Immersed in the unique and refined atmosphere of Villa Monsoglio, between Laterina and Castiglion Fibocchi, in the province of Arezzo, the estate La Penna offers its guests a comfortable and classy stay in three historic lodgings beautifully restored.
FROM THE CASTLE…
At the very beginning of its history, La Penna was a defensive castle: his owner laid down the law on the river running through Florence. It was a sought-after castle and often destroyed during its history, on which ruins stand the houses that form the small village of La Penna nowadays.
…TO THE SMALL VILLAGE
The small village, built on the ruins of La Penna castle, offers the visitor an atmosphere of harmony and peace: today the houses, built following the ancient circular map of the area, keep the charm of the walls of stone, maintained thanks to a careful repair. They can be reached leaving from Villa Monsoglio and following a path of ancient cypresses plunged in a wood, Arno’s river natural reserve.
A short flight of steps covered with vegetation, leads from the village to the small seventeenth-century church of Saint Laurence.
La Penna consists of a two-storey building and of two independent flats.
The main house
Antique furniture and modern details coexist in comfortable and spacious rooms.
It’s a two-storey building, with 7/9 beds, three bathrooms, a large living room with a kitchen area, a dining room, a game room and a small living room.
The stone walls lead to a large living room with a big fireplace, beautifully renovated; furniture are particularly luxurious, modern and in farmhouse style at the same time.
From the living room there’s a direct access to the very well equipped kitchen, furnished with antique furniture, and, in a row to the dining room, decorated with green boiserie and painted walls.
The study, or game room, is just next to the dining room. At the end of the corridor there’s a bathroom; bedrooms are on the first floor.
OUTSIDE THE HOUSE
The big garden
Walk under the pergola, go upstairs to the Saint Laurence church and sit down in the shade of the trees, in a relaxing environment.
From the French door there’s the access to the well-kept and verdant garden, a green oasis where guests can find peace and relax, walk, take a rest in quiet corners to admire wonderful flowers, vegetables and ornamental plants.
From the wooden floored terrace you can enjoy a fantastic view of Arno River, so wide and perfect with its creeks, that Leonardo himself painted it as the background for his enigmatic Mona Lisa.
Green is the dominant colour of the landscape: hills and woods of Arnos’natural reserve surround the house. It won’t be hard to sight the deer that inhabit the area.
The swimming pool
Let yourself be soothed by the warm water massage, plunging in the scents and colours of the garden!
A Jacuzzi positioned in a sheltered corner of the garden is available to guests for moments of pure pleasure and relaxation.
LA PENNA AND ITS SURROUNDINGS
A stay at La Penna, plunged in a charming natural contest, represents a unique opportunity to meet History and Art, and a starting point to visit the hinterland Arezzo’s province. Arezzo, the Etruscan city, gave birth to excellent artists, and is full of surprises and places not to be missed: piazza Grande, Petrarca’s house, the Cathedral, the Bacci Chapel with Piero della Francesca frescoes inside. Located at the confluence of four valleys, Casentino, Valdarno, Valdichiara e Valtiberina, Arezzo offers its visitors some of the most beautiful villages in Italy, historic towns of inestimable value and an area rich in culture and history.
La Penna’s guests can also have the opportunity to practice different sports: in fact, on the outskirts of La Penna, in San Giustino Valdarno, at “Il Borro” estate, there’s a 3 holes golf course; some little riding tracks, to ride in nature, can be found in Castiglion Fibocchi; the lovers of clay pigeon shooting can go to Ponticino to practice it.
Immersed in green, to gaze at the horizon
In an expanse of green, the secret is hidden of an arcan beauty, lovely as the rose petals on fire by the desire for life
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