In the Umamma apartment in the small Tuscan town of San Miniato, the Middle Ages are combined with industrial style. The apartment is extraordinary and will elicit a “Wow!” from many guests—or “umamma” as they say in Tuscany for something unexpectedly amazing. It took seven years to restore and transform the rooms located on the ground floor of an old 16th century palazzo. The original structure of the interiors was reconstructed and the historical materials were exposed. The back of the building was opened up, and large windows were added to frame the views over the Arno Valley.
The 230-square-metre apartment offers a lot of space! It consists of two open-plan areas that merge into one another. The first one has a kitchen, dining area and lounge corner plus a bedroom/studio with a bathroom on the side. The second area comprises the master bedroom with a loggia and a large bathroom. The historical brick walls and vaulted arches—which are up to 1.5 meters thick—are contrasted with modern elements in industrial style such as the black kitchen, steel-framed windows and glass walls. The old walls and the earthy shades of the casual and yet sophisticated furnishings give the apartment an air of safety and mystery. This is further enhanced by the trap door in the bedroom. The door, which can be opened with a hand-operated crank, unveils a staircase that leads to the basement vaults, entering a truly unexpected space: through a room dominated only by a central rain shower, one enters a 500-year-old vaulted area, which is entirely taken up by a pool of travertine reminiscent of Roman thermae. Here you can bathe in the 34°C warm water in a spectacular setting: “Umamma!
What to do
San Minato is ideally located for exploring Tuscany. Florence, Pisa, Lucca and Siena are each about 30 minutes away by car. The nearest beaches can be reached by car in 35 minutes. Take a walk or cycle along ancient Via Francigena.
Why we like this house
Umamma surprises its guests with the mixture of medieval and modern design, beautiful panoramic views and the extraordinary pool in the vaulted basement. Despite the size, the rooms convey a sense of wellbeing. As if from a sheltering cave, one looks out into the vastness of the hilly Tuscan landscape.
This house is great for
Couples, friends, families
|Region/Town||IT – Italy , Tuscany, San Miniato (Pisa)|
|Scenery||In the historic old town with a wonderful view over the Arno Valley|
|Number of guests||Max. 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 kids|
|Design||Gabriele Evangelisti; Interior design: Giovanni Settesoldi, Gabriele Evangelisti|
|Published||Hoteldesign 10/2020, Elle Décor, Archilovers, Departure, Uncrate, The Spaces, The Mansionist…|
|Awards||Italian pool award 2019|
|Architecture||Listed building - old, Old & new|
|Criteria||1-2 (house/apartment), Hiking, loft, Pool, Spa, Urban, Wine|
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