Abbadia d'Ombrone

Abbazia di Vallombrosa

Villa Arceno

Bardini Garden in Florence

Bernard Berenson

Boboli's Gardens

Il parco dei Mostri di Bomarzo

Villa Bottini

Castello di Brolio

Villa Cahen

Villa della Capponcina

Villa Capponi

Villa Medici at Careggi

Villa di Catignano

Cecil Ross Pinsent

Castello di Celsa

Villa Certano Baldassarrini

Certosa di Pontignano

Villa di Cetinale

Villa Chigi Saracini

Villa Farnese (Caprarola)

Gardens in Fiesole

Villa Gamberaia

Villa Garzoni in Collodi

Villa di Geggiano

Villa Grabau

Villa Guicciardini Corsi Salviati

Horti Leonini di San Quirico

Villa I Collazzi, Firenze

Iris Origo

L'Orto de'Pecci (Siena)


Villa I Tatti

Villa Medicea La Ferdinanda

Villa La Foce

Villa La Gallina in Arcetri

Villa Lante

Villa La Petraia

Villa La Pietra

Villa La Suverana in Casole d'Elsa

The Medici Villa at Careggi

Villa Medici in Fiesole, Firenze

Garden of Palazzo Medici-Riccardi in Firenze

Villa Medicea at Poggio a Caiano

Medici Villas in Tuscany

Villa di Monaciano

Giardino degli Orti Oricellari | Firenze

Orto Botanico, Siena

Villa Orlandini in Poggio Torselli

Il Palazzone

Villa Palmieri and Villa Schifanoiai

Villa Peyron al Bosco di Fontelucente

Palazzo Piccolomini in Pienza

Villa di Pratolino

Villa Reale di Marlia

Villa San Donato in Colle (Bagno a Ripoli)

Villa Santini Torrigiani

Villa di Vicobello

Villa Vistarenni

Il Vittoriale degli Italiani


 
Gardens in Tuscany
             
 
Villa Certano Baldassarrini
album Surroundings
       
   

Villa Certano Baldassarrini

   
   

The Villa Certano estate extends along the sunny, open hillside about 7 kilometres from Siena. Inside the estate, on top of a hill, is the ancient rural village with its stately manor-house dominating the tufaceous, sandy, browny-yellow terrain, typical of this area, where olives and grapes have been cultivated for centuries. Villa Certano has belonged to the Baldassarrini Macinelli family for centuries and during the Renaissance it was the property of the famous Sienese painter and architect, Lorenzo di Pietra Vecchietta, who made this his residence.

Lorenzo di Pietro Vecchietta painted a group of frescoes and a relic press in the hospital at Siena; four ceilings in the Baptistery of San Giovanni at Siena; an altarpiece, The Assumption of the Virgin, his masterpiece (cathedral, Pienza); a triptych, Madonna with Saints (Uffizi); St. Catherine and the Virgin of Mercy, fragments of frescoes (Palazzo Pubblico, Siena); and a Madonna (Siena). Lorenzo was one of the most important painters of the later Sienese school. He also executed many sculptures, including The Risen Christ (Santa Maria della Scala, Siena) and a bronze relief, The Resurrection (Frick Coll., N.Y.).

The village is made up of rural buildings which, today, have been restored and refurbished for use as fully-furnished holiday apartments, offering relaxing stays under the shady Lebanon cedars and secular oaks. Adjoining the villa and enclosed between other buildings is a small pre-Romanesque church which, according to records, dates from the 8th century AD, during the reign of the Longobard King Liutprand.



 


View of Villa Certano and the hanging garden

   

 

 

Villa Certano | Strada di Certano, 18, 53010 Costalpino - Siena

 

   
   
   
 

Villa Certano is easily reached via the A1 Autostrada del Sole motorway and the Firenze-Siena highway.
Following the A1 from the North, exit at Firenze Certosa, take the Firenze-Siena highway and continue until the Siena Ovest exit.Following the A1 from the South, exit at Bettolle, take the Perugia-Siena-Firenze highway in the direction of Siena and continue until the Siena Ovest exit.Exit at Siena Ovest and take the SS73 road in the direction of Massa Marittima-Monticiano, passing through the towns of Costafabbri and Costalpino.Just about a kilometre past Costalpino you come to a church on the right and a big building on the left, then, after about a 100 metres, there is a road on the right bearing a sign for Certano. Once on this country road, keep to the left and continue along a tree-lined avenue leading to the estate of Villa Certano.


 
   

Villa is Tuscany


Artist and Writer's Residency | Podere Santa Pia

 

 
Podere Santa Pia  

Villa I Tatti, near Settignano, outside Florence

 

 
Podere Santa Pia, view from the garden
on the valley below

         

Villa Saracini

 
 

Villa Saracini

Castel Porrona, a charming medieval village dating back to the 11th century, between Cinigiano and Castiglioncello Bandini and Podere Santa Pia

 

Castello Torre Alfina