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Apartment for sale in Volterra: a rural oasis within the walls of the city

Dating from Etruscan times, the medieval, Roman and renaissance walled hilltop city of Volterra has proved attractive alike to those valuing its artistic ambiance with a profusion of museums, churches, theatres and art galleries, its annual medieval festival, and its bustling street culture encompassing many bars and restaurants. Modern facilities include a local hospital with A & E as well as a wide range of shops, doctors, dentists and a municipal swimming pool. The city is also surrounded by gorgeous Tuscan countryside and enjoys access to the Italian Mediterranean coast as well as nearby towns like San Gimignano and Siena. Transport links are excellent, both by bus and by access to the rail network on the Pisa/Florence line. Both Pisa and Florence have international airports.

The city is also notably ‘human sized’ and it is possible to walk around its imposing walls in a leisured afternoon, and its facilities are all within easy walking distance of the property. One interesting geographical feature is that Volterra features an internal valley, with the city walls not following the contour lines but cutting across to retain the Docciola fountain within the walled city. This internal valley provides a rural oasis within the city and the present apartment for sale is in the fortunate position of being located at the end of a cul de sac leading from Piazza XX Settembre but within and overlooking this valley with a direct view from its generous garden with fishpond across to an architectural panorama (see photo) with a glimpse of the tower of the Duomo; and to the right a vista that in calm winter weather extends all the way to snow-covered peaks. The garden was extended recently by the purchase of additional land bounded by the city wall above the Docciola fountain. This land features an old stable ripe for modernization, perhaps as an artist’s studio.

The apartment itself is entirely on garden level and comprises the bottom half of a town house that is set up against a substantial internal city wall. This allows the single apartment above to be accessed from an upper level road, offering private lower access to the apartment for sale. The property has the further benefit of car parking for several cars down a recently resurfaced drive. Volterra has a pro-pedestrian policy that prohibits vehicular entry to the city at specified hours, but these restrictions do not apply to householders with private parking.

The property is modernized throughout with gas-fired central heating and there is air conditioning in the kitchen/sitting room/dining area and in the main bedroom. There is an option to convert the current gas supply from a three-unit bombola station to mains gas, which is located at the top of the drive and could easily be connected. As well as ENEL mains electricity, the apartment has broadband, telephone and satellite TV.

Briefly the apartment comprises two double and one single bedroom, with the main bedroom enjoying an en suite bathroom. In addition there is a separate family bathroom. There is also a large sitting/dining room with doors, including a French door, giving access on to a paved terrace suitable for outside dining under the shade of a cherry tree, and a well-appointed modern kitchen with double sink, a large fridge/freezer, and built in dishwasher. There is also plumbing for a washing machine. There is a study area giving access to the family bathroom and to the single bedroom, the latter having a glazed door giving access to a further paved area at the side of the house. Antique-style cotto tiled floors run through the house.

Included in the price are all items mentioned above, plus two double beds, a single bed, an antique wardrobe, two antique chests of drawers, and two sofas from Heals of London. Other items can also be made available by negotiation if required.

Main Features

Property condition
Open View
Eat-In Kitchen
Tipo Impianto
Radiator heating
Accessories: Air Conditioning

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