Charming country house, in small hamlet - Casa Pennacchi, off the beaten track in the Maremma, Tuscany.
Living area, kitchen (fully equipped), 3 bathrooms, 4 bedrooms. The structure in stone dates back to the 1600's. The house is tastefully furnished with original beamed ceilings and terracotta floors.
Situated 500 metres high, surrounded by unspoilt countryside in the valley of the Fiora river, near old Etruscan towns and remains. Sea an hour's drive, Lake Bolsena about 30 minutes away, Monte Amiata 40 minutes, and lovely surrounding hilltop towns - Sovana, Sorano and Pitigliano. The Terme of Saturnia also within easy reach.
Wonderful local food and wines, not to mention top class restaurants and trattoria.
To see :
Sovana - “stands on a tongue of land, scarcely half a mile in length: at one end rises the square tower of the Duomo, and at the other the medieval castle – which, with its tall masses of yellow ruin and crumbling battlements – forms the most prominent and picturesque feature in the scenery of the spot ” (George Dennis, Cities and cemeteries of Etruria, 1848).
The Church of S. Maria pre-romanesque ciborium (VIII century) and 16th frescoes. At the other end of town visit the 9th centry Gothic-Romanesqu Cathedral with vespers on Sunday evenings. The etruscan tombs (Ildebrando, Sirena) and the Vie Cava , etruscan roads (up to 20m deep and 3m wide) linking the necropolis and surrounding settlements.
Sorano - A thriving town, many craft and pottery shops. An old medieval fort and a colombarium, Etruscan rock-cut cells. Have an "aperitivo" at Ottava Rima and try out the local wines and dishes. A visit to the Terme of Sorano is a must. Horse-riding at Belvedere (phone number hidden)).
Pitigliano - Sitting on a natural bastion, with gorges on three sides. Once known as "little-Jerusalem" which had a thriving Jewish community dating back to the 15th century. The "Cantina Sociale di Pitigliano" today produces kosher wine alongside the famous Bianco di Pitigliano. A must are the synagogue and the Castello dei Orsini. Stroll through the medieval streets and visit the local furniture restorers as well as taste the wild boar salamis for sale.
Minimum stay: 2 nights. Extra charge for additional guests.
Distances: Grosseto 92 Km - Siena 100 Km (Via Cassia) - Florence 200 Km - Pisa 220 Km - Arezzo 150 Km.
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