SAN PROSPERO & CAMINO


The house is located on the hill, only 5 minutes walk from the Ghizzano Village, through olive trees. In the beginning, it belonged to a farmer, and thus the name "The Colonial House". Such a house was located at the side or in the centre of a field called "podere". The Podere was a piece of land given by the owner to the peasant; the crop was divided among them in equal parts. This system was very common in the last part of the Middle Ages and was called "Mezzadria". Like all the others, the house was built at the side of the piece of land (podere). This allowed people to reach easier the main road and facilitate the crop wagons to get to the market. It was our grand grandfather who, by the middle of the 19th century, built this house and named the place after the saint protector of the crop. Thus came to life "San Prospero".
In order to protect and highlight the beauty of the landscape where these houses lay, we did our best to preserve the original characteristic of the structure: the stables are on the ground floor and the apartments on the first floor with an outer staircase on the side of the house.
We transformed one accommodation into two distinct apartments. The second was named “Camino”, due to a splendid antique fireplace used for cooking in older times.

THE EXTERIOR
A huge garden with fruit trees and cooking herbs surrounds the house; equipped for eating outside. For each accommodation the garden is equipped with barbeque, a big table and chairs under scented tree and a coach house. The pool is 9x4 metres, separated by the rest of the garden by a hedge of “ Fotina” that turns red in spring time. Around the pool, there are comfortable sun beds, tables and umbrellas.

THE INTERIOR

San Prospero: 80 square metres, 4 people, 1 matrimonial bedroom, 1 bedroom with twin beds, 1 bathroom with shower, 1 kitchen equipped with oven, coffeee maschine, dish-washer, moka, living-room with television. The pavement is made from tiled floor, and the roof with beams, girders and joists in sight. The furniture keeps the 18th century style, with original pieces or reproductions. The little balcony opens towards the garden. From the windows you can admire the view of the hills of Volterra. On the ground floor, instead of the stables, a laundry was equipped for the guests.

Camino: 80 square metres, 4 people, 1 matrimonial room, 1 double room (with twin beds), 1 bathroom with shower, 1 kitchen equipped with oven, coffee machine, moka; 1 living-room with TV-set and little fireplace. The pavement is made from tiled floor, and the roof with beams, girders and joists.The furniture keeps the 18th century style, with original pieces and reproductions. A little balcony opens on to the garden. From the windows one can admire the great view of the Volterras hills. On the ground floor, instead of the stables, a laundry has been equipped for the guests.