Staying in Casa Colomba in April

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Thoughts from young couple who recently stayed in our Tuscany Holiday cottage…

“We had a wonderful week at Casa Colomba in April 2014. The weather was blissful, warm Tuscan sun without being overbearing. The views from the house are stunning, a panorama across a deep green valley dotted with hints of small villages in the distance. The house is at the top of  Orciatico and as such feels both cut off whilst also having easy access to the local  village amenities. Morning and evening walks further up the hill take you into a forest littered with wonderful scenery; a few old windmills, a fascinating abandoned house and a chorus of frogs at the top. Each morning we awoke to birdsong and a view from our balcony of the mist breaking and separating across the valley and the hills.

We spent our days travelling to local  Tuscan sites. Sienna was no more than one and a half hours away, San Gimignano, Pisa and Volterra were about forty minutes. Outside of the obvious art and architectural attractions of each of these locations we stumbled across some of the most remarkable art I have seen in situ. The Duccio room in Sienna, the amazing Fresco cycle in the Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta (San Gimignano) and Rosso Fiorentino’s Mannerist Masterpiece, ‘The Deposition’ (1521) in the Civic Museum in Volterra were amongst the highlights. On a par with these cultural highlights was the Gelato, which was sampled in each town.
It is only a ten minute drive from the house to find the location of Andrea Bocelli’s ‘Teatro del Silenzio’, which I have to admit I had not heard of prior to our visit. It is a spectacular location and we are planning to return one year for the annual summer concert.
We visited during the Easter Holidays, and as such a number of the restaurants we had been planning on going to were closed for the holidays. So we took a chance on a variety of places each evening, and as expected in Italy the food and wine was of a high quality and a low price.
The house is beautiful, plenty of room and a lovely feel. The log fire looks like it would make a winter visit worthwhile, and we envisage coming again for a longer trip. We had breakfast on the balcony everyday and regretted not bringing bikes as the hills and views would make for a perfect biking holiday.”