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Manzano Golf Resort Brochure

  1. 1. “Life well spent is long.” Leonardo da Vinci
  2. 2. TUSCANY imparts a charm and splendor all its own. Comprising ten alluring provinces, the region invites exploration of all it has to offer, whether you are in pursuit of extraordinary art and architecture, or fine wine and cuisine. It's yours to discover wherever you choose to roam. Celebrated for its pastoral landscape, the vast Tuscan countryside is a patchwork of rolling hills marked by sprawling vine- yards and lush olive groves. Waves of sunflowers, poppies and ancient stone walls paint a rustic tapestry of a sepia-tinted terrain swathed in warm Italian sun. Yet no measure of this broad view is marred by the age-old Cyprus trees which fleck and line this familiar and enduring landscape. But the real allure lies in the ancient towns. Sleepy remote villages tempt you to wander narrow, cobbled streets, while medieval hamlets challenge exploration of residual castle fortifications, some replete with their ancient towering ramparts. Here and there, chapel steeples reach high above villages, and the occasional Gothic cathedral rises majestically to greet the sky. Flowing amidst this panoramic splendor is the ever-gentle Arno, as it winds its way from Florence to Pisa in pursuit of the Ligurian Sea. Having been the backdrop of Master painters throughout the ages, this ageless land is T USCANY sure to prove rousing. If you find yourself in search of culture, Tuscany is sure to enchant. The legacy of this wondrous region lies in its art and history, which spans the work of the early Etruscans all the way to the height of its Golden Age, an era which produced the likes of Michelangelo, da Vinci and the de Medicis. Tuscany is also notable for producing writers, scientists, architects, musicians and artists, all of whom have placed their stamp on the world, as evidenced by the experiments of Galileo, the grandeur of a Puccini opera, and the literary world of Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio. From the Etruscan theater and Roman baths at Fiesole, to the Gothic architecture of Siena, and the innumerable sites of Florence, every excursion reveals a glimpse of history. With every destination a treasure, Tuscany is your land of journeys.
  4. 4. MANZANO GOLF RESORT will be the first-ever golf resort in Cortona. It will span approximately 200 acres and will include an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Gary Player Design, a four star luxury hotel with 40 rooms, and 36 units of high level architectonic and furniture design. The Resort consists of a central core complex (approx. 12 acres), encircled by the greens of the golf course, and the vineyards of the Tuscan landscape. The Resort is positioned centrally within an area rich in history and culture. Due to its easy accessibility (motorway Roma - MANZANO GOLF RESORT Milano, and highway Perugia - Siena), the Resort's guests will be able to access additional golf courses and the foremost sight- seeing cities, such as Perugia, Siena, Firenze, Roma, Pisa, Assisi and, of course, the enchanting Cortona. The complex will be a poly-functional resort offering a wide variety of choices: classic hotel accommodations, exclusive villas, a wellness center, conference rooms, a restaurant, the golf course, and other sport facilities. Each villa will maintain spectacular views of Cortona and of the golf course. All 36 units have been designed to meet various touristic accommodation requirements and all are suitable for the luxury vacation. There are townhouses grouped in separate structures and edging the central square (a typical medieval design), as well as detached buildings situated on the borders of the complex. The project fuses traditional Italianate components, such as Tuscan terracotta floors, chestnut doors, and wooden beamed ceilings, with modern design elements, such as a centrally-positioned fireplace in the living room. In addition to these features, the units include classical furniture, LCD TV, Hi-Fi stereo, satellite TV, and high-speed Internet connection.
  5. 5. MANZANO INFORMATION Though you'll be a fractional owner, you are, essentially, the whole owner while in-residence. Manzano Villa Residences will endeavor to provide every in-home amenity and convenience that you would select for your own home. Each unit is fully equipped with tasteful traditional Tuscan décor, luxurious furnishings, and the latest AV and computer technology. The Manzano staff will make a special effort to achieve the warmth and intimacy that no other villa property can match. M A N Z A N O I N F O R M AT I O N WORRY FREE OWNERSHIP At Manzano, your ownership will be completely effortless and worry free. A core benefit to this system is the elimination of the difficulties that plague vacation home owners. ADMINISTRATIVE Property taxes, utilities, insurance, staff, and other operational items are handled by Manzano's expert management staff. MAINTENANCE Cleaning, upkeep, repair and replacement of broken or damaged items are the responsibility of Manzano's management team. You'll enjoy the worry-free benefits of a luxury hotel in your own exclusive Tuscan villa. EVERYTHING IS PROVIDED FOR YOU Furnishings, interior design, and home requirement sourcing demand tremendous time and attention. With Manzano's Villa Residences, you're buying a turnkey operation. Your villa will come complete with every necessity, from wine glasses to cork screw. Everything you will need for a comfortable luxury villa experience is waiting for you, your family and friends, year after year.
  6. 6. MANZANO’S VILLA RESIDENCE offers an extraordinary lifestyle, drawing from the best of other vacation models. These are a few of the ammenities offered: • Concierge Services- both on-site and pre-arrival in hotel MANZ ANO VILLA RESIDENCE • Maid service • Special children’s activities and services (on request) • Privileges at our Gary Player Design 18-hole golf course • Wellness center, including massage,Turkish baths and saunas • Casual and fine Italian dining • Relaxing lounges, beautiful gardens, reading rooms and a roof garden • Business centers with private conference rooms, secretarial support, advanced data, videoconference and telecom capabilities (on request) • Wireless Internet • Two swimming pools with beverage and food service • Assistance with special requests for private jets, yachts, parties and excursions • Pre-arrival stocking of groceries and household items A luxury property in a world-class location with five-star service might be the best way to describe the vision of Manzano's Villa Residences. Add to that the lower costs enjoyed by shared usage and ownership and it is easy to understand why Manzano's Villa Residences have become Tuscany's most sought-after vacation properties. When you become an owner of Manzano's Villa Residences, you and your family become a part of the history and culture of this magnificent land for gen- erations to come.
  7. 7. FRACTIONAL OWNERSHIP Owning a Tuscan Villa has been the aspiration of many families over the decades. The notion of retreating to a venue of golden sunsets and rolling hills, amply adorned with the most sought-after wine vineyards, has appealed to people worldwide, creating a desire to return year after year to sample the fabulous food and wine for which Italy is so famous. Once you have arrived, you understand the wish to return each year to the splendor of the landscape, the enchantment of the F RAC T I O NA L OW N ERS H I P city, and the gustatory delights offered at the local Trattorias and Osterias, where you will renew old acquaintances and create new memories with family and friends. Tuscany pulls you in and it draws you back - a yearning that so many strive for and, yet, so few achieve. Being part of Manzano allows you to achieve this dream. Villa owners benefit from the ease of worry-free accommodations, so that the focus turns to creating the idyllic journey. This is easily obtainable for both the discerning traveler, as well as the winsome vacationer. From beginning to end, and from the first impression to the repeat performance, one thing every villa owner comes to recognize is the wisdom of investing in their Italian Villa. Attention to detail is the strongpoint for our mem- bers, and you and your family will enjoy the same rewards. “Worry free” is the only way to describe fractional ownership - the ability to partake in every advantage of your own Tuscan Villa without the custodial burdens. Only a small fraction of fortunate investors ever get the chance to be part of something so magnificent. And every year, upon your return, all will be as you expect, arranged just as you wish. Being a fractional owner at Manzano means that you have the sense to invest in just what you need. Simply put, your dream comes true for you, your family and all their families. The dream of owning a Tuscan Villa and becoming part of the richness, history, culture and beauty of this esteemed region is yours to own. Manzano Golf Resort makes it all possible.
  8. 8. CORTONA, with its prevailing medieval character, is equally ancient and noble, making it a robust tourist destination. Situated on a hill, this city resides 50 miles from Florence in the Arezzo province. Clay-colored roofs and amber stone struc- tures blanket an entire swath of hillside, which is set against a profusion of rising emerald green Cypress trees. Surrounding the town are the gentle, sloping mounds and basins of the ever-familiar Tuscan plains, forever a collage of textures. Far in the distance lies a panorama of dusky mountain ranges overlooking the beautiful Lake Trasimeno, an added boon to the area's stunning views. Adventure looms here, as you traverse narrow, pitched streets to encounter a town richly endowed in architectural pursuits. Twenty-one churches and cathedrals dominate the district, all of which reflect a variety of period elements, from Byzantine to Romanesque, Medieval to Renaissance. As you work your way through coursing streets, you'll be led to any one of the city's main squares where you may enjoy an afternoon interval in a nearby café. Better yet, after a day pursuing Etruscan artifacts and the works of Renaissance painters, head for the Piazza della Repubblica for an evening meal and a glass of wine, as soft CORTONA lavender hues paint the square at dusk. Further wanderings lead you to glimpses of old Etruscan tombs or stone walls in the Cyclopean style, still standing in ruin after their formation some 3000 years ago. End your quest by climbing atop the hilly rise to take in the fabulous views. As the setting for Frances Mayes' Under the Tuscan Sun, Cortona is captivating.
  9. 9. FLORENCE is a city of wonders which every vacation must retain on its itinerary. Located on the northwest coast of Italy, this stunning locale provides for both a vigorous, as well as a restorative, escape. Considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, you can glimpse the beauty of Florence around every bend. While famous for its Renaissance art and archi- tecture, foremost in this city is its romantic ambiance, evidenced in the beauty of the placid Arno River, which runs through the city as it passes from the Apennines toward Pisa. Although striking from afar, the city is best seen up close. Take an inti- mate stroll through its streets; stray along its cobbled piazzas; and amble across its many bridges, particularly the famed Ponte Vecchio and its bevy of shops. At night, the city is awash in light, creating a stunning atmosphere where you can take in a meal of traditional Florentine cuisine and a bottle of fine Italian wine. As the capital of the region, this vibrant city forms the hub of art and culture. Churches, museums and palaces abound, while monuments, such as the Duomo, serve to reveal a view as much as they shape one. Considered the cradle of the Renaissance, FLORENCE the geographical confines of Florence produced numerous works due to the accomplishments of its many notable residents. Today, these works continue to reside within the city's figurative walls. If fine art is of interest, there is ample opportunity for you to pamper your senses, with compositions of Raphael and da Vinci, Botticelli and Masaccio, plus many more. Art patrons have been known to swoon as a result of the spectacular beauty surrounding them. Aside from these works of art, sculpture, architecture, music, theater and cinema are also part and parcel of this remarkable place. Take in a little or see it all; whatever your preference, you're guaranteed to be rendered speechless.
  10. 10. SIENA, one of Italy's finest medieval cities, is a major tourist attraction as well as home to one of the oldest Universities in Europe, contributing to a vibrant student culture and a bustling city atmosphere. Recognized for its period architecture, much of this city's well-preserved Gothic buildings originate from the tail end of the Middle Ages, the era in which Siena reached its economic peak. Indeed, this magnificent architecture should be foremost on your itinerary. Second on your list should be a visit to the Piazza del Campo, celebrated for its large, fan-shaped piazza. Siena also offers many cultural activities, such as classical concerts, theater, the Siena Jazz Festival, and the famous Il Palio di Siena, a festival and horse race run in the Piazza del Campo. And when you are eager to shop, the stores of Siena offer many local items, such as leather products, fabric, glazed terracotta, jewelry, and regional SIENA / MOTEPULCIANO food and wine, along with a regular farmer's market each Wednesday in the Fortezza Mediceana. Located in the center of Tuscany, the countryside of Siena paints a lovely contrast to this otherwise commanding city. Twining vineyards and gnarled olive vines course through the Chianti area between Florence and Siena. To the south, the Arbia valley leads you to the town of Montalcino, home to the prominent Brunello wine. Most notable is the area around La Crete, which boasts rock formations adjacent to low, rolling hills, with a grain field that sits below a medieval fortress. You are sure to be drawn to this blend of artful beauty and historic elegance. MONTEPULCIANO is one of the most charming hill towns in Tuscany. This ancient Etruscan maintains endear- ing vistas and a rich history, making for a beguiling excursion. The city sits upon a limestone ridge, fortified in stone under the direction of Cosimo I de' Medici in 1511. As a notable producer of food and wine, Montepulciano is a wonderful site for indulging your epicurean senses. Its Vino Nobile is one of the many wines from the region celebrated by connoisseurs every- where, and the town is recognized for its fabulous cheese, pasta, and other appetizing fare. As with most of Tuscany, the architecture is not to be underestimated. Because Montepulciano enjoyed a long phase of pros- perity, roughly from the end of the Middle Ages through the Renaissance, there are many well-preserved architectural edifices worth exploring. One masterpiece of architecture, which must not be missed, is the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Biagio, situated just outside of the town and worth the jaunt. The city streets themselves warrant a rambling trek with picturesque detours through small roads that crisscross off the Piazza Grande in the center of town. And if you can't get enough Renaissance art, the town is resplendent in treasured works. With such tempting diversions, Montepulciano is very much the “pearl” it was so named.
  11. 11. LAKE TRASIMENO is Italy's largest non-Alpine lake. Relatively shallow, Trasimeno offers mirror-like reflections of the majestic northern mountains, and yielding rolling hills and olive groves to the west and south. A few charming small towns surround the lake, where you can explore historic sites, probe local commodities, and take in a meal or two. If you're in LAKE TRASIMENO / PERUGIA / AREZZO the mood for recreation, a bicycle path and numerous cross-country trails also border the lake. Home to the early Etruscan civilization, the lake holds a prominent place in history. During the second Punic war in 217 B.C., in one of the major engagements, Hannibal massacred two large Roman legions. Since then, several castles have been erected around the lake, which now lie in various states of survival or decay. The most famous is the Castello del Leone ("Fortress of the Lion"), a pentagonal-shaped castle built by Emperor Frederick II, which served as a fortified stronghold between Rome and Florence. If you're so inclined, some of these fortresses make for fascinating discovery. PERUGIA the capital city of the region of Umbria, is a lively town offering much in the way of amusement. Home to an Italian language school, a fine arts academy, and one of the oldest universities in Italy, Perugia is quite a colorful town. There is no shortage of sites to unearth in this municipality, from magnificent churches and cathedrals, to Umbria's master- piece of medieval architecture - the Fontana Maggiore, and on to one of Italy's greatest buildings, the Palazzo dei Priori. Everywhere you wander here, the material remains of the Etruscans are readily evident, whether traversing the city's steep, narrow alleys or the circuit of surrounding walls that offer a spectacular view of the valley. When you find yourself seeking the hustle and bustle of Italian urban life, the Piazza IV Novembre is one of the most exquisite public squares in all of Italy. Catch a glimpse of a Gothic cathedral, examine the many prominent architectural reliefs, or enjoy a cocktail at one of the local jazz cafes. The ambiance is bewitching and temptations, such as the legendary Perugina chocolate, await your every encounter. AREZZO, as it rises up from the floodplain of the Arno, is a delightful hill-town. Known as one of several important Etruscan cities, as observed in the many remains and artifacts still existent from the period, Arezzo has made remarkable con- tributions to Western civilization. Rich in artistic and musical history, there is much to see and do here. This is a city for a walking tour, with scores of beautiful Gothic and Romanesque churches, towers and palaces, and the arresting Vasari Loggia on Piazza Grande, as well as remnants of the ancient Roman Amphitheatre. Because of its topography, the town is carved into two sections, with its upper segment attended by a cathedral, town hall, and the Medici Fortress, from which narrow city streets branch off toward the lower end. Due to its profound influence during the Middle Ages, Arezzo hosts a medieval festival every year featuring knights on horse- back and its townspeople in medieval garb. If you're fond of wandering marketplaces, Arezzo hosts one of the best monthly antiques market right in the piazza where you will discover antiques, paintings, sculpture, jewelry, and more. The area is renowned for its foundries, including a large gold manufacturing plant, and the early production of red painted vases (known as the “coral vases”), which were traded throughout the Roman Empire. With its charming shops and cafes, Arezzo entertains never a dull day.