Podere Fontepalma is a large country house, divided into two apartments and surrounded by a large garden with olive trees, cypress trees and fruit trees. The beds, bedside tables and many other furnishings are designed and built by hand by Federico, the owner, with natural and recycled wood.
Podere Fontepalma 1: the apartment on the first floor with three double bedrooms, one single, the dining room, the kitchen, the bathroom, a large panoramic terrace and a balcony with a magnificent view of the valley. The beds, the bedside tables and the bathroom furniture are handmade with natural wood, pellet and recycled, by Federico, the owner of the house.
Podere Fontepalma Terra: the ground floor apartment has two bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with a French bed, the living room with two sofa beds and a fireplace, a dining table and a built-in kitchen. Then, a bright glass veranda enriched by the large fireplace and that you can use to cook the dinner table on the grill.
Outside, the garden and the pool are for all guests.
The garden is large and articulated in different spaces: the area for the barbecue, the swimming pool, the woodshed, the terraces, the lawns, the cypresses, the olive trees, the almond trees, the cherry trees, the vines, the pomegranate, the apple tree and various other fruit trees. And then the herbs that you can freely use in the kitchen, if you like them.
Civitella Marittima is a small village in the province of Grosseto. 329 m above sea level, just over 500 inhabitants. The Fontepalma farm is isolated, but close to the town, where you can also get there on foot. Civitella can be reached from the ss 223 that connects Grosseto and Siena. We are fifteen minutes from Grosseto and thirty from Siena. Fourteen kilometers from Civitella, there are the Petriolo spas, sulphurous waters that flow from the Farma river in the Ombrone valley to a temperature of 43 °, already known and mentioned in Roman times by Marziale and Cicero for the multiple therapeutic properties and beneficial, today remained unchanged .. The spas are located within the natural reserve of the river Farma, a precious naturalistic and landscape oasis, where one can make suggestive excursions on foot, on horseback or by bicycle. The Petriolo spas are open to all and immersed in the woods. The hot water tanks, at different temperatures, degrade until you get to the river, cool and pleasant refreshment to enjoy on summer days.
Just south of Grosseto, about 30 'drive from the Fontepalma farm, we arrive at the Uccellina natural park. Pristine sea and pinewood, preceded by large woods and lands where Maremma horses graze free: native autochthonous and protected breeds in the Maremma park farm. The park's beach is one of the most beautiful in the area because it is wild and unspoiled, it can be reached by car as it has a limited number of parking spaces and basic services such as bars and toilets. If the parking is complete you can take the bus that leaves from the park, or rent a bicycle. and with a ride of about 9 km on a cycle path you will reach the beach after crossing fields where horses and cows graze and the beautiful pine forest inhabited by fallow deer, wild boars and foxes that are easily visible on the trails in the evening.
The beach is free and just walk a few hundred meters to find a quiet place even in August, perhaps in the shade of the shacks made of branches and trunks that are along the beach. If you have something to eat you will probably come to see you a little fox. But, remember: look and do not touch. Wild animals must remain so and do not have to get used to receiving food and cuddling from humans.
About 16 kilometers away from Civitella, the magnificent medieval village of Roccatederighi, reachable by a road that winds through olive and cypress trees, typical of the high Tuscan Maremma, set on a high spur of rock. Many foreigners live in Roccatederighi, especially northern European and English, who appreciate its atmosphere and culture. Live and populated, a destination for tourists from all over Europe, especially in spring, and summer, when the country is enriched with cultural, musical and historical events that allow you to live in ancient and medieval atmospheres a whole day, to then end in one of the typical restaurants of the village, which as in the whole Maremma, serve typical Tuscan food.
If you move from the farm instead to the east, in about thirty minutes drive you can reach Montalcino, a charming medieval village, almost fairytale, surrounded by mighty walls and dominated by an ancient castle of authentic architectural perfection. It is a beautiful historic city nestled in the beautiful landscape of the Val'Orcia Natural Park and renowned throughout the world for the extraordinary production of the precious Brunello di Montalcino. all over the world for wine. Although the "modern" Brunello di Montalcino is the invention of the noble family Biondi Santi, the vocation of the territory of Montalcino to produce wines of great quality has been known for many centuries, so much so that in the Middle Ages the municipal statutes regulated the harvest starting date . Producers often organize tastings of their best wines directly in the cellars, an experience not to be missed.
After visiting Montalcino, continue to the Abbey of Sant'Antimo, a magnificent Romanesque abbey dating back to the 12th century, one of the most important architectures of the Tuscan Romanesque style. The monastery can be reached along the roads of an enchanting countryside, designed by nature and together with the love that the inhabitants have had for their land: a real pleasure for the eye: vineyards, olive groves, green hills, and isolated farmhouses here and there. The abbey, in splendid travertine, stands isolated on a clearing surrounded by centuries-old olive trees and beautiful fields of wheat.
According to legend, the abbey was founded by Charlemagne in 781 as a thanksgiving to the angel who healed his troops afflicted by an unknown evil. When you enter the abbey, its solemn and severe atmosphere will take you back in time to the Middle Ages and the austere monastic world. During Mass you can still listen to the mystical Gregorian chants sung by French monks in long white robes. A cultural and mystical experience that you will hardly forget.