This vacation retreat, Villa la Trappola, 800 m a.s.l., renovated in 2009, is located in the hamlet Trappola, a quiet, elevated position on top of a hill, in the countryside. The area is 7 km from the centre of Loro Ciuffenna, 30 km from the centre of Arezzo, 55 km from the centre of Firenze.
Villa la Trappola is made up of four separate units. The main villa section is occasionally occupied by the owners and not available for rent.
This vacation rental portion is considered a 7-room apartment 175 m2 on 2 levels made up of three separate units not linked together.
The Guest Villa unit is a two bedroom four guest apartment located in the main villa building. A one bedroom two guest apartment is located in a former barn (The Barn). And a one bedroom two guest apartment is located in an annex building (The Annex). All three units have their own separate entrance. All have free wireless Internet and satellite-TV.
The Guest Villa apartment is a ground floor apartment including a living/dining room with open fireplace, kitchen, one double bedroom with a shower/bidet bathroom and a second double bedroom with a shower/bidet bathroom.
The Barn apartment (140 cm) includes a living room open fireplace, a kitchenette with 2 hotplates, one double bedroom. a bath/shower/bidet bathroom. An exit to the terrace and veranda.
The Annex is an upper floor apartment with a living room, a kitchenette, one double bedroom with bath/shower/bidet bathroom. Panoramic view of the countryside.
The villa grounds include a 3 acre garden on different levels (fenced), a kidney shaped swimming pool (depth 140 cm, 28.04.-13.10.), a pool house with shower, garden furniture, and a barbecue.
The villa has a sauna (extra), a cook on request (extra), and parking by the house at 10 m.
Shopping, groceries, and supermarket are 7 km away.
Trappola History… The name given to this ancient castle Trap has always aroused curiosity.
One legend speaks some German nobles and Roman smarritisi in the mountain and rescued by shepherds and charcoal burners of the place. These noble finding the right place for defense, settled there, and built a fortified castle and surrounded by walls of which remain some ruins of a tower.
The Castle Trap has another legendary origin. The story-documented since 1191 – indicates the defensive function of the possessions of the Guidi, in particular of the road from the Rock-Ricciarda and the Cross of Pratomagno. The Florentine territory-led to the paths that connected with crossing the Casentino Pratomagno in its central part along the ancient paths.
According to an ancient legend, a German Baron and a Roman, while crossing the Pratomagno got lost because of dense fog. Welcomed by pastoralists, they founded the castle of the trap.
The trap is located in the massif of Pratomagno about 851 metres above sea level in the heart of Tuscany. A mountain village, with narrow streets and stone houses with small Windows to avoid getting too cold, is dipped in the quiet and greenery.
Following the country paths and roads will lead you through secular chestnut trees and forests in search of traces of the shepherds, charcoal burners. There are many woodsmen stories of brigands, long journeys, pastors of partisans that you can still hear tell by the inhabitants.
From the wall near the Church, looking down towds the Valdarno, you can see the entire Valley with its beauties and its contradictions. In the foreground you see the roofs, now old, lower House of the country, on the left The Villa and Chiassaia appear in the distance on the back of the mountain. Lowering his gaze you see Casale and the background Loro Ciuffenna. On the horizon the Chianti mountains, which border the Valdarno Valley.
The Casentino Valley is enclosed on one side by the Apennine Ridge and the other by the massif of Pratomagno. The name of this mountain, which borders on the 1600 meters altitude and is discoverable from Casentino and Valdarno. It is famous for the big cross on its Summit. Closed is its main feature: a large and long grass area that runs almost entirely on his Ridge. The slopes of Pratomagno are covered by dense forests mostly of oak, chestnut and beech. Characteristic villages from ancient history are embedded between the green of the Woods. Many streams descend the mountains and offer an unexpected and suggestive views. Meadows, i.e. the top of Pratomagno, continually change the scenery with the light and change of seasons. The pale green sprinkled with many species of flowers in spring, the deep yellow of summer, warm colours of autumn, and the snow and the transparency of air in winter. It is precisely this season, when there is generally more sharpness. The Pratomagno offers incredible views and breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. The Pratomagno is ideal place for seekers of fungi and other berries, for those who want to take walks with friends, but only with himself, for those who want to escape for a few hours by chaotic and polluted environments. And for those who want to walk a bit in the summer, a stroll on a night with a full moon is a must.