Tuscany - Podere Le Sensaie, Italy
A 19th-century restored farmhouse, Podere Le Sensaie is nestled in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, high above a rolling landscape studded with olive groves and threaded with cypress trees. Overlooking the hilltop village of Lajatico, this luxury home in Tuscany is a tranquil hideaway with barrel-vaulted ceilings, traditional terracotta floors and verdant-valley views.
This restored stone farmhouse is set in the heart of the Tuscan countryside overlooking the medieval hilltop village of Lajatico. From the golden stone façade to the earth tone interiors, Podere Le Sensaie has a luxe-rustic vibe. It's secluded enough for peaceful days under the sun and close enough to Florence, Siena, Pisa and San Gimignano for exciting days out exploring.
Take in the panoramic views of the neighbouring village from the gazebo or any of the sun terraces, or potter around the olive grove and landscaped gardens before diving into the pool for a swim.
Every corner of this luxury villa in Tuscany is finished to the highest spec, with barrel-vaulted ceilings, restored stone walls and terracotta floors. A small spiral staircase and a dovecote tower add quirkiness to an otherwise traditional look: Persian rugs, statue busts, a stone fireplace and paintings by local artists. White and wood dominate the five bedrooms while the kitchen is painted in a modern pistachio green.
During your stay in this luxury Tuscan home, there is plenty to do in the surrounding area. Wander down to Lajatico village, Andrea Bocelli's home town and visit the Teatro del Silenzio, an open-air amphitheatre where the Italian tenor hosts a concert every year in July. A short drive away is Pisa, home to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Take a stroll down Campo dei Miracoli to visit the cathedral or amble down quaint alleyways filled with leather goods, furniture and gourmet food. Each second weekend of the month (with the exception of July and August) sees the streets around the Piazza dei Cavalieri transform into a vast open market.
Podere Le Sensaie is located just outside the pretty Tuscan village of Lajatico. Set on a hill overlooking the Valley of the Era, Lajatico is believed to be an old Roman settlement, later coming under the control of the Bishop of Volterra, then the republic of Pisa, and finally the republic of Florence.
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