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11 Km from LA VILLA
  Area Sorano, Ischia di Castro, Saturnia
Of tufa towns in central Italy there if they are different. The nearby Sorano and Sovana, for example, or remaining within fifty miles, Orvieto and, a little further south, Orte. But Pitigliano is different ... and, despite not having the Momumento breathtaking that remains engraved in my mind, it's all the context that is almost magical enchanted. The origin of Pitigliano affected by this spell and is lost in the mists of time. Legend has it that it was founded by two young Petilio and Celiano. Petilio was the gens Petilia, an important Etruscan Roman family, while Celiano appartiena the Etruscan family of Celes Vibenna. Petilio Celiano and found nothing better than to steal the golden crown from the temple of Jupiter Stator in Rome and bring it right on the cliff of Pitigliano where, fascinated by the beauty of the place, we stayed and founded the city. We do not believe much in this legend Etruscan - Roman ... just because the origin of Pitigliano is certainly the oldest and perhaps before the Etruscan civilization itself. Today in Pitigliano is to stroll through the narrow streets, with many small craft shops, immersed in the colors of the tufa and the smell of wood-burning fireplaces ... and assure you that it is an endless pleasure, even if confined to only the historical center ... one above the tuff cliff. Beyond the walls, in the east, it is naturally extended Pitigliano new very modern, but without the charm of centuries. But what is the best time to visit Pitigliano. Surely from spring to fall, even though many of the pictures that we publish are done in the middle of winter. In particular we indicate the Torciata of St. Joseph, which takes place March 19


34 Km from LA VILLA
  Area Bagno Vignoni, Roccalbegna, Pienza
Mount Amiata, an unusual and precious corner of Tuscany. Included in the provinces of Grosseto and Siena, dominating from its 1738 meters the surrounding valleys (Val d'Orcia, Val di Paglia), the superb level of Maremma, the sweet and charming Sienese hills, the green depression of Lake Bolsena ll Monte Amiata, Tuscany massif, showing its profile sweet austere but also at a great distance. On a clear day you can see the hills of Chianti, Maremma and those traveling in the Tyrrhenian Sea, from the mountains of Lazio, the calm waters of Lake Trasimeno and Bolsena. A crisp, strong, emerging, like a gigantic cathedral, the vast surface of the rolling Tuscan hills. Surrounded and placed in the classic Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio Tuscia two steps, Amiata has been for millennia a territory with its own autonomous prerogatives geological, historic and scenic. The lush beech forests, rocks with unusual shapes, rich and fresh springs, mines (now relegated to the museum) and a stunted mountain agriculture have given to those who live on the slopes of the mountain the proud consciousness of diversity. The cycles of history and art have variously concerned and lapped over the centuries, the Amiata. But neither the Etruscans nor Romans, nor the Lombards nor the emperors of the West, nor the historical republics of Siena and Florence, nor the bustling modernity of nearby Grosseto, have never been able to alter the spirit, the character, the magic Amiata mountain, which made the symbiotic relationship between nature, landscape and man-made. Over the centuries, the Amiata he met and forged an economy on a human scale and nature, using the resources present in varying degrees, from the pastures of the hills and valleys to the gifts of the great mountain and forest products of a precious crafts Local, in a process of wide-ranging social, artistic and environmental. It 'the same route that we propose in these pages, without leaving the comfort represented (for the tourist of today) from the territory of the Amiata, and very near the center of gravity in relation to major historical and artistic centers and landscape of Tuscany and Umbria.



42 Km from LA VILLA
  Area Tolfa, Barbarano Romano, Canale Monterano
The hill Monterozzi , approximately 6 km long and home to the main necropolis town , extends parallel to the Tyrrhenian coast , between this and the rise of the Etruscan town on the site of Civita . The logo Unescotombe cover practically the whole hill , if they know more than six thousand , for most rooms carved into the rock and topped with mounds. It is precisely the latter, now barely visible on the ground today because leveled by agricultural work (but only a century ago , there were more than 600 ) , which gave the name to the hill folk and expressive. The extraordinary series of painted tombs - we know about 200 - is at the heart of the most prestigious cemeteries that remain , to this point , the most important of the Mediterranean, so as to be defined by M. Pallottino the first chapter in the history of Italian painting . Use to decorate the tombs with paintings of aristocratic families is documented also in other towns of Etruria, but only in Tarquinia, the phenomenon is so large in size and continue over time : it is in fact attested from the seventh to the second century. BC, that is, for almost the entire duration of the life of the city. In the area of the necropolis currently open to the public you can admire some of the most famous paintings in tombs , such as the tombs of the Lionesses , Leopards , Hunting and Fishing etc. . The visit of the so-called Scataglini necropolis , a picturesque corner fully excavated, also allows the visitor to understand how it was originally present the city of the dead .


Loc. ALBINIA - TOSCANA  Navigatore
33 Km from LA VILLA
  Area Orbetello, Poggio Pertuso, Convento Padri Passionisti
Since ancient Etruscans inhabited the green Tuscany, scatters precious traces of their civilization , but some centers today were born only during the Fascist era , with the reclamation of wetlands and the upgrading of the Tyrrhenian coast. This is the case of Albinia , Orbetello small fraction of 3000 inhabitants in the province of Grosseto at the time of his birth was a simple rural hamlet comprising a handful of houses, a church center , a railway station and a grain silo, wanted by the Fascist regime in a degraded area before . The first name of the town was Albenga , but since it was too often confused with that of the nearby river, was soon changed to Albinia . A name that today is no longer think of agriculture and reclaimed lands , but in a popular seaside resort , one of the most famous and appreciated in this part of Tuscany . The greater development of the town dates back to the fifties of the twentieth century, when the center was born of peripheral Colonization Ente Maremma and became the center engine of the Land Reform . The surrounding countryside was transformed into a building site, were born the rural villages of Dusty and Marseilles , were built the houses, were extended lines of communication , and in 1957 was consecrated the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie , which is still visible in the center of possession. Visitors to Albinia today are enchanted above the Tyrrhenian Sea , clear and persuasive in calmer days , impetuous and sublime when arguing with the wind and slaps the rocks on the coast. Along the coast there are wide beaches of white sand , comfortable for families, children and lovers of pure relaxation, but also the taste wild coves , ideal for those who prefer unspoilt scenery . To enchant visitors there is the special music of the Mediterranean , with the whisper of the waves, the chirping of cicadas and the cries of the seagulls. The climate is typical of the Mediterranean area , summers are hot and sunny but pleasant , refreshed by a gentle breeze that blows constantly from the sea, and winters are mild and pleasant , never too cold. Suffice it to say that in the coldest month , January , average temperatures range from a minimum of 2 C to a maximum of 9 C, while in July and August , ranging from 17 C to 30 C. Rainfall is scarce in summer and focus especially in the fall, between October and December , with an average of 9 rain days per month. But the landscape around Albinia includes not only beaches and clear blue sea : the north end of the lagoon to the west there is the so-called ' Stagnetto Albinia ,' a natural environment that welcomes winter in many species of ducks, as shoveler and mallards, and some elegant marsh harrier , and year-round home to flamingos , spoonbills and glossy ibis . The salty wind that blows in these areas makes the reed dance in the air, and gives a unique magic to the coastal landscape .


20 Km from LA VILLA
Altitude: 176 mt. a.s.l.  Area Orbetello, Poggio Pertuso, Albinia
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The lake of Burano was a hunting reserve. Then came the WWF and the destiny has changed . Beautiful lagoon , coastal dunes , Mediterranean . The Oasis is located in the town of Capalbio ( GR ) . The Oasis area is 410 hectares. The WWF Lake Burano is the first of more than 100 Oasis of the association. Once a hunting reserve , includes a stretch of untouched coastline with sandy dune and scrub and a brackish lake behind the dunes dominated by a tower . environment What is called Lake of Burano actually is a coastal brackish pond , a relict of an ancient lake, now connected to the sea by a channel partially artificial , which is opened according to the needs of management . The lake has an area of 140 ha and an average depth of 1 m . Starting from the beach , which stretches for 12 km, where we can find all the plants typical of the coast , rises immediately behind the dune covered by a band of Mediterranean maquis , which consolidates the soil and sheltering from the sea wind flap residue of the Mediterranean evergreen forest . The banks of the wetland are surrounded mainly by reeds and Scirpo . Around the wetland there are vast cultivated fields divided by drainage canals . Extension 1010 hectares Flora and fauna Rich flora comprising more than 600 species , formed in the vicinity of the beach from the sea daffodil , santolina , sea holly marine sandstone ammofila and , on the top and in the area behind the dunes , from juniper , juniper , myrtle, mock privet , oak and mastic cork . The shores of the lake are covered with reeds , Scirpo , water lily , etc. . There are also about 60 species of lichens including the now rare Teloschistes villosus . The fauna consists of 274 species of birds, including tufted ducks , Pochard , grebes , herons, flamingos, many birds of prey , such as the marsh harrier , harriers , osprey , hawks lanner , and small passerines such as warblers , subalpine warbler and Zitting Cisticola . Among the mammals are the porcupine, badger, fox , weasel , marten and the rare skunk. Most important is the Coleoptera of the dune , composed of 233 species , including the rare Eurynebria also complanata . For several years now you play the monarch butterfly, the death's head sphinx and Lelya cenosa , a small moth whose caterpillar feeds on the reed .


23 Km from LA VILLA
  Area Saturnia, Roccalbegna, Magliano in Toscana
Numerous archeological finds dating back to the Etruscan period that were brought to light in the areas of the Scansano and Albegna valleys, demonstrate that vine growing was an important element in the local Etruscan community. Earthenware jars containing Vitis vinifera seeds dating back to the fifth century BC and bronze statuettes of offerers holding sickle, the standard tools of vintners until almost the present day, are just some of the artifacts found in the rural area of the Usi, which includes the towns of Scansano and Semproniano, and the site of Ghiaccioforte, an area between Scansano and Saturnia. With the decline of the Roman Empire, Scansano, as well as the rest of the Maremma region, inevitably experienced a period of crisis and deterioration due to the loss of the population, which led to hydrogeological instability and the swamping of the coastal areas. Although wine production survived around the inhabited centers of earlier Etruscan settlements, the extensive production of the Roman settlements failed. The establishment of the so-called 'estatura' or summer migration at the time of Peter Leopold I of Lorraine (circa 1737), to escape the malaria infestation present along the coastal areas due to their enlarged swampland, and the arrival in Scansano of several wealthy families, summoned by the Grand Duke to invest in and enhance the area, brought new possibilities for the development of the Maremma region and especially for Scansano. The Morellino di Scansano wine originates in one of the most natural and uncontaminated areas of Tuscany: the southern coastal area of the region known as the Tuscan Maremma, located between the valleys of the Ombrone and Albegna Rivers, which includes the territory of the municipality of Scansano, as well as parts of the municipalities of Grosseto and Magliano in Toscana towards the Tyrrhenian Sea, and the municipalities of Campagnatico, Roccalbegna, Semproniano e Manciano in the direction of Monte Amiata and the interior of the region. The wine, locally known as 'Morellino', almost completely made from the Sangiovese grape variety, owes its particular properties to the soil and climate of the area: the vineyards benefit from the sea breezes that mitigate the high daytime temperatures of the summer. The newest plantings, those done in the last 10 years in the Morellino di Scansano production zone, were created with a goal in mind, to improve the quality of the grapes that go into making the wine by keeping yields per plant rather low. Producers created rows that were closer together, changing them from 2.5 x 0.80 meters to 2.00 x 0.80 meters, or sometimes 2.30x.60 meters, with the number of vines planted rising to between 5.000 - 7.000 plants per hectare. In the past, the lion's share of the vines were planted with ample space between rows around 3.00x1.50 meters or 3.00x1.00 meters and a density of only 2.000 - 3.000 plants per hectare. Morellino di Scansano became a Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) recognized wine starting with the 2007 harvest. The addition of the 'garantita' to the title which was bestowed on the Consortium in 1978, DOC, is the fruit of the labor of producers and growers over the last 30 years in order to reach an exceptional level of quality at every stage of wine production. In order to conform to traceability standards, the Consortium is now using the State seal instead of the one that was previously used by the Consortium starting in 2004. The use of the seal is a sign of protection for the consumer, be it the State Seal or the Consortium seal.



42 Km from LA VILLA
  Area Tolfa, Barbarano Romano, Canale Monterano
The Tomb of the Bulls, discovered in 1892 , dates from the beginning of the second half of the sixth century BC and consists of a large atrium onto which two cells funeral . Here are represented the most famous erotic images of the necropolis of Tarquinia, the more rough are painted on the back wall of the main chamber : the erotic group on the right is made up of two naked men and one woman also naked , with white meat , connected to each other in a complicated game sex , a tame white bull and is lying next to them , and the other is the scene of male homosexuality obvious , inferred by the color used to distinguish the sexes ( a brown or reddish color to the complexion male , white for the female , the homosexual is represented with a pink, almost to highlight its diversity ), and even here there is a bull with a human face that this time he rails angrily against the two protagonists. Even in the fresco of the main mound , which represents the mythological episode of the attack of Achilles in Troilus , the youngest son of Priam, king of Troy , revealing a subtle erotic thrill : Troilus is designed as a beautiful young man, slender limbs and soft, long haired blonde naked on his horse and is said to Achilles, and then cut his throat before sacrifice to Apollo, was seized by a sudden desire sexual assault that led him to a love so beastly to Troilus in the close of his embraces. Hypogeum appear , however, other figures : in the center of the main pediment , the two heads columen blue ram with horns of power in sight are the procreation of their herds and multiply without end , to the left looms Chimera , be mysterious and elusive with a lion's body , blue wings spread, head of the goat, and serpent's tail , and the Chimera is being chased by another enigmatic creature with a lion's body and a woman's face , is the Sphinx , the treacherous monster that does not cause the ravages of the body, but those of the mind and the soul; another wall a young man , dressed only in a pair of boots , riding a huge hippocampus. Monterozzi Necropolis .


38 Km from LA VILLA
Altitude: 74 mt. a.s.l.  Area Albinia, Grosseto, Marina di Grosseto
The Park of Maremma: Over 9800 acres of unspoilt The Park of Maremma was one of the first to be established in Italy in 1975, and is still one of the most fascinating and offers. It stretches for 9,800 acres on the Tuscan coast that connects Principina Talamone, in the province of Grosseto, in the shadow of the mountains dell''Uccellina, characterized by a dense and fascinating Mediterranean. Plants shrubs meet, in the beautiful paths of the park, with rare plants (we note the presence of an endemic exclusive, Limonium etruscum, which takes its name from the people who lived and built the Maremma as we know it today) in a landscape that is noted as the last remnant of ancient swamps, historically important and famous all over the world. The Park of Maremma: the Maremma cowherds Enthusiasts can get in touch, in the Natural Park of Maremma (perhaps best known as the Maremma Natural Park) with the characteristic activities of Maremma cowherds, the old shepherd typical of the area, which is still dedicated to the activities of grazing with indigenous cows and horses.


45 Km from LA VILLA
Altitude: 473 mt. a.s.l.  Area Orvieto, Stazione di Alviano, Bomarzo
The writer Bonaventura Tecchi had called the dying city and this is partly true . Civita di Bagnoregio is in fact on a very precarious , located on a plateau of tufa , could collapse because the vast shoals of clay that support it are subject to continuous erosion . I am witness to the majestic badlands , partly covered with a poor vegetation , which stretch for miles , and at sunset give the whole landscape a lunar aspect . The wonderful village of Civita di Bagnoregio, the so-called Civita who dies is a small center where time seems to have stopped and where you can be reached only on foot along a concrete bridge built for the benefit of the few remaining citizens and tourists that the visiting from around the world. Civita di Bagnoregio is located about 1 km from Bagnoregio where you have to pass to get to the village . The parking lot is located a few hundred meters from the village , where only accessible on foot . The famous Civita di Bagnoregio is located on the volcanic products and looks almost like an island in a sea of red tuff white clays of the badlands . From the analysis of the ancient Archives have been rebuilt various times in history in which events have occurred very destructive collapse , which led to the gradual reduction of the height on which stands Civita di Bagnoregio, from 1450 to the destructive earthquake of 1738. The picturesque medieval village , known throughout the world as the dying town due to the progressive collapse of the perimeter walls and the consequent abandonment of the population over the past few centuries gives a really surreal and unforgettable. From the eastern cliff of Civita di Bagnoregio you can admire the magnificent spectacle of the Jumper , huge natural clay walls , the last track of an erosive process started thousands of years ago and have not yet ceased . And 'This is the last solution used to access the quaint town , from 1854 to date, the point at which the road passes is progressively lowered by about 25 meters. A study on the rate of retreat of the edge of the badlands erosion has detected an average of about 7 cm / year .



42 Km from LA VILLA
  Area Tolfa, Barbarano Romano, Canale Monterano
The 'Greetings were the priests involved in the reading and interpretation of the divine will through the flight of birds and other heavenly signs. This tomb, located in the necropolis of Monterozzi and discovered in 1878, is considered by scholars one of the most important monuments of Etruscan wall painting, and not only for the beauty and plasticity of those paintings but mainly because it is documented here what is considered a typical function of the Etruscan religion, that is, the interpretation of the will of the gods by reading the signs of nature. The decoration of the tomb is centered on the back wall where the sides of the gates of Hades, there are two bearded figures, the 'Wishes that appear in the attitude of farewell. At the center of the right wall there are two naked wrestlers, and Teitu Latithe. (Sixth century BC).


34 Km from LA VILLA
  Area Bagno Vignoni, Roccalbegna, Pienza
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The presence of the chestnut trees on Mount Amiata is historically documented and dates back to many centuries ago. It follows an ancient tradition of processing of chestnut carried out by the local populations of the villages. The method of collecting and processing of this valuable product is recalled even today in the popular festivals.


37 Km from LA VILLA
  Area Albinia, Grosseto, Scansano
A chain of rugged hills and wild, which descends towards the sea with sandy beaches and cliffs ... ... Surrounded by marshes, pine forests, cultivated fields and pastures. The territory of the park, bordered by rail Livorno-Roma, stretches along the Tyrrhenian coast from Principina a Mare Alberese, to be enjoyed. Significant geographic elements are made from the last stretch of the river Ombrone, the mountain tem of the mountains dell'Uccellina, which reaches 417 meters in Poggio Ilex, from the mire Trap, besides the type of coastline, sandy stride now, now precipitous cliff.


34 Km from LA VILLA
Altitude: 1 mt. a.s.l.  Area Poggio Pertuso, Convento Padri Passionisti, Albinia
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L 'Oasi WWF di Orbetello , due to its location along the migratory routes , sees the concentration of thousands of birds , especially in winter . The area of the oasis , which also includes the Nature Reserve and the closed-end fund , is 1,000 hectares. L 'Oasi WWF di Orbetello lagoon is the most important of the Tyrrhenian Sea : here you can spot the knight of Italy that inspired , in 1964 , the intervention of Fulco Pratesi and Hardy Reichelt to create one of the first WWF . L ' Oasi di Orbetello , then , is an oasis for the WWF history and one of the most important and famous . environment Lagoon, Mediterranean scrub , coastal dunes , meadows , pine forest ... L ' Oasi di Orbetello is an environment ideal for a multitude of birds. Wetland of International Importance ( Ramsar Convention ) . L ' Oasi di Orbetello protects 300 acres of saltwater lagoon dotted with tiny islands of silt covered with marsh vegetation . The Bolster Giannella along the coast is covered by lush Mediterranean vegetation, while in the inner shore of the lagoon is a wide carpet of samphire . More in isolated groves of poplar trees , cork oaks, ash and elm . Moving to the south we find the Forest Patanella characterized by large expanses of heather . Flora and fauna This environment is characterized by Mediterranean plants such as mastic, phillyrea , myrtle, arbutus , dune vegetation from weed to the beaches, the beaches santolina , marram grass , alfalfa, navy, marine caltrop , lily of the sea, a lagoon area where we find a wide carpet of samphire . The quality of this environment , and its position along the migratory routes , allowing the concentration of thousands of birds , especially in winter , such as flamingos, knight of Italy , egret , heron, osprey , spoonbills , spatulas, avocets ... The ' oasis of Orbetello is also the only breeding site of the Tyrrhenian coast to the common tern and little tern . Even among insects is a rarity : it is an endemic tiger beetle , a beetle predator that in addition to Orbetello , is only found in similar Camargue ( Rhone delta , France). Among mammals, the fox, badger and hedgehog which is easy to find the tracks.


12 Km from LA VILLA
  Area Pitigliano, Saturnia, Roccalbegna
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Sovana, charming village atmosphere frozen in time , is a rare jewel of medieval town planning . From the 7th to the 3rd century BC Etruscan was a thriving center , this period is the important Etruscan necropolis with the tomb queen called Hildebrand Tomb shaped greek temple . It was then an important city in Roman times, so much so that in the first centuries of Christianity became a bishopric . It was conquered by the Lombards (594) , and it became a dominion of the Aldobrandeschis whose Duchy came to understand the whole province of Grosseto. It then passed to the Orsini Family by inheritance was looted and destroyed by the Sienese in 1410. Remained in a state of great neglect for centuries , has had the good fortune to arrive intact to this day in his capacity as the Middle Ages. For a long time historians and travelers has been identified with the city of Jeremiah the dying city .. From the Fortress; along a cobbled floors, you get to the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, and thus enclosed between the symbols of the powers that have governed , Sovana still retains its original charm and splendor. In the square you can admire the Praetorian Praetorian Palace , the Loggia del Capitano , the Palace of the Archives, as well as the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore and the seventeenth-century Bourbon del Monte , partly leaning against the ancient church of San Mamiliano and , continuing because of the Duomo , on the left , there is the alleged birthplace of the most famous character of Sovana, Hildebrand who later became Pope with the name of Gregory VII .


Loc. GROSSETO - TOSCANA  Navigatore
44 Km from LA VILLA
  Area Marina di Grosseto, Castiglione della Pescaia, Magliano in Toscana
Grosseto is a province located in the Tuscan region of Maremma plain about 12 km from the Tyrrhenian coast. The territory under its province includes 28 municipalities and is mostly hilly and mountainous small part. It is a very popular tourist area that offers places of rare beauty as the Argentario, Follonica, Castiglione della Pescaia, beautiful islands such as the Isle of Giglio and Giannutri and winter tourist resort of Mount Amiata. Grosseto has Etruscan origins but it is mentioned for the first time in reliable documents dell''803 dc settlement as the site Grossito which became a fief of the Aldobrandeschis in 973. During the rule of this family Grosseto went through a period of expansion and enrichment rather flourishing. In the fourteenth century the city was subdued by the power of Siena and from there began a dark period due to dilagarsi the Black Death and the frequent incursions of Foreign Aragonese. The Sienese rule ended in 1559 when it was annexed to the Grand Duchy of Grosseto in Tuscany Cosimo I de ''Medici. In the sixteenth century were built the walls that surround the city was enriched with palaces and churches. The Medici rule lasted until 1735 and Grosseto came under the rule of the Princes Lorraine thanks to which the city shooting a slow but remarkable recovery. During the Second World War the city of Grosseto has been severely damaged by bombing.


Loc. SORANO - UMBRIA  Navigatore
15 Km from LA VILLA
Altitude: 382 mt. a.s.l.  Area Pitigliano, Ischia di Castro, Saturnia
Sorano is an Italian town of 3502 inhabitants in the province of Grosseto. Sorano is defined Matera of Tuscany, for its particular characteristic of many urban buildings carved into the tufa rock, reminiscent of the famous Sassi. The municipality of Sorano stretches in the eastern part of the Tufa. Bordered to the north by the municipality of Castell'Azzara, east with the municipalities of Acquapendente Lazio, Proceno, Onano and Latera, on the south by the town of Pitigliano, on the west by the towns of Manchester and Semproniano. The capital city is located 379 meters s.l.m. on a tuff that, from the east, overlooking a stretch of the river Lens; is at the center of an area that develops primarily on a straight hill, albeit interspersed with hollows and reliefs. The lower altitude is recorded in Pianetto Sovana, at the town of the same name, with shares of around 270 meters, while the higher elevations, mountain type, are recorded on the peak overlooking the village of Montevitozzo (926 meters above sea level) and Monte Elmo (829 meters above sea level), two findings that break cleanly the hilly landscape. The main rivers are the Fiora, which borders the west municipal flowing from north to south, and the river Lens, its left tributary, which sources in the town of Sorano. The smaller rivers, including the Stridolone, have more torrential character. A series of hot springs, known as the Baths of Sorano, flow along a creek that runs about 3-4 km south of the center. Sorano began as an ancient possession of the family Aldobrandeschi, but the municipal area was already inhabited since the Etruscan period, as the remarkable discoveries of ancient settlements and cemeteries. After the marriage of Anastasia, the last heir of the Aldobrandeschi, and Romano Orsini in 1293, control of Sorano passed to the family Orsini. The center followed the historical and political vicissitudes of nearby Pitigliano, where was located the residence of the counts, and the Orsini pledged to strengthen it by providing it with effective fortifications, which made Sorano a safe haven from enemy attack more often in fact, during the fifteenth century, the Sienese laid the Sorano fortress under siege, but never able to occupy it. At the end of the sixteenth century, with the fall of the county of the Orsini, Sorano passed to the Medici, who inglobarono in the Grand Duchy of Tuscany at the beginning of the next century, together with nearby Pitigliano.



Loc. TARQUINIA - LAZIO  Navigatore
42 Km from LA VILLA
  Area Tolfa, Barbarano Romano, Canale Monterano
This tomb was discovered in 1873 and consists of two rooms, is one of the most famous and studied. Surely it is the most original to the nature of the subjects that express a unique indigenous cultural value. The protagonist of the wall of the second chamber is the nature, the sea and the sky populated by birds and dolphins, waves a small fishing boat on a rock and a hunter armed with a sling which tries to hit the birds. On the pediment of the same wall is painted a banquet scene. In the first room, always on the back wall, depicting scenes of dance and outdoor games while in the pediment is designed to return from hunting. Monterozzi Necropolis, the sixth century B.C.



Loc. TARQUINIA - LAZIO  Navigatore
42 Km from LA VILLA
  Area Tolfa, Barbarano Romano, Canale Monterano
The Tomb of the Leopards , Tarquinia is one of those which is discussed more frequently in the manuals of Etruscan art , as well as being beautiful , in fact, is the highest level of style. The cemetery in which it appears is a UNESCO World Heritage . This tomb is dated around 480 BC Artistically it is noted that it is still strongly linked to the archaic tradition , it can be seen from both the architectural construction is , in particular , the technique of painting : the images are two-dimensional and there is not even an attempt at chiaroscuro. The roof is gabled , with multicolored checkerboard pattern , while the central fascia presents patterns colorful circles. After all, in the pediment -looking trapezoidal continues the ancient tradition of the leopards that face : a metaphor for death. Below , the banquet scene is typical of a daily moment , there are , in fact , women, and Greece would not have been able to participate . All around you is a typical profusion of magnificent fabrics, represented by the local decorative syntax . On the left wall of the tomb there is a procession with musicians, and a person holding the cans , on the other hand, there are dance scenes . Mark the space of the main image , the three klinai , the beds on which they feast , and above each of these three pairs participating in the meal. It seems almost all fall within the Greek tradition of the triclinium , and instead there is a characteristic atypical : there are plants. In other words the banquet not takes place within , as happens in the depictions Greek , but outdoors. This connotation is recovered at the scene throughout his funerary purposes , if this is not a daily feast , homemade , it means celebrating a special occasion , and probably the one where the funeral took place and who was following the exposure of the deceased.


Loc. SATURNIA - TOSCANA  Navigatore
9 Km from LA VILLA
  Area Sorano, Roccalbegna, Scansano

Saturnia is an ancient town located in the southern part of Tuscany, an area known as the Maremma. A large village, It may be a small out of the way place but it has two excellent restaurants and there is a gelateria where one can lick a delicious ice cream while watching the evening passeggiata. Or you can take it with you and visit the ancient Etruscan gateway to the town. Saturnia was in ancient times a large town of considerable importance. The porta is easily identifiable as Etruscan owing to its jigsaw pattern of irregular and vast stones so finely cut they have held together without mortar for well over two thousand years. Through this arch passed the 'new' Roman road, the Via Clodia which went from here to Rome: The basalt paving stones bear the grooves of the iron tyres of Roman and mediaeval vehicles. Devastated by malaria, Saturnia was almost abandoned until recently when the nearby spa began to revive its fortunes. Saturnia itself is a charming medieval village and the surrounding, unspoiled hills are filled with olive groves and woodlands and rich with Etruscan remains. It is about an hour and a half from Rome, an hour from Siena, and a half-hour to the sea. The area has at present gained a reputation for the high standard of its restaurants and trattorie. At the foot of the hill lies a hot (37C) water spa famous for its therapeutic qualities. Just outside from the medieval town walls the countryside spreads out: here you can take easy wonderfool walks through the perfumed Mediterranean bushes along the Albegna river. Longer walks might take you to Sovana, Sorano, Pitigliano. You may see the sea the distance, framed by the natural park of Mounts of the Uccellina and Monte Argentario. From Porto S.Stefano a daily ferry connects to Giglio and Giannutri islands; not far away are the seaside resorts of Ansedonia and Porto Ercole. The thermal spas - Hot Springs in Tuscany Southern Tuscany, in the area around Monte Amiata, has many natural hot springs. In most towns where there are natural hot springs, there is a modern spa where they bring the hot springs water into a swimming pool and you pay to use the pool. Some of these spas are outdoors and only open in summer; others are more medical type spas that are indoors and open all year. This is a waterfall with a difference - the water is hot, the temperature of a nice hot bath. It smells good and sulphurous but then you can see why the Romans believed the waters came from Hades.


38 Km from LA VILLA
  Area Convento Padri Passionisti, Orbetello, Albinia
Feniglia beach runs along the strip of land that joins the Argentario to the mainland, and extends without interruption in an expanse of fine white sand backed by a pine forest and a rich Mediterranean forest that still collects different species of wild animals in the protected area. The beach is easily accessible by sea through the Orbetello lagoon is rather along the strip of land after reaching Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole. The beach is long, and in the vicinity of the villages there is a wealth of beaches, ideal for those looking for all the comforts of beach life. But certainly the most fascinating is located farther away, reachable on foot or by bike along fresh paths immersed in the pine forest or in the charming maze of coastal dunes. A warm and clean sea, clear waters and a paradise of scents and colors to make your stay on the beach Feniglia an unforgettable experience. For those wishing to reside excellent hotel accommodations are near, both in Orbetello, along the coast, both in Ansedonia and the Argentario promontory, while the long strip of land that connects the Argentario coast of Tuscany, called Bolster Fenglia There are numerous campsites, ideal for those who want to stay in close contact with nature.


41 Km from LA VILLA
Altitude: 290 mt. a.s.l.  Area Poggio Pertuso, Orbetello, Albinia
A promontory overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea and reaches out to Giannutri and Giglio. Not an island , connected to Tuscany by two strips of land , which encapsulate the beauty of the Lagoon of Orbetello. All this is Monte Argentario , a territory that combines the charm of the mountain to the sea and clear water coves alternating with large terraces planted with vines. The promontory , which reaches the highest point at Punta Telegraph ( 635 meters), is characterized by high and rocky coasts and is covered by a thick Mediterranean vegetation interspersed by olive groves and vineyards. The major center of Monte Argentario is Porto Santo Stefano. The town descends along the slopes of the headland in a picturesque bay on the north coast and is the ideal destination for those who love the sea. Around the country meet beautiful villas and ancient watchtowers that populate the sides of the bay, while the coast , steep and full of ravines, is punctuated by the green of the Mediterranean . Thanks to its two harbors, Porto Nuovo and Porto Vecchio, the town maintains a busy commercial and tourist activity -based navigation retriever and the links to the Iles of Giglio and Giannutri. A reminder of the seafaring traditions of a fishing boat and escaped the assault of the Saracens, on the 15th of August is held the Palio seafaring , an event preceded by a spectacular procession in Spanish costumes . On the opposite side instead of Monte Argentario is Porto Ercole , a charming seaside village nestled in a sheltered bay on a small promontory . Its ancient origins can be traced back to the Etruscans and the Phoenicians , while it owes its name to the Romans, who called it Portus Herculius , in honor of the legendary Hercules. The Spaniards fortified with the construction of Forte Stella and Forte Filippo, who , with their grandeur , dominate and make it even more fascinating landscape . Along the small harbor lined with shops , trendy bars and lively nightclubs during the summer evenings . Very close by is Cala Galera, a picturesque natural bay on which it arose the new port .


35 Km from LA VILLA
  Area Bagno Vignoni, Roccalbegna, Pienza
Centre for summer and winter holidays, the most important and best equipped of the area of Mount Amiata. Dell'Abbazia S. Savior, who for about a millennium had to radiate its power throughout the eastern Amiata area, only the church and the crypt. From history and legend, we learn that this monastery, Benedictine and Cistercian first, was born around 750 at the behest of the Lombard king Rachis, who used it initially to control the Via Francigena, which ran along the valley immediately below. Subsequently, the temporal power of this abbey, although very often clashing with Aldobrandeschis, the powerful nobles whose territories included the entire western side of Amiata, is great evidence in the history of Tuscany and in the relations between the Papacy and the Emperors. In this context, the historic environment, has a significant interest in the medieval town, which is preserved almost intact with narrow picturesque streets. Abbey S. Salvatore has experienced in the last two centuries the positive aspects (which were derived for the induced loss) and with negative (for the working conditions of the miners) an important mining development linked to the production of mercury, whose mines are all closed today . What's Near Abbey Chapel dell'Ermeta, cicondata by dense bush. Not far from the town city, the old area of the mine, one of the most productive of cinnabar, to witness an economic activity that is no longer current, so that it became the subject of a redevelopment of urban settlements with craft and with an interesting museum mining, which opened in January 2001, housed in the building of the Clock Tower. Mine Abbey, whose story is now the subject of this mining museum, went over about a century after the pioneering phase of the research phases of large productive use (30s-40), to that of the gradual downsizing , due to the abandonment of mercury in various industrial applications in which that metal was used. Completely closed the mine Abbey about twenty years ago, and with it also the other fields of the Amiata, remains today the testimony of a museum exhibition.


22 Km from LA VILLA
Altitude: 605 mt. a.s.l.  Area Saturnia, Abbadia San Salvatore, Sorano
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Regional Nature Reserve High pinnacles of rock overlooking two rivers , whose pure waters with their work thousands of years have created the spectacular canyons of the WWF Forest Rocconi . The Oasis is located within the municipalities of Semproniano and Roccalbegna (Gr) . It ' Oasis rough and wild and at the same time sweet and hospitable place where you can find spectacular canyons and explore a Mediterranean forest with some trees of enormous size . And ' the realm of rare Lanner falcon . environment The Oasis Rocconi Bosco is located at the confluence of the river with its tributary Albenga Rigo and is characterized by impressive limestone cliffs eroded by these two rivers. A mixed forest of deciduous trees , coppice cultivated in the past , covering the slopes less harsh . At the foot of the steep rocky ridges the soil is covered by a holm oak forest with some trees of enormous size . The rugged topography has limited the centuries human activities giving us this piece of land wild and mysterious. Extension of 139 hectares. Flora and fauna The oaks dominate a large part of the forest, with many wild fruit trees such as apple, pear , ciavardelli , dogwoods that provide us with beautiful blooms in the spring . A dense understory of hawthorn , broom and heather opens here and there showing 28 species of wild orchids . Interesting rocky flora . The inaccessible cliffs are the undisputed realm of birds of prey , first of all the Lanner falcon here that lives and reproduces . Also present were the peregrine falcon, the buzzard and the majestic toed , as well as tawny owl, scops owl , little owl, barn owl . Badger, porcupine, weasel , weasels, martens, polecats and wild cat inhabit the quiet nights in the woods. Interesting and varied the insect fauna .


18 Km from LA VILLA
  Area Pitigliano, Sorano, Saturnia
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One of the hermitages (or monasteries ), the most interesting is that of Poggio Conte , housed in a tuff ridge according to types of architectural inspiration Cistercian , overlooking a picturesque valley , a natural amphitheater from the top of a small waterfall . Home environments are almost completely collapsed , while he retains the small church, with columns and capitals carved into the tuff , consisting of two quadrangular rooms , with a domed roof that entrance to cruise to the bottom , with an apse remains of a fresco depicting two saints with the miter ( headdress worn by bishops as a sign of authority) , perhaps S. Columbanus and S. Savino . The room door was decorated with a large cycle of frescoes of the thirteenth century , including the figures of the twelve apostles of the Redeemer. Some slabs of tufa of these precious frescoes were stolen in the sixties of the twentieth century , and fortunately recovered, are now preserved at the Museum of Ischia di Castro . More complex is the floor plan of the hermitage of Ripatonna Cicognina dug on three different levels and attended the fifteenth to the seventeenth century, at the time of the first plant seem to relate the frescoes of the Sienese school that decorate the church , representing St. Anthony Abbot and a holy bishop .


9 Km from LA VILLA
  Area Sorano, Roccalbegna, Pitigliano
The Terme di Saturnia are a group of springs located in the town of Manchester , just a few kilometers from the village of Saturnia , in respect of which are located in the valley below the south-east . The thermal springs that feed the baths affecting a vast area that stretches from Mount Amiata to the Fiora and dell'Albegna Hills , reaching the Maremma Grosseto at Roselle ( Roselle Terme ) and Talamone ( Terme OAS ) . The welfare of innovation and tradition The strength of the spa resort is due to the combination between technology and tradition, a stay at Terme di Saturnia , means taking a journey into a timeless place where you can be pampered by an enveloping atmosphere and unforgettable moments. Here the person is at the center of all attention and well-being coincides with a psycho-physical balance to build, maintain and awaken through a comprehensive, made of five connected and complementary areas : hydrotherapy , beauty, stress management, diet and fitness. Among all the practical advice we can give to prevent or treat stress is the most important ' pull the plug ' , going on a happy island where someone will take care of you , pamper you and take you by the hand towards a physical rebirth and mental . The Terme di Saturnia may be that island. Now clear your mind , reset each activity and dive into the archetype of your life : water.



Tuscany is located in central Italy and stretches from the Apennines to the Tyrrhenian Sea. Its landscape, artistic heritage and important cities, first of all Florence, make Tuscany an unquestioned protagonist of world tourism. In this region, nature has many different facets, starting from the coast that alternates long and sandy beaches, like the Versilia beach, with rocky cliffs and steep headlands. The islands of the Tuscan Archipelago, surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation, a crystal-clear sea and rich seabeds, are peerless. You can admire sceneries of uncontaminated nature in the Apuane Alps and in several protected areas, like Orbetello lagoon, which houses many species of migrant birds, including pink egrets. However, the most typical sceneries of the region are those that merge the beauty of nature with the millenary work of man. The amazing Gulf of Baratti and the sites of Vetulonia, Vulci and Pitigliano guard necropolis and vestiges of the Etruscan civilization, while Roselle and Cosa evoke memories of the Roman Age. Medieval villages, historical towns, castles and defence tems, rural churches (the so-called 'pievi') and beautiful abbeys, like the one of Sant'Antimo, are scattered all over the territory and their profiles stand out in the landscapes of the Crete Senesi, Orcia Valley, Garfagnana, Chianti and the Maremma. Finally, Tuscany is full of spas: Montecatini, Saturnia, Montepulciano, Monsummano and Bagno Vignoni, which offer relaxing holidays thanks to their thermal waters and well-equipped facilities for all types of treatment. The provinces of the region are: Florence (regional capital), Arezzo, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca, Massa Carrara, Pisa, Pistoia, Prato and Siena.