You know when you see those images that portray the Tuscany hills? Beautiful images that are like patchworks, with brilliant colours; where the hills are yellow in autumn and green in spring and summer, and you download and safe them as screensaver. These are our stunning views in the surrounding of Santa Luce. I remember the first time I saw these landscapes… literally breathless.
The thing that make this village magic is not only the landscape but also the fantastic location:
It’s near the seaside
It’s in the middle of several wine and gastronomic routes
It’s closed to the big Tuscany cities
It’s near the touristic attractions
Santa Luce is 15 minutes driving from Castiglioncello, Quercianella and Rosignano… three “blue flag” beaches.
Castiglioncello is a hamlet located at the bottom of a headland that boasts awesome landscapes.
The most fascinating glimpse is undoubtedly the Quercetano bay, but it’s worth to visit also the centre of the small village (don’t miss the Pasquini Castle and the sighting tower dating back to seventeenth century).
Curiosity: In the ’60 Marcello Mastroianni and Alberto Sordi used to go there on their holidays.
Castiglioncello was also the set of the film “Il sorpasso” (The overtaking).
Rosignano, on the contrary, is famous for its white beaches; many surfers and kite surfers use to go there. Also Vada, near Rosignano is ideal for athletes who love wind and waves. The white sand and the blue sky make a suggesting view, even if “artificial”.
Santa Luce is also 25 minutes driving from Cecina, another “blue flag” beach.
Cecina is a small town known and frequented by tourists from all over Italy and the world. There also two beaches open to families with dogs: one is located near “Le Gorette” and the other one at the border with “Bibbona”.
Ways of taste
Our hills, like every self-respecting Tuscany land, are full of precious vineyards and ways of taste.
In your bedroom you will find a brochure with all the routes; anyway you can have a look by these links. We organize themed weekend about wine and gastronomy with the typical Tuscany food, and organized tasting in cellars, agricultural holdings, breweries and dairy farms in the surroundings.
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Lari and Vicari castle
It’s only 10 minutes driving from Santa Luce: Lari, a small village, that in ancient times was the “capital of the Tuscany hills”, maintains several remains of its medieval past. Between these, we can find the Vicari Castle, built in 1200 A.D. There are guided tours available for the tourists, so have a look at the website of the Vicari Castle and visit it, you will be fascinated. Besides, take a walk into Lari, surrounded by its ancient walls. I recommend you to stop into the Castle square and enjoy the beautiful view.
Santa Luce maintains the remains of its medieval rock. You can visit its ancient churches: Santa Lucia one, located in Santa Luce and back to 1300 A.C.; the San Bartolomeo one, located in Pastina and back to 1800 A.C.; and the Santa Maria Assunta and Sant’Angelo, located 20 metres from B&B, back to 770 A.C.
A project that joins the municipalities related to the tradition of the alabaster: Santa Luce, Volterra and Castellina Marittima.
Thermal bath and well-being centre of Casciana Terme
The poet Prezzolini defined Casciana Terme: “a small village half the hills, with shaded colours and evening silences”; in the ninth century it was known as Castrum ad Aquas, a sign of an ancient thermal prestige. In the structure you can taste more that a thousand years of story and you can enjoy the Mathelda water, that keeps constantly and naturally a 35,7 degrees.
Not to be missed
Institute Lama Thzong Kapa
It’s the principal Buddhist monastery in Italy and meeting point in the entire world. A magic site, where peace and silence rule; and where there are several courses and different meetings: from the Tibetan meditation, yoga, ayurvedic medicine, to the T’ai Chi. It’s not just Buddhism.
Volterra is a holiday destination for Italians and foreigners, with several and different attractions: nature, story, art and landscapes. Not to be missed: Roman Theatre, the Volterra Cathedral, the Door of the Arch, the Alabaster Museum and the Medici fortress.
Santa Luce Lake
This Lake is a nature reserve of Lipu, an organization that plans walks to discover the amazing flora and fauna of this area.
We boast a strategic position because in a short time you can achieve some of the important cities of Tuscany; so you can organize some trips on the day.
Here some distances from Pieve di Santa Luce:
Pisa – 37 km (about 35 minutes)
Leghorn – 27 km (about 25/30 minutes)
Florence – 87 km (about 1 hour and 10 minutes)
Siena- 100 km (about 1 hour and 40 minutes)