La Pergola - farm holidays, 25km from the sea
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Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5
The spacious Pergola apartment lies on the ground floor of the villa I Cavallini. A large living and dining room leads onto a vine covered pergola with a stunning view onto the endless Maremman landscape. The bedrooms ( one double, one twin and one single) are equally spacious and friendly. Please note that the single room has to be crossed to reach the twin bedroom. The kitchen is fully equipped.
A small family chapel stands opposite the main villa of the property.
The large pool measuring 12 x 6 m is located in a beautiful part of the garden of the Cavallini estate, with a view over a seemingly endless landscape of rolling hills, utterly unspoilt, spotted with cypress trees and farmhouses here and there.The access to the pool is secured for the safety of small children.
The beach at 25 km from Cavallini is of fine white sand. Generally the water is warm enough to swim from mid May to mid October.
Cavallini is a working farm. The 50 ha estate produces cereals and olive oil. The extra virgin olive oil can be bought on the premises. The owner Laura Piccolomini d'Aragona and a couple working on the estate live in the same building.
Laura Piccolomini is an attentive host. The apartments at Cavallini were decorated by herself using Tuscan colourings and comfortable furnishings, as well attractive family antiques.
I Cavallini lies in an area called Maremma, a lesser known and therefore all the more captivating part of Tuscany, 25 km inland from the coast, close to the peninsula Monte Argentario. Beyond the borders of the Cavallini estate you will discover an area rich in cultural landmarks, softly rolling landscape, good food and excellent wine, combining the charms of the Tuscan lifestyle with joys of an unspoilt coast. The center of the Cavallini property is marked by the main villa dating from the 18th century. The host Laura Piccolomini d'Aragona spends most of her time here, sharing the simplicity of country life with her children and grand-children during the summer months.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Giannella -a strip of land which connects the tyrr 25 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||9 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Rome Fiumicino 139 km, Nearest railway: Albinia 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden|
The Tuscany region
Tuscany; the wild Maremma coastline
Tuscany is less well known for its wild South-West coastline, along the sea in the Maremma region.
Maremma stretches from the Tyrrhenian Sea (a stretch of the Mediterranean between Sardinia and Sicily) up to the north of Latium. With its marshes, it resembles the very own French Camargue. Many of its areas are protected, like the Maremma Natural Park or the Vulci archaeological zone. This means that the local flora and fauna are wild, almost untouched.
Yet it's natural landscape is amazing – a natural park, long sandy beaches, drained marshes, islands, thermal springs, typical Mediterranean landscapes- and lovers of old ruins come back fully satisfied. In the interior, old towns that are as charming as they are historic abound with stunning Etruscan remains: go for walks in Sovano, Sorano and Pitigliano.
Devotees of the sea, of genuine landscapes, of outings on horseback and of the charm of old, forgotten towns will thus choose this region without hesitation. With fewer tourists and quieter than Central Tuscany, Maremma will make you dream, the complete change of scenery will make you feel mellow: a wonderful journey to the heart of the Mediterranean wilderness.
You cannot mention Maremma without telling the story of how it was drained, since before it was drained, this region was nothing more than a vast stretch of stagnant, muddy water, impossible to farm. The draining plans were drawn up at the beginning of the 19th century, and from 1829 onwards fifty thousand workmen from every region of Italy were mobilised. The construction of the Seggio Nuovo Canal by Giuseppe Mazzanti in 1830 enabled the whole of the surrounding area to be rapidly improved.
Landscapes, Nature, Walks
Lovers of wild nature are blessed in this lush and authentic region.
So you will be spoilt for choice:
- Go for a walk in the Maremma Natural Park (Uccellina Mountains).
It is the biggest WWF park in Tuscany and offers 11 marked walking trails, ranging from 2.5km to 12km in length. To join the trails, you need to go to the Alberese tourist centre in the north of the park. Depending on the walk that you choose, you might have the opportunity to see deer, boar, foxes or even hawks.
600 metres north of Alberese, the Centro Turismo Equestre Il Rialto offers accompanied canoe and horseback outings. You can also hire mountain bikes.
- Go for a swim in the natural hot water springs of the Gorello or in the Saturnia thermal baths. You can spend the day there, splashing about in hot-water swimming pools or enjoying heavenly treatments, like a four-hand shower massage or oxygen therapy. You will walk out feeling as light as air.
- Go for a car trip on the Via Panoramica. This road, which is all bends, offers glimpses of some very beautiful coastal landscapes as well as a spectacular view of the famous Isola del Giglio: on this virgin island, you will discover lots of coves, as well as a village in the shadow of a magnificent castle dating from the reign of the Kings of Aragon. Boats from the Toremar and Maregiglio lines will ferry you across for the day, just long enough for a pleasant excursion, from the fishing port of Porto Santo Stefano.
- Diiscover Niki de Saint-Phalle's Tarot Garden:
it's a nice walk for children, who will love the 22 sculpted figures made of multi-coloured ceramics and glass.
- Go for walk or a swim on the pebble beaches of the coast. The prettiest, and the most popular, is called Feniglia.
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