a grand piano and library while on the right there is a living room with fireplace surmounted by a sumptuous mirror. Continue on to a well- equipped kitchen connecting to the dining room with views over the garden and the pool. A marble guest bathroom completes the floor.

First Floor - From the hall, a grand staircase in travertine marble leads to a gallery with doors to four large bedrooms (three doubles and one twin), all with recently renovated en-suite bathrooms, (two showers and two tubs).

Second Floor - Another flight of stairs take you into a big library-study room with satellite TV and computer. There are three en-suite bedrooms on this floor, two doubles and one twin (two showers and a tub). Every room is decorated with great attention to detail merging original antiques and fine fabrics while the bathrooms are covered in varicoloured marbles.

Dependence - A&K guests will have exclusive access to the dependence which houses a further living room, a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom and a sauna. On the lower ground floor find a huge room which is ideal for celebrating a special occasion. The door from here leads directly on to the stone-paved streets of Cetona.

KINDLY NOTE:

  • The property has walls less than 1 meter high. Young children, especially those under six years old, should be supervised by an adult in these areas.
  • Extras are payable locally in cash euro only. Cheques and credit cards are not accepted.
  • A deposit is due on arrival in cash euro for the payment of extras charged "per consumption".
  • Extras are subject to availability at the time of confirmation and to specific Terms & Conditions. Please enquire with your Tour Consultant for details.
  • Your stay might be subject to a city tax which is raised by the municipality in which the accommodation is located. This tax is payable locally in cash euro only.
  • Orcia Wine Festival in san Quirico (April)

Tourists can sample and buy wines directly from producers and learn about the features and quality.

  • Infiorata of Pienza (June)

Locals create grand flower tapestries on the town roads. There is also a religious procession and live music.

  • Medieval Feast at Bagno Vignoni (June)

Locals dress in mediaeval clothes and there are ancient games and shows.

  • Festa della Musica in Montalcino (June)
  • Jazz & Wine Festival in Montalcino (July)
  • San Galgano Festival (July)

International music festival held in the abbey of San Galgano

  • “Sagra della Val d’Arbia” in Buonconvento (September)

A special event of music, sport, art and food.

  • Sagra del Tordo in Montalcino (October)

A procession and traditional archery competition.

  • Olive Oil Feast at San Quirico d’Orcia (December)

Local restaurants prepare traditional food and visitors get the chance to sample “olio novo” bruschette from local olive oil producers.

Val d’Orcia boasts a majestic landscape of medieval castles, olive groves, vineyards, hilltop towns and stunning rolling hills, so it’s no wonder this wonderful region has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The beautiful landscape characterizes this region, however the many little villages that are dotted around hide fascinating ancient histories that must be explored. A must-see is Pienza, a village known as the "Ideal City of the Renaissance" which was created by the great humanist Pope Pius II. Make sure you visit the beautiful Palazzo Piccolomini. Other intriguing villages to explore include Castiglion d'Orcia, Abbadia San Salvatore, Radicofani and the striking medieval city of Montalcino, which has a truly spectacular landscape. This town is home to one of the world's best Italian wines, the Brunello di Montalcino – where you can sample a few glasses of wine.

After a long day of sightseeing, unwind in one of the region’s many thermal baths. Bagno Vignoni is a favourite and it is utterly stunning with its central Renaissance swimming pool surrounded by ancient buildings.

A visit to Val d’Orcia would not be complete without trying the high quality local specialities such as the "pecorino" cheese, olive oil, superb wines, truffles, mushrooms, saffron and many, many more – the region is truly a foodie paradise!

One of Tuscany’s most charming abbeys, the Abbey of Sant’Antimo, should not be missed by anyone visiting the Val d'Orcia. Not only is the surrounding area breathtakingly beautiful with rolling hills and olive groves, but the abbey itself is equally as stunning and is one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture. Make sure you catch the monks singing the wonderful Gregorian chant at mass and in July and August, there are also organ concerts.

To really experience the true beauty of this area, take an excursion on an old steam train. The opportunity to lose yourself amongst the open vistas of sown land, sloping hills, vineyards, cypresses and umbrella pines, castle towers and isolated farmhouses is an opportunity not to be missed! You can stop off at different stations and explore the unique villages of the region, and the train journey can also be combined with activities such as hiking and cycling for those craving a faster pace.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR YOUR TUSCAN VILLA HOLIDAY

Time Zone

GMT +1 hour

Language

Italian

Currency Information

The Euro (€) is the official currency of Italy. Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.

Money Matters

Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.

Tipping IN TUSCANY

You are not expected to tip on top of restaurant service charges, though leaving a small amount is common practice. If there is no service charge, you might consider leaving 10%/15%, but it is not obligatory. In bars any small change is left as a tip. Tipping taxi drivers is also not mandatory but suggested.

Arrival & Departure Formalities

Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:

  • A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
  • Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.

Weather IN TUSCANY

In general, the climate in Tuscany is very mild with little difference between the various provinces. The summers are hotter on the coast and in the valleys than in the hills. It rarely rains in the summer months. The average temperature varies between 27°C and 33°C and can even reach 40°C. Spring and autumn are rainy and milder; however, there are still plenty of dry and sunny days. By May there is less rain and the days become longer with up to 10 hours of daylight. The average temperature in spring is between 19°C and 24°C, in autumn between 21°C and 24°C. The winter months alternate between rain and sun with an average temperature of around 10°C.

Health

It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.

Electricity SUPPLY IN TUSCANY

Electrical service in Italy is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz - a converter/adaptor may be required.

Driving IN ITALY

There are some important rules of the road -

  • At crossroads drivers coming from the right have priority excluding crossroads with traffic signs/lights.
  • Always carry your driver's license accompanied by the International Driving Permit, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
  • The minimum driving age is 18.
  • Traffic drives on the right.
  • Seat belts must be worn - children under 12 must travel in the back seats, unless the front seat is fitted with a child restraint system.
  • Headlights must be on all the time except if driving in a city during the day with good visibility.
  • In the event of a breakdown a red warning triangle must be displayed in the road.
  • National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways.
  • Speeding fines: Euros 30 - 300.
  • For use of the highways it is invariably necessary to collect a ticket at toll booth marked " biglietti" before entering the highway. DO NOT pass under the lanes marked Telepass. Pay the toll at the exit. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
  • There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%. There are random breathalyzer tests carried out regularly by the police.

Parking in Italy

  • In many large towns, the historical town centre is subject to traffic restrictions (authorised vehicles only may enter) indicated by large white sign with a red circle saying " Zona a traffico limitato".
  • Street parking is organized and designated with signs and by the colour of the lines for the parking spots. The colour of the lines on the parking space indicates the type of parking; white is for free parking, blue is for paid parking, yellow is reserved for special use. Signs will tell you if you are required to pay or to use a parking disc to time your parking (more details below). In most regions, blue lines mark paid street parking. There will be a payment machine nearby. Place the receipt from the machine on the dashboard. In many towns, white lines mark free parking spots on the street but they may be limited by time. The closest parking sign will tell you if you must set your parking disc to show when you arrived. Set your parking disc to the time you parked and display it in the window. You must return within the maximum allowed time.

Guest Book

13th July 2012
I want to give you both a more elaborate description of our experience at Castello di Rocca, for it was truly all and more than I had hoped for. The villa is elegant and grand - the grounds, the views, the stone, the furnishings - and surprisingly comfortable at the same time. The layout of the rooms and bathrooms had the equality and relationships that I wanted (but which I had such a hard time picturing; I do recommend that you do a floor plan that better shows the placement of the bedrooms and the en suite baths/showers). All rooms had perfect Tuscan views, the legacy of being a lookout fort at the top of the hill. I think the absence of air-conditioning is a plus. The house did stay cool all day while closed up, and the evenings and mornings had the special quality of the local sounds (cock, church bells, dogs) and fresh air. No screens. I loved that. Most ideal was the sense of rural privacy and views while we were only minutes from the town square. The steep and long stairs were the best and the worst part - good exercise for us, but perhaps tough for some. A dash in for coffee and bread in the morning, gelato in the evening. We ate dinner in town three nights, repeatedly at the same place (Il Nilo), where we felt like regulars. The housekeeper cooked for us three nights, and all was perfect Italian food - simple and delicious. Eating outside at one of the many tables was dreamy. The staff were excellent. I am so glad we got the local babysitter. Bianca was not only the sitter, but our host in many ways. Her day job is working for the Tourist Office, so she was helpful planning day trips and especially translating with Vassily, the custodian, and Lydia, the housekeeper/cook. Bianca set out the extensive welcome spread the day we arrived. We also very much appreciated the presence of Maryse Pen, your local rep. She did our arrival shopping, met us on our arrival day, and repeatedly called to check on us. She is charming, and it was a comfort knowing a local person was looking out for us. I could go on, but I'll save it for reports to our friends. (Our first night home, at dinner with friends, they decided that Castello di Rocca is the perfect place for their next family trip!). Thank you both, and please thank Maret, also, for her work, and Walter, too, for originally suggesting this villa.
Anon, NYC.

24th June 2015
We have just returned from a magical week at Castello di Rocca in Cetona. What a venue! My husband, myself and our four children and their spouses felt that A&K needed to hear from us about our spectacular experience. Firstly, Maryse Pen did a great job as our A&K host and made our stay most enjoyable. Her local knowledge especially with regards to our requested restaurant choices, plus her suggestions for wine tours etc was so appreciated. The castle was a truly special experience and memory-making opportunity for our family. Much of that was enhanced by the exceptional service provided by the outstanding staff, namely: Vasile and his mother-in-law cook 'Mama' plus helper whose name I don't know. We have rented villas around the world, but this rates as one of the best for all the reasons I have mentioned.
Anon.

VILLA LOCATION

  • Closest shops/restaurants: Cetona - 400 m
  • Nearest village/town:  Cetona - 400 m
  • Nearest airport: Rome Airport - 200 km
  • Other relevant distances: Gym and tennis courts - 400 m; Montepulciano - 25 km; Pienza - 40 km; Orvieto - 55 km; Montalcino - 55 km; Siena - 88 km; Perugia - 94 km

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Availability Information

  • Villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year, however shorter breaks and alternative arrival days are available at some villas during low and mid seasons.

  • Please note that the standard check-in time at our properties is between 4-7pm and that we ask guests to vacate the property by 10am on departure day, unless otherwise agreed in advance.

Rates Information

  • The above rates are on a per villa, per week basis. For further information on our villa only and A&K hosted services please see our 'Villa Rental Options' page. An A&K Villas Travel Consultant will be happy to discuss your specific holiday needs – simply complete the quick ‘Make an Enquiry’ form or call us on 0845 618 2205.

Inclusions

  • Maid service 3 hours daily.
  • Arrival aperitivo.
  • Breakfast service daily (cost of groceries and beverages excluded).
  • Air-conditioning (available in the bedrooms).
  • Wireless broadband internet. 
  • Cost of utilities (water, gas and electricity).
  • Arrival set of bed linen, bath and pool towels.
  • Porter to carry the luggage from the parking lot to the villa.
  • Final cleaning.
  • Exclusive Direct Wine Service: An International wine making consultant with 40 years of experience will help you in making a wine selection and have the cases delivered directly to the villa without delivery costs. Wine payable locally.

Extra Services

  • Extra maid service - available on request at EUR 18 per hour.
  • Cook service - available on request in advance at EUR 150 per meal plus the cost of groceries.
  • Central heating - available on request at EUR 55 per day.
  • Pre-arrival grocery shopping - available at EUR 30 (up to 8 guests) or EUR 50 (up to 10 guests) plus the cost of items. The service is available up to a grocery cost of EUR 200. This service is included within our A&K Hosted offering.
  • Transfer from Florence Airport to the villa (one way): Mercedes Sprinter (for 8 passengers) available from EUR 455. (Please note: between 7pm and 7am a supplement of 20% applies).
  • Transfer from Rome Fiumicino Airport to the villa (one way): Mercedes Sprinter (for 8 passengers) available from EUR 905. (Please note: between 7pm and 7am a supplement of 20% applies).
  • We are also able to arrange all manner of additional activities to enhance your villa experience such as transfers, guided touring and sightseeing options, tutored wine tasting, art classes and hot-air ballooning. Please see the Activities tab for further ideas and discuss with your Travel Consultant for further details.


  • KINDLY NOTE:
  • The property has walls less than 1 meter high. Young children, especially those under six years old, should be supervised by an adult in these areas.
  • Extras are payable locally in cash euro only. Cheques and credit cards are not accepted.
  • A deposit is due on arrival in cash euro for the payment of extras charged "per consumption".
  • Extras are subject to availability at the time of confirmation and to specific Terms & Conditions. Please enquire with your Tour Consultant for details.
  • Your stay might be subject to a city tax which is raised by the municipality in which the accommodation is located. This tax is payable locally in cash euro only.

VILLA EXPERIENCES

  • Enjoy fine Tuscan cuisine - the villa is set within the village of Cetona itself and within easy walking distance of several excellent restaurants, such as Corso Borgo.
  • Take a hike - Cetona is encircled by mountains with pathways ripe for exploration.

The villa

Because everyone’s concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula designed to offer privacy, flexibility and the freedom to run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities. Our villas are normally rented on a villa-only weekly basis and are ideal for those seeking independence and privacy. We’re on call in case you need us and we provide a change of towels and bed linen during the week, but otherwise there no inclusions. 

A&K Concierge upgrade

For additional support, comfort and a slice of pampering why not upgrade to our A&K Concierge service. Included is an airport welcome on arrival with assistance for onward transportation; the services of an A&K Concierge – whose local knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations; an orientation of the local area; a fully stocked drinks fridge; maid service; the ingredients for your first evening’s supper and breakfast delivered on the first morning of your stay. For full details of concierge inclusions speak to an A&K Travel Consultant on 0845 618 2205.

The finishing touches

Ever dreamt of driving through the Chianti hills in a red Ferrari, or along the Moyenne Corniche to Monaco in a Bentley? How about sailing along the Cote d'Azur to St Tropez in a private yacht or speed boat? Sometimes the home is all that you need, but if you're lured into culture, excitement, activity, improving your cooking or simply dabbling in landscapes, then speak to one of our Villa Specialists for an insight into what we can arrange. These are what we call our ‘Finishing Touches’.

The list is by no means exhaustive and we always welcome requests, however obscure you may think they are! Our local offices enable us to control the quality of the services on offer and the depth of knowledge our local teams have is impressive. Our aim is to provide guests with the authentic sights, flavours and experiences of the region they are staying in.

If you would prefer to discuss your specific requirements, whether it’s in relation to the property or about your stay in general, please do contact us using the Enquire page or please do give us a call for a chat.


  • Barbecue Facilities
  • CD Player
  • Central Heating
  • DVD Player
  • Fans Available
  • Internet Access (Wireless Broadband)
  • Safe
  • Sauna
  • Swimming Pool (Private)
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Washing Machine

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Reasons to book your holiday with us

  • Over 50 years' experience
  • 24/7 support before, during and after your stay
  • All of our properties have been hand-picked and visited by a member of the team
  • Travel Consultants are based in the UK with local offices to assist with planning every detail of your stay
  • Option to upgrade to a Concierge stay to make the most of your visit
  • Option to book additional trips and services via our local offices

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