Large luxury villa just outside Volterra
Villa di Ulignano is located in the heart of Tuscany, just 10 km outside of Volterra. Surrounded by a large splendid garden, the large luxuy villa near Volterra is generally rented exclusively as a whole to allow guests the maximum level of privacy.
The Villa (11 bedrooms) can be rented along with the renovated dépendance (4 bedrooms) sitting right next to the villa for a total of 15 bedrooms, comfortably lodging a large group of up to 30 people (and up to a max of 37 with additional single beds). It is also possible to just rent the villa on its own or the dépendance in order to suit the size of the group.
The villa, with its wide spaces and enchanting panoramic views, is the ideal setting for weddings and other special events, as well as business meetings but is also ideal for enjoying a relaxing vacation with a group of friends.
Top 3 reasons you'll love Villa di Ulignano
This stunning XVII century Villa is ideally located between the cultural gems of Volterra and San Gimignano
Vast grounds to walk and relax in, with space for both privacy and conversation even with large groups
Four game rooms, a private cinema equipped to watch DVDs, a massive pool with separate kitchen, lounging areas, gym, 2 saunas
The Villa di Ulignano was built in the 17th century upon commission of the governor of Livorno. It is said that Napoleon Bonaparte stayed at the villa at the beginning of the 18th century and, in remembrance of such an event, a few of the rooms are named in his honor.
The villa, however, is more widely known for its more recent history connected to the world of Italian cinema. It is often called the "movie villa" since Franco Cristaldi, producer of movies such as Vaghe Stelle dell'Orsa by Luchino Visconti (released as Sandra in the United States and as Of a Thousand Delights in the UK) bought the villa in the 1960s and transformed it into a residence for relaxing as well as for working - that's why you will find a private movie theater inside the villa. The villa has hosted important cinematography legends including Federico Fellini, Marcello Mastroianni, Sergio Leone e Giuseppe Tornatore. It was a place where guests could think, breathe and create cinema while being surrounded by enchanting panoramic views, the peace and tranquility of the natural surroundings which all contributed to the birth of important partnerships and unforgettable screenplays while creating a magical atmosphere, still present today.
This exclusive villa in Tuscany is surrounded by a splendid landscaped garden of over 12.000 sq.m. with centuries-old trees where guests can relax and enjoy the tranquility of the Tuscan countryside, the views and unforgettable sunsets.
Services for freedom and creativity
The villa offers guests landscaped gardens and a large outdoor swimming pool (20x10m), equipped with the best facilities: a sauna, dressing rooms, showers and bathrooms, bar, stereo and mixer, tap beer machine, wood oven perfect for pizzas, a barbecue grill, kitchen, covered pergola with deck chairs and outdoor table tennis.
Inside the villa, in addition to the private projection room, there are several game rooms with a billiards table, a roulette and indoor table tennis as well as a large professional kitchen.
The villa rental includes the cost of maintaining the garden, the pool and the resident concierge. The only required service to be paid if the final cleaning fee and the initial linen, all provided by external professional services. Being at the villa means you can be independent, it's an easy, fun and more budget-friendly option but.... if you want to be taken care of, have someone cook dinner for you or drop off groceries, then you just need ask! The villa works with local, trusted providers and can offer many extra services, including: a private chef to prepare lunch or dinner, home delivery of fresh patries every morning or of fresh groceries from the local markets, cooking classes, baby sitters, tastings of local wines and other products, a morning yoga or pilates class outdoors, massages and other beauty treatments, heading out to search for Tuscan truffles and many other possibilities.
Villa di Ulignano is located in central Tuscany in an area dotted with small charming villages full of history such as Volterra, San Gimignano, Certaldo and Monteriggioni. In about an hour's drive from the villa, guests can reach Tuscany's beautiful Siena (45 min), Pisa (1 hour), Florence (1.5hr) as well as the famous Chianti wine region, famous both for its splendid panoramic landscapes as well as for the great red wines the area produces.
The villa is surrounded by nature and you can explore it on feet, on bike, in a vespa or on horseback. There are natural reserves, geothermal spots, mines and hot springs. In just 2 hours, you can drive to the splendid Baratti Gulf along the Tuscan coast to spend time at the beach. You can decide every day whether to stay close by or wander off and explore further away, with the possibility to always stay "at home" and have fun regardless.
just 10 km from Volterra, a characteristic Etruscan village that sits atop a hill overlooking the surrounding area. Volterra is famous for its artisan work in alabaster stone, many precious translucent pieces of art can be admired throughout the city.
A special experience with your friends
Not many believe that it's possible to have the special experience of staying exclusively at a Tuscan villa such as Ulignano, but it's not true. All you need to do is invite your friends into spending vacation all together in Tuscany and you'll easily have a group the size required to be able to make the dream of renting a villa a reality. The 11 bedrooms of the villa can become 15 with the additional rooms in the dépendance, but it is also possible to just rent out the dépendance out for a week or a long wekeend (from Friday through Tuesday). It has 4 bedrooms, all with their own bathroom and private entrance, kitchen, laundry room and covered pergola. The villa is rented weekly from Tuesday to Tuesday to allow these long weekends. Villa di Ulignano can host groups of various sizes, with the guarantee of maintaining your privacy, in a safe enviroment that remains exclusively yours.
Meet Paola Stellato, Manager of Villa Ulignano
I was born in Torino into a very creative family. My first love is the sea, sailing around the world for several years before I "settled" down to raise my daughter, Alice, who is now grown up and turned to be an actress. I consider myself multicultural, speaking perfect English and French, which has been invaluable in my career working as an entertainment promoter and organizing themed weeks throughout Italy. I now live in Volterra and I am in charge of Villa di Ulignano although it belongs to my brother-in-law, Massimo Cristaldi. It was my dream to bring back to the villa the spirit of creativity that was at its heart years ago, and I love that it has made it possible for me to share my enthusiasm for life with people from all over the world.
Looking forward to meeting you soon at Villa di Ulignano!