Costa Grande is a unique venue in Italy. In Tuscany you will rarely find a nearly isolated house with direct access to the beach, surrounded by romantic farmland, varied wildlife and unique Mediterranean flora; all of this in the sought-after region of the Maremma on the southern Tuscan coast.
On the map you will find us roughly half-way between Rome and Grosseto, surrounded by the cultural landmarks of Tarquinia, Tuscania, Orbetello and Viterbo, which all are more or less half an hour‘s drive away. The nearest village, Pescia Romana, is 4 km away. Here you will find all you need, baker and butcher as well as a supermarket and, of course, a bar for your daily cappuccinos and a newsagent who also sells foreign newspapers.
The Costa Grande house has been restored at a top level of style and comfort. A generous living and dining room (14 meters long) opens onto a terrace (which stretches along) the length of the building, looking onto the sea. On your way down towards the beach you'll find the pool (80 cm deep), what used to be a large basin for cattle and sheep has been turned into a pool (80 cm deep). As this stretch of land is a conservation area, strict laws regulate any building activity. Only the restoration of existing features is allowed.
The house is surrounded by an irrigated mediterranean garden which blends into the surrounding „dunescape“, planted with the local shrubs such as myrtle and juniper. In early summer you will come upon the very special and highly protected sand lilies grow here. Picking prohibited. There is a shaded lot for car-parking behind the house (a bamboo roof on wooden pillars, 35 steps from the house, makes for private parking of your car in the shade.)
A fence closes off the entire estate (from the beach). A garden gate gives you access to the endless beach (135 m from the house). The beach is public, as all beaches in Italy, but as the public access is far away, only the occasional bather will wander up to your location. A beach club with friendly bar and daily papers is 100 meters down the beach. One of Italy's most fashionable beach clubs called "L'Ultima Spiaggia" is 15 km further up the coast. This has a pleasant restautant which serves excellent salads and other summer dishes, as well as fresh cool drinks and the inevitable Capuccino.
A smaller house with 2 bedrooms (Costa Piccola / also featured in our portfolio) is at circa 50 meters distance. The two houses are separated by a densely planted low hill; the shrubs makia may take a couple of years to grow!
About the Maremma
The Maremma is a lesser known and therefore all the more captivating part of Tuscany extending south towards Latium. It is a region which conjures up memories of foregone times, a world of large estates, generations of old families, harvests, summers and the sea. One is almost tempted to believe that this untamed landscape owes its mystique to the lingering presence of the Etruscans, an ancient civilisation remembered for their peace-loving and hedonistic way of life who lived and farmed here centuries before Christ.
Over the past fifteen years the area has become a favourite spot for a certain Italian intellectual elite seeking the charm of the Tuscan way of life enriched by the joys of an unspoilt seaside.
Activities and places of interest
The beach: the beach of the estate is a real asset, and it is close to the house. The beach is of fine sand with a multitude of coloured shells. The sea, most of the time, is calm and safe for children and families to swim in. Behind the beach, the dunes are covered with a labyrinth of wild aromatic bushes such as myrtle and cistus-roses which blossom at different times of the year. Two cafés down the beach have coffé, ice-cream and also serves light meals.
Lake Burano: the estate borders on the Lake Burano, a lagoon run by the WWF. The bird-watching here is excellent, above all in spring and autumn.
The WWF Maremma National Park:the Park encompasses seven towers, the remains of an abbey and twenty six grottoes. In summer the National Park can only be visited accompanied by a guide. Visits by night from 8 to 11 pm are a special thrill. At 30 minutes from the estate.
The Etruscans: a trip through what was known as Etruria is one of the most interesting archaeological excursions in Italy. Tarquinia and Tuscania, only 25 kms away from the estate, boast worldwide famous archeological excavations which should not be missed.
Monte Argentario: only half an hour from the estate lies the Monte Argentario, a peninsula connected with the mainland by three dams. The Monte Argentario is known for its fine coastline, rich mediterranean vegetation and the two jet set harbours Porto Ercole and Porto Santo Stefano. For lovers of adventure at Monte Argentario, where renting a boat, you may experience one of the most charming seas in Italy. Recently a kite surfing school has opened on the beach.
The Tarot-Garden of Niki de Saint-Phalle: on one of the hills not far from the estate the famous French artist hs built her „Jardin des Tarots“, twenty two giant sculptures inspired by the figures of the magic tarot cards. Children love it!
Main feature of the Maremma is… the thermal wind, from April to September the wind blows 4 to 5 days a week with an intensity ranging from 12 to 25 knots. The beaches of Castiglione, Talamone and Capalbio provide suitable spots for any kind of wind condition, where you can practice FreeStyle, Waveriding and long downwind.
The tennis club in Pescia Romana, the village, has several courts which can be booked by the hour.
There are two golf courses in the region. The Golf Club Maremmello, 20 min away, has 9 holes, Par 70. The famous Punta Ala Club is 1 hour by car, it has 18 holes, Par 72.
The islands and hiring a boat: in Porto Santo Stefano, 30 minutes drive from the estate, 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.
Additional amenities include: access to the sea, private pool (child safe), coffee machine, parking next to the house, iron and ironing board, one hair dryer, electric water kettle, internet wifi connection in the living room area....Read more
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