Nestled between the villages of Montisi and Castelmuzio, la Fornacina is a 2-bedroom, restored Tuscan farmhouse and brick kiln located in the hills of the Val d’Orcia region, a short drive from historic Siena and near to Florence.
QUIET & PASTORAL
The house is situated above a valley running between two hill towns, with spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding fields, olive groves, and a large stretch of land kept wild as a truffle reserve. No neighboring houses can be seen from La Fornacina, adding to its secluded feel.
INSIDE LA FORNACINA
La Fornacina is built on two floors. The main entry is on the top floor, which contains the kitchen / dining room and a spacious living room with open fireplace. The open kitchen is filled with natural light, and comes equipped with a gas range, oven, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
The lower level has two bedrooms: the first with a king-size bed and the second with two twin beds. The built-in banquette couches in the living room can sleep another two.
There are two bathrooms, a large, sumptuously appointed one on the lower floor, and a smaller one on the top floor. There is “on demand” hot water and full central heating, as well as a washing machine.
Although its location in the beautiful Tuscan countryside feels secluded, La Fornacina is readily accessible; it’s a 40-minute drive from Siena, 90 minutes from Florence, and only 3 hours from Rome. The Autostrada (exit 28, Valdichiana) is about 20 minutes from the house. La Fornacina can also be reached by bus from the train station in nearby Sinalunga.
Nearby points of interest include the Val D’Orcia; Pienza, where Zefferelli’s Romeo & Juliet was filmed; and the monastery of Sant Anna in Camprena, which was featured in The English Patient.
The nearby village of Castelmuzio offers a general store for everyday shopping, a charming bar/café where you can meet the local residents, and an excellent restaurant – all within a 20-minute walk of the house.
Across the valley, the neighboring town of Montisi has a general store, hairdresser, café and small movie theatre, as well as another very good restaurant.
During July and August, there are frequent village entertainments (including wonderful open air meals prepared by local families) where everyone is welcome. Activity peaks with the annual Festa of the Joust in the first week of August.
There are year-round antique markets every weekend in the surrounding villages, and farmers markets are held regularly throughout the area. The larger town of Sinalunga (20 minutes away by car) features a full range of shopping and services, including an excellent supermarket, i Gelsi.