Near Grosseto you could stay at Casa Tenda or Case Di Levi, both nestled in the quite Maremma countryside but close to the sea, only a few kilometres away from the main seaside destinations of Tuscany, like Castiglione della Pescaia (20km) and Punta Ala, while the centre of Grosseto is only 3km away. The nearest beach of Principina a Mare is 7km away. The Parco dell'Uccellina Natural Reserve is also very close. Siena is about 70km away and Florence around 130km.
Alternatively, Villa Querci is also an excellent solution, located 20 minutes south of Siena, right in the centre of Campagnatico, a small village with shops, restaurants and all facilities.
In addition, we offer Casa Baia located in a privileged position on the wonderful Tuscan coast, approx 3.5km from Follonica, in the center of the bay in front of Elba Island.
Wherever you stay, you will be able to enjoy the best of Tuscan food and wine in the many trattorias and bars that abound in the region.
Some of the most famous Italian wines come from Tuscany: Chianti, Brunello di Montalicino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are only a few of the famous wines of the region. Tuscany is also known for the dessert wine Vin Santo.
While Tuscany is not the only Italian region to make the 'passito' dessert wine Vin Santo (meaning 'holy wine'), the Tuscan versions of the wine are very sought after by wine consumers.
The region’s food is delicious; many of the typical recipes are famous all over the world and they range from antipasti (starters) all the way to desserts. Let us mention just a few here:
Starters: Pinzimonio - raw seasonal vegetables in extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper; various kinds of salame and sausages like Finocchiona - pork sausage flavoured with fennel.
Primi Piatti (pasta/rice main course dishes): Cacciucco - fish stew with tomatoes, bread and red wine; Gnocchi di Ricotta - dumplings filled with ricotta and spinach; Pappardelle - wide, short tagliatelle often served with hare sauce (con sugo di lepre); Pasta alla carrettiera - pasta with tomato, garlic, pepper, parsley and chilli; Ribollita - winter vegetable soup based on beans thickened with bread; Risotto al nero di seppia - Rice cooked with cuttlefish (in its own ink).
Secondi piatti (meat/fish main course dishes): Arista- roast pork loin with garlic and rosemary; Asparago alla fiorentina - asparagus with butter, fried egg and cheese;
Baccala alla livornese - salt cod with garlic, tomatoes and parsley; Bistecca alla fiorentina - thick grilled T-bone steak; Pollo alla diavola - chicken flattened with a brick and grilled with herbs; Tonno con fagiolo - tuna with white bans and raw onion.
Desserts: Cantucci or Cantuccini - small almond biscuits, served with Vinsanto wine; Castagnaccio - unleavened chestnut-flour cake containing raisins, walnuts and rosemary; Fritelle di riso - rice fritters; Meringa - frozen meringue with whipped cream and chocolate; Panforte - hard fruit, nut and spice cake; Ricciarelli - marzipan almond biscuits; Zuccotto - sponge cake filled with chocolate and whipped cream.