ITALY, TUSCANY, PISA, MONTOPOLI VAL D’ARNO
Large Farmhouse just 1km from Montopoli
Detached Tuscan farmhouse, with a courtyard and by 3 hectares of land, on two floors, 5 minutes away from the village of Montopoli Val d’Arno. In an easily accessible, panoramic, private and sunny location.
Ground floor (150 sqm): large open plan living area with fireplace, dining room and bright kitchen, 4 bedrooms, 1 study, 1 bathroom, as well as a storage room with entrance from the courtyard.
An external staircase leads to the first floor of the house (150 square metres) where there is a panoramic terrace and an attic with 4 rooms which need complete renovation.
A further four rooms are in the basement which measures 60 sqm and they also need restoration.
The outdoor patio, the beautiful pergola and a scented flowered garden complete the beautiful scenery.
The land is partially arable with 100 fruit trees and 45 olive trees.
In addition, the current owners have recently obtained permission to transform the structure into an “Agriturismo”, which is an excellent opportunity to have an income from letting the rooms during the tourist season. Its location is strategic for tourist activity as it is so close to the historic village of Montopoli Val D ‘Arno with its excellent restaurant “I 4 Gigli”, food shops, cafès and a friendly community.
This property is the perfect home to live or to spend unforgettable holidays, due to being far from city noises, in the middle of the nature but at the same time close to art cities and white sandy beaches.
Warm and welcoming atmosphere, original details preserved respecting the simplicity and practicality of Tuscan houses where life carries on daily, antique marble floors “graniglia”, arches covered with red bricks. The ground floor has been recently renovated and a central heating system recently installed.
Half way between Pisa and Florence (and it is also in central position amongst the other famous Tuscan cities, like Siena, Volterra, Lucca, San Gimignano) and just 1km from medieval Montopoli Val d’Arno.
In Montopoli the ancient Parish Church of Santo Stefano, the Pian della Rocca, as well as the Renaissance Oratory of S. Maria del Soccorso and the walking path along the town walls, are well worth visiting.
In Montopoli the ancient tradition of the Artistic Ceramics (decorated earthenware) of Montopoli is still alive.
Thanks to the highway (superstrada FI-PI-LI) down in the valley, it is possible to easily reach almost all Tuscan cities within one hour’s drive.
Within easy each are a wealth of lesser known but equally interesting places from the point of view of landscape and culture and artistic profile: San Miniato al Tedesco, with its Diocesan Museum, the white truffle; the Tower of Frederic and the Bacino di Roffia, which often houses national boat-racing; the Padùle of Fucecchio, one of the most beautiful protected inland swamp areas; Vinci, with its Museo Leonardiano; Montelupo Fiorentino, which houses an important museum of Renaissance ceramics works; Empoli; Artimino, with its Medici villas.
Travelling towards Pisa: the wonderful Certosa of Calci; the Lari Castle; the ancient village Palaia and the now almost “ghosty” village Toiano alle Brota, a surreal environment suspended over clayey chasms, called “calanchi”.
Other possible itineraries: along the Via Francigena (on the way to San Gimignano), is the extraordinary “Jerusalem” in San Vivaldo. Immersed in a hilly wood, in the early 16th century, the Franciscan Friars built about twenty large chapels all around their convent, together with a series of large terracottas showing the most important sacred events, with the intention of reproducing the main places of the Holy City: a true jewel, from a planning point of view as well as from the Renaissance artistic one.
This territory dates from Etruscan times: almost all villages in the surrounding hills existed in ancient times and you can visit Etruscan tombs, small necropoles and archaeological.
Supermarkets, the railway station and other useful main shops and services are about 6 km from the house.
Several sporting and recreation activities are possible in the surrounding area: hiking, bird watching, fishing, biking, horse riding, trekking, golf , tennis and also shopping.
Distances: Pisa 40 km, Florence 50 km, Coast 40 km, Volterra 50 km, San Gimignano 45 km, Lucca 40 km, Siena 80 km.