An historic hamlet in the Maremma
Pieve di Caminino, a little hamlet in the beautiful Maremma countryside south of Siena, is set in a natural, verdant amphitheatre, with enormous olive groves extending down from the wooded, rocky background towards the coast – a modern landscape unchanged since its appearance in Gothic frescos. Far away on the horizon, you can sometimes see the sea, 30 km. away. The ancient buildings. once monastery, then fortress, then farm, now house 9 romantic apartments for two as well as the owners' dwelling.
Owned and managed by Marrucchi family since 1873, nowadays Marrucchi Locatelli architects have restyled their family estate respecting all its authentic historic and country atmosphere, tactically and magically located in a hill panoramic position. These charming and knowledgeable owners, who speak perfect English, have continued the cultivation of the olive groves started by their forefathers, and produce some of the most delicious olive oil in Italy. With excellent taste and skill they have converted the little hamlet into characteristic apartments and cottages for visitors. They will host exhibitions, conferences and concerts, prepare dinner in the Romanesque church, organise courses and painting courses for larger groups.
"This place radiates the magic of love, friendship and happiness. We will come back! We highly recommend Pieve di Caminino to everyone... a great place for the heart and soul!”
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Arriving at Caminino one senses the peaceful, well-loved atmosphere. Trees, climbing plants and flowers complement the beautifully proportioned layout of the buildings. The very stones here breathe history. There are numerous fascinating details, and the houses have large Tuscan fireplaces, beamed ceilings, family antiques and paintings. Gardens are conceived as extensions of the houses, and hedges, terraces and pergolas provide numerous individual furnished areas, arranged to accentuate the panoramic views or provide privacy.
As well as the panoramic views, there are over 500 ha. of woodlands to explore, and an ornamental lake has lawns furnished for sunbathing, flowerbeds and a cooling sprinkler. Within 20 minutes' drive are thermal spas and hot waterfalls.
The site for the swimming pool has been carefully chosen to protect the peace and architectural integrity of the hamlet. Approached by a little lane from the houses or, for those desperate to plunge after an excursion, by a separate gated lane, this natural coloured pool is sheltered on one side by the forest's edge. One side opens to a classic view, unchanged for centuries, over an olive grove, to the high outcrop of Monte Massa, its jagged ruin shimmering on the skyline.