Arpicella is simple farmhouse (sleeps 4) and offers a stunning position near Pienza. This is an uncomplicated and elegant farmhouse for a relaxing vacation near to Pienza. And also, its peaceful seclusion makes this a most romantic setting. You would love to gaze across the spellbinding Orcia Valley towards the majestic Monte Amiata mountain. And best of all, you only have under 1 mile or about a 20 minute walk from Arpicella to the famous town of Pienza, built by Pope Pius II during the renaissance. This is one of the few properties we have without a pool. That’s reflected in the prices and probably why you’d choose Arpicella and enjoy its high value.
Location of Arpicella Pienza Farmhouse
Arpicella is in Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a short drive to Montepulciano and many small towns nearby. This region is famous all the way from Dante’s writings (Inferono) to modern day movies, such as the Gladiator and the English Patient. You reach Arpicella by a 2 kilometer drive from Pienza on a sealed road. You drive past an ancient Romanesque church (Pieve di Corsignano) and then along a farm track lined with olive groves, hedges and stone walls. Driving thru the gate and you arrive at a level parking area with space for a couple of cars.
Charms of a Rustic Farmhouse
Arpicella is a 2-bedroom rustic vacation home for 4 people with a commanding view over central Tuscan countryside. Arpicella is situated in large park-like gardens with ancient holm oaks and cypresses, pines, olives and fig trees. On the side of the house is a covered dining area with wood-burning oven and BBQ facilities. The upper floor has a large living area with sofa group, kitchenette, table and chairs, TV and a massive fireplace. From here a corridor leads first to a dining room, while at the back are the bedrooms. Arpicella has a spacious modern shower room and 2 bedrooms; one has twin beds while the other offers a king sized bed.
Garden at Arpicella with BBQ and Pizza Oven
The extensive grounds are shaded by mature trees, and planted with flowering shrubs like labernum, rosemary and broom. During the warm season you’ll enjoy the lemon trees and colorful geraniums in terracotta pots. Here are blooming roses in profusion, covering the little stone farm shed that houses a working, wood-fired pizza-oven and barbeque. The grounds are fenced in and illuminated at night. This is a peaceful setting for listening to birdsong while admiring the amazing panorama down the Orcia Valley.
Activities in Val d’Orcia
A number of well marked hiking paths are in the vicinity. This is ideal walking country, set within a protected nature reserve. The region around Arpicella is the Val D’Orcia (Orcia Valley), including Pienza itself and Monte Amiata, an extinct volcano. The Amiata mountain is a popular winter ski area offers you its outstanding natural beauty. As a result, this whole valley has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Distances from Arpicella
Nearest Town: Pienza 1.4km (= 0.8 mile) on foot – 2 km by car
Local restaurants: Latte di Luna, Trattoria Fiorella, Ristorante dal Falco, Sette di Vino
Motorway A1 exit: Chiusi 30km = 40 minutes
Motorway A1 exit: Valdichiana 25km = 35 minutes
Nearby towns: Monticchiello 9km, Montepulciano 15km, Siena 60km, Florence 120km
5 night minimum stay in High Season
3 night minimum stay in Mid and Low Season