Casa Porzia is a gracious cottage of 80 square meters (about 860 square feet)
for six people, with garden and access to a pool of 7 X 14 meters (23 X 46 feet).
It is situated within a 13-hectare (32-acre) farming estate, with woods and lake,
in which there live many animals, both domestic and wild.
It is 25 km (approximately 15.5 miles) from Siena and 80 km (50 miles) from
Florence. In the vicinity, you will find famous Tuscan towns including San
Gimignano, Monteriggione, Castellina in Chianti and Volterra.
It has one double-bedded room, one bedroom with two single beds, a living room
with divan bed for two people, a spacious kitchen with dining area, and two
bathrooms with shower.
The house and the garden
Upon your arrival, you will see a simple stone building, long and narrow, on one
level, and covered with a roof of red Tuscan tiles. All around, there is a
beautiful green lawn, and beyond the roof you will see the green of the trees.
On the lawn next to the house, you will find a large olive tree which offers you
There is a great deal of space, in which your children will be able to play
All around the house there is an area paved with terracotta, and each room has
its own glass door which opens onto the garden. Behind the house, next to the
kitchen door, you will find an area equipped with a stonework barbecue.
In the open air, in front of the living room, you will find a roomy table with
wooden benches and seats.
Here, sitting in the open air, beyond the blooming hedge that surrounds the lawn
in front of you, your gaze can stretch uninterrupted over the valley below, and
across the gentle hills of Chianti that edge the horizon.
Inside the house, you will find Casa Porzia is furnished and cared for in the
peaceful and welcoming style that is typical of the Tuscan countryside. The
floors are of terracotta tile, and the ceilings have exposed wooden beams.
The kitchen is a spacious room, in which as well as the cooking area you will
also find a dining table. The kitchen is equipped with four burners, two
refrigerators and a dishwasher.
From the kitchen, you can enter the living room, in which there is a divan bed
for two people and a satellite television.
The two bedrooms, one double-bedded and one with two single beds, also have
direct access to the garden by way of glass doors.
The house has central heating, air conditioning, satellite television, private
parking and a shared swimming pool.
The swimming pool
A gracious pathway lined with flowering hedges will lead you from the house to
the pool, which is located in the center of a green lawn.
Also from the pool, you will see before your eyes a vast panorama of Val D'Elsa
and of the gentle hills of the Chianti Senese.
The pool is spacious, 7 X 14 meters (about 23 X 46 feet), and around it you will
find umbrellas and sun-lounging chairs. It is open from June 1st to September
The pool is shared with the guests of the other two small apartments.
At Casa Porzia you will be within a farming estate of 13 hectares (about 32
acres), which produces Chianti wine. A large part of the terrain is covered with
an oak forest. The grounds are completely fenced.
You can take walks along the small paths that lead through the woods, where you
will often encounter domestic animals such as turkeys and geese, as well as wild
animals such as deer, hares and rabbits.
On the farm, you can also see (behind fences) horses, goats and chickens.
An avenue of well-established cypress trees will lead you towards a small lake
inhabited by waterfowl and by many goldfish.
This will be an exhilarating experience for your children!
The owners live on site. They will welcome you with enthusiasm, and will be
available, yet completely discreet, to attend to your every need.
Nearby tourist attractions
Staying at Casa Porzia you will be in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, 5 km
(about 3 miles) from Casole D’Elsa, and 8 km (about 5 miles) from Colle Val
D'Elsa, a small city famous for producing crystal objects.
This land is filled with truly ancient history, as evident from the
archeological discoveries in the area, which extend back to the Neolithic,
Bronze and Iron ages, and to the Greek and Roman civilizations.
Colle Val D’Elsa is the nearest place where you will find shops, restaurants,
supermarkets, banks, tennis courts and golf courses, and bike rental facilities.
You will be within reach of the great “art cities”: Siena, Florence, Pisa; and
nearby other famous tourist attractions such as San Gimignano, the city of 13
towers, Monteriggione, the medieval town encircled by ancient walls, and
Volterra, where you will find Etruscan tombs.
Don’t miss the opportunity to travel the “via Chiantigiana,” which is the “wine
road” that cuts through the territory where Chianti wines are produced.
Along this road, you will see rows of grapevines to the right and left of you,
and hills topped with castles and villages, the evidence of two millennia of
You can visit wineries, discover wonderful small restaurants, and above all
experience the friendliness of the local residents, which is truly part of the
fascination that Tuscany holds for the rest of the world.
If you enjoy hiking, you can trek through the Senesi hills, or part of the via
Franchigena that crosses the Montagnola Senese, a protected hillside covered
with chestnut trees, where nature is uncontaminated.
The distances of some of these tourist attractions are as follows:
S.Gimignano (15 km/9.3 miles), Volterra (20 km/12.5miles), Monteriggioni (20
km/12.5miles), Castellina in Chianti (23 km/14 miles), Siena (25 km/15.5miles),
Florence (50 km/31miles) and Pisa (70 km/43miles). Likewise, it is easy to reach
the sea and the Tyrrhenian coast, which is about 65 km (roughly 40 miles) away.
The closest airport is Florence.