Casa Soianella, a little gem, is an exceptional apartment on the first floor of a recently renovated nineteenth-century historic building, set in a hilltop Tuscan village, on the outskirts of Terricciola, a region of the Valdera known for the quality of the wine production. From the village lane, you enter the majestic and elegant condominium atrium through an imposing wooden door. A stone staircase leads up to the first floor where the apartment is located. Unique in style, the character and historical charm are evident with vaulted frescoed ceilings, a large window in the living room overlooking the hills and vineyards, and an original mosaic floor: the living room is the main room from where you go to the small kitchen, the bathroom and then up the spectacular wooden staircase to the wooden loft area which is used as a sleeping area.
This property is unique and it offers Tuscan charm and it evoques an atmosphere of the era of the greater splendour of the late nineteenth century, married with all the conveniences of modern living. At the entrance of the main door there is the coat of arms of the noble family that once lived in the building and the history of the building is plain to see. From the condominium atrium you enter the beautiful gardens, with a large swimming pool for use by the owners and guests of this small complex of just eight real estate units. The property is for sale partially furnished and ready to move into. It is perfect as a holiday home, or for rental options, or for a combination. The parking is private and exclusive. It is located on the opposite side of the entrance to the villa, one level below the condominium garden, with entrance through a gate and a ladder. Arriving by car, you can then go directly from the parking lot to the communal garden.
The pretty village is dominated by the beautiful bell tower, visible for miles from the surrounding hills and valleys.In the summer, all the inhabitants of the village organize a dinner in the small ‘borgo’, the cobbled lanes of the village in which all residents and non-residents participate: the whole street is filled with lights and well-set tables. The small local community is very welcoming and friendly and does its utmost to make visitors feel part of their community.
This lovely apartment is in the centre of a quiet Tuscan village and within easy walking distance of the village amenities. Terricciola is set between the valleys of the River Era and the town of Cascina, and the Sterza stream. It is in between Pisa and Florence in an area with pretty hilltop villages including Morrona, Soiana, La Rosa, Selvatelle, La Chientina and Soianella which are all wonderful to explore. This colourful landscape of rolling hills dotted with medieval villages, castles and tall cypress trees epitomises the Tuscan dream. Meandering through the countryside of Valdera you feel the vestiges of the mysterious Etruscan civilisation.
Terricciola is known as the ‘City of Wine’ for the rich and fertile soil ideal for cultivating grapes. In September each year The Festa dell’Uva e del Vino (Grape and Wine festival) is held. This offers an excellent opportunity to taste some of the best wines of the region and people come from all over the region to enjoy this special occasion. There are many other festas in the area including the Spring Fair in La Rosa in May, the Festa dell’allegria (Feast of Joy) in Morrona and the Strawberry Festival in Terricciola in July, the Notte Bianca (White Wine Night) in August and the Calici di Stelle (drinks under the Stars) in Terricciola. just 4 km from the renowned town of Terricciola, famous for its wine production; particularly famous is the Morrona Farm with 600 hectares of land of which 110 are vineyards, 40 are olive groves.
The property is perfect to enjoy holidays in a small and quaint Tuscan village, or equally it would make a lovely, permanent home and it is perfectly placed to explore this beautiful area. It is just 5 km from the beautiful town of Casciana Terme, famous for its thermal waters and with a newly renovated spa which is a lovely place to spend a day relaxing, with indoor and outdoor pools. Casciana is dominated by a castle, with a beautiful central piazza and since Roman times it has been famous for the curative warm thermal waters. Today it is a bustling town with a busy weekly market and great shops and restaurant and a famous theatre. It is halfway between the famous hilltop village of Volterra and Pisa. The area offers many activities with easy to join cooking classes, art classes, Italian language classes, wine tasting, hill walking and even Vespa tours around the rolling hills of the area. The friendly community is ready to welcome you in and there are so many great places within easy reach – it really is a great spot from which to explore the whole of Tuscany.
The coastal cities of Castiglioncello and Cecina, the golf courses of Pisa and Castelfalfi, and the historic towns of Volterra and San Gimignano are all close by, and each make a wonderful day out. The old town of Livorno is close too, from where it is possible to hop of the ferry to the magnificent island of Elba, just off the coast.The town is located in Valdera in Central Tuscany between Pisa and Florence. This colourful landscape of rolling hills is dotted with medieval villages, castles and lanes flanked with tall dark green cypress trees, all of which epitomises the Tuscan landscape. The nearby città d’arte (cities of art) include Volterra, San Gimignano, Palaia and Florence, each offering splendid art and architecture to admire. In Lajatico, Andrea Bocelli, the famous tenor, was born and it is in the heart of Valdera that his Teatro del Silenzio (the Theatre of Silence) draws some of the biggest names in opera, when he hosts a summer festival each year in July.
Distances: Soiana – walk into the village, Casciana Terme 5 km, Terricciola 5 km, Pontedera (trains, supermarkets) 20 km, Pisa (airport) 35 km, Cecina (beaches) 35 km, Volterra 40 km, San Gimignano 50 km, Lucca 70 km, Florence 80 km.