A view from the Castle overlooking Sassicaia-land
Maremma is a vast area of Italy, which comprises part of south-western Tuscany and part of northern Lazio; bordering the Tyrrhenian Sea’s golden beaches, it boasts a spectacular coastline, rich in fishing villages, ports and marinas, and a gorgeous countryside of verdant valleys and rolling hills dotted with quaint medieval villages. Despite its breathtakingly lovely unspoiled natural environment and many attractions, Tuscan Maremma is still off the beaten track for both foreign and Italian tourists; here ancient traditions continue to flourish and genuine Tuscan lifestyle and culture live on.
A vacation in Tuscan Maremma is made of memorable moments: gazing at endless spell-binding views, learning about the rich historic and traditional heritage, indulging in the delicious home-cooked traditional food, savoring delectable olive oil, wild game and premium wines. “la Maremma Toscana” is all this. And much more.
Thanks to our connections and highly creative approach, we are proud to share our Case Study, proving that we produced the ultimate luxury Tuscan Maremma experience, offering our guests the opportunity of exploring its true soul and century-long traditions, its most dazzling treasures, pampered by flawless service within prestigious, fairytale-like premises.
A Pool with a View!
After flying to Italy aboard their private jet and landing in Pisa, our Guests enjoyed the 45 minute drive to Castello di Segalari, comfortably accommodated in private deluxe chauffeur-driven vehicles. “We feel like royalty! ” they exclaimed crossing the threshold, stunned by the grand entrance surmounted by the Gherardesca family’s coat-of-arms; welcomed by their personal butler, our Guests settled in, assisted by highly professional in-house staff. From the very first moment they experienced authentic noble Tuscan lifestyle, relaxing beneath the drawing room’s striking ceiling of massive timber-beams, discovering the library’s precious collection of fine literature and art books. As they watched the fiery sunset light up the hillside, they savored the perfect privacy and ultimate comfort of the castle terraces and a cool glass of Vermentino di Bolgheri, before enjoying a delectable meal, prepared by their personal Michelin-star chef, and a selection of the best Supertuscans.
Wine, wine and ... more wine
On their first morning in Maremma, delighted by the clear skies and crisp breezes, they explored the Castle’s extensive grounds: 22 hectares of sprawling vineyards, gardens and century-old cypresses and pine trees, offering 360 degree views of the surrounding hillside and coastline. Invited for luncheon by a one-of-a-kind host, the renowned Count Gaddo della Gherardesca, descendant of one of the most ancient noble families in Italy, they enjoyed the waves and golden sands, dining in true Tuscan splendor on the Count’s private beach, and tasting the refined notes of the famed locally produced Masseto.
Throughout their vacation, our Guests explored Tuscan Maremma’s hidden secrets and off of the beaten track treasures, travelling by private luxury vehicles. Led by a specialized art-historian they explored Populonia – the first seaside Etruscan settlement – and the charming town of Bolgheri, where they stopped for a typical lunch and tasting some of the area’s most celebrated Supertuscans in the rustic atmosphere of the best local Enoteca.
Over the days, our Guests had the opportunity to bask in the warm sunshine beside the Castle’s striking 65-foot marble-lined “pool with a view”, and to discover the secluded beauty of Elba island’s unknown corners, flying over the sea aboard the private yacht at their disposal throughout the vacation. They also tried challenging adventurous activities, rock climbing and mountain biking for the children, and an entertaining fishing party aboard a typical “peschereccio”.
Exceptionally welcomed to area’s most celebrated award-winning private wine production estates – Ornellaia, Guado al Tasso, Biserno, Tenuta San Guido – by the owners themselves, our Guests were thrilled to get a real insider’s view, exploring the realm of wine-making and discovering the world-famed Supertuscans right on the very land where the seeds of these precious blends were first planted. At each estate, they tasted the best bottles, and, as guests of the owners for lunch at Tenuta San Guido, our Guests experienced a memorable vertical tasting of Sassicaia wine. As guests of Count della Gherardesca, they also visited Castagneto Carducci, for a luscious dinner and unforgettable evening, at the Count’s own castle, the awe-inspiring Castello di Castagneto.
The Castagneto Castle belonging to the Della Gherardesca Family
During their vacation our Guests tasted the choicest culinary treats and premium labels dining in the area’s best Michelin-rated restaurants and in the luxury of their own private dining rooms and terraces, lavishly served and daily entertained by exciting gourmand novelties and exquisite artists and singers. They learned techniques, tips and secrets of Tuscan cuisine from a world-famous chef during a private cooking class held in the Castle’s charming kitchens, while, as a perfect “themed” background, a renowned soprano and tenor duo performed the most evocative Italian opera airs especially for them. They also visited an ancient, still productive, olive oil mill, and savored the different kinds of olive oil, led by a gourmet specialist.
Soon, it was time for our Guests to leave Tuscan Maremma’s rolling hills behind… but we must have done something right if they have already started planning their next Tuscan vacation, probably a luxury white truffle hunt to take place in San Miniato, with Count Gaddo and with us at Italy’s Finest, of course!