In the heart of the charming Tuscan countryside, it is possible to enjoy the benefits of life in the open air, as well as the interesting resources of this territory, such as unforgettable landscapes and incomparable opportunities from a historical and cultural point of view.
In the Val di Cornia (Cornia Valley), at Cafaggio, you can find the “Casa Vacanze Ribocchi” (“Ribocchi’s Holiday House”), a farm dating back to the beginning of the XIX century, accurately restored in a very elegant Tuscan country-styled way. The exterior is in sand-blasted stone, with a large arched portico and a floor made of original ancient bricks. In front of the garden, a large external staircase, finished off with bricks and handcrafted wrought iron, makes a fine show. Large doors and windows, made of chestnut wood, bring plenty of light into the rooms. The building is surrounded by olive trees and vineyards; indeed, thanks to a particularly propitious climate, this area can offer excellent wines and olive oils.
The farm is situated in the beautiful plain called “Sun Valley” (“Valle del Sole”) by the Etruscans, bordered to the east with lovely hills covered with olive trees and typical Mediterranean scrub. To the west, the coast is a sequence of beaches and unpolluted seabeds which are also ideal for children, because their crystal-clear waters are not very deep and totally safe for long stretches. This is an ideal holiday for people who love nature, walks and bicycle riding, as well as good air, genuine food and choice wines and oils. The farm consists of two and three-roomed flats complete with bathrooms, a living room, a kitchen, independent heating, air-conditioning and television. The flats were created with great care by the owner, who made them elegant and very comfortable, while still maintaining the atmosphere of the typical Tuscan country house, with vaulted interiors in stone and arches made of hand-made bricks. Each flat has an independent entrance and can enjoy large spaces in the garden, equipped with tables for eating outdoors. Being a family-run country house, guests are welcomed with great warmth and the management is available twenty-four hours a day, guaranteeing the greatest comfort, giving information and making bookings for horse rides, dinners at restaurants, excursions to the numerous natural parks, treatments in beauty farms, visits to the Etruscan archaeological sites, medieval villages, festivals and fairs. Do not also forget about Elba Island, which can be reached by hydrofoil in fifteen minutes.
RIBOCCHI’S HOLIDAY HOUSE is situated in a strategic position: in a few minutes it is possible to reach many places, constantly surrounded by a marvellous landscape and nature.
In the vicinity you have medieval villages such as Suvereto, Populonia and Campiglia Marittima, where you can enjoy very good wines and typical Tuscan specialities.
Without neglecting the numerous village fairs and festivals, where you can meet artisans and gastronomers who have kept intact their ancient traditions.
Those who like tourist resorts can visit the little towns of Follonica and San Vincenzo.
In ten minutes, you can reach the wonderful Golfo di Baratti (Gulf of Baratti), where you can find sandy beaches, as well as rocky inlets with fabulous sandy stretches, all of which are surrounded by green meadows, pinewoods and Mediterranean scrub. Those who love archaelogy can visit, after a beautiful dive into the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Baratti, the Etruscan tombs scattered on the marvellous verdant hills of the gulf, and looking at the horizon they can catch the sight of the charming Castle of Populonia. Going back to the farm, you can stop over and taste some excellent fresh fish or typical dishes such as the wild boar, “pappardelle” (a type of pasta) with hare sauce or an excellent pizza baked in a wood-burning oven.
Those who love exercise can take long walks or rides by bike in the middle of nature, while appreciating the variety of fragrances of the country-side and the Tuscan scrub.
Those who like horseback riding can find riding schools, where you can ride both along the beach and in the hills. Six kilometres away, you can find a spa, the Calidario, where the water flows from the spring at 37° C, forming a beautiful little lake.