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A villa in Tuscany for your holidays in the countryside

To experience Cinderella’s dream, Fattoria del Colle – country inn in Tuscany – presents its villa

Fattoria del Colle - San Clemente - living room

Fattoria del Colle - San Clemente - living room

Cenerentola (Cinderella) is the name of an old stone farmhouse on a hill surrounded by vineyards and looking over the spectacular panoramas of the Crete Senesi and of the Val d’ Orcia. The lodging is on the first floor and is divided into two apartments united by a small lodge: San Clemente and Sanchimento can be used divided or together if require by a large group. In total there are five bedrooms, four bathrooms, two sitting rooms with cooking area and a large fireplace. Read more…

Celebration for Shiseido’s 140 years

An experience of aromas, great wines, and traditional food at Fattoria del Colle following Gloria and Violante on a sensorial trail

Shiseido - Féminité du bois - Fattoria del Colle -Gloria and Violante

Saturday May12th. A double birthday: 140 years of Shiseido and 40 years of the Profumeria Nella in Sinalunga, a myth for the women in southern Tuscany. The party, organized by Gloria, owner of the perfume shop and by Violante young export manager for Donatella Cinelli Colombini, is a mixture of transgression, sophistication and tradition.

The guests were taken along a multisensory itinerary which began in the park where they discovered the Féminité du bois, a perfume created by Serge Lutens for Shiseido. This is a first step towards the magic, with witches, fairies and pixies which seem to jump out of the bottles of perfume: violate, orange mixed with cedar, ginger and vanilla finishing with cinnamon and cloves. An experience which emphasizes the beauty of the park at Fattoria del Colle and which is matched with rosato IGT 2011 Rosa di tetto. It too begins with violet aromas which then develop in the mouth with intense and long tasting suggestions

First food tasting and then the sensorial trip continues in the 16th century

 Fattoria del Colle-Billiard room –presentation of the Chergui fragrance – Cenerentola wine

Fattoria del Colle-Billiard room –presentation of the Chergui fragrance – Cenerentola wine

villa at Fattoria del Colle where the second phase begins with another perfume: Chergui. The wine tasting becomes more complex even though the protagonist is Cenerentola Doc Orcia 2007 a sumptuous red which accompanies traditional dishes such as “ sedanini con sugo bugiardo” and “ il timballo di baccalà”.

Last phase of the multisensory itinerary is in the park in front of the old olive mill, where the scenography is ready for the cutting of the birthday cake and the presentation of the new perfume called L’Eau. Here lemon is the protagonist and is called upon to be in prime position on the composition for the table.

At the end, tired but happy, Gloria and Violante say goodbye to the guests and receive great compliments for having organized a great special evening getting all to discover the art of appreciating aromas and experiencing olfactory emotions
Seen for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Wellness centre with a view at agriturismo Fattoria del Colle

In the new wellness centre of the Agriturismo Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda, which is owned by Donatella Cinelli Colombini, the surrounding countryside itself creates  part of the relaxing ambiance, the stunning vineyards, the vegetable gardens full of tasty produce, the themed guided tours and walks and the many festivals and celebrations which occur frequently through the year where you can meet new people and make new friends

panorama dalla minipiscina

Jacuzzi with a view

‘The wellness centre will have a huge jacuzzi for private use, it will be able to be used exclusively by you together with your friends and family. You will be able to enjoy a great wine at sunset with views of some of the most beautiful countryside in the world stretching out in front of you.’This is the vision which has inspired Donatella Cinelli Colombini to develop the new Spa Centre in the Fattoria del Colle in southern Chianti. ‘It is a lovely property which will be available for up to 6 people for their exclusive use thus ensuring total privacy.’  Donatella concludes. But these are not the only things which make this relaxation centre unique. The design concept and the facilities are very modern however it has further been enhanced by the addition of some hand-made tiles whose designs are based on the illustrations found on nineteenth-century tiles which were used in traditional Turkish baths of that period and the Odalisque which were painted by Ingres. These  stunning decorations help to create the relaxed ambience and felling of wellbeing and, dare we say, makes the environment a little bit sexy. Here you have the opportunity to enjoy delicious wine whilst relaxing in the warm water of the pool.

bagno turco


The Relaxation centre is being created for the use of the guests of the Fattoria del Colle which include many  different types of people, some professional and some intellectual, in particular we find that foreigners are attracted to come and enjoy a visit at the fifteenth  century farm house.  All the Apartments and Bedrooms are furnished with Antiques, but no televisions, there are 3 swimming pools, 4  gardens  and parkland with age old trees, a games lodge with a pool table,  a restaurant which serves traditional local dishes from the Siena area (which have been even further improved by our excellent chef), a cooking school and  most important of all two wineries for the production of Brunello, Chianti and Doc Orcia wine.

The Relaxation Spa Centre has been created in an annex of the villa and has breathtaking views over the Val d’Orcia and the Crete Senesi. It is equipped with a turkish bath, a sauna,  a relaxation room, a hydro massage shower, a Kneipp pool and a hot tub. Individual massages take place directly in the guests own rooms to ensure maximum comfort and privacy.

Agriturismo Fattoria del Colle is situated at the  centre of an area which is

Idromassaggio e pediluvio

Jacuzzi and Kneipp pool

surrounded by stunning towns which are re-known for their Architecture and Art: Cortona, Montepulciano, Pienza, San Quirico d’ Orcia and Montalcino. La Fattoria del Colle has 101 beds all of which are situated within historic buildings. We offer our visitors a weekly program which includes cooking lessons, guided tours of the cellars with wine tastings, archery in our local woods and lovely events which we organise in our wine cellar, these often include the opportunity to taste truffles, local cheeses and even Tuscan cigars all accompanied by contemporary music such as  Gianna NanniniBaustelle and Jovanotti. For lovers of great wines and Tuscan cuisine we also hold  theme weekends where you can experience and enjoy both. And now, on top of all these wonderful experiences we have added the wellness spa.  We aim to offer top quality equipment and facilities, situated within minimalist architecture which we feel sure will help to pamper even the most demanding of our customers and ensure that they achieve complete relaxation and leave feeling fully rejuvenated.

25 euros per person – entrance to the centre for 2 hours.
200 euros for 2 people for the exclusive rent  of the spa for 2 hours.

Once upon a time when the nuns stayed at Fattoria del Colle

Donatella Cinelli Colombini tells the story of the friars and the nuns sleeping in one of the rooms and apartments of Fattoria del Colle, now destined to tourists for their  holidays in Tuscany

Apartment Monache - Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda

Apartment Monache - Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda

Today I would like to tell you the story regarding the apartment which we call “Monache” (nuns) because it once was occupied by the monks and by nuns whose role was to collect charity or alms.
These are the only rooms with railings at the windows, because, as is well explained in the books by  Piero Camporesi (Speziali e ciarlatani, Le belle contrade ….), many young monks were frauds who entered the farms so as to empty their pantries. For this reason at night, the monks would be locked in their rooms and could not get out even over the roof. In this way the farmer and his wife could rest properly, knowing that the cheese, eggs, oil and sausages… were well safe. While sorting out the antique wardrobe I found some sheets which had been hand woven with the label saying “corredo delle monache” “nuns’ wardrobe”. They are made of irregular white cotton strips which have been united. I have used them to create some bedcovers for a new “bottom draw”, the one I am preparing for my daughter Violante.
The Monache apartment is on the first floor of the villa and is still tiled with bricks laid in 1592, when Fattoria del Colle was built. In the kitchen there is still a small fireplace in the corner, this was once used by the farmer’s wife to keep the embers for heating her iron.  Not far away in fact is the farm’s clothes cupboard, so this kitchen, with its nice light, was the ideal place to iron. Today the irons of various sizes and weights are visible in the big fireplace in my kitchen.

Old fireplace inside the dining room

Old fireplace inside the dining room

The double bedroom in the Monache apartment is small but welcoming and well kept, the real nuns bedroom though was the twin one
Wardrobe and chest of draws are original whereas the furnishings for the beds and the curtains have been hand made by Paola, our clever accountant–furnisher.
The bathroom is modern; when the nuns stayed there it would have had a seat with a round hole in the middle where the pot was positioned, this was a white metallic cylinder with a lid. I can remember this smelly little room from my childhood, when the old farmer’s wife used to keep me with her all day long teaching me the stories regarding Trequanda, the small village a few kilometres down the road. It seems such a long time ago, yet, it’s only fifty years.

Donatella Cinelli Colombini

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