Southern Tuscany from the most beautiful spot
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 5
This apartment is part of Villa Dharma in Ansedonia. It features an outside dining area, 1 bedroom, 1 living room with queen sofa-bed, kitchen, an extra sofa bed and 1 bathroom.
Ansedonia is one of the most exclusive areas in Tuscany, a favorite vacation spot for Roman VIPs who want to enjoy the time away from the spotlight, traffic and over-the-top environment which is an unfortunate characteristic of more well known and commercialized destinations.
Ansedonia is a hill peppered with secluded villas, no high-rise building, luxurious vegetation, two suggestive beaches. The beach of La Tagliata, only 10 minutes walk from the apartment, showcases the ruins of a Roman colony (Cosa) port, a tower which belonged to Puccini and inspired many of his works, a restaurant/cafe' which also rents umbrellas and beach chairs, as well as miles of free beaches reaching almost to Civitavecchia. In the middle of Ansedonia, a 15 minutes walk from the apartment, you will find Vinicio, a restaurant and mini-market with quality products.
At the top of the hill of Ansedonia you will be able to visit the ruins of Cosa, a Roman colony dating as far back as 200 b.c. - featuring a few square miles of ruins, a museum, and a stunning view of the surrounding area from the temple which sits at the very top. Easily accessible by foot or car, Cosa will be one of the highlights of your visit.
The north side of Ansedonia, reachable by foot (a longer walk but perfectly doable), car or shuttle (from Vinicio), offers 6 km. of beach connecting the mainland to Monte Argentario, starting with Il Cartello, a restaurant and establishment where umbrellas and beach chairs can be rented by the day, and where pedal powered boats can be rented for an unforgettable trip along the many coves of the Ansedonia hill. You will find also a snack bar a few meters along the beach, another restaurant, all offering amenities but without depriving you of access to miles of free beach. Behind the beach the natural reserve of La Feniglia is a mesmerizing pine forest where you will surely encounter wild but friendly deers, especially at the beginning where most people stop to take pictures and hand feed them. Bicycles can be rented for a leisurely stroll along the road of the reserve, with the possibility of following one of the many trails connecting the reserve to the beach allowing access to near-solitary stretches of sand.
In Capalbio scalo (about 5 km away) and Orbetello (about 6 km away) you will find the supermarkets where to do some serious grocery shopping, and in Orbetello, which is nestled between the two suggestive lagoons which sit between the mainland and Monte Argentario, you will be able to find fantastic restaurants and shops in the historic center. Further on past Orbetello, the two towns of Monte Argentario, Porto Ercole and Porto Santo Stefano also offer suggestive walks and shops. In both towns you can rent boats for the day, and in Porto Santo Stefano you can also purchase tickets for day trips (or longer) to Isola D'Elba, Giannutri, Giglio.
The inland also offer a cornucopia of places that are nearby and famous throughout Italy for their suggestive beauty. Saturnia, with its hot springs (including free areas, waterfalls of hot water and mud baths), Il Giardino dei Tarocchi, Vulci, Tarquinia, and on and on, including horse back riding and wine tasting.
A special tip: about 5 km south of Ansedonia, you can visit the new restaurant "Vivo" - an affordable yet amazing restaurant run by the local fishermen, where you can enjoy fresh catch daily, much of which you can enjoy raw if you want, an unfortunately nowadays very rare experience for the palate. The décor is minimal, but the food is as real and exquisite as it can get in Italy!
Another restaurant that's a favorite of my family is in Magliano, an ancient village about 20 minutes drive from Ansedonia: Da Guido. You'll leave the car outside the entrance of the village, and walk through the doors then through the mesmerizing historical center, then find authentic and exquisite local fare in the restaurant.
Usually flocking to the northern part of Tuscany, tourists are much less aware of the southern Tuscany coast, considered much more suggestive, much more authentic than the commercialized, tourist oriented coast. If you want to experience Italy the way it is depicted in the historic imagination of all, this is the place to be. Your vacation will be filled with wonderful discoveries, as well as - if you want - the peace, quiet and relaxation that you'd expect to find in a secluded, romantic, and exclusive Tuscany destination.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Air conditioning, Safe|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
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