Features and Amenities:
- Location: Pisa Tuscan Countryside
- City: VOLTERRA
- Province: PISA
- Typology: Boutique Hotel Manor Noble Villa Villa
- Size: 2871 mq ; 30903 sqft
- Land: 7,8ha - 19 Acres
- Bedrooms: 22+
- Bathrooms: 20+
- Number of buildings: 4
- Condition: Partially to renovate
- Private access road: yes
- Pool: Yes (20x10)
A fascinating hamlet of houses distributed on approximately 7,8ha – 19 acres of land, composed of a historic villa and other buildings including the old school in the heart of the residential center. Just a few minutes from Volterra, perched atop the hill of a hamlet that boasts an amazing location with enchanting panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The hamlet, once a thriving and living small-town, is still a point of reference for the local surrounding inhabitants. The charming former school still remains intact, its classrooms now converted into finely decorated apartments.
Description in Detail
Historic Hamlet at the Gates of Volterrra
A fascinating hamlet of houses distributed on approximately 7,8ha – 19 acres of land, composed of a historic villa and other buildings including the old school in the heart of the residential center. Just a few minutes from Volterra, perched atop the hill of a hamlet that boasts an amazing location with enchanting panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
The hamlet, once a thriving and living small-town, is still a point of reference for the local surrounding inhabitants. The charming former school still remains intact, its classrooms now converted into finely appointed apartments.
The property is composed of:
- Main 17th-century villa, four floors above-ground level
- Former school building known as “Granai e Scuola – Barn and School”, divided between two levels (ground level and lower-level)
- Building called “Foresteria – Guest Quarters”, divided between two levels above-ground and two lower-level
- Building known as “Podere – Farm” divided between two levels above-ground and one lower-level used as a garage and machinery shed, in need of restoration
- Building / storeroom by the pool area
The main villa measures approximately 1,000 Sq m and is four floors above ground level. At the moment it is rented for short periods and for hosting events.
The ground floor presents a beautiful entry that leads to two other halls, a church, a fully equipped professional kitchen and two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms.
Located on the floor above is the beautiful reception hall with high ceilings that extend beyond the third floor, once the setting for lavish dinners it is still used now for special events. The hall has external access. There are 7 other rooms on this floor that can be used as recreational areas but can also be transformed for other uses and also one bedroom with ensuite bathroom.
On the third floor, there are five rooms, two studies, and one kitchen space.
On the fourth floor, there are five beautiful rooms, a sauna with relaxing area and a gym.
The former school building has two floors, the ground floor has been divided into 4 delightful suites and the lower-level floor boasts a private movie theater that has hosted famous Italian and international artists.
The building known as “Foresteria – Guest Quarters” has a great appeal: it measures approximately 600 Sqm, and its more recent constructions boast a magnificent double living room with a fireplace. The three-story building includes 7 bedrooms, several living rooms, and bathrooms.
The building known as “Podere – Farm” is located at the entrance of the property, has two above-ground levels and measures approximately 400 Sqm. It also includes a lower-level shed and garage of approximately 100 Sqm. The structure is in need of restoration.
Within the property is a private pool of 10×20 m that enjoys a splendid view, including full facilities; showers, bathrooms, dressing rooms and a small fully equipped kitchen with barbecue and wood oven.
The spirit of this place enchanted one of Italy’s greatest artists of the 20th century:
While traveling through these hills on a quest to find locations for his latest movie, Italian theatre, opera and cinema director, Luchino Visconti, best known for his films Ossessione, Senso, Rocco and His Brothers, The Leopard and Death in Venice, came across this property and fell in love with it.
One of the founding fathers of the Italian Neorealist movement, Visconti chose this estate for his movie Sandra, with Claudia Cardinale and Jean Sorel, all shot in Volterra in the end, winner of the Golden Lion at the 30th International Film Festival of Venice.
The producer of the movie was one of Italy’s greatest film producers, the man behind many of the most memorable stories of Italian cinema.
Current State and Condition
The property is currently in good condition. It is used for events and rented for tourist periods. The main villa needs mostly modernization works while some other buildings require renovation works.
Land Registry Details
The estate is owned by an Italian company.
Utilities and Services
All the utilities are present.
The property can be transformed into a Relais & Chateau accommodation, or return to a private villa.