Hotel residence in Volterra
- Countryside; Hotel; Apartment; Volterra and Valdicecina
Located two km away from Volterra's historic town centre, Villa Rioddi offers a series of features that make it unique. Set in a restored 15th century villa, originally a stage-coach station, its structure accurately retains the original, classic and elegant layout.
the hotel has 13 rooms with en-suite bathrooms, which vary in size and shape, but are very similar in terms of style and furniture. In fact, all the rooms feature country-style furnishings made of chestnut wood, which reproduces the style of Tuscan country houses. They all have an en-suite bathroom with shower (only the room in the attic has a bath tub). Some rooms are on the ground floor, while others are on the first and second floor.
Along with its master bedrooms the Villa Rioddi hotel also has a flat with two rooms. The flat is on the first floor, it has a separate entrance and can accommodate up to 4 people (2+2).
The hotel offers guests a few services free of charge:
a large free parking area for cars and motorcycles.
a beautiful swimming pool surrounded by greenery, with sunbeds and umbrellas for guests, as well as a small swimming pool for children.
free internet access (Wi-Fi in the rooms + computer on the ground floor)
mountain bike rental
games available for the guests: from traditional board games and chess to video game stations such as PS3 and WII.
Plus, Luca offers an accurate and personalised service comprising tips on itineraries, places of interest, recommended restaurants and interesting sights, depending on guests' needs. He can provide road maps, maps of towns and tickets to visit the whole of Tuscany.
The rates of the rooms are inclusive of the large buffet breakfast..
The hotel does not have its own restaurant, but there is a bar open throughout the day and at night time (until midnight) for snacks and nibbles.
The hotel is open from early March to early November:
Volterra is 20 minutes away from hotel on foot (the first leg is uphill, but the return is a nice downhill!) or 3 minutes away by car. The small town is very well kept, a true historical town and has interesting monuments, museums and buildings from an historical and artistic point of view: from Etruscans to Romans, up until the Middle Ages. Along with its beautiful historical sites, Volterra is famous for alabaster, the white, luxurious material used for interior decors and to create elegant items for the house.
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Volterra is in the middle of Tuscany, in a position close of the most important towns of artistic interest:
1 hour from Siena
30 minutes from the seaside (Cecina)
1 hour from Chianti
1 hour from Firenze
40 minutes from Certaldo, Boccaccio's native town
1 hour from Pisa
30 minutes from San Gimignano
1 hour from Lucca
1 hour from Vinci, Leonardo da Vinci's native town
1 hour and 10 minutes from Populonia, a town with the Etruscan necropolises, and from Massa Marittima
45 minutes from Bolgheri, renowned for its fine wines and wineries
1 hour and 30 minutes from Montalcino and Montepulciano.
Volterra is famous all over the world for its balze (cliffs):an area with a clay and sand soil that time has turned into a breathtaking landscape with clefts, precipices and creeks... You can go for day trips along the various cycle routes and loops: as many as 23 loop paths for mountain bikes, trekking or horse riding to visit the villages and natural reserves of the Alta Val di Cecina.
Volterra is also very close to the seaside: Cecina is just over 30 minutes away, but there are also many other towns on the coast that are worth visiting: Castiglioncello, Baratti's Gulf, Marina di Bibbona, San Vincenzo and Follonica's Gulf.
Finally, a must-see:
heading south from Pomarance, the Valle del Diavolo: volcanic phenomena cause vapour to rise from the ground, thermal water springs with a strong smell of sulphur and boiling mud pools. You will see the silvery pipes running along the hills for kilometres up to the power plants. It's worth visiting the Geothermal museum in Larderello, with its 'soffioni', boric acid fumaroles and the Lagoni del Sasso.
the parks of the Val di Cornia, between nature and archeology, on the Costa degli Etruschi: the archeological park of Baratti and Populonia, the coastal park of Sterpaia and Rimigliano with its crystal clear water and untouched natural surroundings, Piombino and Campiglia Marittima.