Stigliano, Tuscany, Italy

  • 36 studios, apartments and bungalows beautifully converted from a cluster of medieval Tuscan buildings
  • Outdoor pool, Bocce, badminton and table tennis
  • Stunning Chianti landscape to explore, with green hills, wide vineyards and small stone villages
  • An array of incredible historic towns and architecture, right on your doorstep
  • Within easy reach of Florence, Pienza, Pisa and Siena
  • Beautiful gardens and surrounding countryside of Tuscany with its scenic beauty, rich heritage and influential culture

Stigliano is part of the Holiday Property Bond portfolio offering exclusive access to over 1,400 properties to its 42,000 investors across more than 30 locations. You can find out more about Stigliano below, but first a brief explanation about the Holiday Property Bond.

A. How can I holiday better?

Invest from £5,000 in the Holiday Property Bond for exclusive access to a portfolio of over 1,400 top quality villas, cottages and apartments in over 30 locations across the UK and Europe. For each £1 invested you will receive one Holiday Point each year which you can use to book the properties. And when staying in them you do not pay a commercial rent, just a no-profit user charge covering actual running, maintenance and refurbishment costs. This charge is level throughout the year so there are no high season premiums. For a studio the charge averages about £315 a week, for a two bedroom property around £480 a week. Larger properties are also available. This no-profit user charge is only payable when you want to go on holiday. Your only ongoing commitment is a quarterly fee of just over £30 – that is around £130 a year.

B. Will there be more properties in the future?

As we attract more investors the more properties we will add to the portfolio – increasing your holiday choice still further.

C. How long can I holiday with HPB?

For life if you wish – the holiday benefits last as long as you hold the Bond. In due course you can pass it and the holiday benefits to your children and grandchildren, as many of our earlier investors have already done. If, however, at some point you and your family no longer wish to holiday with us you can surrender your Bond back to the company after two years or more (subject to deferral in exceptional circumstances). You will not get back the full amount you invested, although we would hope that you will have had some wonderful holidays. What you do get back will reflect initial charges (25%) taken before your money is invested in the HPB fund of holiday properties and securities. The fund itself also pays annual charges of around 2.5% and other overheads. The value of the fund’s properties and securities can also go up or down and so, like most investments, your capital is at risk.

Just 20 minutes away from the famous medieval city of Siena is the hilltop village of Stigliano. With its impressive stone tower standing sentinel over the valley, Stigliano looks much as it did in the 13th century. The ancient buildings have, however, been restored to provide attractive holiday apartments. Although the surrounding grounds have been expertly landscaped, they continue to feature olive groves and cypress trees, scattered with rosemary, thyme, and sage bushes.

With Florence as its capital, Tuscany can rightly be described as the true heart of Italy. It was at the very centre of the Renaissance and offers the discerning visitor a wealth of cultural and artistic delights. In fact, the region boasts the highest number of art galleries, museums and medieval and renaissance towns in the country. It was not by chance that great British authors such as Shelley, Byron and D.H. Lawrence found inspiration here, and that Dante and Leonardo da Vinci were both born in the region.

Stigliano, Tuscany, Italy is part of the Holiday Property Bond portfolio offering exclusive access to over 1,400 properties to its 42,000 investors ("Bondholders"). If you are not already a Bondholder and would like further details please see below.

See the world's greatest masterpieces

Florence has more than 70 museums, so you won't be able to visit them all during your stay. If you only have time for one, head to the city's most famous: Uffizi. It is home to some of the most incredible masterpieces in the world, from Michelangelo's David to Bottichelli's Birth of Venus.

Watch the Il Palio horse race

Palio di Siena is one of the most famous sporting events in Italy and is well worth watching if you enjoy horse racing. Taking place twice a year (usually in July and August), the race lasts an average of 75 seconds. However, the atmosphere is so incredible, it really must not be missed.

If you're visiting at the wrong time of year to catch the race, we suggest heading to Siena anyway. It's wonderfully unspoilt and full of religious buildings, medieval streets and ancient city walls.

Relax in a Tuscan garden

You haven't truly experienced the region until you've spent some time in a Tuscan garden, as they're such an important part of North Italian life! Over the years they've become more and more elaborate, with many now boasting waterworks, sculptures and rare plants. We highly recommend taking a trip to Pisa to visit the first and oldest university botanical garden in the world.

Drink Chianti in Chianti

Wine lovers must visit Chianti, a region famous for its red wines of the same name. The vineyards are a key part of its stunning landscape, which also comprises stone houses, tiny villages and beautiful olive groves. Many of the wineries offer tours and tastings to the public, so why not take some time to find out more about how this tipple is made?

Visit the Town of Fine Towers

The hill town of San Gimignano and its 14 towers look amazing from afar, but it's well worth getting up close too. Just southwest of Florence, the Town of Fine Towers used to have a total of 72 towers, all of varying heights. It is home to an impressive number of churches as well, but the Collegiata and St Augustine are the best. Both have collections of famous Renaissance artworks inside.

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