Capalbio in Maremma is a special area of Italy that we love. It’s the southern-most tip of Tuscany on the beautiful Tyrrhenian Sea coastline, surrounded by beaches, national parks, vineyards, olive groves, golf courses. It’s close to Rome, the Chianti wine region, and other great Italian destinations. Over this particular weekend, the medieval walled town of Capalbio hosts it’s annual Sagra del Cinghiale (wild boar festival) and we highly recommend you visit one evening.
Also, as you can see from the list below, there is no shortage of activities to keep you busy during the daytime.
A few minutes outside of Capalbio is the Monteverro Vineyard with wine tastings and tours. It is open from 10-6pm Mon-Fri. Click here for more info and to register for a tour.
The Frescobaldi vineyard and olive groves is a bit farther away, about 30 min by car. Known for the unique winery designed by architect Piero Sartogo, it’s worth a trip. Click here to see more and register.
Take a pasta, pizza or dessert making class at the restaurant at Locanda Rossa. Please email the hotel directly to coordinate.
There are many options for day hikes in the area, from easy kid-friendly hikes to more advanced. See wildlife in the protected areas of Burano or walk thru Etruscan ruins. Both of these sites are in Italian but you can ask the staff at Locanda Rossa to assist you with bookings.
Saddle up at a nearby farm, Maneggio i Poggetti. Kids and adults welcome. Ask the hotel staff at Locanda Rossa for help booking.
Another option, 30 min away in Orbetello, is Maneggio il Barbazzale. Website is in Italian but again Locanda Rossa is happy to assist with bookings and info.
A fun playground for both adults and kids alike, the Tarot Garden is just minutes away from Locanda Rossa. This is Niki de Saint Phalle’s esoteric sculpture garden based on the Tarot cards, and inspired by Antoni Gaudi. Click here for more info.
At Locanda Rossa
Locanda Rossa has a full spa, gym, two outdoor pools, tennis court and children’s play area, as well as full restaurant and bar. You can also rent bicycles or motorized bikes for the day to explore the rolling hills or bike to the beach (about 45min).
A 10 min drive away (or 30-40min bike ride) from Locanda Rossa is a beautiful stretch of beach along the Mediterranean. You can rent umbrellas, beach chairs and it has public bathrooms and a small restaurant.
The staff at Locanda Rossa can also suggest other beaches if you prefer to explore further.
Hire Paolo, il pescatore, to take you on a fishing trip and enjoy your catch for lunch. Minimum of 12 people. The website is here and Locanda Rossa can assist with bookings.
Alternatively, rent a boat or a large dingy to explore the coastline and private beaches around the Argentario. Click here for more info on dinghy rentals from Porto Santo Stefano. Or click here for boat rentals.
Christina’s very good friend, Euan MacKay (a Scotsman who’s been in Italy for years), runs a private tour company in Florence. He offers customized private, or small group, day tours all around Tuscany. If you are staying in Tuscany before or after the wedding a tour with him is highly recommended. He offers wine tastings, tours of Florence and other Tuscan cities. Contact him for more details here.
Le Terme (Hot Springs)
Le Terme di Vulci are nearby thermal pools. Located 30 min from Capalbio. Click here for more info.
Le Terme di Saturnia are a group of natural springs located about a 50 min drive from Capalbio. There is also a spa, golf course and hotel. Click here for more.
One legend, according to the Etruscans and Romans, was that the Terme di Saturnia were formed by lightning bolts, thrown by the mythical deity, Jupiter, during a quarrel with Saturn. Jupiter missed, causing the formations.
The Italian penisula of Monte Argentario is a 40 min drive from Capalbio. Visit the stunning towns of Santo Stefano and Orbetello, have an apertivo at the famous hotel, Il Pellicano in Porto Ercole, and enjoy the views.