Explore Iconic Tuscany from Here

Strategic Location

Experience the best of Tuscany with our strategically located retreat, central to famous vineyards, picturesque towns, and authentic dining experiences, perfect for spontaneous adventures.

Ours is a close-to away-from-it-all or strategic location: Central for Tuscany’s most sought-after wines, landscapes, and hill towns, yet idyllic for staying home. From here, you can tour for several days and still not see all of our favorite local sights. But that’s the point: A strategic location means that you can be spontaneous.

Why Here?

Malvin spent 10 years scouring Tuscany and Umbria before choosing this spot. The countryside here is stunning, surrounded by beautiful hilltop towns and hamlets—we can see seven from our house. Local towns include Cortona, Lucignano, Montisi, Montepulciano, Montefollonico, and Pienza. Arezzo and Siena are each just over half an hour’s drive away.

Prime Location for Wine Enthusiasts

Our location is also strategic for wine enthusiasts: we are at a hub point for five wine-producing zones: Chianti Classico, Nobile di Montepulciano, Orcia, Syrah of Cortona, and Brunello di Montalcino. We welcome many wine lovers to our home and have installed a professional wine refrigerator for bottles you bring back.

Enjoy Local Dining Near Siena House

In this area, you can still experience ‘real’ Tuscany: authentic dishes at good prices in restaurants filled with Italian diners—and all very close by. We have five excellent dining options within 2 km of the house.

Siena City Centre Streets, August.
Siena City Centre Streets, August.

Scenic Beauty and Iconic Film Locations

Some of the most photographed and filmed parts of Tuscany are within the Province of Siena and easy to reach. Movies like Gladiator, Quantum of Solace, The English Patient, and series like Master of None, Made in Chelsea, and The Medicis have all featured the Province of Siena’s towns and countryside. Much of the new 2019 ‘Pinocchio‘ was filmed at our ‘home farm’ La Fratta.

Explore the Historic City of Siena

Siena is both a province and a city—the capital city is named Siena, often spelled Sienna. We are part of the Commune of TORRITA DI SIENA within the Province of Siena. Siena city is about 35 minutes away. Siena is a must-visit while in the area, but there are many places much closer. Read about our favorite visits in our Tuscany Guide.

View of Sinalunga in the distance.
Sinalunga: Authentic, ‘Real-Life’ Hill Town.

Proximity to Florence & Rome

Florence is one hour north (without traffic delays) and Rome is two hours south (ditto). It’s a 10-minute drive to the motorway. This location has been an important stop for North-South travelers for centuries and has a very interesting history, but international tourism has not arrived in large numbers yet. We are also not too far from the Province of Arezzo, including some gorgeous Chianti towns well worth visiting.

Petroio, olive oil village in the Orcia Chiana Ridge.
Petroio, olive oil village in the Orcia Chiana Ridge.

Itineraries

For guests spending 3-4 nights with us, there is much to see within a short 25-30 minute journey, including hilltop villages, wineries, and landmarks. Check out our Tuscany Guide pages for local destinations. After 4-5 days, you might consider exploring further afield. From our location, you can easily reach Umbria in about 45 minutes. Perugia, which is both a province and city, is 55 minutes away and serves as the capital of Umbria. Beyond Perugia, Assisi is an 80-minute drive.

Starting at 20 minutes away, you can delve into Chianti within an hour. A drive to San Gimignano, beyond Siena City, will take about 80 minutes, while Volterra is an hour and a half away. Pisa and Lucca are just over 2 hours. Orvieto, roughly one hour away, is a splendid and often overlooked visit, convenient for those traveling to or from Rome. A day trip to Florence, just over an hour away, is certainly feasible.

While these are the big-name visits, exploring within a half-hour radius from the house is wonderful. We don’t encourage longer drives unless staying for 4-5 nights. We are always happy to help with planning and suggest that, in this area, the journey is often as enjoyable as the destination, so don’t overplan.

How to Get Around

Without question, the best way to enjoy the Tuscan countryside is by car—your own rental car. Roads are mostly very quiet, making driving enjoyable. Nothing beats the spontaneity and independence a rental car offers. We can assist with parking spots, journey plans, and any other needs.

For the frequently asked question, “Do we need a driver when going wine tasting?” the best approach is to take it slow and go professional: Mix one winery into each day of your stay, sip-and-spit instead of drinking, and bring a bottle back to the house to enjoy.

In this area, wine tastings are often conducted by the winemakers themselves, providing plenty of insight and a personal touch. You are not expected to actually drink the wine at the winery!