Podere Sant'Angelo is a great place to unwind, escape the stresses and strains of urban life and soak up the tranquility of the beautiful Tuscan countryside.
Podere Sant'Angelo offers three traditional Tuscan holiday homes: Zolferate, Capitorio and Albegna. All three accommodations are tastefully furnished and offer comfortable indoor and outdoor living.
Each holiday home comprises:
• large bedroom with double bed and fold down single
• bathroom with walk-in shower, toilet facilities and hairdryer
• large living room with traditional kitchen corner
A baby cot is also available.
Each self-catering accommodation has access to a private terrace for 'al fresco' dining and star watching.
Sun loungers are available for relaxing in the large tended garden full of aromatic mediterranean plants.
Fast Wi-Fi (6Mbps via satellite) is available throughout all three holiday homes.
Each holiday home has access to its own barbecue facilities.
The holiday cottage can be booked individually or together for larger groups.
The English owner is on hand to help, advise and make your stay as pleasant as possible.
Podere Sant’Angelo is registered with the Tuscan Regional Tourist Board.
The picturesque village of Roccalbegna is a ten minute drive away, the hot springs of Saturnia with its spa hotel and 18 hole golf course are 20 minutes away.
The area boasts numerous nature reserves and is excellent for walking and mountain biking.
It's a 75 minute drive down to the coast at Castiglione della Pescaia and Marina di Grosseto and some of Italy’s cleanest beaches. The Etruscan remains of Sovana and Pitigliano are 30 minutes away.
Monte Amiata’s a great place to visit for walks through its enormous beech forests. The wine towns of Montalcino (famous for its Brunello – some say the world’s best red wine) and Montepulciano are an hour’s drive away. It’s just a bit further to Siena with its amazing cathedral and beautiful main piazza ‘Il Campo’. Longer day trips to Florence and Rome are possible.
Food & drink: Maremma’s known in Italy for its delicious traditional home-style cooking. Wild boar and other local game feature largely on the menus of local ‘trattorie’ and restaurants. Most of these are small, family run operations where fresh local ingredients and home made pasta are taken as ‘given’.
Roccalbegna is located in the Montecucco wine region. This is nestled between the Morellino di Scansano and the Brunello di Montalcino regions. Villa Patrizia produces a great range of red, white and rose wines that can be enjoyed in local eateries and bought in local grocers’.
Saturnia: The hot sulfurous waters of Saturnia have been famous since Etruscan times. There are two ways of taking the waters:
• the 'Terme' spa hotel which offers several pools, refreshment facilities and an extensive range of spa treatments
• the open air waterfall – there’s free 24 hour access here, it’s great to visit in the early evening, even better if there’s a full moon
The springs are a 20 minute drive from Podere Sant’Angelo. An 18 hole course is open to the public at the Terme di Saturnia Hotel.
The Etruscan villages: The Etruscans had a flourishing civilisation in central Italy well before the Roman Empire became supreme. Etruscan priests observed birds in flight to predict the future. Settlements were built on hill tops to afford a good view of the flight patterns of the local bird life. These Etruscan settlements developed into the picturesque hill top villages that are great fun to visit today.
Pitigliano and Sorano both a 30 minute drive from Podere Sant’Angelo are the most spectacular local examples.
The coast: The southern Tuscan coastline offers some of the most pristine bathing in Italy. Castiglione della Pescaia has consistently been awarded the top 'clean beach' award by the EU.
If you tire of the 'ombrellone' of Castiglione and Marina di Grosseto head for the beach in the 'Parco Naturale di Maremma' otherwise known as the ‘Parco dell’Ucellina’ for kilometre after kilometre of golden sand without an 'ombrellone' in sight and few people even in August (just over an hour's drive away).
Nature reserves: The limestone cliffs of the WWF's Rocconi reserve are visible from Podere Sant’Angelo. This is one of the largest WWF reserves in Italy. It’s home to several rare species of birds. A small fee is charged for entry. At certain times of year night visits are possible.
Visit the 'Parco faunistico di Monte Labbro' to see the original wildlife of the area including wolves.