Villa Goga is a beautiful and ancient villa set just south of Siena, in one of the most picturesque areas of Tuscany. Approached by an impressive, cypress-lined avenue, the villa itself dates from the 16th. Century and the estate was once one of the most important in the whole district of Siena, dating back more than 1,000 years.
The villa has luminous rooms recalling a splendid past, some with beautiful frescoes or wall paintings. There are formal gardens, with tall shady trees on one side, while at the front is a wide lawn with long box and laurel hedges on either side. Beyond these lawns, the large swimming pool has beautiful views through olive groves and gardens across to Siena and the rolling cornfields of the Crete. These views have been a continual source of inspiration for artists over the centuries, and they appear today much as they did when used as a backdrop by painters in the early renaissance; a number of versions of "Madonna with child" and the "Annunciation" are set in these rolling hills, standing in for Bethlehem.
The villa today has been used on many occasions by artists, photographers, historians and cooks for specialist courses, and is the subject of prestigious coffee table books; its caring, professional owners and staff are internationally renowned.
There are two entrances, one through french doors from the parkland at the rear, into a delightful painted reception hall, the other at the front.
The enormous dining room comfortably seats 25/30 people and has reputedly the largest fireplace in Tuscany - it is practically a room unto itself. The kitchen, nearby, has first class professional equipment, including a food processor, dishwasher, washing machine and microwave. It is a kitchen to match the number of people that may stay in the house, so is seriously efficient looking, in stainless steel.
Also on the ground floor there is an elegant drawing room with a vaulted ceiling and walls entirely covered with "Trompe l'oeil" paintings of exotic flowers and plants, birds and oriental tents. French windows from this room open onto the parkland to the rear of the villa, which has rare trees, grottoes and remains of a 19th. C. aviary; the whole property is a delight, with panoramic views as far as Siena.
There is also an additional sitting room on the ground floor, and a shower room. From the front entrance there is access to the colonnaded courtyard of the villa, part of which may be used by guests, and which provides a delightful place for meals in spring and autumn. On the first floor, the former ballroom is now an enormous double bedroom with frescoed ceiling, tall windows, and a huge Murano chandelier. It has its own shower room. Another double bedroom, with its own bathroom, is frescoed by Dario Neri, a famous 20th century Sienese painter.
A twin bedroom with a bathtub and a wash basin in the room, a bedroom with a fireplace, three single four-poster beds and a shower room en suite, and another double bedroom with a shower room and very simple kitchen equipment complete the accommodation on this floor. On the top floor, there are further rooms; three double and two twin bedrooms, a bathroom, 4 shower rooms and an extra, small kitchen.
Back outside, the pool is at the end of a wide lawn. The former poultry houses near the pool have become charming changing rooms, a barbecue, shower room and sun furniture store, while pergolas provide shade on the patio and pool surround. Around and beyond the pool an extensive olive grove forms a lovely setting for walks and games. A brother and sister share the estate (but not the pool), and you will be renting one half of the villa - but the split is perfect and harmonious; the only point of contact is in the interior courtyard, on photo number 13.
Villa Goga is magical, practical and the perfect place to stay.
My family have been travelling to Tuscany and Umbria almost every summer for over thirty years, from when there were just five of us to there being around 13 including grandchildren. This was the only house we found that suited all of our requirements. Firstly the house itself; every room seems to tell its own story and the views are spectacular. It is not hyper modern, or done up by new owners, it is a place of history, of families and of nature, cared for meticulously by the family. You can stay there as an extended family and have your own private space. There are places to sit outside which are shaded at all times and the property is quiet, without feeling overly isolated.
There are ample places to walk to (or cycle) and Jacopo is the perfect host; facilitative without being obsequious, charming, funny and kind. For people with teenage children, there is a degree of independence as the property is in walking distance to the village which has a bakery, supermarket, pizzeria and cafe/bar.
The pool can be used throughout the day and from there you can see Siena, which is always heavenly to visit. Vana, who has cooked for the family for years, is a wonder and produces unforgettable three course meals. We loved it. If I had to fault anything it would be the dishwasher, which we couldn’t figure out, but Vana could. Utterly exquisite.The D. family staying in Villa Goga . Aug 2021
Our week at Villa Goga ,was a magnificent time spent. A frequent traveller ,I find the times one settles in a house and lives in the local area ,gets to know locals, a very strong experience that stays with you. As for the house, in this case a majestic one ,carried us in time. A historic building ,many and vast spaces to accommodate us, beautiful gardens ,and set amid the most ,literally the most scenic landscape of Tuscany ,beautiful walks in the area. I must mention Jacopo ,the owner of the villa ,I would rather call him our host ,who was so welcoming, facilitating, and so pleasant in company. Missing our time in Villa Goga, we wish to returnS.A. staying in Villa Goga . Feb 2018
Everything is going swimmingly. Everyone is very happy here. The villa itself, physical building, decor, grounds, location, and the staff, from the great cooking of Vanna to the knowledgeable assistance of Jacopo, and Rosa's oversight are all pleasantly beyond our expectations. Now entering our fourth day, it’s a winner.
Fortunately, the weather cooperated, not only to not require heat, but to provide warmth and sunshine to the glistening green hills covered in bright yellow colza and vines that are just beginning to waken from their winter vacation. It’s absolutely lovely.
(Post visit) Not much time now. but can tell you that we all (14 of us) enjoyed our stay. The cooks, Vanna and Francesca are wonderful. Jacopo and Rosa were always available and most helpful. The villa is as charming as ever. There were only 2 complaints ...one the spotty intermittent and extremely slow internet service, and the other the heat. Unfortunately, it was colder this year, later in the spring that the stay we had in 2013. ...... Anyway, were it not for the cold weather, this group would have been as unqualifiedly happy as last year's. The property is great, the location superb, the family present and gracious.Mr. M.S. with family and friends, USA staying in Villa Goga . Dec 2013
Thanks for your good wishes – I can confirm all my party are now back in the UK following a memorable stay at Corsano. We had an absolutely fantastic stay, everyone loved the villa and the owners were extremely friendly/helpful. We have nothing but praise for the whole experience and the organisation that went into it.
We spent 1 week at Villa Goga from 24 May to 30 May, a family party of 12 to celebrate my parents joint 80th birthdays. We had a splendid time/experience – it is really difficult to fault any of the arrangements. The location was spectacular, the landscape stunning and the villa itself almost a work of art in its own right. We would score the holiday 9 out of 10 on almost every level. Two very minor observations: • We could not access the internet on the personal computer (PC) and this was a minor drawback – particularly so when trying to print off boarding passes etc. for the flight home; • The washing machine in the kitchen was not totally effective and some of the crockery was (as a result) a bit stained – as I say not a big deal, we reverted to washing by hand as it was much more effective; I think one further point could be made, we were disappointed that the pool wasn’t open/available. We did not know this when we booked but we were informed prior to departure so we have no complaints on that score. Nevertheless we never quite understood why the pool was not open – if it was a matter of running costs etc. we would have been more than happy to pay extra to cover this. The highlights for us were: • Spacious/comfortable/historic accommodation • Solitude/privacy • The 2 in-house dinners cooked by Francesca and Vanna • Murlo, Montalcino (which we preferred to Pienza) and Sienna • Jakapo/Jan (?) were very helpful at all timesMr. R.L. and family, UK staying in Villa Goga . Feb 2014
We were at Villa Goga for a family reunion and my mother's 80th Birthday. Perfect for family reunions, it is a beatiful villa with loads of character dating back to the 9th century or so. Giacopo was great help, giving advice on what to do or where to go. And he also gave us a fascinating tour of the cellars and a rundown of the 11 centuries of history. Although we self catered, we had one evening dinner organised through him and the meal and service was fantastic..great food! Good size 'industrial style' kitchen needs a little orientation but we managed to turn out some great meals for all 24 of us. Lovely swimming pool, well maintained. Location is great, 10 minutes from the Coop supermarket and about 15 minutes to Siena. You can strike out from here to pretty much everything. Go ahead and book it, you'll love it. We did and have a thousand photographs to prove it!Anonymous staying in Villa Goga . Sep 2011
The best thing about the vacation were the two cooks who came in everyday to prepare marvelous dinners, serve them, and clean up afterwards. The Villa is so large that there was privacy for all families. Outdoors area were great for kids to explore but the pool was a disappointment as it hadn't been opened for the seasons and the furniture, cushions, and towels were in need of replacement. The town had a very good grocery store and restaurant. Town and church were in walking distance.Mrs. M.V. and family, USA staying in Villa Goga . Feb 2011
We were a party of four families with 10 children, ages ranging from 5 to 20yrs old. The pool was a nice feature, since the children were able to play and relax there afterwards. If you are staying there with young children who have not learned to swim yet, you will need to supervise them, as there are no fences or gates to keep them out of the pool area. The rooms on the third floor were more like attic rooms, and in the summer, it was quite warm, we kept all the windows open. The windows do not have screens, and are low. Also something to watch out for if you are staying with very young children. All the rooms were quite spacious, most with high ceilings. There was a dining room inside, but we ate outside everyday. We used the kitchen quite a lot, and was happy to find it fully working with pasta boilers and gas range. The helper working for the owner was very helpful and cleaned our rooms during the day when we were away sightseeing. The owner lives in another section of the villa, and checked on us everyday to help us arrange tours. He was very helpful and accommodating. There was a washing machine on the third floor, but no dryer, so all the clothes had to be dried out on the line in the yard. Hot water, shower and bath all worked well. Clean towels and bed sheets. There were a couple of stray cats on the property, and if you are allergic to flea bites, do not feed them as this will encourage them to follow you into the house. A few of us had flea bites that were quite aggravating afterwards; the cat that we fed found its way into the house one night. There is a grocery store and a small pizza restaurant down the street, a nice walk of 7 -10 minutes from the villa. The property is beautiful and scenic. The villa has been well kept for generations, with a very homey, warm atmosphere. The villa was well suited for our large party of 18 people.Anonymous staying in Villa Goga . Feb 2009
Our family (20+ people) spent two glorious weeks at Villa Goga. The accomodations were outstanding, everything you would want from a 300+ year old villa and more. Every room from the kitchen to the bedrooms to the bathrooms were exceptional. Everyone from Grandma and Grandpa to the teenage grandchildren rated the villa a 12+ out of 10, even the toddlers had a fabulous time. The wonderful family memories we created were priceless. Beautiful Villa, beautiful grounds and so much to do in and around the surrounding area. We could be as busy as we wanted or have quiet days just relaxing by the pool. Barath and Jacopo made sure we had everything we needed and were invaluable sources of information. The Village of Corsano has many hidden treasures including a fabulous restaurant with THE BEST pasta dishes we have ever eaten. Only a short car ride to Sienna and many other wonderful villages in and around the area. A train ride to Florence and many other destinations. We will certainly be back to the Villa and hope that we can stay longer next time.Anonymous staying in Villa Goga . Sep 2009
One perfect week in Tuscany - We were a group of 17 - 9 kids under the age of 10 and 8 adults. The pool is far enough away from the house, that it holds no danger for the small kids. We asked if they could help with meals and they suggested 2 ladies who came in to cook the most wonderful 3 course meals of Tuscan specialities every evening. This meant we could sit and relax, watch the sun go down, go for walks, play with the kids. We also rented a couple of bicycles, but walking is just a much recommended.Mr. H.M. with family and friends, South Africa staying in Villa Goga . Dec 2013
Villa Goga is a truly beautiful house and a wonderful location. We all fell in love with Tuscany. The owners Jacopo and Rosa were lovely people and excellent hosts. It was the perfect location for a large group of friends to come together. We enjoyed the home cooking of two the lovely local ladies. They cooked the most amazing meals for us. I would recommend Villa Goga to anyone wishing to go to Tuscany. We all want to go back.Mrs. J.F. with family and friends, Australia staying in Villa Goga . Feb 2015
Fantastico, bellisimo, wonderful is what I would call our stay at the Villa Goga (Corsano). Madam Rosa and her son were invaluable with helping us navigate throughout Tuscany and especially in Sienna. Baruth, our man-on-site was fantastic. It was one of the most rewarding two weeks we have ever had. We hope to return some day. Our only complaint was that it was hot on the third floor for people who were sleeping on that floor but I think Madam Rosa was considering air conditioning that level in the future.Anonymous staying in Villa Goga . Mar 2009
Villa Goga (Corsano) was the near perfect site for our family reunion. We brought our 3 sons and their families to Italy to experience the hills, the beauty, the food and wine and the opportunity for all of us to share something special. Our hosts were wonderful and provided us with everything we asked for. Our grandchildren range in age from 6 to 16, and we all had a terrific time.Ms. C.W. staying in Villa Goga . Jul 2010
A holiday here is a very special treat; a chance to live in an historic villa in extraordinarily beautiful and peaceful surroundings, at a very short distance from the wonderful city of Siena. Villa Goga lends itself as well to a very special family holiday as for a film setting or business convention.
The aristocratic owner is a charming and hospitable hostess. Occasionally she stays in a small, independent apartment, with access from another staircase. Her son runs the Corsano Agency, able to arrange cooks, baby sitters, photographers and extra staff to suit the most exacting requisites. He will personally organise guides, shopping trips and courses. His knowledge of this wonderful part of the world and its personalities allows him to arrange personal tours for guests around public and private homes, museums and collections, to create a unique and memorable holiday.
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