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Perched atop the hill of Ulignano for which it is named, Villa di Ulignano is a splendid 17th century villa surrounded by a magnificent garden with centuries-old trees. It is the perfect base for any Tuscan vacation: immersed in peace and tranquillity, and at the same time centrally located, at the heart of the triangle formed by Siena, Florence and Pisa.

 

 

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Description

Details

The manor home is part of a 17-acre property that is situated between Volterra, the closest town, and San Gimignano. One of the most important and prestigious villas in the territory of Volterra, Ulignano boasts an amazing location with enchanting panoramic views.

Inside

The common areas and halls are numerous and spacious, designed for entertaining, and thus the Villa can comfortably house events for up to 120 guests.

Bedrooms

The Villa di Ulignano is perfectly organized to welcome large parties, as it offers 15 bedrooms, all spacious and luminous, and is thus ideal for 30 people (with a maximum capacity of 40 people if all spare and daybeds are used.)

Outside

Walk barefoot in the park, read in the shade of an age-old tree, dine by the pool looking out over the beautiful scenery, gather together for a cocktail at sunset, dance under the stars or take a swim by moonlight. The outdoor possibilities are endless.

Location

The Villa is in Ulignano, town of Volterra, in the Province of Pisa. Not to be confused with the town of Ulignano to the north of San Gimignano.

Staff & Dining

There are different packages for guests to choose from regarding maid service.

The villa offers a wide selection of soft drinks, water, wines, beers, liqueurs and spirits that can be ordered a-la-carte and stocked in the villa’s fridges before your arrival.

Save time on your arrival and find all of your essentials at the villa including housekeeping, breakfast, staples and assortment at a fixed rate. There are different prices for each package size.

Every morning the baker of Volterra can deliver fresh bread and croissants directly at the Villa in the desired quantity.

There is a takeaway service available from a nearby restaurant located at walking distance from the villa. You can order: pizza, tasting menus and also morning pastries, bread and donuts to be delivered directly to the Villa.

The catering service can be ordered with a minimum of 30 people and the per person rate includes food, service and table setting without using the equipment of the Villa.
Catering can be hired also for single services.

Guests can also hire a chef for those who needs a full time service for the week. 10 hours service per day and a help for the washing up.

The Villa can organise babysitters, nannies and children entertainers depending on the children’s ages; you can choose from different offers for your children’s needs.

If you are renting the Villa for your wedding we highly recommend the help of a professional to help you with all you’ll need for a perfect stress-free wedding day. The choice of a wedding planner is important and subjective, trust and understanding are always fundamental and what works for other people may not work for you. For this reason the villa provides not a name but a list of reliable contacts. Professionals with different approaches that we have all seen at work.

The Villa can also arrange private transfers, from booking a cab to the nearest town or a minivan to or from the airport.

Things to Do

Have a sommeiller come to your villa with a selection of top Tuscan wines from across the region for a private conversation on the history and traditions of “Tuscan wine making”, and to explore and compare the very best that the region has to offer. Private visits to wineries carefully selected in the most celebrated wine-growing areas to choose from: Montalcino, Chianti, San Gimignano, Bolgheri and the coast.

A cooking class based on the traditional tuscan preparations can be arranged or you can comfortably welcome a traditional housewife or a professional chef in your kitchen and let them disclose the savoury world of tuscan food.

Have a delicious ice-cream in the famous Piazza del Pozzo in San Gimignano, a dinner at Badò a traditional trattoria in Volterra, anorganic food menu or a savoury pizza in the little restaurant Il Borgo at walking distance from the Villa, a dinner at Genuino the best restaurant in Volterra, a starred dinner at the timeless Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence or Arnolfo Restaurant in Colle Val d’Elsa or La Pineta on the coast at the sea.

Guests can go searching for truffles in the Villa woods together with a skilled truffle hunter and his dog.  The happy conclusion of the morning will be a simple lunch at the Villa organized by our truffle hunters with truffle menu.

Musical and entertainment groups can raise your spirits in the warm tuscan nights with different proposals caught in the tuscan tradition.

The most colourful spectacles presented by different towns in different time of the year like the Palio of Siena (July 2 and August 16),the historic football in Florence (June 24), the Luminara of San Ranieri in Pisa (June 16), the Explosion of the Cart in Florence(Easter morning), Volterra A.D.1398 in August and many more.

Guided tours to the craftman’s studios at the discovery of what is still alive of the most ancient memory of this land.

The many art cities with their amazing museums are all within reach. You can choose to go on your own with a rented car or to leave the Villa as a group letting us arrange for you a private transfer and a professional local guide to find on site.

You can rent mountain bikes for the whole group with a comfy delivery at the Villa, ideal to explore the beautiful dirt roads of the surroundings.

Discover the tuscan countryside on horseback with wonderful paths for experienced riders and beginners. You will always find amazing views wherever you go.

Discover from a bird’s eye point of view the beauty of Tuscany. An hot air balloon ride should be an absolute must in your to-do list. Take off will take place in a field close to the Villa with pilots of great experience and the flight usually lasts 1 hour. Each balloon can take from 4 to 16 people. We can arrange groups of maximum 10 balloons flying together.

Admire the sea where nature, history and art get together in a timeless place: the Baratti gulf and the Etruscan town of Populonia. Only a 2 hour drive from the Villa, a little paradise a hand.

Explore with an enviromental tour guide the enchanting surroundings of the Villa trekking the little falls “le Cascatelle”, the ring of the Black Mountain “l’anello del Monte Nero”. A drive’s reach also the rock of the young girls on the Cecina river “il Masso delle Fanciulle”, the natural reserve of Monterufoli and Caselli, the park of Tatti and Berignone.

Tuscany is full of thermal spas: Le Terme di Casciana, Rapolano, Bagno Vignoni and Gambassi Terme are the closest all easily reachable with a 2 hour drive.

Relaxing, aromatherapy and shiatsu massage with the set up of a wellness area at the Villa. Each massage lasts 50 minutes. A minimum of two treatments are required for the house-to-house service.

Personal trainer for yoga, tai-chi and pilates sessions at the villa.

 

Weddings

The Villa regularly works with many event coordinators to help secure the best vendors and equipment available. According to the size of the group they can help you by providing the finest state-of-the-art equipment and event design to create your personal atmosphere. Our experienced staff will provide you with all the information and contacts necessary for a stress-free and successful event.

Choosing the Villa for your wedding will give you incredible flexibility for a more relaxed event, with intimate settings for the ceremony, music, the meal and after dinner events. Many couples from all over the world keep on choosing our Villa for their special day, arranging week long festivities and activities for family and friends to meet and greet in a comfortable, glamorous and welcoming setting.

We love when a wedding truly reflects the uniqueness of each couple and for this reason we want our guests to feel at home and be the owner of their event. We highly recommend the help of a professional to help you with paperwork, coordinate all the aspects of the ceremony and choose all you’ll need for a perfect stress free wedding day. We can provide on request a list of reliable contacts, all professional with different approaches that we have all seen at work.

Ideal for weddings from 20 to 80, the Villa can comfortably house events for up to 120 guests choosing from various accommodation options in the nearby countryside and towns for the additional guests. It is possible to have also short rentals but not daily rentals. The Villa is rented only as a whole, bedrooms included with a minimum of 3 nights or one week depending on the seasons.