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A secret Tuscany beach nestled between pillow lavas in a nature reserve you wouldn't know was there! But you will have to walk through head height French gorse and wild fragrant virgin's bower clematis to reach it.
Carbonifera beach has well and truly won me over and is now one of my very favourite beaches in Tuscany. On its pristine golden sands within the very special nature reserve of the Parco Costiero della Sterpaia, the living is perfect and easy. The view spectacular. And the atmosphere so relaxed that I have added it to my personal list of the very best beaches in Maremma.
If you could have a key.
Just one key.
To open one door in Tuscany.
To step inside. Into whatever awaits you behind. That would be yours.
Which door would you choose?
A Tuscany beach restaurant for birthday and balmy summer days. With fish and chips, Italian-style, on one of the best beaches in Maremma. Where the living is good.
The restaurant is called Ristorante Il Pino. If you are within driving distance of this part of Maremma's coast, I'd make a be-line for a day on Carbonifera beach and lunch. You won't regret it.
The beach is one of my top 10 picks along the whole spectacular 250 kilometre coast of Maremma. Simply one of the best beaches in Tuscany. The food is fabulous. The service is great and even comes with a waxed mustache or two!
The Christmas traditions in Italy - and New Year's Eve ones too - you may, or may not wish to replicate at home! And what lentils and red knickers have in common.
Merry Christmas in Italian, Happy New Year phrases & Italian christmas card messages to see you through the festive season.
Maremma. Not just a place. A passion. It's extraordinary. And this guide is anything but ordinary.
Cookery courses in Tuscany that are, without a doubt, amongst the best things to do in Italy. Four classes that will take you from novice to cooking pasta perfection and heaven on a plate. In the Gambero Rosso and Michelen Guide restaurant kitchen of a bubbly and charismatic chef, who will have you feeling at home in her domain from the moment you don your apron.
But don't just take my word for it.
The Palio races of Siena. Two of them. One in July and one in August. Magnificent spectacles of Italian tradition. Oodles of it. But. If you thought that the Palio di Siena was about pomp and pageant, you would be very mistaken. Very mistaken.
For these horse races. Bareback and corrupt. In one of the world's most beautiful piazza's. Are the lifeblood of the city. Machiavellian blood that runs 600 years thick and deep.
This Tuscany house for sale in picturesque Santa Fiora, Maremma is no ordinary house. You know it immediately when you open the driveway gate and catch sight of its thick stone walls.
Its lush green garden, the sweet sound of rushing water and heady scents from roses, jasmine and lavender, will distract you for a while from the biggest clue. If you spotted it that is.