Casa Pianelli is an historic stone villa (predating the registry of 1826 conducted by Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany) immersed in the tranquility of the Casentino Valley which is reached by a private gravel road (800m). The unique location offers remarkable privacy, but only minutes to the largest grocery, restaurants and the amazing medieval history of the Valley.
Casa Pianelli is set on a slope with the upper level being the living area, the lower level is unfinished/unoccupied. The entrance opens into a large great room with wood floors and a high vaulted and beamed ceiling. The great room is furnished with a large seating area in front of the impressive fireplace and flat screen TV with SKY SAT TV, DVD player, and Apple TV. A dining table with 6 comfortable chairs provide a generous inside dining area should you chose to eat inside.
The kitchen opens onto the great room and is fully equipped with refrigerator/freezer, 4 burner gas stove and oven, microwave and stainless steel sink. The kitchen is complete with all necessary cookware, tableware, utensils and table cloths/napkins.
There are two bedrooms off of the great room ~ one has a queen bed and has direct access to the loggia, the other with a bunk bed. Both have vaulted ceilings and are spacious. The main bedroom is located down the hall on the other side of the great room, and is the most private of the bedrooms.
The bathroom is conveniently and centrally located off the great room making it easily accessible to all and has a large sink, toilet, bidet, shower, heated towel bar and built-in shelving with terracotta floors.
Outside on the loggia is another large Tuscan table with six chairs for dining al fresco, complete with an electric light fixture above, should you want more light than just candles. On the other end of the loggia is a gas grill ~ perfect for grilling meats and vegetables for dining under the stars!
Step off the loggia and you have over 4,000sq meters of fully fenced in grounds which are fully maintained ~ large flat areas along with some rolling hills which are an extension of the surrounding plains. The Casentino National Forest sits on the edge of the plains and offers some wonderful hiking trails.
The very special feature of Casa Pianelli is nestled near the house ~ a 7mx 14m infinity pool! This is a dark bottom pool which calls you in ~ it’s as if it belongs in nature! You will feel as if all of Tuscany is yours from this extremely private location with sweeping views over the valley, medieval tower and picturesque town in the background. When you enter the pool, there is a 2 meter “shelf” which is great to wade around in, sit on the edge of the shelf with water up to your waist and look out over the infinity view or simply just lie back and be taken away. It is a glorious experience ~ with plenty of room for everyone! Around the pool is green grass with a covered loggia on one side, and on the other is a wood deck ~ wood chaise sun loungers and a table with chairs ~ you pick how to spend your time by the pool! And there is an outdoor sound system to enjoy your favorite music!
Amenities include: Wireless internet (reaches to pool), 46”flat screen TV, DVD player, Apple TV, CD player, washer/dryer, vacuum, portable fans, hair dryer, curling iron, iron and ironing board.
The closest town is Bibbiena, with the major grocery store (Co-op) just 7 minutes away. ANCI has designated three local villages as “One of Italy’s Most Beautiful Villages” (I Borghi piu belli d’Italia) ~ Poppi, Ortignano Raggiolo and Loro Ciuffenna.
If you are interested in hiking, there are many wonderful paths (for hiking or biking) ~ some very well planned running along the Arno, and some through the woods which are a bit more rustic. There are many wonderful Day Trip options from Casa Pianelli: Siena, 1 hour ; Chianti, 1 hour; Florence, 50 minutes; Montepulciano/Pienza, 50 minutes; Cortona, 40 minutes; and Arezzo, 30 minutes. Don’t forget about the monthly antique show in Arezzo which is the first Sunday of every month, and the preceding Saturday.
Well behaved dogs are accepted.