Planning a romantic getaway in Tuscany and the money is not a problem? If your answer is yes, well you don’t need to look any further, the Andana hotel in Maremma is what you were looking for! Situated in the enchanting area between Chianti and the old city of Siena, the hotel was originally one of Duke Leopold ‘s country houses. With its marvellous gardens, green rolling hills and amazing views over the centuries-old vineyards which dot the whole region, the place is a true corner of paradise. The only drawback is that one night at the Antana hotel will cost you 550 euros (double room), but if you want to go the whole hog and stay in one of the luxurious suites, be ready to be set back 1800 euros at least!
Now that the first leaves are falling , to take a walk through the enchanted landscape of the Maremma region is like being in paradise and the small town of Magliano with its lovely, dainty houses and defensive walls looks like an antique postcard come to life. The town is also famous for a restaurant called Da Guido and which attracts gourmets from all over the country. Its cuisine dates back to the early 20th century and includes ravioli stuffed with potatoes and truffles, fried lamb, roast piglet with potatoes, Tuscan canapés, bruschette with oil and mushrooms, mountain ham and last but not least the famous culatello. If you don’t book in advance you’re very liable to be told there are no seats, so remember to give them a ring! By the way, a meal at the Da Guido restaurant will cost you around 30 euros which is superb value!
Restaurant Da Guido
Via Roma, 18
58051 - Magliano in Toscana (Grosseto)
phone number: 0564592447
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The mysterious Eremo or hermitage of Poggi Conti in the Maremma region would make for a fascinating day trip. Located not far from Lake Bolsena and the beautiful town of Pitigliano, the hermitage which was built into tufa rocks and is still decorated with frescoes from 13th century is an enchanting place surrounded by scenic rolling hills and lovely moors. It can be reached through the famous Sentiero dei Briganti or Brigand Path from which one can also enjoy a breathtaking view of a small waterfall. According to recent studies the area was inhabited by a group of Benedictine monks who apparently contributed to the design of the frescoes in the hermitage incorporating bucolic scenes. From the hermitage itself one can also take in the enchanting sight of a lovely little church. It’s so romantic to imagine the life of that lonely hermit and picture him looking out of the window and then retiring in his small cell for the night. For more information please click here. To see photos click here
With Bugatti having won the last edition of the Mille Miglia, specialist painter of vintage cars, Andrea Del Pesco, has decided to dedicate an entire exhibition to Bugatti cars and his work in restoring them.
From the 23rd of May to the 30th at Castiglione della Pescaia (Maremma, Tuscany) in the “Bugatti Village”, the Residence Roccamare will host a car event with the Bugatti vintage cars redesigned by Del Pesco, in addition to other features for the Bugatti world event.
The famous Feniglia Dune in the Maremma National Park, Tuscany, is a piece of heaven fallen to earth; collocated between Orbetello and Capalbio and at the heart of a magnificent lagoon, the Feniglia dune is strip of sand which connects the Argentario promontory to the mainland. It stretches for more than six kilometres and features a beautiful pine forest and Mediterranean scrub. Several species of aquatic birds live there and if you love open air sports you can even hire a bicycle and visit the place on two wheels, thus enjoying the most breathtaking views you could ever imagine.
The Feniglia Dune is a WWF protected area!
Foto | ≈ Giacomo ≈