Archive for the ‘History & Culture’ Category

Tuscany is simply bursting with history, so while at your holiday villa in Volterra, make sure you discover this region’s incredible past. Travel back in time, before the Roman empire, and visit the many Etruscan sites in Tuscany, follow the spiritual Francigena route or learn about the famous horse events in Palio di Siena. Have a look at our articles on local history and culture to find out more!

The elegant and suggestive Tuscan (and Chianti) countryside is the refined expression of an equilibrium between a rough and essential farm life with an actual “working” home and elegant showy estates. The harmony between the landscape and architecture developed slowly, year by year, and reflects the eternal dispute between Siena and Florence who fought for [...]

“We have just returned from a really amazing trip to Tuscany staying in Villa Sensano. We were a family of four and the apartment was well appointed, spacious and very clean. It is part of a beautifully restored country house complex that is set in an idyllic Tuscan hills location, close enough to all the [...]

Life in Villa.


“We returned to Villa Sensano 4 years later when we wanted to do some more exploring in Tuscany and we knew we would be returning to a great property, great hosts and great accommodation! We were so happy we did. The hosts are so friendly that it makes such a comfortable place to stay. We [...]

The two sisters…


“Just back from Tuscany where we spent 2 wonderful weeks at the Villa Sensano as a family of 2 adults and 3 children. Cannot praise Federica and Lavinia highly enough, who were always helpful and available with local suggestions and recommendations but not intrusive in any way. Really appreciated their assistance when our 5 year [...]

Volterra A.D. 1398 3rd and 4th Sunday in August The 19th edition of Volterra A.D. 1398 has two unforgettable settings: the town centre, with its imposing palazzi and squares, and the Archaeological Park, over which the Medici Fortress reigns. The high point of the programme is the “Festival Day of A.D 1398”, on Sunday 2oth [...]



“A very good place to spend your holidays in Toscany. Near of the most beautiful village as Volterra and San Gimignano. You can also visit for a day Siena, Florence and Pisa. The appartments are very nice, comfortable and really quite and and relax. The restaurant near the house – at 30 meters- is really [...]

“We booked Villa Sensano, as we had read very positive reviews of the host couple, Federica and Lavinia. This was for sure true. We felt really really welcome. On top of that, it was great to find out the place was very nice also. You drive down a cypress alle, with valley on each side [...]

“It’s  really a wonderful place to stay, Villa Sensano is run by two sisters who are extremely welcoming and helpful. They provide a level of service which really elevates this place above other similar properties. It is in a beautiful location – at the end of a Cyprus lined road – surrounded by rolling Tuscan [...]

When I travel to a new place, I prepare a list of things and towns that I absolutely have to see to make the most of each day. If this is your first time in Tuscany, I imagine that you’re looking for top itinerary tips. This post is for you! When planning your first trip [...]

Have you ever tried to imagine how life was in Medieval times? Well, you don’t have to imagine it anymore: you can be part of a real Medieval festival in Tuscany! Summer in Tuscany is like stepping back in time: countless cities and towns celebrate their traditions with re-enactments and medieval festivals. The Middle Ages have left a [...]

I nostri ospiti spesso ammettono di sentirsi a casa e di soggiornare a Villa Sensano come se fossero venuti a trovare degli amici dopo tanto tempo. Ecco alcuni esempi: E’ stato come tornare a casa Angolo di paradiso in Toscana   Atmosfere quasi cinematografiche   La serenità, la bellezza del paesaggio, le ore passate sotto [...]

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“We stayed at the villa for the second time, for a period of 4 weeks. It was like coming home meeting our familie!The hosts Federica and Lavinia were most helpfull in every way. Thank you for all the good tips and suggestions. They went with us to an amazing pecorino shop where we bought excellent [...]

The Carai Brothers are five and come Sardinia; in 1959, their father, pastor, moves to Tuscany to one of the abandoned farms around the region previously managed by sharecropping. With his sardinian cattle, personally selected and very suitable for milk production and cheese making, he decided to settle on the same hill where we are [...]

Which most beautiful Italian region can provide beautiful landscapes? Tuscany is here for you!Everything is already in full bloom, the vineyards are filling out, the grain is being harvested and the sunflowers are bobbing in the wind. Could there be a better time for your photos? The most popular cities for taking photos are Siena [...]

Now in its fourth edition, Volterra Mistery & Fantasy is the Fair event that attracts people of all ages who are passionate about comics, games of all kinds, cartoons, television series and movie sagas from the 80s to the present. From all over Italy they meet in our ancient city photographers and cosplayers who want [...]

One of the most famous British legends is that of King Arthur and the sword in the stone. According to the various versions of the story, the sword could only be pulled out of the stone by the true king of England. A similar, though much less well-known, story can be found in the Italian [...]

Volterra, a jewel of Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance art, dominates the whole valley of the river Cecina from its birth to the Thyrrenian sea, from a hill 550 m above sea level. History has left its marks in Volterra from the Etruscan period to the 19th century with artistic and monumental traces of great [...]

April is usually a lovely spring month, with longer sunny days and warm temperatures. The countryside is beautifully green with plenty of fruit trees in bloom and flowers in the fields. This year, the temperatures were high enough that wisteria was in bloom at the beginning of the month and poppies are already dotting the fields. There are tender light green leaves on the trees and [...]

We found this villa in Tuscany at the last minute but were delighted with all of the factors that made it a great place to stay. The owners were great in providing us information prior to our checking in and were really very helpful after we arrived. Frederica and her sister were very, very helpful [...]

San Gimignano, a small walled village about halfway between Florence and Siena, is famous for its fascinating medieval architecture and towers that rise above of all the other buildings offering an impressive view of the city from the surrounding valley. At the height of its glory, San Gimignano’s patrician families had built around 72 tower-houses as symbols of their wealth and [...]