L’Andana offers guests the use of a delightful outdoor heated swimming pool, situated in a paradise of nature overlooking the ancient town of Castiglione della Pescaia. There is plenty of space for sunbathing or stretching out to read a good book in complete peace and quiet. The pool is surrounded by lovely gardens with benches and loungers dotted here and there, where you can enjoy a chat or stop a while to contemplate the landscape, enveloped by the gentle sounds of the woods.
The estate provides the opportunity for numerous activities to enrich your stay with new experiences. The choice is yours!
La Trattoria Enrico Bartolini organizes cooking courses. Alternatively, you can indulge in a relaxing ESPA treatment at the spa at L’Andana. Those who prefer to combine sport and nature can devote their time to a different experience each day, with delightful horse rides in the hills, exciting tennis challenges on the nearby court, enjoyable bike rides or walks to the hermitage church 7 km away. It was built in the 16th century on the site where legend has it that the Madonna appeared to St. William of Malavalle on this return from the Crusades.
There are still numerous other places of interest to discover.
Near Suvereto, a short drive from L'Andana, the Moretti family have opened a prestigious wine cellar designed by Mario Botta called Petra. It blends in perfectly with the landscape, seemingly there since time immemorial. A cylinder with a hanging garden of olive trees looks like a modern slanting terrace, a sort of pyramid-cum-observatory - a bridge between earth and sky. It is worth making the trip for the view alone, which takes in the island of Elba, and even Corsica on clear days. Yet they also make wine here, fine red wines of excellent quality and character. You will be unable to resist the temptation to try them!
The Tyrrhenian sea lies a few kilometres from Casa Badiola and offers the ideal spot for a boat trip to discover a series of pretty little inlets and bays or the nearby islands, veritable paradises of nature and steeped in history as well.
Off the Maremma coast lies the Tuscan archipelago, scattered remnants of the legendary continent of Tirrenide, which sank into the sea in ancient times. The largest island, in a central position, is Elba, justly renowned for its lush vegetation and the contrasting rust-red hills and intense blue crystal-clear waters. Off the Argentario promontory lies Isola del Giglio, with lovely inlets and characteristic fishing villages. The three main towns on the island still bear witness to ancient settlements. Not far off is Giannutri, a petit paradise of peace and quiet, where cars are prohibited and the exceptionally clear water attracts divers from all over. On the island stand the remains of a Roman villa, the storerooms, baths, servants’ dwellings and plumbing system of which are still visible today. Pianosa and Montecristo are the southernmost islands in the archipelago, both wild and desert-like.
Last but not least, L’Andana is a strategic location for day trips to some of Italy’s most important cities of art, such as Florence (150 km), Siena (80 km) and Arezzo (150 km). Even the capital, Rome, lies only 180 km away. Closer to home and of equal artistic interest are the nearby towns of Castiglione della Pescaia and Grosseto (20 km), the main town in the province. The website provides more details of recommended art itineraries.