From a private hillside position, this villa with its pool and grounds overlooks miles of classic Tuscan scenery. Villa Bonjovi is in a blissful part of Tuscany known as the Montagnola Senese. It lies halfway between the towers of Monteriggioni and the walls of Siena.
While physically close to everything, the area is centuries removed. Lush forests and quaint little villages are strung together by panoramic hiking trails and gently winding country roads. During this villa’s construction, nearly 1000 years ago, its builders uncovered an ancient Etruscan crypt adjacent to where the hearth was to be. Like much of Italy, built on the remains of the past, the crypt was reborn as a storage pantry!
Today, Villa Bonjovi lives serenely as a comfortable non-smoking vacation home. Its spacious and terraced grounds offer sun and shaded areas as well as a lovely pool. Both the pergola and the patio are furnished for dining. There’s a barbecue grill and pizza oven for the budding outdoor chef. An old stone cottage, a few yards away, is rarely used by the owner.
Inside, beamed ceilings and terracotta floors complement a traditional Tuscan décor marred only by the addition of screened windows, satellite television, a CD player and a billiard room for your gaming pleasure.
From two of the bedrooms, there are expansive views of the countryside and of Siena shimmering in the distance.
The rest gaze across the pretty grounds towards the surrounding woods with an occasional glimpse of the rolling countryside. An internal window, next to the fireplace, looks into the now empty Etruscan pantry. Maid service and meals may be arranged when booking.
The nearest restaurant, in the village of Riciano, is within a 10 minute drive. Both Monteriggioni and the entrance to the Firenze – Siena highway are within 15 minutes by car; Siena: 20; Colle Val d’Elsa or the golf course in San Rocco a Pilli: 30; Castellina, San Gimignano or Montalcino: 40; Radda or Florence: 60 and Cortona: 90.
Ground floor: Living room with fireplace, TV and CD player. Dining room with doors to furnished patio. Kitchen with stove top, oven, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine. Billiard room. One bathroom with shower.
First floor: Two bedrooms each with two single beds, one with doors to covered terrace with steps down to the garden. One bedroom with a queen size bed. One bedroom with two single, joinable beds. Two bathrooms each with shower. One bathroom with tub and hand shower.
About Monteriggioni, Tuscany
Monteriggioni is a walled town in the province of Siena in Tuscany. It is located on the left bank of the River Arno in the center of the Val di Chiana. It has a population of around 26,000 and has existed since the 9th century.
The town is famous for the 13th-century Palazzo Pubblico, which is one of the most important works of art in the city. The Palazzo Pubblico is the seat of the commune and the offices and the Palazzo della Ragione.
Monteriggioni is located in the center of Tuscany and is easily reached from Florence. It has a number of tourist attractions including the Palazzo Pubblico, the Duomo, the Basilica of Santa Maria della Pieve and the Museo del Duomo. The town is also famous for its medieval towers.