Villa Angela is a typical historical Tuscan villa with an exclusive swimming pool. This independent villa, built in the second half of the 18th century, is located on the last western slopes of Mount Albano, approximately 250mt. above sea level. Originally it was composed of two farmhouses which have been joined together (maintaining however a total independence if required during the Winter season).
The external walls are covered with typical local stone as are almost all the surrounding houses, conserving the original aspect of the building when it was constructed…
The villa looks out over typical Tuscan countryside – hills and olive groves, woods of chestnut and oak trees – all immersed in an oasis of silence.
The pool, 8×16 mt and depth from 1.35 to 2,50 mt, is exclusive to the guests of Villa Angela. It is an infinity pool with a very large hydromassage area for 8 guests Under the pool there is a large changing room with 2 showers and WC.
The night lighting of the pool and its surroundings is particularly suggestive.
The cleaning system of the pool ensures utmost hygiene and eliminates any possible inconvenience caused by the chloride. The swimming pool has an automatic system for maintaining the correct values of the PH and of the chlorine.
The pool is open from mid-April to mid-October (under normal climatic conditions).
Around the pool, there is a large sunbathing area with umbrellas, chairs, tables, and sunbeds. Further down the pool, there is a relaxation place with an antique marble table and chairs in a suggestive stone little “theatre”.
There is also a children’s corner.
For almost 50 years the owners have cultivated their passion for antiques and have furnished the villa with pieces acquired from antique dealers, auction sales, or antique fairs. Some of the more particular pieces are the beautiful doors in each room. Particularly the two doors in the central lounge and the one in the green bedroom on the ground floor. All of the 17th century.
The kitchen has a double marble sink, 250 years old, and a collection of 12 ceramic tiles with zodiac symbols of the beginning of the last century, over the stove.
Worth notice is a big 17th cent chestnut plaque over the wide stairs down into the big lounge/dining room. In this spacious room, there is a magnificent set of 10 chestnut Florentine chairs of the 17th century and a spectacular and remarkable stone fireplace from the Northern part of Italy, which dates back to the 16th-century. In the master bedroom a double painted 18th-century door from a noble palace in Naples and a 17th-century chest. In the red bedroom a very fine Louis XV wardrobe. There are many antique prints on the walls from different parts of Italy (Venice, Rome, Naples, etc). Objects d’art can be seen throughout the villa. All the rooms have Persian carpets. Many other pieces, more or less important, have all been chosen in the spirit of tracing our roots back to the past. Also in the garden one can find stone pieces, as well as old terracotta Tuscan vases.
The surrounding area
Villa Angela is in an area called the Valdinevole, as yet not ruined by mass tourism, and presenting all the characteristic natural and artistic aspects of the Tuscan countryside.
The villa is most strategically placed: away from the chaos of the cities but with easy access to Tuscan “musts”. In fact, 95% of the symbolic Tuscan landmarks can be reached within an hour and a half by car.
Montecatini Terme (5km.) 50 mins. to Pisa and 50 mins. to Florence by train. Monsummano Terme (2km.) is the nearest town and has 20.000 inhabitants and all the necessary facilities and shops etc.
Within a range of 15/20 mins. by car there are many places of interest to visit – the Giusti Grottos with their hot thermal baths, One of the most famous in Italy, the Monsummano quarries, the Pistoia hills and mountains (skiing in the Winter), the Svizzera Pesciatina, innumerable Romanic churches, the Fucecchio swamplands (of great interest for the local flora and fauna) and many small typical Tuscan villages, like Montevettolini, Larciano, Lamporecchio, Vinci (where Leonardo was born), Montecatini Alto, Montecarlo, etc)
The large lounge-dining room seats up to 14 people and has a large 15th-century fireplace with lounges and armchairs. There is also a lovely view of the garden and pool area as well as views looking up to the old town (the original town) of Monsummano Alto. Another sitting comes to the lounge room which leads to the big Tuscan kitchen with its own fireplace and antique-style oven. On this floor, there is a bathroom decorated with an antique basin and floor but with modern design shower etc. There is also a double bedroom which gives onto a covered verandah with table and chairs(actually church pews) for eating overlooking the pool and hillside towns.
They are furnished with antique furniture, paintings, and Persian carpets.
From the entrance there is a stone staircase leading to the bedrooms It has a beautiful wrought iron 17thC banister. On the floor of the middle and top landings of the staircase, there are Cotto tiles depicting the Florentine lily. On the ceiling, there are Cotto rosettes painted in imitation bronze.
One main bedroom (30 sq.meters.) with its own bathroom with Turkish bath/shower and a lovely view up to Monsummano Alto which is lit up at night.
Another bedroom is a little smaller and has a view over the valley, olive groves, woods, and pool.
It shares a bathroom (with a Jacuzzi bath and shower with light and aromatherapy.)with the third bedroom which has two single beds which, on request, can be put together to form a double bed.
This also has a pigeonhole window that looks up to Monsummano Alto (Alto means “on high”). All the upstairs bedrooms have antique Cotto floors and beams, which have been restored with taste and care by the owners.