La Torretta is a delightful apartment situated in the heart of the medieval village Roccatederighi province of Grosseto, south of Tuscany. Size 48 mq. Living-diningroom with kitchnette, terracotta-floor,antique furniture. The old cobbled streets through which donkeys used to pass in days gone by are too narrow to accommodate cars, and this adds to the atmosphere of peace and tranquillity. It is totally traffic-free. There is a car park at about 70 mt from the house. It is designed in traditional Tuscan style with terracotta floor tiles throughout.The house sleeps 3/4 people and has 1 double bedroom on the first floor. On the ground floor level there are a single bedroom, a bathroom, a living-dining room with fireplace + kitchnette . Rental bikes guided bike tours and excursions.
In Low Season you can experience everything that Tuscany has to offer, from thermal baths and beautiful countryside to great food and fine wines, and spend less while you do it. Area Details THE MEDIEVAL VILLAGE Roccatederighi (Grosseto)
La Torretta is situated in the Medieval perched village of Roccatederighi, set in the heart of Tuscany. The village lies at a height of 1,500 feet, and one of the distinguishing features of the village are the rocks, which command the most stunning views over the Maremma Plain, and to the sea. It is set in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, amidst dramatic scenery.
This is a lively village, with numerous shops: two butchers, two bakers, vegetable shop, two delicatessens, craft shops, newsagents, hardware stores, grocers and supermarket. There are three bars in the village and four restaurants. 6 further restaurants are within 15 minutes drive.
The village is situated within wonderful walking and trekking country and there are numerous spectacular walks on the doorstep. The local bicycle shop rents out bikes and arranges a variety of tours, for example, wine-tasting tours, spa tours and history tours.
Whilst there is no swimming pool in the village, there are two pools set in wonderful countryside about 10 minutes drive away. The sea is about 30 minutes drive where you will find miles of golden sands, with a backdrop of pine -woods.
The breathtaking Maremma National park is also within an hourís drive and a variety of activities are provided, such as Natural History treks and Night tours searching for wild boar, otter, fox, badger, porcupine, deer, water buffalo and bats as well as a wide variety of birds including herons and owls.
About 20 minutes drive away there is a lovely lake surrounded by undulating olive groves. You can swim safely here in the clear waters fed by an underground stream.
The magical Isola DíElba with its crystal clear seas can be reached by ferry from the port of Piombino and Monte Argentario (which can be seen on a clear day from the house) with its unspoilt beaches and lagoons is within an hourís drive away. Long ago this sizeable outpost of Tuscany was an island; later it became joined to the mainland by three sand bars, which are now covered in woodland and separated by lagoons.
The area is steeped in history, and Roccatederighi, which was built on volcanic rocks, is ideally placed for sight-seeing.
The beautiful Renaissance town of Siena is within one hourís drive, Florence is two hours drive and Rome one and a half hours by train. Pisa, Lucca and Volterra are all within two hours drive. There are also many small charming old perched villages with wonderful old churches and buildings, which are well worth exploring.
The area including the province of Grosseto is widely known as "Maremma" (from the Spanish word "marismas"-marsh). Till a century ago Maremma was a marshy and unhealty land; its natural and wonderful habitat has been preserved throughout the centuries, being still intact and unspoiled today, far from any kind of industrialisation or a wild use of cement. Maremma is a mixture of sea, pine woods, mediterranean maquis and marsh, sunny plains and mild hills: a wild landscape marked by the contrast between impenetrable maquis and tilled fields, hills where man has been working hard and harsh mountains. Your sight could wander anywhere in this district and always; you will discover picturesque and charming scenery where man has been able to live in perfect harmony with nature.
The history of Maremma begins with the Etruscans, the legendary people who dominated Etruria for seven centuries (from the Xth to the IIIrd century b. C.), the whole Tuscany and in periods of great splendour, most central Italy. Maremma was the centre of Etruscan military power thanks to the position of the "lucumonie": Vetulonia e Roselle; the small towns and the ports of Caletra, Heba, Talamone and Porto Ercole. In 280 b. C. Rome defeated the Etruscans so starting that process of decay (Barbarian invasions, Longobard domination and, in the middle age, the seignoiry of counts Aldobrandeschi; the domination of Siena and Florence), which marked the fortune of Maremma up to the establishment of the supremacy of the Lorenas. The marshes, typical of Maremma landscape, were first drained in the XVIIth century when Maremma belonged to the Granduchy of Tuscany; land drainage, carried out through centuries, made possible the repopulation of the place as well as its use for agriculture since the beginning of XXth century.
Most of the area near Grosseto extends within the Tuscan Maremma. The 130 Km of coast line with beaches, pinewoods and rocky shores are broken by numerous coves that are now wide safe tourist harbours: Punta Ala, Castiglione della Pescaia, Marina di Grosseto, Talamone, Porto Santo Stefano, Porto Ercole, Cala Galera and the harbours in the islands of Giglio and Giannutri.
The Maremma Natural Park, the lagoon of Orbetello, the lake of Burano and of Accesa, the boggy area of Diaccia Botrona as well as the numerous protected areas represent a real paradise for those who truly love Nature. The countryside, where you can still herdsmen following the herds on horseback and the hills, favourite places for brigands in the past, offer pleasant hospitality. Saturnia, Petriolo and Bagnolo di monterotondo Marittimo, well-know for their hot springs, boast modern facilities.
Maremma also boats an interesting artistic and cultural heritage, covering an extensive historical period. Many Etruscan remains, found inside the tombs, which are scattered across the whole territory, are kept in the archaeological museums of Grosseto, Massa Marittima, Vetulonia and in the archaeological areas of Sovana, Vetulonia and Roselle. The old towns Cosa and Roselle are examples of the Roman period. There are also extremely significant examples of Medieval art in this area, such as Massa Marittima which was a wealthy commune in the 13th century; Pitigliano and Sorano which boast Renaissance monuments. Both of them have their origin in the "civilization of tuff".
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