Self catering accommodation in the Val d'Orcia region (Tuscany)
The Bindozzino Agriturismo is located in an olive grove atop Poggio Rosa Hill in the municipality of Castiglione d'Orcia (Tuscany). The cottage has been accurately restored and subdivided into two independent living quarters. There one can appreciate breathtaking views of Montalcino and Val D’Orcia. Pienza and the thermal baths of Bagno Vignoni and Bagni San Filippo are only a few minutes away by car.
Our guests say
"Nous avons passé de superbes journées dans le gîte qui se situe au coeur d'une plantation d'oliviers... Accueil sincère et d'une extrème gentillesse de la part des propriétaires qui communiquent avec vous... même si vous ne parlez pas italien... Le gîte est agréable, la vue réellement très belle. La région est superbe, la vallée de castiglione est à l'abri des touristes, un lieu à recommander..."
Famille Curie, Dijon, France
"We spent 5 nights at Bindozzino in May 2010 and it was a restful experience. Zaira, her husband and two dogs were a delight. We will never forget our experience there."
Linda & Harry, San Francisco, USA
"After a very hospitable reception from the managing couple (very friendly and helpful people) of Bindozzino, we completely relaxed in an authentic Tuscan environment. A stunning view from the top of the mountain, watching over the valley from the olive grove / vineyard and seeing the sun coming up resp. going down from the bedroom. Around the beautiful Tuscan house there are many sitting areas where you can nestle to enjoy the quiet and the pretty landscape. Around are various small picturesque villages to visit and where you can enjoy the pure Italian kitchen and wines, all for a pretty small price. Very authentic, this also means that around here only Italian is spoken and people do not understand any foreign language. There are practically no other Dutch tourists around here. But in the near city of Siena, very much worth a visit, it’s a different story."
Dirk Jan and Ingrid, The Hague, The Netherlands
"Dear Zaira and Pasquino, thank you for a lovely vacation at Bindozzino and for a delicious breakfast at your home.
We enjoyed our stay in Tuscany. I hope to return to Italy soon. I hope to see you then. Thanks for your hospitality.
Sincerely, Sue Todd"
Agritourism is the most authentic way to experience a vacation in the Tuscan countryside. The number of Agritourism accommodations in Italy went from 1,800 in the year 2000 to over 3000 at the end of 2004; 1 out of every 4 agriturismo are located in Tuscany alone. But what does Agriturismo mean? The word is commonly used to describe any type of retreat that presents any connection to the countryside; in reality very precise laws regulate the operation and definition of a true agriturismo. In Tuscany one can refer back to law #30 passed on July 23, 2003, that establishes that an agriturismo can only be considered one if agriculture is practiced in the said location.
Some of these pictures were contributed by our nice guests from abroad.
Agriturismo Bindozzino stands in the center of a 25-hectare plot of land where olives, grains, and vines are grown. A superb extra virgin olive oil that we graciously invite you to try is extracted from the cultivation of our olive groves. The guests stay in a stone cottage separated from the owner’s living quarters by short walkway. The cottage can be dated back to the XVI century. Built from locally found stone the cottage was recently renovated with great attention to maintaining its original character. Surrounded by olive groves, sitting atop Poggia Rosa Hill, one of the most panoramic areas in Castiglione D’Orcia, offering amazing views of Montalcino, Amiata, and the lands of Alta Maremma.
The Val d'Orcia region offers the visitor enchanting scenery as far as the eye can see. Many of the sights and much of scenery can be found in publications, tourist guidebooks, picture books, ads, and anything involving Tuscany and its products. Numerous Italian and foreign films have enjoyed filming here. Located in the Southern part of Siena, the Val D’Orcia besides enjoying a splendid view of nature has been enhanced over the centuries by man: the wide stretching hills are covered with vegetation, crisscrossed by row of Cypress trees, accented with small towns of Medieval and Renaissance origin, and by a dense network of stone fortifications. This harmony between the natural environment and human intervention has brought Val D’Orcia to be honorably recognized by Unesco as a World Heritage Site in July 2004. “Val D’Orcia is an exceptional example of how the natural scenery was redesigned during the Renaissance to reflect the ideals of good government and to create an aesthetically pleasing image. Painters in the Sienese tradition have dedicated works to celebrate the harmony between man and nature, the two fundamentals of the Renaissance, heavily influencing the depiction of nature scenery for the generations that followed.” The territory consists of the towns of Castiglione D’Orcia, Montalcino, Pienza, Radicofani, and San Quirico D’Orcia.
Castiglione D’Orcia (540 meters above sea level) sprawls over an area of 141 sq. km and is inhabited by 2,551 people. It is located in the center of Val D’Orcia, in a beautiful place between Pienza and Montalcino, only a short distance from the Cassia interstate road. The center is located on a hill, across from the Northeastern part of Mt. Amiata. The land was under feudal control under the rule of the Aldobrandeschi family until the start of the 1300’s when it came under the rule of Siena. There one can see the beautiful principal piazza named after the painter Lorenzo di Pietro also known as il Vechietta (1410-1480), in the center of the square one can also see a 17th century reservoir. The capital is only a short distance away from the hamlet of Rocca D’Orcia, a medieval village located on a steep hill where the imposing Fort of Trentennano rises at the summit. Being positioned in a strategic location allowed more control over a vast territory and maintained communication. The fortress, after a recent restoration is now open for visiting (tel. 0577 887211) and its terrace offers great views of Val D’Orcia, Sienese Crete, Mt Amiata and its lands, and the sprawling territory of Castiglione.
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