For your holiday enjoyment in Maremma
The welcome guests of the “Agriturismo Le Vallette” can choose a different itinerary every day for a complete vacation that satisfies every taste. Discover lovely views, fine sandy beaches and the picturesque villages of Bolgheri, Castagneto Carducci, Populonia and Baratti all within a few minutes by car.
For those choosing a holiday in Tuscany for an immersion in history and art, you can visit the archaeological site of Roselle near Grosseto, or head west until you reach the most famous art cities of Volterra, San Gimignano and Siena. Pisa and Florence, the most distant, are just an hour’s drive and can be reached comfortably.
Sports lovers can go hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding along the many paths that run through the countryside down to the pine woods of Cecina Mare or along the famous avenue of cypresses immortalized in verse by Giosuè Carducci.
Above all, Bolgheri is a place for the soul, a way of life, a precious jewel set among vineyards, enchanting views, virtuous companies, and excellent food and wine.
The surrounding nature is still untouched and offers opportunities for discovery and amazement at every bend through green forests that slope down to the valley, then give way to beautiful hills and touch the sea.
Going down the picturesque avenue of cypress trees, you come to the Castello di Bolgheri. After passing through the main gate, you can admire the beautiful church of Saints James and Christopher on the right. Then continue along an exciting route of characteristic views and historical-architectural sites, almost running into the house museum of Giosuè Carducci or the oratory of San Guido, or losing yourself in the streets that cross the world’s most famous vineyards, home to the finest wines, which are also available for purchase: Sassicaia from the San Guido estate, Ornellaia, Camarcanda, Grattamacco and many other excellent wines that are part of the Bolgheri DOC wines.
Discovering countryside where world finest wines born. Guided tours of a Bolgheri winery
Le Vallette Relais organizes for its guests guided tours at the prestigious winery Terre del Marchesato, in Bolgheri. The farm is open all year round and offer the opportunity to experience direct to the producers side, excited walking through the rows of vineyards where they produce the famous wines of Bolgheri, to know the methods of vinification, tasting the range wine from their products.
In this magnificent farm that stretches over 10 hectares in the Bolgheri countryside, close to the famous avenue of Bolgheri, you can make visits, starting from the vineyards where you will be shown the history of Bolgheri, the climate and the land, all the various processes of cultivation of the vine until the harvest and then continue the visit to the winery.
Afterwards we’ll reach the tasting room where you will have the honor of being able to taste some of the finest wines from the Bolgheri DOC, produced by the winery. Visit the Terre del Marchesato company’s website, founded in 1954, owned by the Fuselli family.
The town of Volterra is known for the extraction and sculpting of alabaster. Its historical center is of particular importance for its Etruscan origins, which remains the impressive Porta all’Arco.
Volterra is now a characteristic medieval town, enclosed almost completely within the circle of thirteenth-century walls that form a perimeter where you can admire the Piano di Castello and via Roma, as well as the ancient cathedral of Santa Maria and the Piazza dei Priori.
The town of Volterra and its beautiful surroundings are probably one of the most diverse and attraction-filled areas in Tuscany. Its indisputable historical tradition is bound to its beautiful natural environment, which offers a truly impressive heritage of morphology, plant life and animal life.
The sea near Bibbona offers fine sandy beaches and beautiful bays, as in the case of the Gulf of Baratti,the Buca delle Fate, The Spiaggia Lunga and Cala Moresca, Perelli and Torre Mozza, which are just some of the features of this coast, famous for their unspoilt beauty and irresistible charm.
Alternating for more than 30 km, the beaches are lapped by a pine forest available for sports or regenerating long walks , while lovers of the sea can rent boats, book boat trips or enjoy all kinds of sports, from sailing, surfing, to scuba diving.
The Costa d’Argento is a charming and refined territory, which extends around the perimeter of a promontory surrounded by the sea and connected to the coast by the Giannella, Feniglia, and the dam of Orbetello.
The Argentario is home to two ancient fishing villages that have become important tourist centers, Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole.
Thanks to a wonderful landscape, unspoilt beaches and a pleasant climate, the Argentario is a very popular stop to spend your holidays in Tuscany.
The Costa d’Argento is also appreciated for its beautiful countryside walks which are accompanied by rows of vineyards, olive trees and vast fields of sunflowers.
Who makes a trip to the Maremma can not forget to taste the quality of the local Maremma cuisine, with simple and tasty dishes, such as acquacotta, pappardelle with hare, the famous tortelli, or even seafood, with dishes like the “bottarga of Orbetello”, “fillet of smoked mullet”, “fuzzy eel” and many other dishes to discover
The Maremma is a popular place for people who like to stay away from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life. It ‘also rich in protected areas for the conservation value which theu hold, such as the Regional Natural Park of Maremma, which is the largest green oasis of the Maremma: also known as the Parco dell’Uccellina, it covers 9,800 hectares.The main entrance of the park is located at Alberese but there is also a door at Talamone for some routes. For those who want to know and enjoy this fascinating corner of nature, it is recommended to apply directly to the parc by visiting www.parco-maremma.it.
The Maremma is very rich in art and antiquities, because it has long been inhabited by the Etruscans, the people who probably have left the most important trace in the area, then moves on to the Romans, down to the colors and facets of modern art, such as imaginative and unique Tarot Garden of Niki de Saint Phalle.
For the characteristic medieval architecture of its historic center, San Gimignano is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The country is in fact one of the best examples in Europe of urban organization in medieval times.
San Gimignano is characterized by its unmistakable towered profile, known all over the world; cut in two by the road that one day was called Via Francigena which was among the most important of Christianity; set in the middle of a countryside among the most beautiful in Italy; almost balanced between the lands of the florentine lily and those over which waves the “balzana” of Siena, but also firmly implanted in the center of the territory of the history and culture of Val d’Elsa, which had and has its own specific characteristics.
The town stands on a hill, 334 meters above sea level, and is characterized by the many towers, which are now only thirteen, but that in the fourteenth century were even seventytwo, at least one for every wealthy family, who thus could show their economic power.
Famous for the note “Vernaccia” a cool, dry white wine, the first Italian wine to have given the title of the product Designation of Controlled Origin (D.O.C) in 1966 Another product that characterizes this land is saffron, which since 2005, enjoys the certification of Protected Denomination of Origin (P.D.O).
Who makes a holiday in Tuscany and wants to see the medieval villages in the area of Bolgheri, can choose San Gimignano to discover a land of ancient soul, in which the glories of the past can be felt in every moment.
Read more at http://www.comune.sangimignano.si.it/it/turismo-cultura/turismo/scoprire-la-citta