Casale Rodolfo – Tuscany – Montepulciano

Accommodates 7+2 - 4 Bedrooms - 4 Baths - Pool - Wi-Fi

In one of the most enchanting stretches of the Tuscan countryside – about halfway between renowned Montepulciano and less-famous-but-just-as-charming Torrita di Siena — lies our Casale Rodolfo, owned by a sophisticated, urbane Italian couple who normally live in London or in South America. For one of the couple, this was an ancestral family home; for the other, the house has served, among other things, as an environment within which to create the large-format, colorful works of art which are a highlight of the house’s decidedly avant-garde atmosphere.

We’re about a 25-minute drive from the train station at Chiusi, meaning you can get to Florence and indeed to Siena, without having to drive there. But you must not consider this area as a base for visiting Florence every day, or even twice during a week. This is an area for people who have already “done” Florence and the major sights of Italy, people who are interested in a more authentic and less touristy part of Tuscany. The hilltowns and countryside here are truly spectacular: Montepulciano, Pienza, San Quirico d’Orcia, Chiusi, Montefollonico, Montalcino, Monticchiello, Sarteano, Cetona, San Casciano Bagni, Radicofani, Sinalunga, Trequanda, Monte San Savino, and a whole host of others. Not to mention the trio of great abbeys close by: Monte Oliveto Maggiore, Sant’Antimo, and San Galgano. Magical. And the restaurants: to die for, often with prices half what you would pay for the same meal just an hour further north.

This IS Tuscany, the way it used to be. Take a look at this link, in which I have created a sample itinerary intended to show you the kinds of things you can do in this specific area during a two-week stay: Two Weeks South of Siena

Casale Rodolfo is most definitely not a luxury house. It is a place for couples, or for families with children, or for a group of friends traveling together. Above all, it is for people without pretensions, who are not seeking fabrics that match, nor absolute perfection when it comes to amenities. To say this is not to say that the Casale Rodolfo lacks modern conveniences. On the contrary. But it isn’t meant to be photographed in House & Garden. Furnishings are an appealing and fun combination of the traditional and the ultramodern. Look at the pictures, and you’ll see just what we mean. We LOVE the brick exterior of this house, especially the color which changes with the time of day. Brick is relatively rare in Italy, though in this corner of Tuscany/Umbria, it’s more common than elsewhere. Views out to the surrounding vineyards are the kind that make you weep for their beauty. Again, look at the photos. You can see the towns of Torrita di Siena and Aquaviva lit up at night on the horizon. Finally, the caretakers are also excellent cooks whom almost all guests hire to prepare dinner at least two or three times during a week’s stay.

    • Large open-space sitting room divided from the dining/kitchen areas by a big fireplace
    • Bedroom with indivisible matrimonial bed
    • Bathroom with tub and shower attachment
    • Bedroom with French “grand lit”, i.e., a bed about 120cm (4 feet) wide; we call this a large single bed, although such a bed would be fine for a (slender) couple deeply in love or willing to rekindle same
    • Bathroom with shower
    • Study with a little panoramic terrace
    • A second large open-space sitting room divided from a second dining/kitchen area by a big fireplace; the kitchen here is perhaps somewhat superior to the equivalent space at ground level
    • Bedroom with indivisible matrimonial bed
    • Bedroom with joinable twin beds
    • Bathroom with shower
    • Study/office with single bed
    • Large bathroom with super-size tub
    • Torrita di Siena – 6km – nearest shops/services/restaurants – delightful red-brick hilltown
    • Montepulciano – 6km – equally close shops/services/restaurants – beautiful, famous hilltown
    • Pienza – 20km
    • Chiusi autostrada exit/train station – 25km
    • Bagno Vignoni – 28km – village with unique main square
    • San Quirico d’Orcia – 28km – part of the Holy Trinity – Montepulciano/Pienza/San Quirico
    • Asciano – delightful unvisited hilltown – 30km
    • Cortona – 31km – we hesitate to recommend it, as it’s full of you know who
    • Cetona – 32km – sophisticated hilltown with fine restaurants/galleries
    • Citta’ della Pieve – 34km – wonderful pink-brick hilltown just over into Umbria
    • Monte Oliveto Maggiore – 35km – wonderful abbey near Asciano
    • Radicofani – 45km – delightful hilltop village
    • Montalcino – 45km – famous wine-producing hilltown
    • San Casciano dei Bagni – 48km – urbane spa town
    • Arezzo – 50km – one of the loveliest, most unvisted small Italian cities, and not only for Piero della Francesca
    • Sant’Antimo – 50km – the most beautiful abbey
    • Siena – 55km
    • Florence – 105 m
    • Rome – 195km
    • Rome airport – 210km

    Pluses: The views. The location, one of our favorites in all Italy. The caretakers. The prices, really a bargain for a free-standing villa of this kind. The fun, stylish furnishings and art work.

    “Minuses”: The art work of one of the couple who own the villa results in an extremely strong “personality” that one must simply accept. Casale Rodolfo is most definitely NOT an “anonymous” house furnished in a kind of fake-country style. There are no A/C and no window screens, but the owners have thoughtfully installed ceiling fans in all the bedrooms; we have ourselves slept in these kinds of conditions, and the ceiling fans not only keep things cool at night, but they keep the bugs away, too. We are fanatics on this point, and we wouldn’t mislead you. There is some inequality among the bedrooms, and the bathrooms aren’t positioned perfectly, but we truly believe that these are minor points.

    Is Casale Rodolfo a house for a group of three retired couples from Texas who are registered Republicans? Probably not. But who knows? To us, it’s the ideal house for grandparents, adult children with spouses, and grandchildren. Or for two couples and 4 children. Perfect for that kind of group.

    • Swimming pool, 3.5 x 14 meters
    • Air-conditioning in the top-floor office
    • Ceiling fans in all bedrooms
    • Fireplaces
    • Telephone
    • Television with Italian channels
    • DVD/CD
    • Wi-fi
    • Dishwashers
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Microwave
    • Barbecue
    • Pizza oven
    • Tea kettle
    • American coffee maker
    • Personal laundry and ironing
    • Extra hours’ housekeeping
    • Childcare
    • Meal preparation
    • Food shopping
    • 2 Jul - 27 Aug

      €3480/Week
    • 19 Mar - 2 Apr
      4 Jun - 2 Jul
      27 Aug - 24 Sep
      17 Dec - 7 Jan

      €2550/Week
    • Other Periods

      €2130/Week

    Minimum Stay: 1 week
    Arrival: Saturday, but flexible in low season
    Extras: €100 final cleaning
    Pool open: May - Sep

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