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 travertino floor and the kitchen is fully equipped, with full size stove and refrigerator. Air conditioning (available for an extra fee) can also be used to heat in midseasons. And the corner fireplace provides ample 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.
+ € 85 one-time fee
+ € 85 one-time fee
+ € 165 one-time fee
: June and September
Mid Season : May, July, August, October and Christmas/New Year holidays
Low Season : March, April and November
Originally, La Scuola housed the castle smithy, making and repairing everything ferrous needed for agriculture and daily life. The blacksmiths were highly skilled: look at the dragon’s head knocker on the heavy wooden door to the castle court.
In the 1950s and ‘60s La Scuola (which means The School) was used as a one-room schoolhouse, where the overseer’s wife taught reading, writing and whatever seemed important for life on a farm to the children of the peasants from around Montalto. Tacked on the walls we found a drawing of a poisonous snake and one of an ear of wheat. The schoolhouse was outside the walls, to make it accessible to those who lived on the poderi, the sharecroppers’ farms.
From 1967 on, La Scuola was no longer used as a school, as a little yellow school bus scoured the countryside and took all the children from the farms and the castle to the elementary school in Castelnuovo Berardenga. The bus trip was the best part of the children’s day.