Our house has 2 double bedrooms, 1 single bedroom, 2 baths, a spacious parlor, dining room and eat-in fully equipped kitchen. .A spacious patio with table, sundeck chairs where you can listen to the doves and magpies as they sing to each other. drinking Morellino di Scansano wine or delicious limoncello. Manciano extends for 37,203 square kilometers in a hilly zone situated between the valleys of Albegna and Fiora. It is thought that the town’s name derives from the patrician Roman family name of Mancia who owned a large area of property called “Praedium Mancianum.”Manciano is in the heart of the Tuscan Maremma with the enchanting seaside villages of Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole only 30 minutes away. The natural heritage of the Maremma are also present which make a natural unicum of rare beauty from winter skiing on Monte Amiata to the most enchanting coastline of the Tirreno Sea which takes its name from the ancient inhabitants of the Maremma: The Etruscans. Here we are in the heart of ancient Etruria.
Sleeps 5. 3 bedroom house in Manciano
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One of Italy’s most beautiful and beloved regions, Tuscany has earned every accolade and exaltation bestowed upon it. Some come for the sun and to be seen, some have better plans: sumptuous spreads laid out by close friends, behind-the-scenes tours of medieval towns, wine tastings and spectacular biking or horsebackriding through picturesque hills. You will appreciate it’s rustic charms that capture your imagination. Tuscany is magical. Beyond the familiar world of Chiantishire lies the Maremma, a rugged coastal region that was once bandit country but is now a safe haven for those in search of stylish hotels and peaceful beaches.
there is one part of Tuscany's seaboard side that demands our attention at least as much as beautiful but over-exposed expatriate playgrounds such as Chianti or the Garfagana.The Maremma is the name given to the area of southern Tuscany, more or less from the town of Cecina south to the border with Lazio. The Via Aurelia - ancient Rome's main road to France, slices this five-mile strip into two even narrower halves
For the urbane aristocrats and merchants of Florence and Siena, the Maremma was the end of the earth: a malaria ridden swampland good only for cattle-raising and eel farming. It was here that the beautiful Pia de' Tolomei died in the 13th century, exiled to the grim castle of Castel di Pietra near Vetulonia by her two-timing husband. Dante contrives to bump into her while trekking around Purgatory in The Divine Comedy. 'Siena made me, the Maremma unmade me' she tells the poet.
Most of the villages are set back in the hills, just as they had been at the time of the Etruscans, who made the Maremma the heart of their confederation of city states. The Etruscans had a real eye for location: they tended to perch their villages on rocky spurs, often of volcanic tufa - a model that would provide the blueprint for medieval Italy but not, interestingly, for the blunt and unimaginative Romans, who preferred to build towns on the plain, surround them with walls, and bash anyone who came near.
Three adjacent villages just north of Tuscany's border with Lazio are perfect examples of the Etruscan approach: Pitigliano, dramatically aloof on its tufa outcrop; Sorano, a semi-abandoned place that clusters underneath its imposing Orsini castle; and tiny, delightful Sovana. This one-street hamlet is perhaps the most atmospheric of the three, because its sleepy rural present belies not one but two historical high-water marks: first under the Etruscans (who created the rock-hewn necropolis, like a mini Petra), and again between the ninth and the 12th centuries, when it was a thriving bishopric and birthplace of the great reforming Pope Gregory VII. Only a few fortress-harbours such as Talamone, Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole managed to weather the pirate threat down on the coast.
Caravaggio survived knife brawls and death sentences, but the Maremma finally did for him: the wayward genius died of fever on the beach at Porto Ercole, Drainage of the swamplands began under the later Medici and continued under popes, Savoy kings and Mussolini. One of the few places where one can still get an idea of what these lost wetlands must have looked like is the Lago di Burano, a salty lagoon near Capalbio, now a WWF nature reserve, which is home to an impressive range of birdlife, from great white herons to the rare black-winged stilt. The reclaimed coastal plains became ideal cattle rearing territory, and the Maremma developed its own brand of cowboys, known as butteri. They may not be as well known as the gardiens of the Camargue, but in their time the butteri were tough customers: they once challenged Buffalo Bill to a rodeo, and won.