Agriturismo Villa Rasenna
Enjoy an authentic Tuscan experience at the Old Watermill, an enchanting cozy villa nestled in the olive groves on a south-facing hillside, perched on the edge of the Apennines where our horses graze freely in the nearby olive groves.
One of the neighbouring fields was said to be the home of Ulysses' tomb, founder of the Etruscan people. This beautiful and recently refurbished 17th century mill derives its name from the Medieval tradition of harnessing the natural power of streams and rivers to drive the great granite grindstones used to mill flour.
The façade of this rural heritage structure is made of the local sandstone, 'Pietra Serena' with its soft ochres and grays. It has been lovingly preserved, keeping its rustic charm leaving corners for migrant birds to return to their nests.
The terraced gardens are enclosed with the most beautiful array of flowers, lavender, rosemary and many other Mediterranean plants and aromatic herbs. Relax into our comfortable chairs and breathe in the scented air.
Prize winning organic olive oil is produced from our hand picked olives that are pressed in a stone ground cold pressed mill. You can be purchase our oil directly from us.
The large swimming pool (33 x 24ft) lies on an upper terrace and offers a natural inviting retreat during the long hot summer days. The pool area is furnished with garden furniture and gazebo.
Special interest holidays
From Cortona there are excellent opportunities for cultural excursions in both Tuscany and Umbria. Interesting Medieval cities including Montepulciano, Montalcino Pienza, Siena, Assisi, Florence, Gubbio, Arezzo and Sansepolcro all close enough for day trips.
We are pleased to give you advice and help you arrange the following out door activities and guided tours - horse back riding, golf, guided tours of the area and neighbouring towns, day trips out hiking in the Apennines or to lake Trasimeno, wine tasting, olive oil-tasting, a visit to a traditional olive oil mill. An experienced chef can be booked to prepare a traditional Tuscan meal for you. Learn to cook Tuscan specialties (subject to numbers), guided tours of the local museums as well as others further a field. Special tailor made tours can be invented just for you!
2600 years ago, this area was once part of the Etruscan kingdom of Etruria.
The Tuscan Umbrian border area still holds secrets that archaeologists and historians are still unraveling. Due to recent finds Cortona, our nearest town, has become home to the biggest Etruscan museum (the MAEC) outside the Villa Giulia in Rome.
We are close to Lake Trasimeno where Hannibal the infamous Carthaginian general had his famous victory over the Romans in 217 B.C. Today the lake is a delightful place to visit for picnics and boat trips to the Islands.
Just outside Cortona lies one of the most precious medieval monasteries built on the rock cave, where Saint Francis sought shelter during his journeys through Cortona. The local, supermarket, pizzeria, restaurant, bar and clothes shop are within 10 minutes walk from the house. The closest banks are in Cortona or Camucia a 10 minute drive away.