FC: La Casa dei Fiordalisi Trequanda
1: Welcome to our home, La Casa dei Fiordalisi. This 13th century palazzo with its 17th century addition was built against the ancient city wall of Trequanda. It took us two years to restore the palazzo, which contains a main house and two apartment/suites. | Our 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.
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, grocery, post office, bank, pharmacy, news shop and three distinctive restaurants that offer everything from pizza to time-tested gourmet regional specialties. Historic structures in the central piazza include the 14th century Romanesque Church of Saints Peter and Andrew with its distinctive checkerboard ashler facade, the Town Hall, and Cacciaconti Castle with its prominent cylindrical tower. The piazza is the center of village social life and the ideal place to enjoy lunch, dinner, or your morning cappuccino. | 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 middle floor sitting room located between two bedrooms, La Camera d'Oliva and La Serena
14: Olivo | La Camera d' Oliva Master bedroom with fireplace and loggia
15: Serena | 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 remaining fragments of original hand-painted decorations in other rooms. | La Cucina Vecchia
17: La Camera dei Cipressi | 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 | Bagno Vignoni | Orvieto | Day Trips A Sampling
23: Back Cover: A view from La Casa dei Fiordalilsi Photo Credits: Jim Dawson, Karan Dawson, William Wright Design: Sally Jones Copyright 2012 | 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 | Jim and Karan Dawson/Gil and Caryn Wood La Casa dei Fiordalisi | Best wishes for a very enjoyable time!