The town of Capalbio is on the coast in the province of Grosseto and it has a population of about 4000 inhabitants.
The town of Capalbio is on the coast in the province of Grosseto and it has a population of about 4000 inhabitants. The XII-century parish of San Nicola, the tower Aldobrandesca and the Palazzo Collacchioni can be admired in Capalbio.
The origins of the first human settlements in the area of Cosa (Ansedonia's ancient name) and in Capalbio date to the Etruscan times. After them, the Romans inaugurated the latifundist period in this place and built farms and villas in this territory. Once the Empire fell, the Lombards, first, and the Franks, later, used the lands of Capalbio as pastures, above all, and garrisoned them with the construction of villages and small fortresses.
In the Middle Ages, the territory of Capalbio was a wide area of insalubrious and inhospitable marshes. The powerful feudatory families, who lived in the period after the year 1000, established their seigniories here as well as the Republic of Siena between the XII and the XIII centuries. The few people living inside the castles fought against malaria, cholera, typhus and plague epidemics every day. Despite this, Capalbio succeeded into developing productive and commercial activities that guaranteed the economical survival of the village and of its inhabitants.
The reclamation of the territory always represented the biggest problem. With the arrival of the Medici, who had extended the dominions of their Grand Duchy by including the whole republic of Siena, pinewoods and woods were planted in Maremma with the hope to recover the territory and improve the environmental conditions. Around the XVII century, once the 1555 Spanish invasion had been overcome, Capalbio lived a period of prosperity destined to end soon, though.
The Hapsburg-Lorraine, a branch of the imperial family who carried out the most effiective works of improvement and re-organization, sat on the throne of Tuscany since 1737. Pushed by the Jesuit friar Ximenes's catastrophic relation, the Grand Duke financed a long series of reclamation works that lasted far beyond the annexation of Maremma to the Kingdom of Italy, which was born in 1859.
After the period of the Risorgimento, the phenomenon of banditry developed in this area. It was influenced by the backwardness of the countryside, dominated by the big landowner seigniories of the Ricasoli, the Ponticelli, the Vivarelli Colonna and the Collacchioni.
The latter were also the owners of the Castle of Capalbio. The bandit Tiburzi was a legendary figure in this time and he was much loved by the poor classes of the Capalbio countryside. The progressive impoverishment of agriculture obliged the Collacchioni and the other families to abandon the territory which was taken over by farms. A new development started in 1951 thanks to the foundation of the Ente Maremma.
In Capalbio and Argentario zone you can find the best and clear sea of Italy!
Capalbio, border of Tuscany sea, offers a lot of kilometres of big and wild beach, one of few areas where people and nature can exist in armony.
You can find few seaside resort built in wood, completely in armony with the nature around. Remaining coast (12 Km.) it's free beach.
Further, this area offers the marvellous beaches of Feniglia di Ansedonia and Porto Ercole. Moreover the cliffs of Argentario and the unusued motley beaches from the Island of Giglio; the uncontaminated beaches on Island Giannutri and at the end the marble cliff of Island of Montecristo.
On the fringes of the Capalbio the sea begins the Riserva Naturale del lago di Burano, a WWF oasis and avifauna paradise of great scientific interest.
The woods surrounding Capalbio are ideal hunting areas, a very popular ancient tradition in this territory, especially the boar-hunting. Other naturalistic destinations are the W.W.F. Natural Reserve near the lake of Burano, the sea coast and the very long beach stretching along the thick Mediterranean flora.
Capalbio: discover the surroundings
Accommodations in the area
- Castiglione della Pescaia (Grosseto)
61 km from Capalbio
Beautiful and characteristic villa with stone finishes located in the exclusive Roccamare area in Castiglione della Pescaia.Availability request
Surrounded by the green of the pine forest and the total privacy with 2000 sqm park equipped with relaxation area and barbecue is located about 400 meters from the sea and has a private beach.
- Castiglione della Pescaia (Grosseto)
67 km from Capalbio
Beautiful villa with swimming pool surrounded by greenery and tranquility of the exclusive tourist destination Punta Ala and small attic used as service personnel only 300 meters from the sea of Tuscany.Availability request
This ideal solution for those who want to spend their holidays near the beautiful sea of Punta Ala with the comforts of an exclusive villa.
- Montepulciano (Siena)
80 km from Capalbio
Immersed in the verdant countryside around the noble town of Montepulciano, that boasts ancient Etruscan origins, Le Caggiole Estate is perfectly located for exploring Tuscany's most prized treasures.Booking ONLINE
In a relaxing and cosy atmosphere uests are offered three comfortable, quiet double rooms with private bathrooms and two comfortable apartments for two persons and for small family groups.
- Siena (Siena)
97 km from Capalbio
Agriturimo Marciano : an exlusive opportunity, two holidays at the place of only one. stay in the country and life downtown. Marciano is located near the walls of the Middle Age town of Siena.Availability request
Five confortable double rooms and a suite with a beautiful sight on the Siena Duomo
- Cortona (Arezzo)
106 km from Capalbio
Set within the green hills of Tuscany, a few kilometers away from the old Etruscan town of Cortona farmhouse Rocca di Pierle is the perfect place to find peace and tranquility in contact with the pace of nature.Booking ONLINE
Completely renovated Tuscan farmhouse with 3 rustic-style apartments. For groups possibilities to rent the whole villa.
- Colle Val D'Elsa (Siena)
110 km from Capalbio
La Pieve, charming farmhouse located on the hills of Val d'Elsa, between Volterra and San Gimignano, along the Via Francigena, in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, with its luxuriant nature and rich history.Availability request
Framed by olive trees and a wood, it fosters a direct dialogue with nature in complete relaxation where they contemplate and enjoy the stillness in private and unique spaces.
- San Gimignano (Siena)
116 km from Capalbio
Agriturismo Villa il Palagetto located in the vicinity of the medieval centre of San Gimignano, nestled in the rolling hills of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside.Availability request
Provides comfortable accommodation in 6 double bedrooms and two Suites
- San Gimignano (Siena)
118 km from Capalbio
In the vicinity of the medieval centre of San Gimignano, nestled in the rolling hills of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside, Agriturismo La Lucciolaia is perfectly located for exploring Tuscany's most prized art towns.Availability request
This ancient farmhouse has been recently renovated and divided into eleven double rooms and two Suites, where the magic atmosphere of past times is perfectly blended with modern comforts.
- San Gimignano (Siena)
121 km from Capalbio
Azienda Agricola Biologica Cesani is an organic farm nestled in the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, in the tiny country hamlet of Pancole, 6 km to the medieval town of San Gimignano.Availability request
Azienda Agricola Biologica Cesani is an organic farm nestled in the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, in the tiny country hamlet of Pancole, 6 km to the medieval town of San Gimignano.
- Greve in Chianti (Florence)
124 km from Capalbio
Villa Chianti is a private villa for rent in Chianti area with pool and garden that can accommodate up to 7 people.Availability request
An oasis of peace and tranquility with views of the Chianti valleys not far from the main tourist attractions of Tuscany.
- Bagno a Ripoli (Florence)
136 km from Capalbio
Villa Valdarno is a typical Tuscan farmhouse located in a secluded and peaceful area in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, among vineyards and olive groves, and enjoys a privileged panoramic view of the Florentine Valdarno.Availability request
The ideal solution for groups of friends or acquaintances who wish to spend their holidays in Tuscany with the comforts of a detached villa with swimming pool and large garden.
- Firenze (Florence)
144 km from Capalbio
The charming Marignolle Relais & Charme, nestled the hills of Florence, is the ideal solution for those who want a place of excellence and relaxation and love peace and privacy without the amenities of a luxury hotel.Booking ONLINE
Marignolle Relais & Charme is especially appreciated by travelers looking for style and tradition by offering deluxe rooms or junior suites in a refined, with superior comforts and impeccable services that make this relais an excellence of Florence.
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