FC: La Casa dei Fiordalisi Trequanda
1: Welcome to our home, La Casa dei Fiordalisi. This 13th century palazzo was built against the ancient city wall of Trequanda, with a 17th century addition. It took us two years to restore the palazzo, which contains a main house and two apartment/suites. | The restoration was planned to reveal and retain as much as possible of the original structure. The restoration celebrates the Tuscan way of life through its gardens, fountains, antique furniture, and art. Since medieval times, La Casa was an important residence as indicated by the ancient crest over the front door. This crest depicts four fiordalisi (irises) and was the inspiration for naming our home. We hope your stay brings you joy and peace.
2: We discovered Trequanda in our search for a Tuscan retreat. This village was part of the Etruscan network, but its history has only been recorded since Roman times. Trequanda is located on a hill surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and dense woods in a region known for its high quality olive oils, truffles and fine wines. We were captivated by the magnificent views over the verdant rolling hills of the Sienese landscape, the antiquity of the village and the welcome we received from local residents. Trequanda has a medieval gated city wall and winding narrow stone-paved streets. Within minutes we can walk to the bakery, a grocery, post office, bank, pharmacy, news shop and three distinctive restaurants that offer everything from pizza to time-tested gourmet regional specialties. The central piazza is formed on one side by the 14th century Romanesque Church of Saints Peter and Andrew, with its distinctive checkerboard ashler facade, and Cacciaconti Castle with its prominent cylindrical tower. The other sides of the piazza are formed by buildings housing the bank, a cafe and a bar, both with outdoor seating where we enjoy a morning cappuccino and pastry, lunch or dinner. When we want to wander to Florence, Pisa, Siena, Perugia, or other hilltowns and parts of Italy, we know that we will return to our home in Trequanda for rest and relaxation. | Trequanda
4: Trequanda, village scenes
6: Family and guests enter La Casa through a garden of flowers, seasonal vegetables, herbs, and fruits. Our garden includes a covered dining terrace, swimming pool, fountains, and la tettoia (a shaded, private sitting area). | La Casa Garden
9: From the garden, this vaulted entry leads through the ancient city wall into the main house. The ground floor living spaces occupy the original cantine that were used for the production and storage of wine and olive oil. Today these rooms are our living room, dining room , kitchen, pantry, pool bar, gallery, and powder room. The upper two floors contain four bedrooms with en suite baths, a sitting room, loggia, and view terrace. The travertine fireplaces were carved by a local artisan using material from a nearby quarry. | La Casa dei Fiordalisi The Main House
10: Il Soggiorno | La Sala da Pranzo
11: La Cucina
12: Pool Bar | Il Soggiorno -ground floor living room fireplace | Wood-fired grill in the main kitchen
13: Il Salotto | The sitting room between the two bedrooms situated above the main floor.
14: Olivo | La Camera d' Oliva Master bedroom with fireplace and loggia
15: La Serena Unique view into the village and original vaulted ceiling in shower
16: This room contains an 18th century fresco fragment discovered during the restoration of the house. Look for other fragments of original hand-painted decorations in other rooms. | La Cucina Vecchia
17: La Camera dei Cipressi | Both of these two top-floor bedrooms have beautiful views of the Tuscan countryside from their outdoor terrace.
18: La Citta | Townhouse with one bedroom, sitting room, kitchen, view terrace, balcony, and private entrance.
19: La Casetta | Garden cottage with one bedroom, sitting room, kitchen, terrace and private entrance.
20: Pre-restoration photographs | Garden, pool, terrace areas; village street door; original hand-painted tiles. Facing page, clockwise from top left: La Cucina Vecchia, Il Soggiorno, La Casetta, and La Camera dei Cipressi.
22: Day Trips A Sampling | Perugia | Siena | Florence | Montepulciano | Montalcino | Pienza | Assisi | Monte Oliveto Abbey | Orvieto
23: Back Cover: A view from La Casa dei Fiordalisi Photo Credits: Jim Dawson, William Wright Design: Karan Dawson, Sally Jones Copyright 2016 | For further information, reservations, and trip planning ideas, please contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional pictures and information visit www.ifiordalisi.com. Best wishes for a very enjoyable time! | Jim and Karan Dawson/Gil and Caryn Wood La Casa dei Fiordalisi