Luxury villas for rent in Tuscany

Val di Merse

The Val di Merse is a road designed by Mother Nature whose fame is not attached to the myth of a name.


On planet Tuscany, perfumed by wine, coloured by an enchanting landscape, ennobled by piazzas and towers, villas and castles, we find the Terre di Siena. And each land is a powerful icon, a microcosm of people, histories and atmospheres that contribute to the creation of an outstanding identity. Val di Merse is one of these icons that stamps a visible sign on the background of the Palio City.
What we are preparing to experience is a journey free from all conditioning. The Val di Merse is a road designed by Mother Nature whose fame is not attached to the myth of a name.
In the world of communications where everything must have a label and where you travel following legendary and sometimes inconsistent goals, this land of Siena likes to introduce itself without a visiting card. It prefers a firm handshake and a glance that immediately inspire trust. It would be like expecting a formal presentation from someone who wants to say how fine he is inside!
The essence of a place, as of a person, is a discovery that comes about discreetly and silently. It’s a question of feeling; sometimes it happens in a flash, on other occasions you need more time.
The Val di Merse has a reserved character and travellers fall in love with it because it knows how to be at once shadowy and sunny. Its intimate purity and the intact solitude in which it lives are highly intriguing and are an exclusive invitation to the traveller who is motivated by discreet curiosity.
Nobody will be disappointed, because Val di Merse is beautiful inside. And not only: because its external appearance too shines with its own light: suffused and delicate in its woods, brilliant in the cathedral that screams silently skywards.

Discover Val di Merse
Abbazia di San GalganoSan Galgano
The original nucleus of the monastic complex Cistercian of Saint Galgano (Galgano Guidotti 1148-1181) is constituted by the hermitage of Montesiepi, built in Roman style as mausoleum of the Saint between the 1182 and the 1185. Its greater particularity is the so-called 'the Rotunda of Saint Galgano' with a unique, for the constructions of that time, plan. It encloses, beyond to the tomb of the saint, the famous rock with the sword.

Poggio Civitate's Antiquarium
The Etruscan Museum is in the mediaeval village of Murlo and features important finds from the Poggio Civitatearea. Discovery of this place contributed in a determining way to a turning point in research into and study of Etruscan civilisation: the excavations brought to light not a village or a burial ground but an aristocratic palazzo (7th century BC) and a craftsman’s workshop.
The buildings underwent two constructional phases, orientalizing and archaic, datable between the 7th and 6th century BC. Architectonic elements such as tiles and acroteria demonstrate that the orientalizing building (older than the archaic) featured a complete system of roof covering. The craft workshop bears witness to the fact that architectonic ceramics were produced here as well as pots and precious objects. Around 600 BC both structures were destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 580 BC. The residence was entirely rebuilt to a quadrangular plan and had a large internal courtyard with arcades.
The finds include a collection of pottery, some of it from Greece: fragments of plates, amphorae, jugs, Ionic and Laconian cups and refined bucchero. There are also ivory sculptures. Outstanding among the architectural decorations are human and animal figure acroteria. Excavation of the archaic complex led to the discovery of metal objects such as personal and domestic ornaments in bronze and iron utensils.
The exhibition is completed with funerary objects from the tombs of Poggio Aguzzo (650 - 600 BC) including, notably, particularly refined pottery and precious bucchero.

Seeing Val di Merse on horsebackSeeing Val di Merse on horseback
Seeing Val di Merse on horseback means living a precious experience, it means abandoning our usual rhythms and stepping into the wide times and spaces of the past. You ride through the territories of dreams.
It means riding through hills where the great Emperor Frederick II of Swabia’s famous mounted falconers scrutinised the sky in search of the heron and the mallard which still populate this sky today, together with other species such as the kite and the harrier.
On horseback you come across abandoned castles in forgotten loops of time, with evocative names like “Castle that Only God Knows “;or towers tenaciously clinging to crags and ridges; or hermitages secluded in the silent jewel-case of the wood and suddenly coming into view, the kingdom of nocturnal animals and legends of which we are absolute lords for the brief period of our passage. And then the mediaeval villages of the valleys, such as Brenna , Torri , Lestine, where the sound of hoofs on the cobbles echoes through streets now broad now narrow and solitary, and the pink painted walls of Lorraine-style farms such as Montestigliano Montestigliano. To escape our everyday time and rediscover the time of Man, all you need to do is ride along the rivers Farma and Merse or through the woods of the Montagnola.


Val di Merse: discover the area

  • Murlo Murlo
    The municipal territory of Murlo extends for 114,79 square kilometres between the valley of the river Merse and that of the Ombrone.
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  • San Galgano abbey San Galgano abbey
    The original nucleus of the monastic complex Cistercian of Saint Galgano is constituted by the hermitage of Montesiepi, built in Roman style as mausoleum of the Saint between the 1182 and the 1185.
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  • Petriolo hot springs Petriolo hot springs
    The first informations about Bagni di Petriolo go back to the XIII century.
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  • Sovicille Sovicille
    Sovicille is situated at about 10 km west of Siena in the direction of Massa Marittima and Follonica.
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Accommodations in the area


    • Castiglione della Pescaia (Grosseto)
    • 50 km from Val di Merse

    Villa Roccamare Castiglione della Pescaia 12 beds

    Beautiful and characteristic villa with stone finishes located in the exclusive Roccamare area in Castiglione della Pescaia.
    Surrounded by the green of the pine forest and the total privacy with 2000 sqm park equipped with relaxation area and barbecue is located about 400 meters from the sea and has a private beach.

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    • Greve in Chianti (Florence)
    • 51 km from Val di Merse

    Villa Chianti 7 beds

    Villa Chianti is a private villa for rent in Chianti area with pool and garden that can accommodate up to 7 people.
    An oasis of peace and tranquility with views of the Chianti valleys not far from the main tourist attractions of Tuscany.

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    • Castiglione della Pescaia (Grosseto)
    • 51 km from Val di Merse

    Villa Punta Ala 9 beds pool

    Beautiful villa with swimming pool surrounded by greenery and tranquility of the exclusive tourist destination Punta Ala and small attic used as service personnel only 300 meters from the sea of Tuscany.
    This ideal solution for those who want to spend their holidays near the beautiful sea of Punta Ala with the comforts of an exclusive villa.

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    • Bagno a Ripoli (Florence)
    • 66 km from Val di Merse

    Villa Valdarno 12 beds

    Villa Valdarno is a typical Tuscan farmhouse located in a secluded and peaceful area in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, among vineyards and olive groves, and enjoys a privileged panoramic view of the Florentine Valdarno.
    The ideal solution for groups of friends or acquaintances who wish to spend their holidays in Tuscany with the comforts of a detached villa with swimming pool and large garden.

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    • Lucca (Lucca)
    • 100 km from Val di Merse

    Historic Villa Lucca 12 beds pool

    Historic villa 14 km from the center of Lucca immersed in the green of the Tuscan vineyards and olive groves, it has a private swimming pool and a large park.
    Set on 350 square meters in a dominant position offers a unique view of the hills of Tuscany.

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    • Massarosa (Lucca)
    • 105 km from Val di Merse

    Stone Farmhouse Massarosa 8 beds pool

    Stone farmhouse in typical Tuscan style skilfully and elegantly renovated in a dominant position on the hills of Massarosa with spectacular views that reach the sea of Tuscany. The farmhouse has a swimming pool with whirlpool.
    Perfect solution for those that search the real authentic Tuscany staying in the hills but not far from the Versilia sea.

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    • Viareggio (Lucca)
    • 105 km from Val di Merse

    Villa Torre del Lago 5 beds

    Typical Tuscan farmhouse for rent in Torre del Lago, Massaciuccoli area with 3 bedrooms and 5 beds, just 1 km from the Tuscany coast.
    Ideal solution for small groups or families looking for a villa for rent not far from the sea in a context of absolute privacy.

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    • Massarosa (Lucca)
    • 109 km from Val di Merse

    Farmhouse Massarosa 14 beds pool

    Beautiful ancient Tuscan farmhouse completely renovated located on Tuscan hills 10 km from the golf course of Versilia. The villa can accommodate up to 14 people.
    An oasis of peace for those looking for a stay in the Tuscan hills while staying close to the sea. Perfect for a relaxing holiday in close contact with nature.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 111 km from Val di Merse

    Charming villa Tuscany coast 14 beds pool

    Eighteenth-century villa located in a picturesque area of the Tuscan hills at the foot of the Apuan Alps, the villa has a park with swimming pool and tennis court.
    The spacious suites of the villa embellished with charming details and enhanced by modern comforts will make your stay an unforgettable experience.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 111 km from Val di Merse

    Villa Pieve di Camaiore 8 beds pool

    Luxury and charming villa with swimming pool for rent surrounded by the green hills of Camaiore not far from the sea of the Tuscan coast.
    The villa is ideal for those looking for an oasis of absolute peace and relaxation guaranteed by the elevated position and the external fence in style.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 112 km from Val di Merse

    Restored Farmhouse Camaiore 9 beds pool

    Beautiful fully restored farmhouse located on the hills of Camaiore. The villa is surrounded by a park of 2500 square meters in which is inserted the beautiful pool.
    Thanks to the dominant position on the valley from the farmhouse you can enjoy a beautiful 360 ° panoramic view.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 112 km from Val di Merse

    Villa Prato di Sopra Camaiore 10 beds pool

    This villa is really some thing special, perched on the top of a hill the views are endlessly breath taking.
    This villa is really some thing special, perched on the top of a hill the views are endlessly breath taking.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 112 km from Val di Merse

    Villa Camaiore Hills 7 beds pool

    Wonderful villa with swimming pool surrounded by greenery, tranquility and privacy of the Pieve di Camaiore about 10 km from the sea of the Tuscan coast.
    The villa has all the comforts necessary to ensure an unforgettable stay in Tuscany and is the ideal solution for small groups up to 7 people who want to stay in the countryside but not far from the sea of Versilia.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 112 km from Val di Merse

    Villa Camaiore Hills 10 beds pool

    Villa located 3 km from the center of Camaiore in a quiet and sunny position 10 km from Tuscan sea.
    Ideal for those looking for a villa accommodation on the hills of Versilia a few miles from Tuscan sea.

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    • Massarosa (Lucca)
    • 112 km from Val di Merse

    Villa Massarosa 10 beds pool

    Beautiful and spacious villa in the countryside located in the hills of Versilia, 3 km from the golden beaches of the Tuscan coast with private pool and park.
    Perfect solution to stay in the green hills of Tuscany, 3 km from the golden beaches of Versilia

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