Villa Leopoldo B is a splendid apartment which sleeps three people. It’s 60 square meters (about 646 square feet) large, and it features a view to the hills. There is a shared swimming pool and garden. The apartment is part of a small and historical medieval castle. It has parking space and winter heating.
At Villa Leopoldo B you will have a double bedroom, a spacious living-room with a divan bed, a kitchen, and a bathroom with shower.
You will be in a fascinating medieval fort of high walls located on the top of a green area. You will be on the outskirts of the hamlet called Montisi, and you will also be in a part of Tuscany which is south of Siena and known as the ‘Le Crete Senesi ‘. All around you will see the green of vineyards and olive groves. And from above the castle, you will have the view of a hilly landscape of extraordinary beauty.
Le Crete Senesi are small hills which succeed as waves in the sea. Millions of years ago, such hills were actually the bottom of the sea. Le Crete Senesi offers a scenery of extraordinary colors: in spring time, under the blue sky, you will see all hues of green shine over fields; in summer, you will see the golden shades of ripe cultivations blossom; and in winter you will feast your eyes on the extraordinary colors of the ploughed land, which change into hues of yellow, red, or white. The tops of the hills far in the distance will unveil here and there towers of medieval castles and elegant series of tall cypress trees…
You will be in a peaceful place: the castle offers only four small apartments for rental, reaching a total of eleven guests the most overall.
The castle has its own consecrated church, where weddings and religious ceremonies are held.
The castle is the main house of a 45-hectare (about 111 acre) farm which produces olive oil, wine, vin santo, and limoncello: all products that you can taste and purchase in the place.
In the hamlet of Montisi, you will have a restaurant (30 meters or about 98 feet away) and several small food shops. In Pienza, 12 km (about 7.5 miles) away, you will have a big shopping center which is open even on Sunday. Shops and supermarkets are found in San Giovanni d’Asso, 8 km (about 5 miles) away.
You need a car during your stay at Villa Leopoldo B. You will have a large parking space at your disposal.
The small castle where you will stay dates back to 1330. It was built by the Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala of Siena with the purpose of gathering and keeping products coming from the lands of the region, specially wheat, wine, and olive oil. Several administrators had been called by the Hospital to manage the castle until 1775, when the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Pietro Leopoldo, decided to sell the fort and its lands to people who were actually the ancestors of all the eventual proprietors of the place.
And to welcome you as guests will be the direct descendants of such traditional family: they will lead you on a visit to the bedroom reserved to the Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo, the living area, the great kitchen with the typical and enormous fireplace, and the small eighteenth-century theatre. They will also let you visit, if you want to, the vineyard. And the owner of the place will offer you some creamy limoncello to be tasted; one that she herself prepares with the lemons of the garden!
The castle dates back to the Middle Ages and is located on a street which was once called Via Francigena. The castle also offered hospitality to pilgrims coming from the north of Europe and who would stop in Rome.
Such tradition is still kept nowadays in the hospitality offered to tourists who come to visit this splendid part of Tuscany!
The swimming pool, the garden, the barbecue
At Villa Leopoldo B you will have a beautiful 11x7 meter (about 36 x 22 feet) swimming pool available. It’s located in a panoramic position and surrounded by a large garden. Next to the swimming pool you will have a covered area where you will be able to enjoy some shade, deck chairs, sunloungers, and umbrellas.
The swimming pool is available from half April to half October.
Not far from the swimming pool there is the barbecue area. You will have a barbecue in stone and two large wooden tables with benches placed under a pergola. It’s the perfect place to organize a dinner having the Fiorentina steak as the main dish, actually the most famous dish in the region!
From the garden you reach a wide portico under which you will have a ping-pong table and some bikes at your disposal completely free of charge.
From this garden, once through a beautiful courtyard with stone walls, you will step onto a second enthralling green area available to all guests of the castle. This garden is a long and wide terrace sustained by a stone wall. The garden also has a splendid view of the valley. It’s shaded by tall trees and embellished by large terracotta vases where lemon trees have been planted. In the shade of the trees you will have two large marble tables and chairs available to all guests.
From this garden you can reach a large common room where there is a table with chairs and wicker couch and armchairs. The room features a beautiful vault ceiling in bricks, and it’s furnished in a picturesque and informal way, with old objects of the countryside life and shelves with bottles of wine on the walls. The perfect place to enjoy your hobbies!
Villa Leopoldo B is a large elegant and bright apartment. You reach it from the garden. It’s on the second floor, and you have to climb a beautiful staircase in stone of about 40 steps to enter it.
You will step into a spacious living-room, illuminated by a gracious line of arched windows. In the living-room you will have a couch and an armchair placed in front of an old fireplace. There is also a divan bed which turns into a very comfortable single bed.
From the living-room you can reach both the double bedroom and the bathroom. The bedroom is large and graciously furnished with a wrought iron bed. The bathroom features a large and comfortable shower.
The kitchen communicates with the living-room through a large stone arch. You will have a table with chairs, a small oven, and a fridge in the kitchen.
At Villa Leopoldo B you will have the fascinating atmosphere of old Tuscan countryside houses: terracotta floor, ceiling with wooden joists, a large fireplace, and beautiful wooden furniture of local handicraft.
Nearby tourist attractions
If you are at Villa Leopoldo B on the first Sunday of August, you will be on the first row to watch a beautiful historical revival called ‘Giostra di Simone ’. It is a medieval competition involving knights of four hamlets or quarters. The competition is preceded by a splendid medieval costume parade which begins right inside the courtyard of the castle you are staying in!
Moreover, in the same place, between October and the end of November, there is the Mostra del Tartufo Bianco (Fest of the White Truffle).
As guests of Villa Leopoldo B, you will be in a great and convenient position to visit Tuscany on one-day tours. At 27 km (about 16.8 miles) away there is Montalcino, with its splendid wine cellars, where you will be able to taste the famous Brunello di Montalcino wine.
Siena is 50 km (about 31 miles) away and Florence is 110 km (about 68 miles) away.
The nearest airports are those in Florence and Rome.