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San Giovanni d'Asso, Siena


Location On the hills of the Val d'Orcia, near San Giovanni d'Asso, 40 km south-east of Siena.
Special Features

Farmhouse composed of two seperate but interconnecting house sections.

Prices € 4000 - 5200 per weekPrices, Availability & Booking
  • Air con
  • Chef
  • Dog welcome
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Pool
  • Terrace
  • TV
  • Airport distance:
    Florence 125 km
    Pisa 190 km
    Rome 250 km


Country living in the rolling Sienese hills

Olivella is a large farmhouse located in the beautiful countryside of the Val d'Orcia, in walking distance to the little hilltown of San Giovanni d'Asso (1 km). The Val d'Orcia is an enchanting and miraculously unspoilt valley in southern Tuscany, listed as UNESCO world heritage in 2004. Siena, Pienza, Cortona, Arezzo, Orvieto, San Gimignano, Volterra, Perugia, Viterbo and a wealth of sites and attractions are within easy reach. Montalcino, the classic Tuscan hill town topped by a fortress and famous for its Brunello wine (as well as the less pricey Rosso di Montalcino) is nearby. The famous Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore is only 7 km away, and also the Sant' Antimo Abbey, one of the finest Romanesque churches in Tuscany, is within easy daytrip distance.

Olivella is an ideal choice for those who wish to be close to shopping, restaurants and cafes, yet be in a private home. The small village with approximately 300 inhabitans is just a 5-minute walk away. San Giovanni d`Asso has a simple restaurant, an 'osteria', a baker and butcher, a pharmacy, a post office, a supermarket and a Cappuccino bar. In the upper part of the old town there is a very good restaurant. The village hosts the famous White Truffle Market in the month of November. The white truffle is prized and famous throughout Italy, as well are the other agricultural products of the area: excellent wines, oil, savoury cheeses and honey. There is no public transport in San Giovanni, therefore it is essential to have a car. 

This large stone farmhouse has the advantage of being composed of two independent house sections, each with a private entrance. The houses are connected by two doors, one on the ground floor and the other on the upper floor, but by closing the doors they can be completely separated. Therefore, this is the perfect place for two families travelling together. As each house has its own kitchen and living room, you can divide up your group easily. But on the other hand you can be together: the door can remain open and each dining area has a wooden table large enough to seat 10 people. A total of 10 people can be accommodated. House A sleeps 4 people, House B sleeps 6 people. You can choose if renting the entire property for 10 people or just House B for 6 people. If renting only House B the smaller House A will be closed and not rented to other parties to guarantee privacy for the guests.


Places of interest

The property's location makes excursions to Siena, Assisi, Orvieto, Perugia, Arezzo and Florence an easy day trip. But the area below Siena, stretching from the monastery of Monte Oliveto to Montalcino and Montepulciano offers some rewarding sites that are well worth a visit.

In San Quirico d'Orcia make sure you see the Horti Leonini, an early Renaissance garden, as well as the western door in the city wall and the Collegiata (main church).

Montalcino is beautifully situated on a hill inhabited since Etruscan times, swathed in vineyards and olive groves. It is a quiet, affluent, attractive town with pretty buildings and flower-filled squares, and many shops selling the Brunello di Montalcino.

Montepulcino is a graceful Tuscan hill town, best known for its Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which was being praised by connoisseurs over 200 years ago and can certainly contend with Italy's best today.

Pienza, the unfinished 'utopian' city, was commissioned by Pope Pius II in 1459.

Chiusi is one of our favourites because of its unpretentious liveliness. Compared to Montepulciano it is uncontaminated by tourism. Chiusi has a railway station - from here it is a quick ride to the city center of Rome.

Monticchiello is a pleasant walled village, whose crooked watch-tower is visible from afar. Next to the church is a small shop which sells local linens (towels, bedspreads) and materials in pure linen. They use traditional methods and patterns and the results are extremely attractive.

Visit the abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore and the semi-derelict monastery of Sant'Anna in Camprena - a very romantic setting which served as location for the film 'The English Patient'.

Sant'Antimo is surely one of the loveliest Romanesque buildings in all of Italy. It is hard to imagine a more sympathetic combination of architectural grace and natural setting.

And last but not least the landscape in this region of Tuscany is spectacular: The Crete Senesi are the eroded clay hills in the Orcia valley. These strange, pale, barren looking slopes, with their bare cliffs, broken gullies and white Jurassic limestone, look altogehter more lunar than terrestial.


Pool in winter?

Tuscany is famous for its Hot springs, belonging to a geothermical system that more or less encircles Monte Amiata, the most spectacular being Saturnia in the south west of the region. Steaming water collects in a number of white limestone basins - a rare natural spectacle and great fun to bathe in! Swimming possible both in the natural basins and in smart thermal baths. Saturnia offers a wide range of comforts and even a sauna.

Close to the property is Bagno Vignoni which has been popular since Etruscan times. St. Catherine of Siena is said to have appreciated its thearpeutic qualities, as is Lorenzo the Magnificent, whose family built the splendid arcaded pool - a kind of flooded, bubbling piazza, famously used by Tarkowsky for some of the more surreal passages of his film 'Nolstalgia'. Not far from this antique piazza there is a hotel with a lovely open air swimming pool, fed from hot springs. This is also available to external guests.

Bagni San Filippo may go into the books as the world's smallest thermal spa - a telephone booth, a few old houses, outdoor spring in the middle of the woods with glistening limestone formations and one small hotel with a public pool.

In Rapolano Terme there are two wonderful thermal spas - particulary beautiful are the San Giovanni Terme.

The Montepulciano thermal springs can also be enjoyed in an indoor thermal swimming pool. Have yourself thoroughly pampered! Just relax here!

Villa Details

Olivella 10

HOUSE A (120 sqm) for 4 people:
Ground floor:
1 living area with two French doors, fireplace, kitchenette under an arch, dining area and exit to a small terrace looking onto a well
First floor:
1 small terrace with panoramic view
1 double bedroom (red coloured walls)
1 twin bedroom (blue coloured walls, beds can be pushed together)
2 bathrooms (shower)

HOUSE B (200 sqm) for 6 people:
Ground floor:
1 large living room with sofa, two arches lead to the dining/kitchen area
1 guest toilet 
First floor:
1 large living room with fireplace, ceiling fan and two sofas seating two people each
2 double bedrooms with ceiling fans and en suite bathroom each (shower)
1 twin bedroom (beds can be pushed together) with ceiling fan
1 bathroom (shower)


POOL HOUSE (90 sqm including the loggia):
In front of the private pool there is the pool house to enjoy outdoor meals. Under a loggia you will find a large table with two benches seating 12 people. In the pool house there is a small bathroom (shower), and a small extra room (approx. 10 sqm) with an armoire with summer kitchenette (equipped with 2 hot plates, fridge and sink) is a practical asset for light summer meals.

GARDEN in front and at the rear of the house:
In front of the house there is a large garden with olive trees, pomegranate trees and some flowering bushes. Also at the rear of the house there is a lawn with an ancient well. From the garden and the pool you will enjoy the views of the gently rolling hilly Siena countryside. 

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Location Our evaluation Interior
Olivella 14 Apr 2018 - 05 May 2018
29 Sep 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
31 Mar 2018 - 14 Apr 2018
05 May 2018 - 02 Jun 2019
01 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
02 Jun 2018 - 01 Sep 2018
10 PAX 10
4000 EUR 4800 EUR 5200 EUR N/A Request BookingOlivella

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Special price for groups up to 6 people:
Low season EUR 2450 / Mid season EUR 2950 / High season EUR 3150.
If rented for this reduced price only HOUSE B will be open (House A will be closed).

Reservations from Saturday to Saturday.
Pool size: 12 x 5 m / opening dates: May 5th (depending on weather conditions) - September 29th. Pool towels are provided.
Maid service (house cleaning) available on request: EUR 12 per hour.
Painting lessons available (oil and watercolor): please check prices upon booking.
Baby bed and high chair: free of charge.

Extra services available only on request (Tuscan dinner on your first evening, cook, first shopping), to be specified when booking and to be paid in euros on the premises at the end of each working day:

  • Typical Tuscan dinner on your first evening, after a long trip: EUR 25 per adult, EUR 12,50 per child between 6 and 10 years, children under 6 years free of charge. The first dinner is prepared for a minimum of 6 adults. It must be ordered when booking, please ask us for the document 'First dinner' when booking.
  • Cook for dinners during your stay: EUR 25 - 37 per person depending on the menu. The fee is not inclusive of wine and water. Dinners during the week are prepared for a minimum of 10 people. They must be ordered when booking, please ask us for the document 'Dinner during the week' when booking.
  • First shopping: EUR 90 (expenses for a few basics and shopping time included).
    The shopping list includes: bread, butter, jam, eggs, 2 litres of milk, 1 packet Earl Grey Tea, 1 packet coffee, natural yoghurt, orange juice, 2 kg fruits of the season, 2 kg pasta (noodles), 2 jars tomato sauce, 1 piece fresh parmesan cheese, salad and tomatoes, ognions, garlic, extra vergin olive oil, 6 litres mineral water, 4 bottles of beer, 2 bottles of red wine, dishwasher detergent.

Security deposit, electricity, air conditioning, heating to be paid in euros on the premises:

  • Security deposit: EUR 500.
  • Electricity and air conditioning: metered.
  • Heating (if required): metered.
  • Pets allowed (small breeds only) on special request when booking: EUR 100 domestic pet supplement.

Bed, bath and kitchen linens, Internet WIFI connection, water, gas, wood for fireplace, final cleaning, pool cleaning service, garden maintenance all included in the price.


Please note: the Google Maps are only approximative, the exact address will be given after finalized booking.

Guests Reviews

Our Guests Reviews

Beautiful villa in a picturesque setting
Left on Sep 5, 2017 for a stay in Aug 2017
Lovely, spacious villa, nice pool with a shady pool house, fantastic views, private but a few minutes walk from the beautiful Tuscan hill town of San Giovanni d'Asso.

Thank you for giving us departure information. We are so sorry we will not be able to say goodbye in person but want you to know that our two weeks at OLIVELLA with our children and grandchildren was the most special time we have ever had. You, Daniela and Guiliano treated us a special guests. Paolo and Lorenzo were wonderful and entertained the children as much as the adults. Please tell Grazia we are so sorry, our Italian is so broken that we could not properly thank her for two amazing meals. She made two different tiramisu so the children would not have expresso - what a thoughful and appreciated gesture! We will sing the praises of Tribbio to our freinds and fully expect some will decide to visit you too. We will also be sure to report our joy with you and OLIVELLA to Suzanne. Until the next time, which we hope will be soon!
Janet and Tom Michaud, August 2014 

Today is our last day at OLIVELLA. We have enjoyed it so much. The people in the little town are so nice. Though it´s starting to get hot, the evenings are still great, especially spending them in the pool.
We will miss Olivella so much but I now, we will come back, hopefully with more friends so we can share all the wonderful momories with them all ever again.
Thank you Federica and Daniela for such a wonderful place to visit. This place is so beautiful and your hospitality is great.
Ciao for now!
Liz, John and Walter Tindall, July 2014 

Words can´t discribe the beauty! We had a wonderful time exploring all the towns and cities! Thank you for sharing your home with us! We will have many memories that will last a life time!
Dave, Cindy, Jacob + Elizabeth, June 2014

We loved the relaxtion and comfort of OLIVELLA after touring Rome, Florence and Venice! Although a bit to chilly for much swimming, we loved reading by the pool. At the crackling fire we had wonderful talks and the hospitalbe comfort of this place was more than we had hoped for!
Were off to Amalfi...
Ciao - The Paynes, June 2014

Thank you for sharing your villa with our family. We loved the villa and the help from Grazia and Daniele. The children specially loved the swimming pool, and we all enjoyed our days exploring the countryside. We dream of turning some day.
The Sacchy family, June 2014

For our three week stay, OLIVELLA was the perfect spot, either for lazing about or for leading out to so many nearby wonderful tours and attractions. We take day trips to Cortona and the Chianti country, where we had excellent lunch. Also the wine tasting tour was gorgeous.
Thanks so much to Federica and Andrea who made us feel so welcome here. We hope to return sometime in the future to repeat this wonderful experience.
Mille grazie!
Bill Maylord, May 2014

Excellent peaceful and beatifully looked after
Left on Jul 30, 2011 for a stay in Jul 2011
No negatives at all - house and grounds were lovely and nothing was missing. Locations was beautiful, though very much in the countryside.

A wonderful house in a beautiful area; very calm and relaxing.
Left on Aug 9, 2010 for a stay in Jul 2010
Federica, the owner of Olivella, is a very nice and friendly person. The house is beautiful and they take care for the pool as much as possible. The right place to relax and to enjoy this part of tuscanny. Giovanni d`Asso is very small, only few shops and only one good restaurant. We alwalys had to drive for al least 30 min to reach something. We only would recommend to enlarge the numbers of plates, cups, glasses and kitchenstuff. And the beds could be a little more comfortable.

Left on Jun 17, 2010 for a stay in Jul 2008
Two grandparent and two young families - 5 children under 7. Quite a long drive from Pisa airport and arriving late found difficulties with road sining. Olivella villas tiny notice. Accommodation was perfect for two families because no matter how well you get on, it was lovely to have your own space. We all mucked in together anyway! Down side was lack of fans for air conditioning as bedrooms were small and very hot for children especially. Very clean and pool area very well maintained but they were very reluctant to give us lilos for the chairs which was very annoying as they were necessary and most uncomfortable without. Even though we arrived later than expected due to road signing the pre arranged supper was most disappointing and very expensive. A great pity as we really looked forward to having most of the catering done for us. In the event we did not use this service again. Despite the drive, it was a perfect and very peaceful location and we all said it was the best holiday ever. And with the above provisos, I would recommend it to anyone.

Dear Bettina,

We have already used your properties in the past (La Corte and Olivella) and have been more than satisfied. This year our planning is late as usual ! Do you have any properties available for the last 2 weeks of August; south of Sienna, West of Lucca, south of Florence ... . 8 Pax + pool ... no sharing with anyone ... . Superior standard as usual. Thanks for your reply.
E. & C. Chammas, June 2008

Dear Sir/Madam,
My family and I have just returned from a 2 week stay at one of your properties - Olivella. We had a wonderful time! Best regards,
F. Baker, April 2008