The Villa Il Passo degli Ulivi is situated in the heart of the Tuscan Maremma.
Within 35 minutes by car you can reach Montalcino, Mount Amiata, Civitella, Roccastrada, Sassofortino and Roccatederighi.
And for the daring ones, with a little more than an hour's drive you can also reach the Val d'Orcia, Massa Marittima and the villages of Sorano, Sovana, Pitigliano and Vitozza.
The only mountain in southern Tuscany, historically a battleground between the medieval "Signorie" due to its dominant position over the surrounding countryside.
All of the slopes of the mountain are inhabited. The villages of Arcidosso, Castel del Piano, Seggiano, Santa Fiora and Roccalbegna, once centres of power in the area, are now relics of medieval history that are well worth a visit.
Starting from the Villa Il Passo degli Ulivi and crossing the valley of the Lanzo river in a westerly direction, you reach the villages of Civitella Marittima, Roccastrada, Sassofortino and Roccatederighi. Relics of the history of times gone by and testimony to the alternations of power, these villages have in common their position of dominance over the surrounding area and their fortified architecture.
In particular, the villages of Sassortino and Roccatederighi offer breathtaking views as far as the sea and the Tuscan archipelago: the Elba Island, Giglio and Monte Argentario.
The photo beside shows a panomaric view of Rocca Tederighi.
Massa Marittima is a splendid fortified town on the heights overlooking the Gulf of Follonica.
The centre of the "Colline Metallifere" district, Massa Marittima's history has always been linked to the extraction of minerals (silver, copper, pyrite).
The mighty walls that surround the town testify to the passage of the town under the aegis of the Republic of Siena, which occurred after a long siege in 1335.
Castelnuovo dell'Abate, the Abbey of Sant'Antimo, Castiglione d'Orcia, San Quirico d'Orcia, Pienza. A breathtaking itinerary studded with places of extraordinary charm.
The transition of the landscapes you will pass through will help you learn to distinguish the Maremma from the surrounding areas.
The photo beside shows a panomaric view from the village of Montepulciano.
The precious relics of the "Culture of Tuff", very ancient settlements of the Etruscan population that have come down to us almost intact.
The photo beside shows a view of the village of Pitigliano.