Whenever people ask us what we consider to be THE most beautiful part of Italy, our answer is the valley of the Orcia River, a half-hour or so almost directly south of Siena. It’s more open country than Chianti, fewer cypresses, more chestnuts and other deciduous vegetation among the vineyards and olive groves. It’s a countryside that literally makes you weep, it’s so lovely.
And precisely here is where you’ll find our Villa Sant’Antimo, an old farmhouse transformed into an elegant villa with all modcons and a definitely contemporary feel, yet retaining its essentially Tuscan character. Villa Sant’Antimo overlooks the river Orcia itself from an elevated position among 30-plus acres of Brunello-producing vineyards, plus oak forest and olive trees. As the name suggests, we’re just 2 or 3 kilometers from Sant’Antimo, perhaps Italy’s most beautiful abbey church — and that’s saying something. Montalcino, with all shops, services, and excellent restaurants, is 10 kilometers away. Some of Tuscany’s most celebrated hilltowns are not much further: Pienza, Montepulciano, Cetona, Massa Marittima, Cortona, and, of course, Siena itself. The whole of the Val d’Orcia is a spectacular natural, sport, and cultural attraction in itself, full of old ruins, abbeys, churches, wine-producers, golf courses, castles, and hilltowns.