The Podere S. Apollonia was once part of the Grand-ducal farm
of Montecchio, a farm labourer's house, difficult to date,
but of the kind that was built during the final years of the
Grand-dukedom. There is certainly no sign of the house on
A. Manetti's 1823 map of the levelling of the Chiana, because
the area was still marshland and yet to be drained off. However,
according to the so-called "mappali dei Beni delle imprese
Demaniali", undated but obviously drawn up prior to the
sale in 1863, the building which was largely similar to the
present one in plan, had already been divided into two parts,
probably compromising the original architectural design, and
the document does in fact mention Podere del Vingone I and
Podere del Vingone II, which were named after the nearby canal.
When the farm was acquired by the present owners' great-grandparents
during the 1890s, all the farms were named after Saints.
S, Apollonia, a "Leopoldina" style building, is now the owners' home and it also houses the "Picchio" apartment. The other farmhouse, named S. Maria, where the tenant farmer lived until 1990, has now been turned into two apartments: "Rondone" and "Falco".
Five apartments are avaible,
which can sleep up to a total of 18, in the peaceful Valdichiana
with enchanting views of the Cortona Hills still largely unchanged
since they were painted by Fra Angelico five centuries ago.
Anybody who shares our
passion for flying will appreciate our grass runway with the
first F8L Falcon and other vintage treasures.
Gliders will be able to make the most of the excellent wind and atmospheric conditions and even an "unscheduled" landing is no nightmare in these surrondings.