Artist's Home with Working Studio. In an ancient villa ,surrounded by farms, the Tuscany tourists never see. Nearby is the hill town of Cortona, Castiglion Fiorentino, Arezzo. 1 hour from Siena or Florence. Beautifully restored apartment.
I am a professional artist and I designed this carefully restored space for myself. I come here to be inspired and to paint and enjoy. The space is set up perfectly for one or more artists to use this way. There are so many windows that my Italian neighbors counted them and asked my why I have so many! From these windows, you can watch the sky, change day and night, beautiful clouds across the valley that can form into a dramatic storm suddenly and then be gone leaving the fresh scent of rain on the ground below, and sunsets that can make you cry because they are so perfect. 1200 sq ft (110 sq m) including restored Cantina /Studio downstairs which opens to the outside with a large arched, glass door. The Large, Open spaces may be used creatively by a small group of artists or those who simply want to relax. The main living area upstairs has 12 ft original beamed ceilings, lots of light, huge windows, new hardwood floors. The kitchen is a large room, with an antique classic Tuscan farmhouse table that opens out to accommodate more guests. Kitchen is equipped with all basic cookware needed, two types of coffee machines, microwave, gas cooktop with convection oven, refrigerator. There is also and entrance into the kitchen from a shared hallway to the outside through a gate and garden on the north side. You will most likely be greeted and assisted by my Italian neighbor and friend, Moreno, who will charm you, assist in any way he is needed and even cook a gourmet local style feast for you for a very reasonable cost if you ask him. You can sit in the sun on the terrazzo or take a passeggiata - walk- down the lane through the farms and villas of Vitiano. Vitiano is an ancient hamlet, dating back to the 1,100s, as are some of the structures along the lane. The floor of the Val di Chiana is wonderfully flat, easy and perfect for cycling for miles and miles at a comfortable pace- or for speed training, or you can chose to climb up to one of the many antique villages, to explore and relax. This is a perfect location for those who want to be close to conveniences and close to a city, without being closed in by the city. You are only a mile from stores and basic services. But, you have the views from the windows of the farms, vineyards olive orchards and the locals working the land. You an walk under the antique arch of the original road through Vitiano, to a tiny market for food and wine, at the corner , only half a mile.
You will be able to use the entire space except a locked storage area in the interior hallway. The cantina downstairs has a stone floor. it is heated, also. Special arrangements can be made to use an artist's easel. one or more, as needed, and lights for painting can be set up with sufficient advance request. The cantina may also be used as a large second sleeping room. But it is not necessary to use the cantina at all, if you don;t need it. The upstairs is a beautiful open , bright living area.
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You will be greeted and assisted by my neighbor, who will turn on the gas, water, electricity and show you how to use things that you may need. He will provide you with the password for the wireless internet we share. He does not speak much English but understands what you will need and how to show you things. There will be informations for guests written in English, inside the apartment. He is also an artist. If needed, information is available where to buy artists supplies locally. Most things that you need can be found in Arezzo and Cortona.
It is best that you have a cra when renting here. Driving locally is not difficult. You should make yourself aware of the local driving laws, and especially for the roundabout intersections. You may park anywhere along the road,being careful not to block large farm traffic. For some guests it is possible to get special permission to park inside a gated area just in front of the apartment. ASK. The apartment is NOT for people who can't manage walking up and down stairs. NOTE: there is one small step up from the kitchen into the hall and bath areas that one must be aware of.
This ancient villa has 3 levels, divided into six different residences. These are real people who live their lives here, farming the land, caring for their animals, growing food, making wine, whatever is in season. They do not speak English. They are beautiful, real people, my neighbors , my friends, and we have all tried to respect each other. I ask that you would do the same when you are a guest here. In Italy utilities, including water, are very expensive. Please remember to turn off the lights and use the heat only as much as you need! Once this ancient stone walls are heated, the temperature stays very even. No pets are allowed unless special permission is given. NO SMOKING IS PERMITTED INSIDE THIS HOUSE! After the shower is used, if you can wipe down the glass door, it will help to keep it free of water marks for me, thank you. You must not park in the courtyard area or block the gate entrance or my neighbors may be very upset and may wake you in horrible hours of the morning!
Professional artist, JUNE CAREY, : I paint landscapes and coastal scenes of California and Italy. Published by Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Publishing , Greenwich, CT. Bought this place in 2006, totally restored it 2008. This place has been my passion, to own a place I could put in a painting, or look out the window and make a painting out the view. My Italian neighbors, who taught me to speak Italian, (such as it is), have been the most valuable part of this experience. I love most, here, to get on my bicycle, take my GOPRO video camera and just ride across the valley, through the farm country, past fields of sunflowers in July, vineyards and gardens. There are serious bike teams that come here to ride. The local wine and food is inexpensive and wonderful. I will never run out of places to explore here. The sea , either east or west side, is less than 200 miles away. The main north-south freeways is 12 miles across the fields from my place. You can go anywhere from here. So- I do that, I explore, and usually, I do it alone. It is very safe, here.