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Life on the farm

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The surrounding area offers visitors many possibilities for walking and bird spotting. Nature lovers will appreciate the beautiful scenery and walks in the Mediterranean woods which grow on the hills above the village. Here it is possible to spot wild boar, deer and wild mountain sheep as well as many different varieties of birds. The whole area is a nature reserve and birds and animals are fully protected. Mushrooms, including porcini grow in the woods. Towards the coast the Parco Provinciale delle Colline Livornese is a natural wilderness, overlooking the sea and has numerous trails for mountain bikers and walkers whilst the Santa Luce lake in a hollow surrounded by hills is a nature reserve for rare migratory birds and has many footpaths along its shores.

We are just inland from the coastal town of Castiglioncello and just twenty minutes by car from the rugged coastline of the Costa degli Etruschi with its many small coves.  A short distance further south along the coast is Cecina with its long sandy beaches.
The location is excellent for visiting the many historic towns and cities of Tuscany – Terme di Casciana 15 minutes, Florence and Lucca 45 minutes, Pisa and Livorno 30 minutes and it is within easy reach of San Gimignano, Volterra and Siena. The many islands of the Tuscan archipelago can be reached from Piombino and Livorno and the islands of Elba and Capraia are possible as a day trip. Other places of interest are the Buddhist monastery of Lama Tzong Khapa (one of the most famous in the world and visited on many occasions by the Dalai Lama).

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