Holiday rental Torre Trappola, Maremma Tuscany Coast
Number of beds : 10
An Estate whithin the Tuscan Maremma WWF Park
The Torre Trappola Estate is a rare example of a privately owned estate extending within the confines of a WWF National Park on the coast of the Maremma in Tuscany.
The property of Torre Trappola which covers 560 hectares was incorporated in the National Park with the aim of keeping traditional farming techniques alive. All produce is organically grown, the local cattle with their lyre-shaped horns and the indigenous Maremma horses are raised free. Vast sections of the Trappola estate are wild and serve as a natural habitat to an extensive variety of animals who can be observed grazing and nesting undisturbed. For bird-watchers this is rated among the top ten ideal viewing points in Italy.
The owners of the Trappola estate are brother and sister Ranieri and Marina Pisaneschi who inherited this very special farm in 2004. While Ranieri is pursuing an international career, Marina - young, energetic and a mother of two - has taken over the management of the Trappola family estate. Her prime objective is to find innovative ways to keep the estate alive. One of the first steps was a complete renovation of the main house, the original Torre (tower) Trappola. Marina would like to open the gates of the estate to guests seeking one of Europe's rarest luxuries - nature preservation, wild life and empty beaches. Further options while staying at La Trappola are carriage drives and trekking on horseback through the estate with ample opportunities for bird-watching and observing the herds of cattle and horses.
The area is also famous for the incredibly beautiful Maremma National Park and the Trappola estate is part of this park. Important sight-seeing cities like Siena, Pisa, Lucca and Florence are within easy reach for stimulating day trips from Torre Trappola.
The olive trees on the Trappola estate are a rare species of wild olives, locally known as olivastri. A morning can be pleasantly spent touring the Trappola lands in a horse carriage culminating in a lunch served under these biblical olivastri.
A delightful walk from Torre Trappola leads to the ruins of the church of San Rabano within the borders of the National Park .
- Marina di Grosseto, the nearest village 10 min.
- Grosseto 12 km
- Castiglione della Pescaia 20 minutes
- Siena 1 ½ hours
- Pise 2 hours
- Florence 2 ½ hours
- Rome 2 ¾ hours
- The estate Torre Trappola runs along the coast which gives private access to the wild beaches of the WWF park. The beach is 4 km from the house and can be reached by car or by bycicle.
- Torre Trappola lies within the WWF Maremma National Park, which extends over 10.000 hectares along the coast.The Park has many signposted tracks affording views of herds of the lyre-horned cattle of the Maremma still rounded up by the local cowboys known as "butteri" and the indigenous horses of Maremma in the wild. Furthermore the park boast 7 towers, the ruins of an abbey and twenty-six grottoes. During the summer months the park can only be visited with a guide. Visits by night from 8 to 11 pm are a special thrill.
- Take a tour of the estate in a horse drawn carriage or on horseback On this tour you are able to watch various animals such as horses, cows, fallow deer, wild boars and foxes. You have the opportunity to watch birds of the region at small artificial lakes and the swampland.
- Riders can canter along the breakwater on the sandy beaches to be rewarded by an al fresco lunch in the "Bosco dell'Olivastra", a magical grove of olive trees.
- For the ornithologists among you, Torre Trappola is among the ten best bird-watching sites in Italy.
- Maremma : The reclaimed flatlands where cattle used to roam herded by the local cowboys have today largely been given over to well-husbanded vineyards yielding some of the most prestigious vintages in Italy. Where there is great wine there tends to be great food and the Gambero Rosso, voted the best restaurant in Italy, is in one of the seaside resorts along the coast.
- Trendy sea-side resorts : Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole, well known jet-set resorts, are only a 50 minute drive away. We also recommend a visit to the fish-market of Castiglione della Pescaia. The fresh fish is delivered directly from the fisherman’s boats (20 minutes from Trappola).
- The islands and hiring a boat: In Porto Santo Stefano, 30 minutes drive from Marsiliana, you can hire boat which will take you to te islands of Giglio and Giannutri off the Tuscan coast. Giglio has a charming main village and castle, and many creeks hidden between the cliffs. Giannutri, its bare coastline dominated by the ruins of a Roman villa overlooking the sea, recalls some of the Greek islands, which deep-sea divers can look for sunken Roman galeons on the sea bed.
- Siena: The Sienese have no doubt, their town is the most beautiful in all of Tuscany, if not all of Italy. Siena has remained a Gothic city. Renaissance, one of the major influences in Florence, hardly affected the urban development of Siena. The city unfolds around the main shell-shaped square called "Il Campo." Twice a year the famous horse race known as the "Palio" takes place here. The narrow streets are lined with old shops and small cafes, while churches and museums are real treasures of the fourteenth century.
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- Riding: the horses will be brought to the estate, riders can discover the estate on horseback and can canter along the breakwater on the sandy beaches to be rewarded by an al fresco lunch in the "Bosco dell'Olivastra", a magical grove of olive trees.
- Bycicles can be rented upon booking, they will be delivered to the villa.
- Tennis courts in the near vicinity, on the road to Grosseto.
- The famous Punta Ala Golf course lies 30 km away.