Villa La Torricella in Etrusca area

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The Villa La Torricella is reported in the book of the territory of Volterra Lelio Lagorio which was once a watchtower with windows spinner, tower which was built in 1824 by building a 800 Tuscan style.

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 king bed
Bedroom 3
2 single beds
Bedroom 4
1 king bed
Common spaces
2 sofas

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Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 4
Beds: 5
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Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/apt


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Lauri User Profile
August 2017
We stayed at the Torricella for 10 days - 2 adults & 2 kids (6y, 8y). Great location, really close to local Supermarket & 10-15min. walk from Volterra old-town ( Ristorante Da Beppino - do not miss it!). A great central spot in Toscana to get to beach (1h) and FI-PI-LI ( yeah, Firenze - Pisa - Livorno), Sienna - all within 1 hour drive. We managed to catch the heat-wave ( 38+C in shade for every day) - if you travel with kids, stay away from large towns - Firenze 50C in shade and really high humidity. Our host - Raphael met us in the middle of night - plane got delayed - thank you so much! You have any questions/problems, just message/call Raphael & he works he's magic, thank you again! I would definitely recommend this property if you value privacy, location and history.
Raphaël User Profile
Response from Raphaël:
Thank you Lauri.
August 2017

Mark User Profile
June 2017
What makes this place is the location, its quite magical. It has a wonderful garden with amazing views and seclusion despite being within walking distance of the historic center of Volterra. The House is very historic with lots of character. When we were there it was very hot, but the thick walls of the house kept it cool. There are many shady areas in the garden and also being high on the hillside it caught the breeze keeping things comfortable. I would definitely recommend this property if your priorities are location, character and history.
Raphaël User Profile
Response from Raphaël:
Thank you Mark.
June 2017

Blaise User Profile
July 2016
Great organisation. Superb house. Amazing view and garden. A small castle in Toscana !
Raphaël User Profile
Response from Raphaël:
Thank you Blaise
July 2016

Sabin User Profile
September 2015
We stayed at the Torricella for 3 weeks. The location was just perfect for reaching Florence, Sienna, Pisa/Livorno, all within 1 hour drive. Fabulous beaches within 40minutes drive. House is very conveniently located a couple of minutes walk from a supermarket saving us a lot of car journeys, but is also I n total isolation, with its own drive etc. very quiet and Excellent views from all windows. Nice sunny garden with plenty of shady spots for those torrid days. The place also has its own forest. The house is less than 10minutes walk from Volterra itself where most action is- couple of good museums, some really nice restaurants there (cantina dei poeti not to be missed). Il contadino lives not far so if you get stuck, there is help at hand. House itself is great- lots of space and good facilities, clean etc. A washing machine would be useful, tho' particularly for longer stays. Lots of books about the area, its history, art, the Etruscans etc, and not just the boring ordinary guides, but real books, some quite old (and that much more interesting). Most of them in Italian tho'. Very nice place, highly recommend.
Raphaël User Profile
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September 2015

Frederik User Profile
September 2016
Mario, der Hausbesitzer, hat uns am Parkplatz abgeholt und uns dann das Grundstück gezeigt. Ein wunderschönes Grundstück. Er hat uns durch die etruskischen Gräber geführt die hinten im Garten liegen und für uns frische Feigen vom Baum hinter dem Haus gepflückt. Wir waren dann eine Woche dort und haben die Zeit sehr genossen. Worüber man sich klar sein sollte, ist das sowohl die Betten wie auch die Bäder schon etwas in die Jahre gekommen sind. Ich will damit nicht sagen schlecht, sondern halt schon ein paar Jahre auf dem Buckel. Aber so ein Haus mietet man ja gerade wegen dem alten Charme. Uns ging es zumindest so. Eine Sache die noch wichtig ist, das WiFi vor Ort läuft nur über ein 3G Hotspot und ist damit ziemlich langsam und im Datenvolumen begrenzt. Wer also einen guten Anschluss braucht ist wo anders sicher besser aufgehoben. Wer einfach mal abschalten und die Toskana geniessen will der ist hier gold richtig.
Raphaël User Profile
Response from Raphaël:
Thank you Frederik. Raphael and Mario ;).
September 2016

Meja User Profile
August 2016
Nos 3 semaines à Volterra ont été formidables. La villa Torricella est vraiment une maison merveilleuse : elle est encore mieux que sur les photos ! L'intérieur est décoré avec beaucoup de goût ( et bien équipé en électroménager) et la disposition en 2 appartements séparés est parfaite pour permettre aux parents de se reposer et aux enfants d'être indépendants. Le jardin est plein de charme et on y a une vue magnifique à 180° . On a l'impression d'être à la campagne alors que l'on est à 15 mn à pied du pied de Volterra : ça a été une très agréable surprise de découvrir que la maison est complètement cachée de l'extérieur et très tranquille. De plus, on est à 5mn à pied d'un petit supermarché très bien achalandé, avec d'excellents produits frais. Les premiers jours, nous nous sommes reposés et avons visité entièrement à pied la belle ville de Volterra, qui regorge de trésors. Nous avons ensuite visité les autres villes de Toscane situées à 1h30 maximum de voiture (dont Florence, Sienne, Pise,ect...). Raphaël est un hôte très attentif et réactif. Quelques remarques en vue d'améliorer l'offre de cette maison : nous n'avons pas eu d'accès Internet car nous n'avons pas réussi à faire fonctionner la clé 4G et dans l'appartement du 1er étage, les matelas des 2 lits double ne sont pas adaptés aux sommiers et n'étaient donc pas très confortables, il y a un lave- linge mais pas d'étendoir, nous ne savions pas comment évacuer nos poubelles. Mais cela est mineur et au total, nous avons été enchantés de cette maison, que nous recommandons vivement pour un séjour dans cette merveilleuse région qu'est la Toscane.

Gwendolin User Profile
August 2015
Fantastisches Haus mit wunderschönem Garten! Die Gegend ist auch traumhaft schön. Das Haus liegt einsam und abgelegen und trotzdem ist der Supermarkt in 10 min. erreicht. Eines der 3 Doppelbetten war etwas unbequem. Ansonsten waren wir sehr zufrieden und haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt. Vielen Dank!!!
Raphaël User Profile
Response from Raphaël:
Dank dir Gwendolin. Thank you Gwendolin.
August 2015

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Hello ladies and gentlemen,my name is Raphael and i treat my guests as i would like to be treated , with education kindness and sympathy,to make your private holiday in the best way possible.Being host is a responsibility. There is no greater joy than to contribute to the happiness of someone.Being able to make someone special is a priceless feeling .

“Florence is NOT just the Uffizi, the David, and the Ponte Vecchio.
About 10 million people visit Florence every year, and if you’ve been there, you know that the historic center is not very big, making for a swarm of tourists crowded into its center much of the year.
However, there are many more things to do in Florence besides the most popular sights. Should you visit those, too? Of course. There is nothing like seeing the David in person, the Ponte Vecchio is beautiful, and the Uffizi Gallery is a must for art lovers or those who just want to see some of the “biggies” like the Botticelli room.

First, walk down the Lungarno (the road that goes along the river) to Viale G. Poggi and take this winding walkway up:
Then stop briefly for the views at Piazzale Michelangelo before continuing up to the church of San Miniato al Monte:
The church is one of the oldest in the Florence area (from 1018) and a beautiful example of Romanesque architecture. It’s free to go inside–highlights are the mosaics above the altar and the small chapel in the back right corner of the church. Walk around the outside of the church, see the cemetery, and take in the views of Florence and the surrounding countryside.
On your way back down, pop in the nearby Giardino della Rose (Rose Garden) at Viale G. Poggi 2.

This museum has exhibits of contemporary and historic art by both Italian and international artists. Stop in on a Thursday evening for free admission to some exhibits and the weekly social gathering in the courtyard. People hang out on couches and get drinks and snacks at the café–definitely the place to be seen in Florence on a Thursday evening. Also, check out the bookstore’s nice selection of gifts and books for adults and children. Learn more about this innovative museum and find out about the Firenze Card, the best deal for entrance to many of Florence’s museums.

Walking along the Arno River is a wonderful way to spend time in Florence–try going down as far as you can in both directions to see the architecture and get away from the crowds.  There is a rowing club (“Canottieri Firenze” from 1888) right next to the Ponte Vecchio, so it’s common to see them rowing peacefully down the Arno.

This bridge does get packed with tourists, but it really is a special place that you should experience once. It is believed that it was originally built in Roman times, but the Ponte Vecchio that you see now was built in 1345.
Its has always housed tiny shops, and now jewelry, especially gold, is sold behind beautiful old shop doors.
The views from the bridge at sunrise and sunset are beautiful.

You should save time to climb either the bell tower or the dome of the Duomo for views of the city, but the bell tower may be the better option because it’s less crowded, cheaper, and gives you a close-up view of the outside of the dome. However, if you are particularly interested in the way in which the dome was constructed, choose to climb it instead and see Brunelleschi’s method of spreading the weight out with a herringbone pattern of bricks.

If you love food markets like I do, this is something you don’t want to miss. The Mercato Centrale is an excellent place to see beautiful local food, have a snack, buy picnic supplies, or buy gifts.

I know eating gelato should be automatic when in Italy, but you may find yourself so busy in Florence that you’ll forget to leave time for gelato breaks! Some of the best gelato can be found at Vivoli, Perché No!, Grom, and Festival. This cone with persimmon and chocolate orange was from Perché No!

In my opinion, this is Florence’s prettiest church. The façade is a lovely example of Renaissance shapes (except for the Gothic influence of the very bottom, which was built first). Pay 3 euro and go inside, where painted arches and an airy feeling greet you. The church is full of great art–worth a long look are Masaccio’s Trinity fresco across from the entrance and the Tornabuoni chapel behind the altar, painted by Ghirlandaio’s workshop including teenage Michelangelo.

This centuries-old pharmacy/herbalist/perfumerie is an interesting part of Florence’s cultural heritage. All rooms are beautifully decorated, even with ornate ceilings. There are so many historical objects related to the production of medicines, natural creams, and perfumes that it is also considered a “museum of tradition.”  It’s free, so pick up the information pamphlet, ask questions, and see a unique part of Florence’s history. Open every day 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and located behind Santa Maria Novella church on Via della Scala, 16.

Even though Florence is not as famous for its pizza as Rome and Naples are, the pizza is damned good! O’Munaciello (Via Maffia, 31, in the Oltrarno area) is quite an experience; I loved the 7 seasons pizza, which means that it was topped with whatever the chef wanted to put on it. Florens (Via San Gallo 40r, in the San Marco area) was a quick, modern, and inexpensive option.

Restaurant Celestino ask to Bruno and tell him I sent you (Raphael), you will be treated with kindness and courtesy as is customary in her restaurant to enjoy a multitude of typical Tuscan dishes. Address: Santa Piarists Square (50 metres before the old bridge in the Oltrarno district)

I have fond memories of eating chocolate in Italy, so on this visit, I stopped in many cafés to buy chocolates and kept them in my bag for when I needed a little something. On my last day, I discovered this elegant shop, located near Piazza della Signoria. I bought a few bars to bring home for family and selected many small pieces that you can pick out from bins and pay for by the gram. Everything was excellent, even the fruit candies.

Like gelato, cappuccino in Italy is an obvious choice, but a little reminder doesn’t hurt. When I studied in Florence many years ago, drinking cappuccino was such an important part of my day that I was crowned “Cappuccino Queen”! But the cappuccino in Italy is so good that even if you’re not normally a coffee drinker, you must give it a try. Remember that standing up at a café is cheaper than sitting down, and that Italians frown upon ordering cappuccino after about 11:00 a.m., when they usually switch to espresso.

If you want to see beautiful art but don’t want to deal with the crowds of the Uffizi, try the Palatine Gallery instead. Housed inside the massive Renaissance Palazzo Pitti on the other side of the Arno River, the Palatine gallery has works by some of Florence’s masters, including Raphael and Andrea del Sarto, as well as non-Florentines such as Caravaggio, Rubens, and Titian.

The Boboli Gardens are one of Florence’s better known sights, but I am surprised how many people show up in Florence not knowing about them. The gardens are really not to be missed, especially on a sunny day. The sweeping views, endless paths that take you past grand fountains, and surprising grottoes make for an unforgettable outdoor space. You can enter with your ticket to the above Palatine Gallery.
Keep walking to the very top and back of the garden for views of an olive grove and the countryside that surrounds Florence, and pop inside the small but lovely Porcelain Museum.

The Bardini Garden is not nearly as grand as the Boboli Gardens, but it is also much less known. When I visited late in the day in November, I was the only person! The garden offers exceptional views of Florence, and the flowers that were not blooming when I was there must make it very beautiful in the spring and summer. There is also a restaurant and cafeteria with a deck.You can access the Bardini Garden either from the street in the Oltrarno quarter (Via de Bardi 1r) or by leaving the Boboli Gardens and walking a bit (see the map given to you when you enter the Boboli Gardens). Entrance to the Bardini is included with the Boboli Gardens.

The Oltrarno is the area of Florence across the Arno River that includes #16-18 above. This neighborhood is less touristy and definitely worth a day of your time for a few reasons. Besides the above-mentioned Palatine Gallery and Boboli and Bardini Gardens, many artisan workshops are located there (see #11), and you can wander the streets just looking for workshops to peek into. Also, the area has many nice small shops, all less geared towards tourists, that make for great window-shopping (or real shopping!). Finally, this is one place where you can experience a bit of the “real” Florence, where you can see the life of the locals getting early evening cocktails with friends, eating snacks at a tiny bar, or sitting in Piazza Santo Spirito. If you like markets, visit the one at Santo Spirito in the mornings (except Sundays).

Splurge a little and relax in one of Florence’s grand historic cafés. If you don’t want to pay to sit, order at the bar. The cioccolato caldo (hot chocolate) at Paszkowski is to die for.

The Bargello is one of Florence’s best museums but is sometimes missed by tourists who are not aware of its collection or who miss it because it doesn’t exactly look like an important museum. The building dates from 1225 and used to be a prison. Inside you will be treated to a great collection of art, mostly notably sculpture by the best sculptors of the Renaissance, including of course Michelangelo and Donatello. Seeing sculpture in person is powerful, and these are ones not to be missed.

The Pazzi Chapel is a place few tourists know about, but it is one of the best examples of Renaissance architecture. It was built by Brunelleschi, the same genius who designed Florence’s dome, and showcases the important Renaissance principles of geometric shapes and spatial harmony. It is adjacent to the church of Santa Croce, so pop over after checking out the tombs and frescoes of Santa Croce. Read more about Renaissance architecture here.

We all know about the quality of food in Tuscany, from its cheeses and salami to fresh produce and olive oil. Why not make a little time to visit some of the city’s tiny food shops and pick up some things to try? With shops this inviting, it’s hard not to stop.

San Marco provides a more serene way to experience the art of historic Florence. It is an old monastery that you can tour to see the monk’s cells and the frescoes on the cell walls. Fra Angelico, a monk and early Renaissance painter, painted these frescoes to decorate the monks’ cells to give them with something holy to concentrate on while praying.

This fresco cycle, located in the church of Santa Maria del Carmine in the Oltrarno quarter, is probably the best place to see the innovations that took place in the early Renaissance. It is stunning, but you have to make reservations (even on the same day), well worth the effort if you can plan ahead a bit.

The Palazzo Vecchio is the old town hall of Florence, built in the 14th century. Its grand interior, which has seen such a fascinating history of events, has beautifully decorated rooms and courtyards with ornate ceilings, wall tapestries, carved doors, and fine art including works by Michelangelo, Vasari, and Da Vinci (this one was recently discovered behind one of the Vasari walls in the Salone dei Cinquecento).

Seriously? Yes. The door knockers of Florence are impressive but are easily overlooked with everything else there is to gawk at. Try to find a favorite–you might be surprised how many cool door knockers (and doors) you see!

Fiesole is a small town in the hills above Florence. Going there is a great way to spend a nice day, or even half a day. You can get there by taking Bus 7 from the Florence train station or at the stops at the Duomo and San Marco in Florence. The town was founded around 800 BC as an Etruscan settlement (the Etruscans lived in this part of Italy long before the Romans), but it was conquered by the Romans in 283 BC. Etruscan and especially Roman ruins are still visible. There are also nice churches, a monastery, and a square where you can enjoy sweeping views of Florence and the surroundings. The tourist office map shows 3 walks around the town and along the Etruscan walls–choose the one that’s best for you and soak up a bit of Tuscany!

The View Restaurant (Fiesole)
For a great dinner with one of the most beautiful views of Florence go to The View Restaurant (Fiesole) located on Via Peramonda n 1, cap 50014 , Fiesole , inside the Camping Panoramico Fiesole, about 3 km from the historic center of Fiesole Piazza Mino , for reservation call to mobile +.

This unimposing church just off the Arno River is worth popping into to see the work of Renaissance master Domenico Ghirlandaio. Inside the church, the Sassetti Chapel was frescoed by Ghirlandaio and his workshop–it is interesting to note how he used the look of Florence and local people to depict scenes from the Bible. The altarpiece, “The Adoration of the Shepherds,” is one of my favorites from the Renaissance. (The church is free.)

The city center is so small that you can easily walk to dinner, then out to have gelato, then for a walk around the main sights before going back to your room. Historic buildings are lit, making for dramatic views, especially of the Palazzo Vecchio:
Italians don’t seem to like to go home early, so why not join the fun and spend some time outside at night? You can warm up at a café, and if you’re lucky, you may even run into a night market or other outdoor event.

Tratto i miei ospiti come vorrei essere trattato, con educazione,gentilezza e simpatia,per rendere la vostra vacanza privata nel miglior modo possibile.
Essere host è una responsabilità.
Non non c'è nessuna gioia maggiore di contribuire alla felicità di qualcuno. Essere in grado di rendere qualcuno speciale è una sensazione impagabile.______________

Je traite mes clients comme je voudrais être traité, par l'éducation gentillesse et sympathie pour rendre votre séjour privé de la meilleure façon possible.
L'hôte étant est une responsabilité.
Il n'y a pas de joie plus de contribuer au bonheur de quelqu'un. Pouvoir obliger quelqu'un à se sentir spéciale est inestimable.______________

Yo trato a mis clientes como me gustaría ser tratado, a través de la educación y la amabilidad y simpatía para hacer sus vacaciones privadas de la mejor manera possibile.
Ser anfitrión es una responsabilidad.______________
No hay alegría mayor que contribuyen a la felicidad de alguien. Ser capaz de hacer que alguien sienta especial es invaluable.

Und ich behandle meine Gäste, wie ich selbst gerne behandelt werden, durch Bildung Freundlichkeit und Sympathie Ihre privaten Ferien in der besten Weise möglich zu machen.
Als Host ist eine Verantwortung.
Es gibt keine Freude größer als das Glück eines Menschen beitragen. Jemand treffen können besondere Gefühl.______________


אני אוהב את העבודה שלי ואני מתייחס לאורחים שלי כמו שהייתי רוצה שיתייחסו אל, דרך חסד חינוך ואהדה כדי להפוך את החופשה הפרטית שלך בדרך הטובה ביותר אפשרית.
להיות מארח הוא אחריות.________________
יש שמחה שאינו עולה כדי לתרום לאושרו של מישהו. יכולת לגרום למישהו מיוחד הוא תחושה לא יסולא בפז.________________

Я люблю свою работу, и я отношусь к своим гостям, как хотелось бы лечиться, через образование доброты и сочувствия, чтобы сделать ваш частный отдых в наилучшим образом._______________
Будучи хозяином является ответственность.
Существует нет большей радости, чем внести свой вклад в счастье-то. Будучи в состоянии сделать человека, является бесценным чувство.________________

أحب عملي وأنا علاج ضيوفي كما أود أن يعامل، من خلال اللطف التعليم والتعاطف لجعل عطلة الخاص بك في أفضل طريقة ممكنة.
كونها المضيفة مسؤولية.
هناك الفرح لا يزيد على الإسهام في إسعاد شخص ما. القدرة على جعل شخص خاص هو شعور لا تقدر بثمن.________________


Αγαπώ τη δουλειά μου και τη θεραπεία τους επισκέπτες μου, όπως θα ήθελα να αντιμετωπίζονται, μέσω της εκπαίδευσης ευγένεια και συμπάθεια για να κάνει τις ιδιωτικές διακοπές σας με τον καλύτερο δυνατό τρόπο.
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İşimi seviyorum ve en iyi şekilde özel tatil mümkün yapmak için eğitim şefkat ve sempati yoluyla, tedavi olmak istiyorum gibi benim misafirler tedavi.
Ev sahibi olmak bir sorumluluktur.
Birinin mutluluğuna katkıda bulunmak için daha büyük bir sevinç yoktur. Birisi özel yapmak için güçlü olmak paha biçilmez bir duygu._______________

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