Set at the top of a hill, with an outstanding view, this Tuscan farmhouse sits just outside Lajatico, in the centre of Tuscany. It can be purchased as a whole which offers excellent flexibility for home and rental income, or it can be purchased in part as it lends itself easily to be offered in two units.
Beautiful Tuscan farmhouse, divided in two units: CASA GIULIANA and CASALE MARUSCA. The location is magnificent: on the top of a hill with an outstanding view over the rolling hills, just 1 km from the centre of Lajatico.
CASA GIULIANA: on the first floor of the building, accessed from an independent staircase, there is an apartment to modernise. It comprises a living room with a fireplace, kitchen with balcony, two bedrooms and a bathroom. This property could be transformed to a lovely, welcoming house, as it still has considerable charm and historical detail. There is also a large garden.
CASALE MARUSCA: This comprises most of the property and is spread over the ground floor and the first floor. It can be accessed by an independent external staircase or also by the same staircase from which Casa Giuliana is accessed. Part of the ground floor has been restored to create a huge living room with fireplace, a spacious kitchen/ living room and a bathroom. An internal spiral staircase connects this floor with the upstairs. Upstairs on the first floor is another spacious living room with panoramic balcony, dining room with kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. From every window in this wonderful farmhouse is a fabulous view over the hills of Lajatico. On the ground floor are also several ‘fondi’ (storerooms) which could provide additional accommodation. A detached ‘capannone’, a large storeroom, is currently used to store agricultural machines. There is easy car access and plenty of private parking. Casa Marusca sits within a total of 6 hectares (15 acres) of land, which comprises the hill to the front of the house with an olive grove, woodland and fields. There is plenty of space and magical spots and it would be perfect to install a swimming pool (subject to planning).
On the ground floor of the property are many rooms, currently used for storage.
The property can be sold as a whole or the two units are available separately. The location is one the most beautiful in the Valdera area, as it is close to the centre of Lajatico, it has easy access and is surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and with a 360 degree open view. The whole property a great option for use as a family home with the possibility an income from letting the separate self-contained units (Casa Giuliana and the ground floor of Casa Marusca). Casa Marusca has been totally renovated and all the systems are in excellent order so it is ready to live in. Casa Giuliana needs some modernisation work although all the systems are connected and it is all in good condition.
The farmhouse is located in Valdera in central Tuscany, close to Lajatico, between Pisa and Florence. The lovely village of Lajatico is a Tuscan beauty, with a pretty town centre set amidst the hills between Pisa and Volterra. As you walk around the picturesque streets in the village you will see plenty of posters of Andrea Bocelli. Lajatico has more than a mild devotion to the internationally acclaimed tenor – they adore him, and this is his hometown. Bocelli remains as devoted to his birthplace as they are to him; so much so that he built a beautiful amphitheatre here where he performs, along with other illustrious musicians each year. The park is called Il Teatro del Silenzio, and it is a stunning natural arena that comes alive with the sweet sounds of music, then returns to silence.
Lajatico is home to about 1,300 people and it is part of the Valdera (valley of the Era river). You will find woods, waterfalls, springs and other natural delights, so going for a walk in the area is always a great experience. The nature reserve (called Riserva Naturale del Monterufoli) is a wooded oasis with lots of trails and makes for a great day surrounded by nature. Another worthy walk is the one to the top of the rocky hill where you can find the ruins of the Castello di Pietracassia. It is a solitary place and a good hike that offers sweeping views.
The history of Lajatico goes back to the Etruscans and the Romans, though the town itself dates to the Middle Ages when a castle was built here as a strategic outpost. The Medici had significant holdings and influence here; the Villa Spedaletto belonged to Lorenzo il Magnifico, his center of control for the Volterra area. In town, the streets wind along the pretty palaces and buildings and lead to the Piazza Vittorio Veneto. There are plenty of shops and cafes and a lovely atmosphere to enjoy. The Torre Civica is the symbol not just of Lajatico but of the entire Valdera. The tall bell tower strikes sonorous tones with the same bell that has been in place since 1279! The town, in solidarity and partnership with Amnesty International, illuminates the tower when a state or nation abolishes the death penalty.
The church of San Leonardo was built in the 13th century. It has been renovated various times, and bears marks of several styles. An Astronomical Center provides instruments and research to the scientific community and universities, and also gives individuals a chance to glimpse astronomical wonders. Guided tours can be arranged, and special events are organized for the public. There are country restaurants, beautiful landscapes, and plenty of towns to explore in the area. Lajatico is northwest of Volterra and south of Pontedera, in the province of Pisa.
Distances: Lajatico 1 km, Volterra 15 kms, San Gimignano 30 kms, Beaches 45 kms, Pontedera (train station) 20 km, Pisa (airport) 50 kms, Lucca 50 kms, Florence 80 kms.