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Stay at Casa Quintino in the heart of Tuscany

A beautiful rustic farmhouse offering three comfortable double rooms.

The ideal base for families and walking groups.




Fall in love with Casa Quintino

Casa Quintino is a lovingly restored old farmhouse situated above a hidden valley in the depths of rural Tuscany. It was built over 300 years ago on the site of a hermitage, where monks quarried travertine stone. We have combined the ancient mood of the site with modern comfort to offer you the deep tranquility of unspoiled countryside. It is a haven of peace, with no made made sounds or sights on the edge of the Parco Benessere (Wellbeing Park) - the original arcadia.

We are 25 minutes drive from both Volterra and San Gimignano, the most admired hill top town in Italy. Our nearest village is Gambassi Terme, the center of the Via Francigena, in Tuscany where the ancient pilgrims travelled to the Holy Land. . We are also exactly in the center of the Renaissance cultural triangle, one hour equidistant from Pisa, Florence and Siena. To the east, we are a one hour drive to the long sandy beaches of the Etruscan coast, the gateway to the islands of Elba and Giglio.
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Casa Quintino is not a 'Tourist Villa' but a simple unpretenious Refugio, appealling most to nature lovers who are seeking a break from urban life. The remote situation provides long views over rolling hills to Volterra on the skyline. In the evening the moon rise can be seen from the patio, and stars are extraordinary in the deep velvety night where in spring the only sound is the call of the nightingale. It is a nature lover's delight with the birdsong of cuckoos and African hoopo whilst deer, foxes, porcupines and wild boar regularly visit the ancient spring in the evenings.

Our best review put it like this:
"This is where Tuscan dreams come true! It is a beautiful country house in typical Tuscan style in an authentic setting not far from great sights, such as San Gimignano, Siena, Monteriggioni, Florence, etc. A car is a prerequisite for approaching the property! The hosts are warm, friendly and very helpful. They have a special story about the creation of the country house. I would have liked to spend more time with them! Everything is perfect and happy again!'


Walk the beautiful Pilgrim Route in Tuscany

The Via Francigena is the "Camino de Santiago" walk of Italy.

Ambling in Arcadia - ten days immersion in Tuscany along the Via Francigena

The Via Francigena (The French Way) is an ancient pathway from Canterbury in England to Rome, which has been walked by pilgrims for over a thousand years. It is similar to the Camino in Spain but much less well-known and therefore not yet crowded.

'Ambling in Arcadia' offers you the very best part of the Via Francgena, with minimal penance and maximum immersion in true Arcadia. As some of the ancient route is now along tar roads, we have edited the hike so that you can avoid all built up areas and traffic, walking 2 - 4 hours per day. Each day's route enables you to experience Arcadia like the original pilgrims walking quietly along remote tracks through forest, farmland and little hamlets with minimal modern annoyance. We provide a reliable back-up in case of emergency, as well as detailed knowledge of the routes to ensure everyone, including non-walkers can enjoy Tuscany to the full - hands free and carefree.


Explore the Hilltop Towns and Culture of Tuscany

Casa Quintino is based in the centre of Tuscany and offers easy access to a wealth of cultural experiences.

10 days of Italian Culture


So much culture, so little time! Where to begin when you come to Tuscany? We are in the very centre of the 'Cultural Triangle' of the Rennaisance between Pisa, Florence and Siena, surrounded by little hill top towns each with their own particular festival. We tailor the tour to your interest, whether it is music, art, food or wine. Depending on the time you come, wecan arrange a programme of delights - Opera in the Piazza in San Gimignano, Jazz in Volterra, and well-known pop icons who perform at the Lucca Music Festical. All summer each hill top town celbrates a 'Sagra' when a particular product or food is made the object of a festival when the whole town turns out, and shares the celebration. The ultimate spectaculo has to be the annual Andrea Boccelli Concert on his stunning amphitheatre on his estate only 15 minutes from Casa Quintino at the end of July. Our favourite is the stunning medieval festival in the last two weeks of August when the Volterranni roll back time to 1398, the year the town survived the plague - a fascinating insight into medival life and what people ate, their music and dance, the jousting and flag throwing and all the skills needs to survive. The highlight of the summer in Tuscany is of course the famous Palio, held in Siena twice a year, once in July and once in August. The whole town competes in a horse race between the neighbourhoods in a two minute horse race around the the shell shaped piazza in the centre of this lovely town - an event you will never forget.At the end of June the Pisani compete in an historic battle to conquer a bridge, whilst the Florentines hold their anarcistic football match where there are no rules. Book ten days with us and we will fill the days with a culture experience you will never forget. .

GUIDED TOURS: Euro 50 extra per person

- Art: sketching and painting in medieval hill top towns
- Culture: an introduction to Rennaissance Florence
- History: exploring Volterra, the capital of Etruscans
- Cooking: a day of pizza and pasta making at the home of a local chef
- Exploration: a hermit's cave with carvings in rock
- Horse riding: along the Via Francigena

OTHER ATTRACTIONS TO VISIT

- San Vivaldo: replicas of the churches of the Holy Land made by crusaders
- Populonia: a 2 hour trip to the beach and lunch at a fortified Etruscan town
- Gambassi Terme: beauty treatments at the Thermal Spa and Wine tasting
- Castel Falfi: glamourous liesure centre with swimming pool and golf course
- Lajatico: A visit to the arty home town of Andrea Boccelli
- Pomaio: meditation at one of the largest Tibetan Buddhist Centres in Europe
- Vinci: A visit to Leonardo's hometown with working demonstrations of his inventions

 

 

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