Località Armena 53022 Buonconvento − Italy
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Located in the romantic heart of Tuscany, only 20 minutes from Siena, only a stone’s throw from Montalcino and Val d’Orcia, in a fairytale world exuding magic and beauty, Villa Armena is a late Renaissance structure. Built of red brick, with original oak beams and roof, and having terracotta floors and a beautiful Italianate garden, Villa Armena today is an exclusive establishment with just 10 rooms, each one unique, where service, attention to detail and exclusivity are the cornerstones of our offering.
The Villa, whose construction is attributed to Baldassarre Peruzzi, was built in the first half of the sixteenth century. It was the country residence of the noble Malavolti family from Siena who had the good fortune to number among their ranks nine Captains of the People, in other words the most important figures in Siena's political landscape at that time. Legend has it that the name Armena was given to the Villa and its immediate surroundings by a member of the Malavolti family who, returning from the Crusades in the Holy Land, stopped off in Armenia and fell in love with a beautiful local girl. He returned to Italy to get married and decided to devote his feud to his betrothed, calling it Armena as a sign of respect for the origins of the one who had entered his heart and his life so forcefully.
Once upon a time there was a dream. Joy, nature and family. There was once a villa. Left to its own devices, marked by the passage of time and neglected, yet still incredibly bewitching. Hidden from sight but not from the heart. Today that dream has become reality; the Villa has recovered its former splendour and allure. Irrepressible, it has witnessed a triumph of history, magic and pure beauty... Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Villa Armena, your personal Renaissance villa in the heart of the Crete Senesi area!
Villa Armena, Buonconvento, is in the heart of the Crete Senesi. An astoundingly attractive area of unsurpassable historical interest, Buonconvento - whose name derives from the Latin "bonus conventus" meaning a good-natured, fortunate community - is a member of the prestigious "Most Beautiful Villages in Italy" Association.
Imagine age-old villas, country houses, monasteries and abbeys.
Imagine endless rows of vineyards that seem to chase each other over the hills.
Imagine small groups of olive trees, so close to each other that they seemingly protect and caress each other with their long branches.
Imagine hundreds of cypress trees competing to reach that small cloud floating in the sea of blue above them.
Imagine all that and, after a glass of Brunello, a local farmer's greeting, and the innocent smile of a local child, you'll fall hopelessly in love with this small, humble part of the world where the sun remains warm and the air fresh and delicate.
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Pampering, pampering, pampering.
This is really what a holiday is all about: pampering, regenerating and refreshing yourself. And so, why don’t you indulge in an hour of full relaxation thanks to the brand new treatment offers by Villa Armena? We propose an all round selection of treatments and massages, perfect to complete your stay dedicated to relaxation and taking care of yourself.
After a day spent wandering around this fantastic corner of the world, and before a wonderful dinner at our restaurant Il Sorbo Allegro, with its typical Tuscan cuisine offering the products from this magnificent land, there is nothing better than entrusting yourself to the skilful hands of our staff to complete a dream day.
For most people Tuscany represents the best of Italy: stunning scenery, art, history, culture and top-class cuisine. Villa Armena is the ideal location for successful events not only on account of the romantic atmosphere it exudes but also due to its excellent geographical position (at the heart of Italy and linked to five international airports), its impeccable, sophisticated service and the helpfulness of its staff.
The Siena landscape is made of colour: so many different shades. Taste: unique products, a gift from a bountiful mother earth. Perfumes: strong, centuries-old, captivating. A land of poets, painters and sculptors encompassing an extraordinary historical, artistic, cultural and environmental heritage. Tradition, history and a food and drink cornucopia within a truly unique landscape and a multi-faceted, protected natural environment. Here man and nature still live in harmony and mutual respect. Here time has stood still for the last couple of centuries.
Villa Armena is fortunate to be in the beating heart of the province of Siena, in a part of Tuscany known and loved all over the world. The most romantic Tuscany, the Tuscany of gentle hills, churches, dazzling landscapes, medieval monasteries and priceless works of art. A veritable triumph of beauty.
We are proud of our district and at the same time glad to share it with our guests, because certain emotions are impossible to explain. They can only be lived. And so we have prepared this little guide which we hope will be of assistance to readers, helping them to get their bearings in this humble yet marvellous corner of Italy, spending a fantastic day in the company of the hot Tuscan sun. When the sun goes down, you will return to Villa Armena and revel in the memory of the day coming to a close, sipping a glass of Brunello together with your loved ones.
BOUTIQUE HOTEL INSIDE THE WALLS
Siena is famous throughout the world for its Contrade. There are 17 in all. This mini tour will allow you to become familiar with the origin, history and rituals. You will visit some museums: real gems which preserve with religious care not only relics related to jockeys and horses from previous races but also the actual flag fought for and won in Piazza del Campo in the legendary Palio. And if you're lucky enough to take part in this most original mini-tour on July 1 and August 16 you will also attend the rehearsals for the race!
Every person who lives in Siena strongly identifies with the values and traditions of their own Contrada; if you understand the dynamics it will help you to better understand both Siena's past and present.
THE "FINE ARTS" WALK
Do you love art? Do you love beautiful art? This beautiful mini-tour will allow you to discover some of Siena's most precious treasures. Amazing works such as the Fonte Gaia, the facade and the pulpit of the Duomo [Cathedral], the majesty of Duccio di Buoninsegna or the "Good and Bad Government" by Lorenzetti are some of the masterpieces that you will see and learn about.
BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO, THE KING OF WINES
Montalcino, home of Brunello, the king of Italian wines, is a small town perched on a hill south of Siena. The first leg of the tour will be to a vineyard belonging to one of the most important producers of Brunello in the entire region. Here, after a delightful walk through the vineyards where the secrets to a perfect wine will be revealed to you, you can visit the winery and taste this divine nectar that we mortals call Brunello. Sated, we will head for the spectacular Sant'Antimo abbey, the most important example of Romanesque architecture in the whole of Tuscany, dating back to the twelfth century. This will be followed by a typical Tuscan lunch. But it will not be an ordinary meal: you will eat at an old mill still used to press oil where you will learn the secret to producing sublime extra virgin olive oil. We will then head for Montalcino where you can admire the beautiful medieval fortress, and afterwards you will be able to stroll the streets in the town centre, calling in at wine shops or whatever takes your fancy. And to round off a perfect day how about another visit to a vineyard where Brunello is produced? You'll find it very hard to say no to an offer like this.
Duration of tour: Around eight hours
CLASSIC CHIANTI, GALLO NERO
This trip focuses on the beating heart of the Classic Chianti area, the area that begins just south of Florence and ends just before Siena. Between tasting sessions, you will find time to discover the surrounding area and learn how this great Italian wine is produced. The first stage will be in an old medieval town perched right on top of a hill: Castellina in Chianti. Here you'll appreciate how this wine has shaped and transformed the region's destiny and you will also be able to visit some shops owned by true craftsman who still closely follow Tuscan tradition. You'll also have the opportunity to taste the fantastic olive oil and amazing vinegar produced in these beautiful areas. And then off to the first vineyard. You will visit the magnificent winery where you will be told not only how Chianti is produced but also about other typical local produce. You will taste the wines produced here and which will probably include at least one Classic Chianti, a Riserva and an IGT Super Tuscan. After all this wine a meal is in order so you will stop for lunch at a typical local trattoria or at another farm. After lunch, to aid digestion .... you will visit another agricultural estate! So you will round off your day dedicated to one of the most famous wines in the world before returning to Villa Armena to wind down after such an exciting day out.
Duration of the tour: Around eight hours
VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO
The historic towns of Montalcino and Montepulciano are often confused with each other because the names are so similar. But whilst Montalcino has Brunello, Muntepulciano is famous for its "Vino Nobile". This is also where the very best Vin Santo in the whole of Tuscany is produced. The day kicks off with a visit to a vineyard where Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is produced in order to see their historic wine-cellar. You will taste their wines in the beautiful garden offering wonderful panoramic views over the beautiful Tuscan hills. You will also be provided with a small snack. Afterwards you will make your way to a second producer for a second round of tasting. This will be followed by a delicious lunch at a small trattoria where you will be served typical Tuscan specialties. After all this eating and drinking maybe it would be a good idea to go for a walk and in fact you will visit the town of Montepulciano; you can choose between studying the town's history in greater detail or visiting a third (why not?) wine producer after which you return to Villa Armena; it will be our pleasure to ensure that your evening is totally relaxing.
Duration of tour: Around 8 hours
VERNACCIA DI SAN GIMIGNANO
San Gimignano is a small town south of Florence which is famous for its tall medieval towers. But it is also the town where one of the most important white wines of Italy, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, first saw the light. The very first white wine ever to receive the DOC [registered designation of origin] designation in 1966. This is a truly lovely part of Tuscany, with its gentle hills and strong colors. The first leg of the tour will be to a famous chocolate maker in the area where you will savour his delicious handcrafted chocolate. Truly a product from earlier times. Afterwards you will travel to the first winery. An organic / biodynamic producer where the owner will accompany you on the tour to explain all the tricks of the trade. Explanations which will be followed by the first tasting session of the day. You will then travel to San Gimignano for a quick visit to this wonderful town which has been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. You can buy many different local products here. Lunch will be taken either at an amazing farm which produces saffron or at a wonderful local trattoria. This will be followed by another visit to a winery where you will be served the classic Vernaccia di San Gimignano, the Riserva and several reds including a Super Tuscan. And then, everybody back to Villa Armena where you will have the opportunity to relax after such a busy, interesting day.
Duration of tour: approximately 8 hours
LE CRETE AND PIENZA
The tour kicks off from the famous Crete Senesi, specifically from Buonconvento, the home of Villa Armena, one of the 100 most beautiful villages in Italy, with a stroll through this wonderful town, before continuing with a visit to the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, dating back to early 1300. En route you will stop several times to photograph the fantastic Crete Senesi landscape, the most romantic area of Tuscany. San Giovanni d'Asso is a small village perched gently on a hilltop, famous for its truffles: how about a lunch of truffles in a typical local trattoria? But if you enjoy Pecorino cheese with truffles then maybe you'll enjoy lunch at one of the many farms in the Crete which produce the best Pecorino in the whole of Tuscany! The tour continues towards Pienza, in the heart of Val d'Orcia, a Renaissance town, created by Pope Pius II. In this quaint village you'll find many small local crafts shops where you can buy all manner of local products. And after a coffee and a stroll through the streets of this charming village you will return to Villa Armena for an evening of relaxation.
ABBEYS OF TUSCANY
This tour takes you to three of the most famous abbeys in Tuscany. The first one, the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore dates back to 1319 and is decorated with 21 frescoes by Sodoma and Signorelli. After visiting all the wonders that this beautiful monastery has to offer, you head for Sant'Antimo Abbey, dating back to the eleventh century, just in time to hear the splendid Gregorian chant of the chorus of monks. Lunch will be at a restaurant in a small village overlooking Sant'Antimo or in Montalcino; it is up to you to decide. In the afternoon, you will go to the "ghost" Abbey of San Galgano which is famous for its Sword in the Stone. This is where the day ends and you will then return to Villa Armena where an evening of good food and relaxation awaits you.
TRUFFLES AND OLIVE OIL
This wonderful tour departs from the Crete Senesi, specifically from the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore. You can admire the 21 frescoes dating from the 16th century by Signorelli and Sodoma that adorn the beautiful cloister; you will learn all about the history of the monastery and you can visit the pharmacy of natural products managed by the monks. From the monastery you will make your way to the "Romita" a family-run farm-house famous for the quality of its extra virgin olive. You will learn the tricks of the trade and have the opportunity to sample it. To wrap up this wonderful experience you will have lunch at a typical local trattoria, a very special lunch of pasta with truffles obviously accompanied by the best Tuscan wines.
Tuscan tradition is inextricably linked to its flavours, aromas and cuisine. We are therefore delighted to offer our guests the fantastic opportunity to take part in cooking lessons during which the instructor will reveal the tricks and secrets behind preparation of the most famous Tuscan dishes. And after the "lesson" everybody will dine together on what has been cooked, washed down with plenty of top-notch Tuscan wine.
A truly unique experience and not to be missed!
HALF DAY IN CHIANTI
A relaxing bike-ride in the Sienese countryside, combining good food, wine and fun for all, beginners and families alike. From Villa Armena you will be taken to a spectacular XIV century monastery, the Certosa di Pontignano in the heart of Classic Chianti; this is where the trip begins. You will cycle along quiet country roads, far from traffic at the speed that most suits you, among vineyards, olive trees and cypresses. You will stop off at the beautiful medieval village of Vagliagli to enjoy a light lunch of ham, fennel, cheese, olive oil and Chianti. After the meal you will be back in the saddle to continue the tour, mostly on downhill roads or on the flat, always travelling through a truly stunning landscape.
This hundred-year old tree that welcomes guests to the Villa garden gave its name to our restaurant. So why do we use the word Merry? Because dining in company is a crucial moment of the day, one which must be lived in a superbly maintained, elegant atmosphere exuding a sense of pleasure; where tradition meets imagination to produce results which are excellent and never dull. The same care and attention is paid to breakfast, taken in the conservatory, where the warm Tuscan sun will be the first to greet you in the morning.
As in any self-respecting house Villa Armena has its own living room. A special room where you can relax after a long day exploring Tuscany, challenging yourself on the greens at one of the affiliated golf-clubs or just lounging in the sun by the pool. In fact Villa Armena is not a hotel, but a Tuscan Villa belonging to the Hosts and this room perfectly encapsulates their philosophy. Here you will find a selection of fine "vini da meditazione" in other words, wines to be enjoyed on their own, unaccompanied by food, a wide selection of different types of grappa and the best liquors from all over the world. Enjoy a drink whilst lounging in an armchair, gazing over the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Guaranteed to stir the heart.
Ours has been and continues to be a painstaking pursuit of excellence in the world of Italian wine. We eschew typical mass-produced classics and instead focus on lesser-known, smaller vineyards, where you will find passion and professionalism and where the products are genuine. Our wine cellar will give you an overview of Italy's regions, from Valle d'Aosta to Calabria, taking in the islands too. In search of age-old genuineness that speaks of history and tradition. Italy: truly wonderful!
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Siena Ampugnano - Private Flights. The airport is 36 km from Villa Armena
Florence Peretola - Domestic and international flights. The airport is 114 km from Villa Armena
Perugia S. Egidio - Domestic and international flights. The airport is 140 km from Villa Armena
Pisa Galileo Galilei - Domestic and international flights. The airport is 197 km from Villa Armena
Bologna G. Marconi - Domestic and international flights. The airport is 198 km from Villa Armena
Rome Fiumicino - Domestic and international flights.The airport is 287 km from Villa Armena
Buonconvento railway station is less than 5 km away and Siena 30 Km away
Our concierge will be happy to provide all support necessary to organize transportation to and from the airport or station.
Exit the A1 Motorway at Firenze Impruneta and follow the signs for Siena. Exit at Siena Sud and follow the signs for Buonconvento. Once at Buonconvento take the SP 451 in the direction of Monte Oliveto Maggiore and then follow the signs for Villa Armena.