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Michael Blum

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english, Hebrew

Live in an Italian Medieval Village Overlooking the Sea

12 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 5 - 6 nights

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Overview

Campiglia Marittima Condo Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Campiglia Marittima is a most beautiful medieval town on the Etruscan Coast. Perched on a hill, dominating the sea and the surrounding countryside, the town is at the heart of an area with old traditions. Here you can find many traces of both the Etruscan and Roman civilizations, and many charming old villages. The old town centre, with its roads and alleys arranged in concentric circles, is inside the old walls.

The geographical position makes Campiglia Marittima, located 300 metres above sea level, particularly privileged due to its proximity to the sea (8km) and the seaside resorts of St. Vincenzo, the islands of the Tuscan archipelago, Elbe, as well as Pisa, Florence and Siena.

There is a world famous thermal spa at the foot of the hill, on which Campiglia is situated. There are good connections via train and the superstrada, Via Aurelia, the old road to Rome which follows the lovely coastline. Main airports nearby are Pisa, Florence and Rome.

There are two excellent golf courses in the vicinity:

In the untouched Maremma area along the coast, you will find sand-dunes and tree lined beaches. You can relax, sunbathe, rent boats, or take a course in diving.

After a day spent by the sea you can enjoy the Italian night life with typical restaurants, with the genuine Maremma cuisine, and wine bars where you can taste the great wines of Tuscany. Local entertainment venues and events liven up the summer evenings with shows, celebrations and concerts.

The view from our windows is incredible. Since the apartment is situated above the village you will have a clear sight of the Mediterranean sea all the time.

On a clear day you can see the Island of Elbe and port of Piombino. Below, you can see other castles on hillsides and a church that is over 1000 years old.

The sunsets are amazing, each and every night. During the day you will be able to view the vineyards and olive tree groves. In the morning you will see the swallows circling the town riding on the warm air streams.

Throughout the entire day the apartment is cooled by sea breezes. The sounds you will hear come from the village and include hourly bells, rooster crows and some dog barks.

Right outside and up from the apartment is the highest point in the town.

Behind our apartment and visible from the windows is the castle ruins. The town completed the installation of a park around the ruins recently.

Our Home

Twenty years ago with the help of my best friend we totally refurbished a dark, two bedroom, one bathroom into this beautiful home away from home.

It now has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms a redesigned open kitchen and eating area. We think it has the best views in the entire town - typical American competitiveness! See more details below.

Activities in Campiglia

During the high season the town stages events almost every night. They vary from dancing under the moonlight, to magic shows, clowns, dancers and musicians. The piazza is always filled with people at night, the restaurants full.

There is a community movie theater that projects movies outside the theater for the entire town a la Cinema Pardisio if that is to your liking.

Additionally there are 6 restaurants within the town walls each equivalent to restaurants in NYC. There is a small supermarket as well as individual food stores (meat, bakeries(2), vegetable mart, fish store etc. The town square has two competing cafes for you to choose. I often tell people that the most important choice of the day is one or two sugars.

All of the food is grown locally and delivered daily. Most towns people shop daily for meals rather than refrigerate. Try the local wine and olive oil - bellissimo!

There are three banks within the town with ATMs embedded in 1000 year old walls.

In the lower town of Venturina there are world class spa facilities including outdoor and indoor hot springs. Additionally there are other spa services such as massage, aromatherapy and holistic treatments.

Beaches

Approximately five kilometers down the mountain and along the coast are some of the most beautiful beaches in Italy. The beaches are part of the protected land reserve and are available to both. All the beaches are protected by a buffer of woods that provide shade on really hot days. You have a choice of town beaches (San Vincenzo) or park beaches such as Barratti. All the beaches provide bathroom, shower and food and concessions. Some also provide outstanding restaurants right on the beach. All the beaches provide parking, usually a short walk from the beach. The parking is inexpensive, but does fill up on weekends. Watch the beach times of the different national groups - early morning, Germans, Americans. Italians go afternoon and stay till sunset.

Campiglia is truly a medieval town that is closed to automobiles. The town streets are too narrow in any case. As such the town has a number of free public parking lots both in the upper and lower areas of the town.The nearest parking for the apartment is about 100 meters away and outside the walls. The town is very strict about parking so designated parking for visitors is a must.

The town is self-sufficient with police, fire and an ambulance corp. The town is a mix of farmers, young artists and mine workers. It is a satellite of Florence as many people from Florence spend their summers here, including the mayor of Florence.

To our knowledge we are the only American residents. We have been spending time here for twenty years now and have friends throughout the Town.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Michael Blum (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english, Hebrew

About Michael Blum

I am a management consultant that has been consulting to the banking industry globally for over 30 years. I am a dual national with roots in Israel and USA. Cindy is an American. We both fell in love with italy over 35 years ago and always dreamed of living here. Our children spent their summers in Campiglia and the experience was enlightening for them. We have just celebrated our 24th year in our home in Italy. As we approach our retirement and grandparent years we are planning to spend our time in California, New York and Campiglia.

Michael Blum purchased this condo in 1992

Why Michael Blum chose Costa degli Etruschi

My best friend showed us his house in Campiglia and both Cindy and I fell in love with this small hilltop town. We walked into the apartment one day and simply looked out the windows and knew this would be our home here in Italy.

As we settled in we saw that this is a magical place with warm and friendly people who were willing to accept the Americans into their society. We in turn enjoy the daily pace of the town and its people.

We walk a lot here and every time discover something new. The town has become our second home for our entire family.

What makes this condo unique

The benefits are endless. Our apartment affords a year round view of the best of Tuscany. Living in Campiglia, is like living in the Renaissance. Most of the town has not changed in over a 1000 years. The food is fresh and delivered daily from the farms. The wine and olive oil are produced locally. The beaches are a ten minute drive from the town. There is a world class spa in the lower town of Venturina.

The main benefit is that we can unplug our hectic lives within an hour of being in Italy. Everything slows down and you become one with the town, its people and nature.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Buona sera from Campiglia......

Thank you for your note, we were to write to you upon our return and thank

you most of all for letting us stay in your beautiful apartment in

Campiglia. It is our third day and already we are thinking of coming back.

This week we have a chance to experience and be the part of the Medieval

Festival and all its festivities. I will write more later. Oh, one more

thing ... I am practicing Italian which makes me feel even more part of the

town. Thanks again on checking if everything is OK. All is

wonderful..... A doppo... Barbara and Family.

Ciao...
Aug 2014
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Reviews

4.7
based on 12 traveler reviews

Live in an Italian Medieval Village Overlooking the Sea
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 25 reviews
4

Unforgettable Vacation at a Special, Memorable Place

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I had the pleasure of staying at Campiglia Marittima, Italy (Property ID# 412565) in a beautiful, specious, well-equipped and maintained apartment on the 3rd floor of a 900+ year old building located in a quaint mountainside village with an incredible panoramic view of the countryside and Mediterranean shore in the distance. The accommodation was perfect for the setting near the shore of Tuscany.

Activities in the village-shops, cafes, restaurants, churches, bakery, etc.- all within walking distance of the apartment. Friendly local atmosphere.

While staying at the village you have multiple opportunities for side trips for touring, sight-seeing, exploring, including visiting the Island of Elba which you admire from your apartment windows on clear days.

The pleasure of our experience made the cost worthwhile. The picture that the Apartment guide painted, was very accurate. Customer Service was superb.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Spacious apartment in a charming village

  • 4 of 5

Lovely apartment, with a striking view in a sweet little village. Everyone was very friendly an helpful. The town is out of a picture book and sunrise was magnificent. Our reason for 4 stars is location, Campiglia is in a relatively remote area. We had just stayed in Lucignano, Fiesole and Lucca. Compared to those, Campiglia makes for lengthier drives (though beautiful) No WiFi is also an issue when traveling. Don't be afraid to lease this property.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for that lovely review. I just want to correct one item. While we do not have any wifi in our home (stated in both our Apt Manual and Web Psge), we have wifi for free in the main Piazza in the town - a short walk from our home. Another alternative that I use is to use my smartphone as a hotspot. You should only do this if you have 'unlimited roaming for data and text' in Europe. Since this was not well understood by the renter, we refunded a day's stay to him as our main objective is to make the stay an incredible experience.
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Great week!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our week in Campiglia with our three kids, aged 18-21. Took day trips to Lucca, Elba, wineries in Montalcino, Volterra, and the beaches in San Vincenzo. Campiglia was a real treat with many great restaurants, friendly shop keepers and wonderful views of the Mediterranean. The distance to restaurants are measured in feet. Loved everything about our stay. Wish the wifi was more convenient.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Remsenburg, NY
5

Spectacular Views!

  • 5 of 5

Our springtime visit to Tuscany was much more than we expected. The apartment was so well appointed, and Sr. Minuti, the realtor who oversaw the property couldn't have been kinder or more attentive to our needs. It is difficult to describe how fantastic the views from the bedrooms and the beautifully-decorated living room were. We took a walk up to the Rock of Campiglia, and found it to be both beautiful and peaceful. I was sweetly greeted each day at the cafe' for my morning cappucino, and enjoyed watching the early activities of the small community. Having a washer and dryer available was quite convenient, and preparing meals in the beautiful kitchen made us feel as if we were at home - well, at home in a very beautiful Tuscan retreat. This was the first time that we rented a VRBO property, and after this experience, we would certainly do so again.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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London, UK
5

Fabulous!

  • 5 of 5

An absolutely fantastic apartment in beautiful village. The main bedroom and living accommodation, in particular, are faultless. A highlight of each day was buying fresh produce each morning in the small village shops, then enjoying a lazy breakfast and making a picnic to take out with it.

On arrival, the apartment was clean and tidy, and as stated, there was a large supply of bed linen and towels (for both the bathroom and beach).

Many thanks Mike & Cindy.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dan and Family, Thank you for selecting and staying in our home. We look forward to welcoming you again to our magical town. Mike and Cindy
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Munich, Germany
5

Wonderful retreat above little Tuscany Village

  • 5 of 5

All is as described. Wonderful view, nice apartment, decorated with lot of love.

We enjoyed our stay a lot.

Campiglia Marittima is a lovely litte town and the apartment is right in the heart of it overlooking the landscape to the sea.

The apartment is spacious and the kittchen is well-equipped.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
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Map

Necropoli Estrusca di San Cerbone
"Right opposite the beach at Baratti. You should plan to spend a day here. Late afternoon tak..."
Island of Elba
"You can catch the ferry at Piomino and then plan to spend a day. Besides visiting Napolean's..."
Sea Kayak Italy
"The waters around us are clear and clean. There are no industrial wastes no any pollution. W..."
Populonia Alta
"Great place. If your adventurous leave your car halfway up the mountain and walk up. When yo..."
Piombino
"This is a great side trip. Go down to the waterside of this port town and walk through the a..."
Massa Marittima
"This is a bit of a ride but worth it. It is another town on a mountainside with a beautiful ..."
Suvereto
"Besides having great restaurants, Suvereto is the sister town of Campiglia. It is surrounded..."
Lucca
"Do what we do - plan an late afternoon and evening dinner in this beautiful home of Puccini...."
Volterra
"We often go to Volterra and use is as a destination. The ride is incredible as you take a sm..."
Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Pisa - Gallileo Airport
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Piazza Republica
Nearest Ferry
12 Kilometres
Piombino
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Venturina Station
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
SS1
Nearest Restaurant
100 Miles
Piazza Republica
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Populonia Beach
Car: recommended

We are on the Etruscan Coast. The coast is dotted by ruins, including an entire Etruscan town and mines. Additionally, we are near the Town of Populonia, a castle town located over the Bay of Barratti with beautiful views of the sea and the surrounding bay.

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Rates & Availability

Campiglia Marittima Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Fall
Sep 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
5 night minimum stay
$110
$800
$2,400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
$110
$710
$3,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

The rate is inclusive of linen, towels, use of appliances, utilities and initial cleaning. Damage protection insurance for US guests only, all others require a deposit of $300.00

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Campiglia Marittima Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telescope
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , Solar light, Medieval tiles
    Bathroom for two bedrooms - toilet , shower , Modern, solar light, bright
  • Both bathrooms are full bathrooms wiht the
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Walk in closet with private bathroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Pull out single
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double , Trundle bed - pull out single
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Golf ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
We have beach chairs and toys available for users of the apartment only.

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