|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
Ground floor, 62 m2, 4 people.
Entrance from the garden into the big sitting room/kitchen with a sofa and two armchairs, table tv.sat, micro HI -FI, a table for 14 people. The French - windows, with curtains, looks onto the woods land. The double bedroom also has French-windows with double curtains. 3 steps from the sitting-room lead to the landing with the bathroom (shower in bricks) and the twin room (one French bed and one full size single bed) to the door of flat 4.Curtains are present in all bedrooms and nets are placed on all windows, so you can sleep with the windows opened during the summer. The nights are cool, the temperature excursions from day and night is of 10 degrees. A constant, pleasant breeze keep always a good temperature. At night time the temperature goes to 19- 20 degrees centigrade.
Outside a benches wooden table for your meals; The sun beds ensure longs hours of rest , the Hammock for a shady siesta.
Foresteria 3 and 4 can be linked to host 8-10 people
Welcome to Foresterie, the holiday lodge of Miralaghi, an estate of 700 acres in a natural park; 15 Km from the highway; from 400 mt to 600mt of altitude from where you can see: Città del Pieve (13km), Cortona (35km), Chiusi, the ancient capital of Etruscan (10 km), and Montepulciano, Chiusi Lake, Trasimeno Lake(10 km); Perugia (35 km), Assisi (60 km).
The hill, between two valleys, has an ideal microclimate, with a gentle breeze that cools the air by the day; a strong temperature range that brings the temperature at night to 18° and 20° C, 65-68 F.
Le Foresterie is the first house you meet when you arrive from Tuscany; ideal for people who want to relax and day dream in an area surrounded by trees and listen to the evening sounds of the woods and admire the stars at night.
All apartments are large, confortable and welcoming.
Le Foresterie looks toward Città della Pieve and the hills around.
Le Foresterie is a old casale divided in 4 apartments ilinked together 2 by 2 from the a corridors with large walls from 40 to 60 cm inside and outside to guarantee your privacy and to give you the possibility to stay together at the lounge of Foresteria 3 enjoyng the french-window on the wood in summertime or in Foresteria 1 in front and beside the fireplace during the winter time.
Children will enjoy the play-ground, the ping-pong, the soccer table, the boules field and the birds-watching.
Here you can enjoy wonderful excursions on foot or mountain bike, close to unspoilt nature with dense woodlands full of wildlife. Fish at our fishing pond (No-kill fishing), take a pic-nic in the dedicated area, or follow, as Rambo, the fitness trail ( 11 equipments 17 exercises) in the forest. The Forest is amazing.
The Jacuzzi SPA, the bowling green, the playground ( Two swings, pendolino, duck, slide, sand-pit) , the ping pong table, the soccer table are close the house; the heated pool is 400 m from the house, 700 mt by car.
Come and discover some of the most interesting and beautiful areas of Italy and to admire some splendid works of art dating from the Roman-Etruscan civilisation through to the Renaissance.
Tired? Why not to relax in the pool, or in the Jacuzzi, play bowls, play chess under the oak tree, or admire the wonderful sunset and the never- ending view around you?
At night, don’t miss the show of the dark sky crowded with stars and the surrounding valleys lit up by hundreds of pin-point lights.
Check your email from the comfort of your sofa with Wireless Internet while the kids will stay entertained with toys, DVD movies, the board games and cards.
All apartments have a master bedroom which features a King Size bed with dual side tables & lamps and a twins bedroom (wich can be transformed to King size beds in Foresteria/ apartments 1-2-4 ) with dual side tables & lamps and wardrobe .
The bathrooms feature a full-size shower.
Each apartment. has a parking area, an independent entrance, mosquito nets at the windows, their own outside area fully equipped with wooden table and benches, chairs, sun beds, hammock, and a barbecue,
At Miralaghi we have many species of wild animals (which I try to protect in every way) : foxes, roe deer, hedgehogs, porcupines, wild boars, hares, squirrels and fire-flies in June, July. Hawks often circle above us. A family of barn owls is often seen at night. Robin, jay, hoopoe, green-peak, bee-eaters and other birds are usual visitors. Pheasants and partridges are often set free here.
Spring is flower season and it last well into autumn with violets, wild flowers, sun-flowers and cyclamens. From the end of September until the beginning of November you can find many species of mushrooms.
For a unique experience join us the first week-end of November for the olive harvest
Weekly I do olive oil lesson- testing.
I live on the estate and I like to invite my guests into my home for a drink.
We have a facebook page where you can find the pictures of all the activities here and of the sorroundings.
In the immediate vicinity I advise you to go to Paciano a beautiful restored medieval village and Panicale and Panicale a Reinassance villages.
In the small square of the village of Paciano there is a pretty bar for a drink, a supermarket and a good butchery.
In Moiano the small Conad is well for a shopping.
For ready meals in Città della pieve go to SIDIS in corso Vannucci.
The best supermarket (with a wide selections of fresh and cooked or ready to cook meals) is CONAD on the road toward Castiglione del Lago then Magione-Perugia , loc. Pineta; on the road near Chiusi you will find: LIDL, SMA, FAMILA. If you are in Chiusi COOP is absolutely the best.
The best APPETIZER TEA OR DRINK
Castiglione del Lago Michele and Co.
outside the property:
-Il Fornello : sea food -cheap and very good.
-Il Casale ( view)
-La Loggetta - in the Fiorentini Tower- views
-L'Oca Bruciata ( good for a T/A pizza)
-Il Pozzetto ( very popular)
-L'angolo Della Bontà ( T/A)
-Lo Zio Tobia very cheap and very good.
-Pesce D'oro - seafood (on the lake on the way to the Etruscan tombs)
-La Solita Zuppa, very nice but expensive.
-Il Bucchero ( in a courtyard adorned with beautiful vines) with a good prices
- Il grillo Città della Pieve : -Osteria Pievese in the Hotel Vannucci, my favourite. -“Lo Zafferano” more expensive.
- Il Saltapicchio for a brunch or aperitif ( 10% reduction)
- Il Bistrot del Duca for a couple.
- Alle Mura good for a quick pizza.
Castiglione del Lago
- La Cantina on the courtyard, view on the lake, very good and 10% reduction
- La Pigra Tinca , very nice in summer to eat on the balcony on the lake. Good food and pizza.
DAY TRIP SUGGESTIONS:
within 10 km :
Paciano, 3Km : ideal village in Europe
Panicale, 7Km : S. Sebastiano Church, and a “fresco”of Il Perugino (1504)
Chiusi: Museo Etruscan Museum, etruscan tombs, Catacombe di S. Mustiola e S.Caterina, 'Labirinto di Porsenna' 10 km
Città della Pieve 12 Km : Duomo Museum, S. Agostino Church, S. Maria dei Bianchi and Perugino’s “Fresco” (1504)
Lago Trasimeno 14KM
Castiglion del Lago 14 KM
Within 30 km:
Chianciano: ( bring your swimming suit, ask for the voucher)
Cortona: 30 km
San Casciano dei bagni 20 Km ( bring your swimming suit, ask for the voucher)
Magione 20 Km
Corciano 30 Km
Within 50 km
Perugia 35 Km
Orvieto 40 km
Castiglion Fiorentino 40 km, Palzzo del Pero, Monterchi, ( Madonna del Parto) san Sepolcro ( Museo Civico ' la Resurrezione) , Anghiari ( ristorante il cantuccio) Valico Di Scheggia.
Pienza 50 km (World Cultural Heritage)
Arezzo 50 km
Within 90 km
Todi 60 km
Assisi 65 km
Monterchi 88 Km
San Sepolcro 88 Km
Anghiari 91 km
Siena 85 km
Viterbo 85 km
Radicofani 77 km
Gubbio 76 km
Grotte di Frasassi 115 km
Spoleto 105 km
Firenze Km 120: 1 hour by train to downtown from Chiusi Station
Roma Km 130 : 1 hour by train to downtown from Chiusi Station.
The property was bought by my grandfather after World War II, when returning from Africa, was looking for a property near Rome, that reminds him of the wide spaces of Africa and he felt in love for Miralaghi estate where le foresterie is. All around us there is not the savannah, of course, but hundreds of kilometers of nature, culture, architecture and art that you can see all around you.
I like a lot this place because is in the hearth of the most beautiful area of Umbria and Tuscany. You can reach a lot of places. I like people who come to visit my property because I like to share it: it is a unique place. The air is clean, full of good energy, the silence is broken by the the gentle breeze and birdsong.
I live in another house in the estate where I like to invite my guests for a drink. Miralaghi is a perfect place where to live and work because it is beautiful, near Rome and Florence in un area full of theathers, events, festivals, music, concerts, parade, cinemas. So after my work I can do something that generally you find in the big cities as a fantastic exibition in Florence or Rome, or festival in Perouse or theather in Città della Pieve or Montepulciano, to be ready to give you the best 'adress' at your arrival.But sometime I prefer to look at the stars with my sons.
Or sometime I go to do a horse-ride with a magnificent Arab horse inside the magnificent property where I never time to go.
Maria Luisa Pisa Simonini purchased this chateau / country house in 1957
See the hawks play with the wind is a strong emotion, as well as see the approach of rain and the landscape disappear under it, like in a movie. In winter are frequent the warm light and the sun as on a tropical island that rises on a sea ... of fog.
The temperature is perfect because there is always a gentle breeze: in summer during the day it' s never hot, at night it falls down at 18-20 degree centigrades- IDEAL to sleep. In winter is never foggy as I said but it's possible to see a cloud to move towards us. The weather is wonderful until the end of December and from the end of March. Not far from Rome and Florence , you can be there in about one hour, by train or by car. At the center of a lot of trips. This is un area really active in culturals events all around us.
What makes this property unique is the view: there is no one better in my opinion; for 360° around us, for hundreds kilometers of nature and story.
The second unique benefit is the location: close to a lot of beautiful villages either in Umbria either in Tuscany, near the lakes, easy to reach Rome and Florence.
The third unique benefit is a gentle breeze that refresh the air in summer, as we are at 500 on the sea level; at night the temperature falls at 18-20° centigrades.
The fourth unique benefit is that in winter is never foggy
The fifth unique benefit is the good energy of this place. Really healthy: there are billion square meters of leaves that clean the air.
The Sixth unique benefit is the proximity to a lot of SPA bathes
Dear Maria Luisa!
What a wonderful Paradise!
We liked the house and the garden,
the landescapes with the trails,
the charming villages and the towns with culture and history.
But we enjoyed expecially the kindness and the good tips of our host.
Thanks for all.
We spent 3 weeks at foresteria 3 last summer and enjoyed everything very much. The appartement is very nice with beautiful furnitures and everything we needed.
The drive to the house ist unsurfaced, but you can manage it easyly with normal car.
To the pool you have to walk a few meters, but that doesn't matter.
You are quiet alone in the nature with only a few other guests. We met very nice people from all over Europe. Everybody is interesseted going for sightseeing. There are a lot of nice and beautiful towns and places around.
We went by train for one day to Rome. That was a very nice trip.
If you have a problem, you can ask Maria Luisa. She helps with good advices for restaurants, attractions, markets and trips.
We will come back. Many thanks to Maria Luisa.
We stayed in Foresteria 3 in August for 10 days and had a wonderful holiday, very relaxing and in beautiful surroundings. The accommodation was simple but pretty and had everything we needed.
Maria was very helpful throughout our stay and everyone we met both local and fellow tourist seemed genuinely friendly.
Anything I would change or comment on, foresteria 3 main bedroom gets very hot as there are no external shutters, and the communal pool is a bit of an uphill walk with kids. The 3.5km off road drive ensures quiet but is a little stressful if you have a hire car and no excess cover I'd recommend a 4x4 hire.
These were minor points and we loved our stay and would happily return.
We had two wonderful weeks here! Our host could not have been more helpful....very responsive and full of information!!! The villa is nothing short of spectacular - the views, the trails, the rooms - everything! Started each day with a hike just to see the incredible views! This is an exceptional, central location. We visited many, many highly recommended sites that were all within a few hours drive. So very peaceful, relaxing....all around beautiful! Nothing left to say.....except....we'll be back!!!
Two weeks we've spent at Foresteria 3 with our family with 3 small children.
After a warm welcome from Maria there was a lot to explore on the estate. Hiking, running, fishing and of course the refreshing swimming pool.
A room with mountainbikes, fishing rods, a lot of toys and dvd's is available for use. A real treasure chest for our youngest, always something new to discover.
Besides from everything being available to relax the estate is located so both Umbria and Tuscany are easily accessible.
Best of all was the complete privacy, besides from the other (handfull of) residents there was no one around which was very relaxed. Not being deserted and far from overcrowded ;-)
All in all great memories of this lovely place, two weeks were too short!
We spent a lovely week at Miralaghi which was perfect for our family (3 kids aged 5,10 and 12). We loved the helpful suggestions of where to go and what to see which made our excursions extra special. We especially liked finding the outside natural pools at San Casciano dei Bagni and taking the scenic route through Montecchielli to Pienza. Also walking through the fortress walls at Castiglione de Lago. Maria Luisa goes out of her way to make sure that your stay is as good as it can be. There was plenty to do and the children enjoyed having bikes and outdoor and indoor games. Miralaghi is a beautiful spot and so peaceful and quiet but also so close to everything. Highly recommended!
What an amazing, magical place. We just spent four wonderful weeks at Foresteria 3 with four young kids, ages 2 to 9. It has everything Maria Luisa says, as advertised and more! The kids loved to play table soccer and at the play ground, and the forest paths were lovely. The apartment was well equipped with lots of kitchen appliances, and Maria Luisa made sure we had a lot of dvd's for the kids to watch. There is a room with tons of toys, bicycles and fishing rods, but the best thing about the place is Maria Luisa herself. She goes above and beyond to be a warm and helpful hostess. Thank you so much for all the wonderful memories!
Ideal center for a lot of excursions in Umbria and Tuscany and Latium.
In the immediate vicinity, I advise a lovely medieval village: Paciano, 3 Km, and a beautiful Renaissance village: Panicale, 7 Km.
During your walking inside the property you can see all around you: Chiusi at 10 Km, Città della Pieve 14 Km, Castiglione del Lago at 12 Km, Trasimeno Lake 12 Km and Chiusi Lake 10Km , Montepulciano 25 Km, Cortona (Under The Tuscany Sun) at 30 Km, Perugia at 35 Km, Assisi (San Francis town) 50 Km.
Travel on Trasimeno Lake to the fisherman’s isle where you can spend a great afternoon.
If you would like to discover ' Il Perugino' go to Città Della Pieve to Santa Maria de I Bianchi is the most beautiful fresco of him: the nativity.
Chiusi, the ancient city of King Porsenna, is a city of Etruscan origin. you can visit the interesting archeological museum and the system of tunnel underground the towns born to defense the town.
The tombs, which are very interesting, are visible nearby.
Not far is Montepulciano; the most beautiful Renaissance town in Italy. I advise you to go to the Avignonesi cellars to taste the fine wines and the Redi cellars the most beautiful in the world for Newsweek.
Further away is Pienza the first small Italian city built according to a regular plan. The ideal town in the 17th century and one of the “Treasure of the humanity” for the UNESCO.To arrive in Pienza follow the indication to Montichielli, NOT to Pienza.
I'ensure you a beautiful charming trip.
On the other part of Lake Trasimeno is Cortona- under Tuscany Sun- At the museum of The Etruscan Academy there is the famous Etruscan lamp the oldest in the world.There is also a magnificent “Announcement” of Beato Angelico and paintings of Luca Signorello.
You must visit in Perugia the “Rocca Paolina”, a curious item: A barbican built on 200 houses.
Equidistant is Orvieto; the Cathedral is stupendous The Well an emotion for adults and children. And recently they opened the “underground town”.
There is still much to see: Arezzo, Siena, Assisi (The town of San Francis with the two churches one up the other ) Gubbio ....
And staying more then one week don't miss le Marmore falls (they are opened all day long only saturday and sunday), the highest falls in Europe and Frasassi caves the most beautiful caves I've been in all my life.
If you want to go by train from Chiusi, you can travel comfortable to either Rome or Florence in about one hour, and still return in the same day.
MARKETS AND FAIR
Arezzo: A nice antiquity market every first Sunday of the month
MARKET EXIBITION Città della Pieve
Over 60 Italian companies offer excellent agro-food products and handy-craft - end of March.
Monday: Chiusi, Tavernelle
Wenesday: Castiglione del Lago, Chianciano
Thuesday: Magione, Montepulciano
Friday: Panicale, Sarteano
Saturday: Città della Pieve, Passignano, Cetona
DINOSAURS: the largest exhibition in Gubbio until July 1: truly unique.
TABLEAUX VIVANTS: Città della Pieve
REPRESENTATION OF LIVING LIFE AND PASSION OF CHRIST
In the picturesque scenery of the underground palace of Orca, Sunday and Easter Monday.
Eastern Concert Orvieto Dome, Director Zubin Mehta.
LET'S PAINTS THE SKYS -Kites and ballons-, (Castiglione del Lago 15km) the end of April until 1 May
Feast of CERI Gubbio May 15
HISTORICAL PROCESSION (Orvieto 35km) the saturday and sunday of Corpus Domini
L’INFIORATA - The main road decorated with pictures done with petals and seeds- Città della Pieve 12km ) the Sunday of June close to St Luis.
PALIO DI SIENA (Siena 70km) 2 July and 16 August
UMBRIA JAZZ (Perugia 35km) 8th to 17of July
PALIO DELLE BARCHE - Palio of the boats- (Passignano 20km) the last week of July
TRASIMENO BLUES FESTIVAL Around Trasimeno lake: middle of July
PALIO DEI TERZIERI (Città della Pieve) penultimate Sunday of August.
SAGRA MUSICALE UMBRA (Perugia 35km) All along September
UMBRIA JAZZ (Orvieto 40km) 29th of December to 2nd January
Be aware of the beautiful concert at Panicale 7 Km.
L' EUROCHOCOLATE from 14 al 23 October.
TABLEAUX VIVANTS In Città della Pieve- from Christmas until the end of the year.
FOOD & WINE: Foresterie is set in Region of the best red wine, one of the most famous precious-wine-producing areas in the world
TREKKING AND CYCLING: For the lovers I advice you that the road that arrives at Miralaghi is one of the 10 best paths in Umbria; around Trasimeno lake there is a dedicated path as inside the estate there is a reported path for mountains bikes crossing breath-taking landscapes.
SHOPPING: several factories of cashmere knitwear nearby.
At about 1 hour drive from the Villa there are many Outlet of prestigious Italian Brands, where you can buy with discounts up to 60% compared to normal shops. Outlet Val di Chiana Foiano (AR): Cavalli, Ferré, Laura Biagiotti, Versace.
At home and at our fb page you will find more info, suggestions, trips.