La Scuola

Cottage, 38 m², Sleeps 2 people
1 bedroom , 1 bathroom

La Scuola was the old schoolhouse of the village; all children, regardless of age, studied together in these two rooms. It is just outside the castle gate.

The living room has a terracotta brick floor and the kitchen is fully equipped, with full size stove and refrigerator. There is no heating, but the corner fireplace provides ample midseason heat and ambiance when needed.

The bedroom has a queen-size bed (separable into twin singles); there is a bathroom with shower and a walk-in closet. The cottage has beamed ceilings throughout.

At the rear of La Scuola is a secluded terrace with table and chairs for two, nestled in the trees, that provides a quiet area for dining or relaxing and direct access to the woods.

High Season

€ 150 / Night

+ € 55 one-time fee

Mid Season

€ 115 / Night

+ € 55 one-time fee

Low Season

€ 75 / Night

+ € 105 one-time fee

Minimum stay of 3 nights.

High Season :  July 1 - August 31
Mid Season :  May 15 - June 30, September 1 - October 15, December 24 - 31
Low Season :  March 15 - May 14, October 16 - December 23, January 1 - 10

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Curiosities:

In the 1950s and ‘60s la Scuola was a one-room schoolhouse, where the overseer’s wife taught Montalto children reading, writing and whatever seemed important for life on a farm. Tacked on the walls we found a drawing of a poisonous snake and one of an ear of wheat.

From 1967 on a little yellow schoolbus scoured the countryside and took all the children on the farms and in the castle to the elementary school in Castelnuovo Berardenga. The bus trip was the best part of the children’s day.  

Before that, the room housed the castle smithy, making and repairing everything ferrous needed for agriculture and daily life. The blacksmiths became highly skilled: look at the dragon’s head knocker on the heavy wooden door to the castle court.

The schoolhouse was outside the walls, to make it accessible to those who lived on the poderi, the  sharecroppers’ farms.

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