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THE LOCATION

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The property is situated in the ‘sweet hills’ close to Sinalunga, Bettolle & Torrita with long views out over the Val di Chiana to the Apenines on one side (Cortona & Perugia rooms) This side of the house has a fascinating history: prehistoric inland sea; Etruscan lake and Renaissance Wetlands, transformed into richest farmland by Leonardo da Vinci. On the other side of the property (Montepulciano & Siena rooms) we look out over a hunting reserve and farm land to the ridge of hills that separate the Val di Chiana from the Val d’Orcia.  In this zone find several undiscovered – felling suggestivo hill towns built into the rock – Scrofiano, Farnetella, Rigomagno, Montisi, Pietroio, Trequanda…We love this hilly zone and as we can’t find a satisfactory name for it refer to it as the Orcia-Chiana Ridge.

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Stephen Yu's photograph

As you approach the house from Bettolle across the Fratta’s farm land the horizon is superb; see Montepulciano, Torrita di Siena and Sinalunga high up on their ‘rocks’, extinct volcano Cetona looming in the distance… a ‘row’ of Leopoldina style farm houses in the higher mid ground (of which this house is the final one) and finally beautiful medieval hamlet Amorosa.  East, the Val di Chiana was a vast lake long long ago.  The ‘poggio’ – or small hill – where this property was built connects to the hils in the image above by a small ridge.
The origianl dwelling place was probably carved from the very hill itself.

 
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