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Villa Alabastro

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Volterra | Bedrooms: 9 | Sleeps: 18

Rates: from £6,230 per week

Villa Alabastro is a newly restored property surrounded by pristine countryside and typical Tuscan panorama of fields and rolling hills. In the distance, perched in a prominent position dominating the surrounding area, lies Volterra, rich in millennia of history, while in the distance one can recognize the outline of Pisa with its Leaning Tower. Villa Alabastro is a perfect base from which to explore Tuscany. After a day of roaming and wandering, the villa offers desirable facilities that help to unwind: a 15x5m outdoor pool, a spa and wellness centre with generously sized Jacuzzi, salt room and tea parlour. The professionally equipped kitchen is perfect to prepare delicious Tuscan treats that one can enjoy in the al fresco dining area overlooking the olive grove, fields and forest.

The 650sqm property has been completely restored with great attention to details at the beginning of 2015. There are 9 spacious bedrooms, each with their own en suite bathroom, air conditioning and sweeping views. They have been furnished in tasteful simplicity allowing the exposed walls to impregnate the rooms. The villa, although suitable for up to 18 people and kids, has been cleverly designed to allow everybody to gather together in the common areas of the ground floor or the outdoors yet it offers enough areas in which to retreat to enjoy a good read or a delicious glass of red wine taking in the countryside. Surrounded by hectares of private grounds, lawn areas, olive trees and forest, it is nonetheless only a 15min drive from Volterra and its artistic and architectonic treasures. Villa Alabastro enjoys excellent views over the surrounding countryside all the way to Pisa and nearby Volterra. Rich in over 3,000 years of history, Volterra was a powerful center since Etruscan and Roman times until the Renaissance. Artistic testimony of its importance are the several churches, the cathedral and Roman amphitheatre, richly decorated palaces, city doors and imposing defensive walls. The area is also famous for its alabaster, a white and transparent stone used for millennia in the local workshops to make sculptures, big and small objects and jewellery. Villa Alabastro is also conveniently located for day trips to some of Tuscany's most precious sights like San Gimignano and Colle Val d'Elsa (40min), Certaldo and Monteriggioni (50min), while the wine producing Chianti, Siena and Pisa can be reached in just over 1 hour. The beaches of Bibbona and Cecina are a 45min drive away.

ACCOMMODATION COMPRISES:

Ground Floor

  • Professionally equipped kitchen.
  • Dining room with seating for up to 20, fireplace, piano and access to the garden.
  • TV room with sofas.
  • Double bedroom, en suite bathroom (shower). The room is also accessible from outside and its bathroom is wheelchair accessible. Bed 1.7 x 1.9m. Room 15sq m.
  • Two guest bathrooms.
  • Spa: sitting area with tea facilities, Jacuzzi, salt room, treatment area with massage table.

First Floor

  • Double bedroom with sink in the room, en suite bathroom (shower), garden views. Bed 1.6 x 1.9m. Room 22.5sq m.
  • Double bedroom with tub in the room, en suite bathroom (shower), valley views. Bed 1.7 x 1.9m. Room 24sq m.
  • Twin/ double bedroom with en suite bathroom (shower) and views over the valley and outdoor dining area. Bed 1.7 x 1.9m. Room 15sq m.
  • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom (shower), views over the valley, olive trees and the outdoor dining area. Bed 1.6 x 1.9m. Room 18.5sq m.
  • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom (shower), views to Volterra in the distance. Bed 1.6 x 1.9m. Room 15sq m.
  • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom (shower), views to Volterra in the distance. Bed 1.6 x 1.9m. Room 15.5sq m.

Two suites are accessible from outside:

  • Double bedroom with possibility to add an extra bed, en suite bathroom (shower), huge windows overlooking the countryside. Bed 1.6 x 1.9m. Room 33.5sq m.
  • Twin/ double bedroom with possibility to add an extra bed, en suite bathroom (shower), views to Volterra in the distance. Bed 1.8 x 1.9m. Room 44sq m.
May:

  • Maggiolata Lucignanese, Lucignano (Siena):

Traditional feast celebrating the upcoming spring after the long winter season in the hope of a fruitful harvest. Includes a parade with folk groups in traditional dresses and four carts decorated with thousands of flowers which will be rated by a jury. Last but not least, the race between the city districts will end with a one of a kind Battle of Flowers, leaving the carts empty and bare.

  • Cantine aperte:

Open-day for many wine producers who will welcome visitors into their cellars, giving them the chance to visit the estate and taste excellent wines often under the supervision of a professional sommelier.

June:

  • Siena Jazz:

Jazz concerts and sessions held in various locations in and around Siena.

  • Ferie delle Messi and the Giostra dei Bastoni, San Gimignano, third Saturday and Sunday of June.

This festival was once held to celebrate the harvest. Today it is a mediaeval-style festival with costumed knights on horseback, fireworks, musicians, an art and crafts market and plenty of good food.

July:

  • Corsa del Palio, Siena:

This is without any doubt the major event on the city's calendar and is held twice a year in the fabulous venue of Piazza del Campo. It is a bareback horse race with riders dressed in 15th-century costumes. Each rider represents one of Siena's 17 contrade (city districts).

  • San Gimignano Musica, San Gimignano:

Music entertainment and concerts held in the beautiful setting of the Rocca San Gimignano. Held in July and August.

  • Towers Festival, San Gimignano:

Classic music concerts but also contemporary musical performances held in Piazza Duomo, each year a new and interesting programme is created.

August:


  • The Aromatic City, Siena:

A summer festival held in Siena and its surroundings featuring rock, jazz, and ethnic music concerts as well as dance shows. Scattered among various locations, the festival usually ends with a popular music artist performing in the beautiful venue of Piazza del Campo. 2015 was the turn of Patty Smith who presented her latest album released in June.

  • Corsa del Palio, Siena:

This is without any doubt the major event on the city's calendar and is held twice a year in the fabulous venue of Piazza del Campo. It is a bareback horse race with riders dressed in 15th-century costumes. Each rider represents one of Siena's 17 contrade (city districts).

  • San Gimignano Musica, San Gimignano:

Music entertainment and concerts held in the beautiful setting of the Rocca San Gimignano. Held in July and August.

November:

  • White truffle fair, San Giovanni d’Asso, Siena:

Enogastronomic fair dedicated to the tasty white truffle.

December:

  • Festa dell'Olio Nuovo, San Quirico D'Orcia:

Enogastronomic festival dedicated to the delicious olive oil. Local producers gather here to present the best of their production offering oil tastings accompanied by local food.

General Activities IN TUSCANY

  • Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella - visit the pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella in Florence and discover all the different perfumes, herbals and soaps
  • Opera - head to Torre del Lago and attend one of the many performances based on plays written by Puccini (only in summer)
  • Wine and Olive Oil tasting - travel to Badia di Passigano and visit the abbey with its wine cellars before relaxing in the abbey's Osteria di Passigano, for a real Tuscan wine and olive oil tasting experience
  • The Chocolate Valley Tour - visit the Chocolate Valley which lies between Pisa and Montecatini and visit an esteemed factory where you will be tantalised by aromas and flavours of the process of traditional chocolate making and tasting session (not available during summer)
  • Carrara and Pietrasanta Marble - enjoy the marble caves of Carrara, the marble that Michelangelo chose to immortalise his masterpieces. Afterwards see artisans at work as you visit a Sculpture Studio in Pietrasanta
  • Fantastic Gelato - located in central Florence to visit one of the most well known " gelaterias"
  • Private Villa Concert - the ultimate Italian music experience in the intimacy of your villa. A Violin-Piano Duo, Harp and Flute, a String Quartet with Soprano and Tenor singers as well as Jazz and Neapolitan Folk formations can be arranged
  • Ferrari Touring - drive on winding roads through the hilltop villages of Tuscany, down cypress-lined avenues and along the coastal freeways of the Mediterranean…all behind the wheel of a Ferrari

Sporting Activities IN TUSCANY

  • Golf - 18 holes: 10 clubs; 9 holes: 10 clubs (golf is well established in Tuscany and a secret golfers paradise)
  • Jogging/ Walking - put your running shoes on and enjoy the beautiful countryside
  • Mountain Biking - many routes are on offer including challenging tours like the Monti Metaliferi
  • Horse riding - Tuscany is a paradise for going horse riding
  • Swimming - is offered in many touristic locations
  • Surfing - is possible along the Tuscan coastline
  • Diving - is recommended especially in the Archipelago della Toscana and the Golfo di Baratti
  • Tennis - is offered in many touristic locations

Local Attractions IN TUSCANY

  • Florence, Uffizi Gallery - Open all year round
  • Florence, Ponte Vecchio
  • Florence, Bargello National Museum - Open all year round
  • Florence, The Boboli Gardens - Open all year round
  • Florence, Santa Maria Novella - Open all year round
  • Lucca, Forte dei Marmi - beach and exclusive beach resorts
  • Lucca, Palazzo Pfanner - climb Giunigi Tower
  • Lucca, San Frediano Church - Open all year round
  • Lucca, Villa Reale Gardens of Villa Real - House and Garden open all year round
  • Arezzo, Gothic Cathedral
  • Arezzo, Main Square with Vasari's loggia
  • Arezzo, Mecenate Archeological Museum - Open all year round
  • Arezzo, Medieval and Modern Museum and Gallery - Open all year round
  • Arezzo, Petrarca Theatre - Changing program
  • Arezzo, Piero Francesca's fresco cycle "Legend of the True Cross"
  • Pisa, Campo dei Miracoli and Duomo - The Dome is open all year round
  • Pisa, Leaning Tower and Cathedral - Open all year round
  • Pisa, Zoological Museum - Open all year round
  • San Gimignano, Medieval Towers
  • Siena, Il Duomo - Open all year round
  • Siena, Piaza del Campo
  • Siena, Pinacoteca Nazionale - Open all year round
  • Siena, Torre del Mangia
  • Grosseto, Tarot Garden - Open from April to mid October
  • Grosseto/Maremma, Rocca di Franssinello - winery designed by Renzo Piano
  • Livorno, Fortezza Vecchia (Old Fortress)

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.

LOCATION:

 

  • Volterra 10km (shops, restaurants, bank)
  • San Gimignano 20km, Casole D’Elsa 28km, Colle Val D’Elsa 32km, Certaldo 38km, Monteriggioni 43km, Castellina in Chianti 52km, Siena 59km
  • Airports: Pisa 62km, Florence 73km, Rome Fiumicino 316km

 

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Availability Information

  • Our villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year. However, shorter breaks and alternative arrival days might be available outside the High Season. Please contact your Abercrombie & Kent Villa Consultant for further details.
     
  • 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

  • Air-conditioning.
  • Central heating.
  • Maid service. 3 hours once per week.
  • Wireless broadband internet. Please be advised that due to the rural location of the property the internet connection might be intermittent and at an inferior speed than what you are used to.
  • Cost of utilities (water, gas and electricity).
  • Arrival set of bed linen, bath and pool towels.
  • Final cleaning.
  • Use of the spa facilities (treatments extra).
  • Use of the swimming pool (15 x 5m / 49.2 x 16 ft).

Extra Services

  • Extra maid service - available on request at EUR 25 per hour.
  • Chef service (professional service) - available from EUR 40 per person (based on a minimum of 6 guests).


  • KINDLY NOTE:
  • The road to the villa is unpaved but in fair condition.
  • 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.

Your Villa Rental

Because everyone's concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula to offer flexibility and the freedom to design run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities.

Our Villa-Only rental option comes as standard and is ideal for those seeking pure independence whilst travelling.

Every A&K Villa Only rental includes:

  • Dedicated Pre-Arrival Concierge service
  • Villa rental on an exclusive basis
  • Utilities (gas, water, electricity), unless otherwise stated
  • Towels, pool towels and bed linen as standard
  • 1 cot & highchair (cot linen not provided)
  • An A&K Local Representative who is on call 24/7 in case of emergency. Your Local Representative will also meet you once during your stay (on your arrival weekend) to help you to settle in, explain Health & Safety and answer any questions you may have regarding the villa.

(In some cases an A&K Representative is not required as the villa will have its own competent, local manager.)

  • A 24 hour A&K Emergency Duty Manager contact service based in the UK
  • Comprehensive information book
  • VAT and administration charges
  • Villa's own services - please check what additional services are provided as standard with a particular property – such as maid service, usage of air-conditioning, central and pool heating, as these can vary from property to property. This information will be available online or via your sales representative.

Should you wish to further enhance your villa experience, our thoughtfully designed A&K Concierge Packages are the perfect solution for those seeking additional support and comfort during your stay. In addition to the amenities offered within the Villa Only rental, a large number of our properties offer the following packages of upgraded services including a knowledgeable local concierge, providing complete piece of mind whilst travelling:

Gold Concierge Package – seamless support throughout your stay...

Includes all of the Villa Only services, as well as:

  • A dedicated local A&K Concierge whose knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations

Following on from your pre-arrival Concierge team, upon arrival you will be seamlessly handed over to your local A&K Concierge who will have been briefed about all aspects of your holiday.

Your local A&K Concierge will personally welcome you to your villa and can be called upon at any time to assist you in any way throughout your stay. This can include anything from confirming itinerary arrangements; suggesting, making and booking additional services locally as required, such as restaurant reservations, visits and guided tours; trouble shooting; language assistance; providing a check-out service, and much more.

  • Introductory morning orientation tour of local area with your A&K Concierge on your arrival weekend - the best way to familiarise yourself with the local area (own transport required if villa is not within walking distance)
  • Complimentary pre-arrival grocery shopping service. Simply tell us in advance what groceries you require and your Concierge will pre-stock the villa accordingly (cost of groceries excluded)

Platinum Concierge Package – creating your ultimate stay with complete convenience...

Includes all of the Villa Only services, as well as:

  • A continental buffet-style breakfast provided on your first morning, including a selection of breads and fresh pastries, cheese, meats, fruit, yoghurts and fresh fruit juice
  • A pre-stocked drinks fridge (typically consisting of four bottles of wine, beer, soft drinks, juices, mineral water)
  • Fresh flowers and initial provisions, including jam, sugar, olive oil, tea, coffee, vinegar as well as cleaning provisions
  • Starter pack of luxurious toiletries per bathroom
  • Daily maid service (Monday to Friday and on Saturdays for multiple week bookings
  • Mid-week linen and towel change
  • A light, self-served supper on your arrival evening pre-prepared by your Concierge
  • Complimentary mid-week grocery shopping service (cost of groceries excluded)
  • Complimentary private chef service for a lunch or dinner, once during your stay (pre-booking necessary; cost of groceries excluded)

  • Air Conditioning
  • Barbecue Facilities
  • Dining Area (Outdoor)
  • DVD Player
  • Fans Available
  • Fireplace (Private)
  • Internet Access (Wireless Broadband)
  • Jacuzzi
  • Massage Services (Extra Charge)
  • Minibar
  • Piano
  • Pizza Oven
  • Swimming Pool (Private)
  • Tea / Coffee Making Facilities
  • TV
  • 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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