We loved villa Canatelli
We loved the Villa Canatelli and its beautiful, peaceful surroundings.
The Villa is situated on a quiet hill overlooking the bay of Porto Santa Stefano. The house sits within a large garden, with terraced olive groves on the upper level (with swimming pool) and landscaped garden below. The terrace on the first floor offers stunning views over the bay, lazy sunbathing during the day, a shaded area to read and a place for quiet dinners in the evening. The lower level has a covered patio with a large dinner table and barbecue: a welcome place to hide when the sunny weather changes to rain.
There are three bedrooms. The master bedroom on the top floor – with en suite bathroom - offers generous space, including bedroom, a large sitting room and direct access to the upper terrace. It has a separate entrance and offers great privacy. The two bedrooms downstairs – with a shared bathroom - are very comfortable and have immediate access to the garden. There is an extra wooden cabin in the garden (with two beds, bathroom and air conditioning); great for those who want to hide away from the main house. The kitchen is small but practical and has all one needs for all types of cooking.
The drive up from Santa Stefano, and the nearest supermarket, takes just 10 minutes. The more adventurous can walk there by a rural path. Porto Santa Stefano is a pretty port town with a wide range of shops and restaurants. The two fish stalls offer a wonderful range of choices, - worth a visit just for the experience - and the ladies selling the fish are more than happy to help with their favourite recipes. There is a street market selling fresh vegetables, bread and local meat. Porto Ercole, another pretty port, also with good waterside restaurants, is a few kilometres down the road.
The nearby Maremma marshes were home to the Etruscans, and there is a fine museum of local finds in the Museo Etrusco in Pitigliano, half an hour’s drive away. There is also a small museum of well displayed Etruscan objects in Orbetello, which we found very rewarding.
Regular boat trips leave for the islands –we took an hour’s trip out to Isola del Giglio, a delightful traditional fishing village, with the sad, added tourist attraction of the scrapped, Costa Concordia lying washed up, adjacent to the rocks, on its rusting side.
Orbetello, a small lively town, has a large supermarket and the Orbetello lagoon provides good swimming within the designated nature reserve.
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