Casale del Conicchio
Whether you love the coast, a beautiful sea, magnificent beaches or love nature and enjoy the countryside, or if you are an art lover or whether you either want to relax or get involved in sports activities this suggestive area of Tuscany region is rich in passion and resources as well as being seeped in ancient history, therefore, whatever your desire, this region definitely has something for everyone.
Can be reached by foot in about 20 minutes by following a small countryside path in front of the cottage (less than a 5 minute car drive). Capalbio is an ancient medieval village situated on a hill with its own castle surrounded by high walls where you can enjoy a spectacular sea view of Monte Argentario as well as the surrounding Maremma countryside.
Burano lake is one of the most famous protected WWF sites, and oasis between the sea and the land. This lake is populated by rare birds and fish (for visits telephone:0564.898829).
Capalbio beaches are a 10 minute car drive away, they cover a surface of about 12 km and due mainly to WWF’s presence this coastal area is perfectly conserved with uncontaminated and incredibly crystal clear turquoise colour seawater. There are equipped sea resorts as well as beach areas with about 6 km of golden beaches separated by juniper trees
This park is renouned for its artistic legacy and is situated in Garavicchio (less than 5 km from
the cottage). It was created by the French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002).
It is an astonishing example of an open air art museum, a very original idea inspired by the major 22 Tarocchi card symbols represented in sculptures as tall as 12 to 15 metres in height and adorned with intricate mosaics, mirrors and with precious glass and ceramics. To name a few: the magician, the empress, the choice, the sun.
Feniglia beach and the protected natural reserve site
At 20 km distance from the cottage, there is one of the most beautiful beaches in the
Tuscanny region, a fragment of paradise which links Ansedonia to Monte Argentario. A long
strip of golden beach with cristal clear water, flanked by a natural protected reserve site. Although there are some beach resorts, the majority of the area consists in uncultivated beaches.
“Tombolo della Feniglia” is accessible from Ansedonia (about a 10 minute car drive). Once you have parked your car, you can enter into the natural reserve, by following a country path either by foot or on bicycle. It is a fantastic nature walk, where you can pass deer grazing and at regular intervals follow the paths which lead onto the beach. In the central part of “Tombolo” the beach is semi-deserted even in high season.
This is an important tourist resort which is about 20 km from the cottage, it has a
pedestraian area with a cinema, restaurants, bars, icecream parlours and lots of local shops. This
delightful little town is a small mainland surrounded by the Levanto and Ponente lagoons and is
divided by an artificial dam which since 1841 has united Orbetello to the Monte Argentario.
The two lagoons are closed by two pieces of land called “tombolo della Feniglia” and “tombolo della Giannella” which offers kilometres of amazing beaches.
The Ruins of Cosa city
Siutated on the top of Ansedonia, about 20 km from the cottage, you can visit the ruins of this ancient Roman colony founded in 273 BC. At the most highest point you can admire a spectacular view of the Argentario coastline.
Magliano in Toscana
At a little more than 20 km distance lies Magliano which even today continues to be surrounded by very impressive 400 century walls; enjoy a walk through the ancient buildings or around the walls and admire the breathtaking seaview.
This is about a 20 minute car drive away and is just outside the small town of Orbetello.
In this splendid headland with its incredible beaches and delightful coves, there are two of the most famous tourist areas in the Tuscanny region, namely Porto Ercole e Porto Santo Stefano. Highly recommeded is a ferry trip along the coast or a walk along Porto S. Stefano’s beautfiul scenic route, also a visit to the fortress which dates back to Spanish dominion and last but not least a visit to the “Convent of the Passionate Priests” in order to enjoy a most wonderful view.
Ferry trips to visit the islands of Giglio and Giannutri depart from Porto Santo Stefano.
The Argentario Golf Club is a 20 minute drive away, it is a 18 hole championship course, a total of 6218 metres and 71 par.
Giglio and Giannutri islands
These are the two islands of the Tuscanny archipelago.
The island of Gilio can be reached by a 50 minute boat trip from Porto S. Stefano; it’s a typical island of the Meditterranean where time appears to have slown down. The beaches are beautiful, nature remains uncontaminated and the deep sea is a true paradise for scubadiving lovers.
Giannutri can be reached by ferry from Porto Santo Stefano; it’s a very small island which is practically uninhabitated in winter. Apart from the deep sea which is of a very rare beauty there are also remaining ruins of an imperial Roman villa of 11th century BC.
As the majority of the island is protected, should you wish to visit we would suggest that you contact the Archipelago Toscano Park Authorities.
Saturnia Thermal Baths
In 40 minutes you can drive to one of the many medievale Etruscan villages in this part of Tuscanny, called Saturnia. It is distinguished by its surgent of thermal sulphurous waters at a temperature of 37,5°C. These thermal baths have very strong curative effects and you can either indulge in these thermal cures in the Stabilimento Termale Terme di Saturnia which offers thermal treatments, swimming pools and healthcare or simply enjoy bathing in the picturesque thermal waterfalls situated nearby.
A medievale village about 30 km from the cottage with an unforgettable view of the Tuscanny Maremma district.
About 35 km from the cottage and famous for its Morellino DOCG wine, acclaimed in 2006, although already DOC (Italian origin control) since 1978; this small village is on top of the Maremmma hills, a short distance from Grosseto, in a countryside setting of vineyards and olive trees.
Maremma Natural Reserve Park
Maremma Natural Reserve Park is a 50 minute drive, this park covers a surface of 100 sq. km. It can be visited on foot, by horse or in a canoe, at the entrance you can choose one of the various itineraries available.
About 45 km away there is a very ancient Etruscan village which has maintained practically all of its original features, therefore, a visit to neocropolis and the mysterious caves has to be recommended.
A beautiful village set on rocks where the rocks and the buildings blend into one, it is less than 50 km from the cottage.
Pisa and Lucca
It is possible to organize day trips to two splendid cities of art, either to Pisa (210 km) or to Lucca (233km) either by car or by train.
Vulci and Tarquinia
Important archeological sites which represent the heart of the Etruscan civilization, respectively 35 and 40 km distance from the cottage.