Capalbio

An insider’s view of Capalbio

History

Located about 45 kilometres southeast of Grosseto, Capalbio is the most southern town of Tuscany (other than Giglio Island) and borders with Lazio region. Capalbio is perched on top of a green hill and is also called “Little Athens” due both to the environment and the artistic and historical importance assumed in the Renaissance. The medieval village of Capalbio is located a few kilometres from the Tyrrhenian Sea and Monte Argentario. The town is perfectly preserved and enclosed by walls that you can climb for spectacular views. During the Middle Ages it belonged to the Aldobrandeschi family and today you can visit the Aldobrandeschi Fortress in the heart of the historical centre. Capalbio passed under the rule of many families: the Orsini Counts, the Sienese Republic, Cosimo dei Medici and the Lorraine.

The chic in vogue medieval hilltop town of Capalbio

Capalbio Today

From the heights of a hill smothered in olive trees and surrounded by strong walls, the medieval hilltop town of Capalbio looks down towards the coast. It is, along with Monte Argentario, definitely one of the most inspiring holiday destinations of the whole of the southern Tuscan Maremma.

The small town has maintained all the characteristics of its medieval heritage. Capalbio’s streets are steep and though re-modernised the houses still stand on the original plan of the medieval centre. 

The town is surrounded by fortified walls and within there is the well-known monument, the “Rocca”, an L-shaped building with a tower and closed courtyard dating to the Sienese reconstruction of the town in the 15th century.

Recommendations

The view from Capalbio’s “Rocca” is magnificent. We strongly recommend a walk along the ancient “bastioni” (ramparts) which surround the city. The panorama towards the coast is breathtaking, particularly at sunset.

Bastioni or ramparts of medieval Capalbio

Follow this evening passegiata, we recommend cocktails and dinner in one of our favourite local restaurants Il Frantoio.

Conde Nast Traveller says…

The beautiful medieval town of Capalbio, with its ancient crenelated walls, leafy gardens, and Renaissance frescoes, is worth a visit on its own. But in the summer, its sandy stretch of coast—over eight miles long, all the way to the Lazio border—is the main draw. The pretty and popular beaches of Chiarone, Ultima Spiaggia, and La Torba are all easily accessible off the Aurelia and SS1 highways and boast calm, crystal-clear waters and silvery sands. For the more adventurous, Capalbio offers plenty of deserted beaches and small, secluded coves—just follow the winding coastline along the SS1 and you’re bound to spot something magical.

View of Capalbio's beach looking towards Monte Argentario

Where to stay in Capalbio

I Tiberini Estate (18 Guests)

I Tiberini is a collection of wonderful farmhouses in the beautiful countryside of the Tuscan Maremma near Capalbio. It comprises the main house (3 double bedrooms with bathrooms ensuite); a smaller house with 3 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and 3 guest annexes, each with a double bedroom. In total 9 double bedrooms and 8 bathrooms accommodating 18 people making it the ideal choice for an extended family or large group of friends.

I Tiberini estate sleeping 18 located near Capalbio available for holiday lets
Tiberini 1

Poggio Alto (14 guests):

Poggio Alto is a stunning estate located in the hills close to Capalbio with views all the way to the sea and the Argentario peninsula.

I Campi (12 guests):

Nestled in the Maremma countryside near the fashionable medieval citadel of Capalbio and a 10 km drive from the sea lies I Campi – a recently refurbished farmhouse sleeping up 12, ensconced in six hectares of uninterrupted Tuscan countryside.

Casa Jacaranda (10 guests):

Casa Jacaranda is a stunning newly built villa for up to 10 guests located on the Garavicchio estate near Capalbio and the world famous Tarot garden of Niki de Saint Phalle.

La Ferriera (8 guests):

La Ferriera is a charming, historic, barn conversion just a stone’s throw from Capalbio and the chic and fashionable Ultima Spiaggia beach and the Macchia Tonda beach club. It stands at the end of an impressive avenue of ancient umbrella pines within the grounds of a wonderful villa with its celebrated rose gardens.

 

Published on February 12, 2023