Thursday, July 2, 2009
Province of Arezzo, Toscana
Loro Ciuffenna is on the slopes of the Pratomagno mountain at an elevation of 320m (~1,050 ft.). The original route into town was over a Roman bridge, one of the seven along the route. Much of the town center is medieval in architecture, and there is a water-powered mill, dating to before 1200 AD, which still produces chestnut and other flours.
Loro Ciuffenna became a permanent settlement in the 4th century AD. This is the same period as the original structure which the current church, La Gropina (current structure dates to the 9th century AD), is built on. The belltower at La Gropina dates back to the early 1200s.
How to get to Loro Ciuffenna using public transport
Arriving from Roma:
Catch the train from Roma Termini to either Montevarchi or to Arezzo and then take a Lazzi bus to Loro Ciuffenna.
Arriving from Firenze:
Catch the train from Firenze to San Giovanni Valdarno and then take a Lazzi bus to Loro Ciuffenna.
How to get there from the Autostrada del Sole (A1 -
Leave the Autostrada at the Valdarno exit, approx. 40 km south of Firenze. Follow signs to the village of Loro Ciuffenna, approx. 8 km. (Note: you'll go through two small towns, Terranuova Bracciolini first and then, Penna [a very small town],
before reaching Loro Ciuffenna.
Once you reach the top of the hill, after Penna, you will come to a roundabout, take the turning to the right and follow the road down the hill. As you go around the corner you will see the beautiful Medieval village of Loro Ciuffenna in front of you. As you get to the turning into Loro Ciuffenna you will have a choice of turning left first into a big carpark at the base of the village or take the next turning which will bring you up into the centre of the town.
Loro Ciuffenna is approximately 48km from Firenze and 28km from Arezzo. The nearest bigger town (San Giovanni Valdarno) is only 12km from Loro Ciuffenna and is easily accessed by a regular bus service.
From San Giovanni it is only a short train ride to Firenze heading north and south to Arezzo, and Cortona, or onto Roma.
Rental Costs for my apartment in Loro Ciuffenna
19 Piazza Matteotti, Loro Ciuffenna
Single Nights (Couple) Euro 60 / AUD 110
Single Nights (3 or 4 people) Euro 80 / AUD 140
One week (6/7 Nights) (Couple) Euro 370 / AUD 680
(3 or 4 people) Euro 450 / AUD 840
Extra Nights (Couple) Euro 45 / AUD 80
Extra Nights (3 or 4 people) Euro 55 / AUD 100
Four Weeks (Couple) Euro 1300 / AUD 2500
Four Weeks (3 or 4 people) Euro 1600 / AUD 3000
I am always happy to negotiate for different times of the year.
If you are interested in renting my apartment in Loro Ciuffenna please send an email to email@example.com with the dates that you are interested in. I will try and answer your request within 2 days.
After confirmation of your booking if you wish to pay in Euros please let me know and I will send details for direct depositing into an Italian bank account. If you are wishing to pay in Australian or American dollars then payment can be made through Paypal using a credit card. Just let me know what you prefer and I will get back to you. For payment in American dollars, please enquire when booking, what the rates will be.
My apartment is right on the main Piazza in Loro Ciuffenna. It is one floor up from the Piazza and has a great view over most of the village, including the old Romanesque bridge. The apartment is comprised of a large double bedroom, a lounge room or second bedroom, a small sitting room, with a balcony overlooking the Piazza, kitchen, bathroom and laundry. There is a washing machine for personal use.
It can comfortably accommodate 2 couples or a couple and 2 or 3 singles. The second bedroom (lounge room) has 2 double bed sized futons. There is also a single pull out bed in the small sitting room. Bed linen and towels are provided and the apartment is serviced at the end of each week.
The kitchen is equipped with fridge, freezer, electric oven and gas hotplates plus cutlery, plates, saucepans etc. There is also a table and four chairs in the kitchen.
For additional information please feel free to email Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to helping you have a most enjoyable and memorable holiday in Bella Toscana.