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Maremma Leonardo Ferragamo, a member of the family that runs the Italian fashion house and a keen sailor, has launched Marina di Scarlino, a marina develop- ment with one- and two-bedroom apartments that enjoy panoramic views of the Maremma


coastline. From €350,000 leasehold through Chesterton Humberts (020– 3040 8210)


a newly built village, is selected by people who have a boat there’. Close by, Castiglione della Pescaia, with its medieval centre, ‘was chosen a few years ago by Queen Rania of Jordan as the place for her family holidays. She rented the exclusive L’Andana, a boutique hotel with an Alain Ducasse restaurant’. Many resorts also have spectacular golf courses—one such is the Argentario Golf Resort in Porto Ercole—which help attract visitors and property buyers alike. But inland Maremma is also becom-


ing increasingly popular, especially after a trio of draws—the luxurious, if diabolically smelling spa, at Saturnia, the magnificent local wines, ranging from the traditional, cherry-scented Morellino di Scansano to the innovative ‘Super Tuscans’ made at Bolgheri, and the delicious food, including the olive oil produced by Peri Eagleton


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and David Harrison at Seggiano— helped put the countryside on the map. Food in particular is a major attraction, especially the tiny, double- Michelin-starred Da Caino restaur- ant, in picturesque Montemerano, where the Menichetti family serves a superb interpretation of traditional Tuscan cuisine, with such dishes as pigeon with foie gras, nougat and pears. As a result, the Maremma country-


side—with its crop of village houses, working farms and more modest case coloniche—has seen ‘a recent wave of foreigners looking for properties off the beaten track’, notes Miss Cvjet- kovic. ‘Although the Chianti appeal


Castiglione d’Orcia Small but perfectly formed, this two-bedroom cottage near Castiglione d’Orcia was once


part of an ancient monastery and has everything you dream of in a Tuscan property: a stone fireplace, cotto floors and


open views to Monte Amiata and Campiglia d’Orcia. €580,000 through Knight Frank (020–7861 1058; www. knightfrank.com)


40 Country Life International, Spring 2014 www.countrylife.co.uk/international


Maurizio Rellini/SIME/4Corners


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