About This Center
Imagine an enchanting ancient villa perched on a hilltop in Tuscany, surrounded by 750-acres of rolling hills, bio-dynamic fields and vineyards. Originally occupied by the ancient Etruscans, the villa has been lovingly restored with the utmost care for originality, aesthetic beauty and earth sustainability. Solar panels for heating and hot water, a salt water pool with minimal chemicals, natural paints and renders, and a constant eye to managing consumption and recycling make this a particularly unique eco-villa in this part of the world.
Located in the heart of Tuscany, between Florence and Siena near the famous medieval towns of Volterra and San Gimignano, this beautiful hotel and retreat center could not be more perfectly situated for privacy and nature, while granting access to charming villages for shopping, wine-tasting and sight-seeing. The produce and grains are grown on bio-dynamic land or sourced from neighboring organic farms. Bread, honey, jams, wine, olive oil, soaps, toiletries, and other herbal products are all made from natural sources from the estate and the surrounding areas.
The Yoga shala, a room in classic Tuscan architecture with stone arches and windows, is located near the main villa and overlooks fields and gardens. Other public spaces in the main villa include a grand ballroom with balcony, a library and a music room, gracious drawing rooms and dining rooms (all with fireplaces), a billiard room, a gym, a cinema room, a children’s playroom, a massage/therapy room and a sheltered courtyard with a loggia.
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