How get there


Landscape View, Cortona in Tuscany

If you are in Cortona and want to come to “La Renaia” exit through Borgo San Domenico (by the park) and drive on down the “Contesse” road; at the bottom of the hill take a left and then a right following signs for Perugia, Ossaia, Terontola. You now are in the Val d’Esse, a valley crossed by the Esse stream, a tributary of the Canale Maestro della Chiana. Drive down the long straight stretch of road for about two miles and we’ll be on the right hand side. The Valdichiana landscape is bright under the summer and spring sun and dotted with churches, enchanting Romanesque parishes, villas, palaces and austere and solid country houses. We are right off the road leading south towards Lake Trasimeno, in Umbria. Looking to your left you may see the tiny country hamlet of Montalla featuring the nice parish-church of St. John the Evangelist, first mentioned in documents dating back to 1243 and, to your right, the hamlet of San Marco in Villa, whose Romanesque church, dating back to the 13th century, though much remodelled over the centuries, still preserves its typical country-church charm.

Landscape View

Across from the farm rises the hill of Sepoltaglia, on whose top, thick with firs and holm-oaks, stands the simple Romanesque church of St. Mary; the church was first mentioned in a deed of gift dating back to 1049; the adjoining castle was unfortunately completely destroyed in the past.

The place-name Sepoltaglia was, according to traditional sources, derived from the mass-graves dug by Carthaginian soldiers, after their victory over the Romans (217 b.c.) to lay away those who died in the battle. Some scholars even maintain that, on the basis of a new interpretation of history sources and geographical-military-theories, this valley was the site of the Trasimeno battle.
Driving along this valley, gently sloping towards the Chiana, anciently flooded by the Esse stream, you’ll get to Ossaia, whose toponym is traditionally ascribed to the above-mentioned Punic-war. This small hamlet (once the site of several roman villas, as showed by archaeological excavations currently underway) was for a long time a border post between the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and the Pontifical State, ranking as a prominently strategic passage for trade and links to other areas of the country. You can spend relaxing and unforgettable afternoons cycling or walking along these country tracks searching for traces of the past.

Travelling from north or south along the Autostrada del Sole (A1), exit at Valdichiana and get on the freeway, direction Perugia. Do not exit at Cortona but drive on as far as the Castiglion del Lago exit. At the stop sign, turn right, direction Cortona, drive on past Terontola and Riccio and turn right for Ossaia. Drive through the Ossaia hamlet and as you approach a long, straight stretch of road you’ll see signs for our farm on the left. Total distance from autostrada exit: around 12 miles.

Same route if travelling by car from northern (Bologna-Pisa-Florence) or southern (Rome-Naples) airports. If you are travelling by train you may get on at the following stations: if travelling from north, Firenze-Arezzo, from south Rome-Orte-Chiusi; get off either at Camucia or Terontola station.

Nearby Tourist Towns
Firenze Km 110 Perugia Km 53
Siena Km 80 Pienza Km 40
Arezzo Km 30 Assisi Km 75
Montepulciano Km 25 Orvieto Km 80
Chianciano Terme Km 45 Castiglion del lago Km 22
Gubbio Km 50 Montalcino Km 60
Sansepolcro Km 60 LagoTrasimeno Km 10
Roma Km 190    
Services
Market Km 3
Manege Km 5
Hospital Km 12
Golf Perugia Km 50
Golf Casentino Km 65
Golf Club Esse Km 15
Golf Club Panicale Km 26
 

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