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Live in an Italian Medieval Village Overlooking the Sea

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Kitchen and dining area. Table expands for eight.


Last updated: 04/16/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-6 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Condo
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Apartment, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Campiglia Marittima is a most beautiful medieval town on the Etruscan Coast. Perched on a hill, dominating the sea and the surrounding countryside, the town is at the heart of an area with old traditions. Here you can find many traces of both the Etruscan and Roman civilizations, and many charming old villages. The old town centre, with its roads and alleys arranged in concentric circles, is inside the old walls.
The geographical position makes Campiglia Marittima, located 300 metres above sea level, particularly privileged due to its proximity to the sea (8km) and the seaside resorts of St. Vincenzo, the islands of the Tuscan archipelago, Elbe, as well as Pisa, Florence and Siena.
There is a world famous thermal spa at the foot of the hill, on which Campiglia is situated. There are good connections via train and the superstrada, Via Aurelia, the old road to Rome which follows the lovely coastline. Main airports nearby are Pisa, Florence and Rome.
There are two excellent golf courses in the vicinity:

In the untouched Maremma area along the coast, you will find sand-dunes and tree lined beaches. You can relax, sunbathe, rent boats, or take a course in diving.
After a day spent by the sea you can enjoy the Italian night life with typical restaurants, with the genuine Maremma cuisine, and wine bars where you can taste the great wines of Tuscany. Local entertainment venues and events liven up the summer evenings with shows, celebrations and concerts.

The view from our windows is incredible. Since the apartment is situated above the village you will have a clear sight of the Mediterranean sea all the time.
On a clear day you can see the Island of Elbe and port of Piombino. Below, you can see other castles on hillsides and a church that is over 1000 years old.
The sunsets are amazing, each and every night. During the day you will be able to view the vineyards and olive tree groves. In the morning you will see the swallows circling the town riding on the warm air streams.
Throughout the entire day the apartment is cooled by sea breezes. The sounds you will hear come from the village and include hourly bells, rooster crows and some dog barks.

Right outside and up from the apartment is the highest point in the town.
Behind our apartment and visible from the windows is the castle ruins. The town completed the installation of a park around the ruins recently.

Our Home
Twenty years ago with the help of my best friend we totally refurbished a dark, two bedroom, one bathroom into this beautiful home away from home.
It now has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms a redesigned open kitchen and eating area. We think it has the best views in the entire town - typical American competitiveness! See more details below.

Activities in Campiglia
During the high season the town stages events almost every night. They vary from dancing under the moonlight, to magic shows, clowns, dancers and musicians. The piazza is always filled with people at night, the restaurants full.
There is a community movie theater that projects movies outside the theater for the entire town a la Cinema Pardisio if that is to your liking.
Additionally there are 6 restaurants within the town walls each equivalent to restaurants in NYC. There is a small supermarket as well as individual food stores (meat, bakeries(2), vegetable mart, fish store etc. The town square has two competing cafes for you to choose. I often tell people that the most important choice of the day is one or two sugars.

All of the food is grown locally and delivered daily. Most towns people shop daily for meals rather than refrigerate. Try the local wine and olive oil - bellissimo!
There are three banks within the town with ATMs embedded in 1000 year old walls.
In the lower town of Venturina there are world class spa facilities including outdoor and indoor hot springs. Additionally there are other spa services such as massage, aromatherapy and holistic treatments.

Approximately five kilometers down the mountain and along the coast are some of the most beautiful beaches in Italy. The beaches are part of the protected land reserve and are available to both. All the beaches are protected by a buffer of woods that provide shade on really hot days. You have a choice of town beaches (San Vincenzo) or park beaches such as Barratti. All the beaches provide bathroom, shower and food and concessions. Some also provide outstanding restaurants right on the beach. All the beaches provide parking, usually a short walk from the beach. The parking is inexpensive, but does fill up on weekends. Watch the beach times of the different national groups - early morning, Germans, Americans. Italians go afternoon and stay till sunset.

Campiglia is truly a medieval town that is closed to automobiles. The town streets are too narrow in any case. As such the town has a number of free public parking lots both in the upper and lower areas of the town.The nearest parking for the apartment is about 100 meters away and outside the walls. The town is very strict about parking so designated parking for visitors is a must.

The town is self-sufficient with police, fire and an ambulance corp. The town is a mix of farmers, young artists and mine workers. It is a satellite of Florence as many people from Florence spend their summers here, including the mayor of Florence.
To our knowledge we are the only American residents. We have been spending time here for twenty years now and have friends throughout the Town.


Member since: 2011

Speaks: english, Hebrew
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/16/2017

Property Type

  • Condo
  • On floor 3
  • 1200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    21 Years old...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    We welcome children but we ask parents to monitor the children at all times while in the apartment. We are four floors up from the ground and we have no safeguards for the large windows....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

    Walk in closet with private bathroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double

    Pull out single...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 2 double

    Trundle bed - pull out single...moreless

  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Master: toilet, combination tub/shower, shower

    Solar light, Medieval tiles...moreless

  • Bathroom for two bedrooms: toilet, shower

    Modern, solar light, bright...moreless

  • Both bathrooms are full bathrooms wiht the

Other Amenities

  • We have beach chairs and toys available for users of the apartment only....moreless


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books:

    Extensive collection of travel guides for Italy...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    DVD Player provided...moreless

  • Games:

    Puzzles and cards...moreless

  • Music Library:

    We have a diverse collection of cds....moreless

  • Radio
  • Stereo:

    Receiver available - connection to Ipod/Iphone, FM,AM and TV....moreless

  • Television:

    Flat panel HD TV provided within entertainment unit....moreless

  • Toys:

    Beach toys...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Assorted DVD available for watching...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Synagogues
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    We are situated on a mountaintop along the coast of Tuscany...moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    We are a 10 minute drive from public beaches along the Med...moreless

  • Ocean View:

    Our windows overlook the Tuscan hillside and the Mediterranean Sea. You can see the island of Elbe and on a clear day, the island of Corsica....moreless

  • Village:

    Campiglia Marittima is a most beautiful medieval town on the Etruscan Coast. Perched on a hill, dominating the sea and the surrounding countryside, the town is at the heart of an area with old traditi...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Spelunking
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Indoor dryer. Requires water tank to be emptied upon use. In the warm months, hanging your laundry out the back windows (like the locals) is preferred....moreless

  • Computer Available:

    A computer is available for rent in the computer in a computer repair shop in Campiglia or Venturina....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Woodburning. Only to be used in the winter...moreless

  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Thermostat is located in living room. We have forced air radiators the bedrooms and living rooms. Bathrooms have towel warmers and kitchen has a radiator. Remote controls available...moreless

  • Internet:

    Is available in the main piazza at either cafe, for free. Just ask for the id and password...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    Each room has a set of pillows, blankets and linen usually located in the bureaus...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Living room and entertainment center. It has an antique writing desk, overlooking the ountryside and the Med...moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Parking is available outside the castle walls in designated parking areas. Parking is free in the designated areas (Large P)...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Their designated free parking areas around the outside of the walled town....moreless

  • Parking On Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    The town provides parking for RV/boat trailer as you first enter the town, by the high school....moreless

  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telescope
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    Towels are available for beach and bathrooms...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Only cold water. Full cycles...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Wifi is available in the cafes and around the piazza for free, but you really should buy something. We do not have wifi in the apartment, intentionally. Try unplugging here....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    We have a wood burning fireplace. We only use it in the winter. Please do not use it during the warm months. Make sure you pre-heat the chiminey before using....moreless


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker:

    American coffee maker - drip coffee. Ground coffee supplied...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Pots and pans, bowels...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    For a service of 12...moreless

  • Freezer:

    Small, part of refrigerator...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Refurbished kitchen with modern appliances including refrigerator, coffee machine, oven, stove, toaster and cooking utensils. We also provide essential ingredients for cooking meals....moreless

  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven:

    Electric ...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Pasta, suger, salt, spices, wine...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Small refrigerator conforming to Italian approach to cooking. Ingredients for daily meals are bought on the same day to meal preparation. No leftover freezing as each meal is cooked fresh....moreless

  • Stove:

    Four burner gas stove...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Golf:

    A golf course available approx 20KM south at Punta Ala....moreless

  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis:

    Town tennis courts available...moreless

  • Tennis Court
  • Water Sports Gear:

    We have two sets of goggles, snorkal and flippers. Please rinse with fresh water after use. If you want to scuba, there is a diving center on Barratti Beach....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Renowned spa facilities located at the Calidario Spa in lower town of Venturina. Price schedule insavailable in apartment. Heated pool. Open all year round....moreless

  • Hot Tub:

    Renowned spa facilities located at the Calidario Spa in lower town of Venturina. Price schedule in available in apartment....moreless

  • Sauna:

    Renowned spa facilities located at the Calidario Spa in lower town of Venturina. Price schedule in available in apartment....moreless

Building Type

  • Building

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


Write a review 4.7
from 12 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mar 1 - May 31, 2017
6 night min stay


Changeover Day: Sunday

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Jun 4 - Aug 31, 2017
6 night min stay
$980 $3,500

Changeover Day: Monday

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Sep 1 - Nov 30, 2017
3 night min stay
$140 $150
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$800 $2,400

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
6 night min stay
$800 $2,900
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59


The rate is inclusive of linen, towels, use of appliances, utilities and initial cleaning. Damage protection insurance for US guests only, all others require a deposit of $300.00

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/16/2017
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  • Necropoli Estrusca di San Cerbone

    "Right opposite the beach at Baratti. You should plan to spend a day here. Late afternoon tak..."

  • Island of Elba

    "You can catch the ferry at Piomino and then plan to spend a day. Besides visiting Napolean's..."

  • Sea Kayak Italy

    "The waters around us are clear and clean. There are no industrial wastes no any pollution. W..."

  • Populonia Alta

    "Great place. If your adventurous leave your car halfway up the mountain and walk up. When yo..."

  • Piombino

    "This is a great side trip. Go down to the waterside of this port town and walk through the a..."

  • Massa Marittima

    "This is a bit of a ride but worth it. It is another town on a mountainside with a beautiful ..."

  • Suvereto

    "Besides having great restaurants, Suvereto is the sister town of Campiglia. It is surrounded..."

  • Lucca

    "Do what we do - plan an late afternoon and evening dinner in this beautiful home of Puccini...."

  • Volterra

    "We often go to Volterra and use is as a destination. The ride is incredible as you take a sm..."

45 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Pisa - Gallileo Airport
100 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Piazza Republica
12 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
10 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Venturina Station
6 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
100 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Piazza Republica
10 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Populonia Beach

Car: Recommended

We are on the Etruscan Coast. The coast is dotted by ruins, including an entire Etruscan town and mines. Additionally, we are near the Town of Populonia, a castle town located over the Bay of Barratti with beautiful views of the sea and the surrounding bay.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1992

About the owner: I am a management consultant that has been consulting to the banking industry globally for over 30 years. I am a dual national with roots in Israel and USA. Cindy is an American. We both fell in love with italy over 35 years ago and always dreamed of living here. Our children spent their summers in Campiglia and the experience was enlightening for them. We have just celebrated our 24th year in our home in Italy. As we approach our retirement and grandparent years we are planning to spend our time in California, New York and Campiglia.

Why the Owner Chose Campiglia Marittima LI, Italy:
My best friend showed us his house in Campiglia and both Cindy and I fell in love with this small hilltop town. We walked into the apartment one day and simply looked out the windows and knew this would be our home here in Italy. As we settled in we saw that this is a magical place with warm and friendly people who were willing to accept the Americans into their society. We in turn enjoy the daily pace of the town and its people. We walk a lot here and every time discover something new. The town has become our second home for our entire family.

The Unique Benefits at this Condo:
The benefits are endless. Our apartment affords a year round view of the best of Tuscany. Living in Campiglia, is like living in the Renaissance. Most of the town has not changed in over a 1000 years. The food is fresh and delivered daily from the farms. The wine and olive oil are produced locally. The beaches are a ten minute drive from the town. There is a world class spa in the lower town of Venturina. The main benefit is that we can unplug our hectic lives within an hour of being in Italy. Everything slows down and you become one with the town, its people and nature.

Contact us

Speaks: english, Hebrew
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/16/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Kitchen and dining area. Table expands for eight.

    Kitchen and dining area. Table expands for eight.

  • Via Gori, our neighborhood

    Via Gori, our neighborhood

  • Entrance to our home.

    Entrance to our home.

  • View out to the living room

    View out to the living room

  • Looking forward to cooking

    Looking forward to cooking

  • Guest bedroom - individual beds and views of the sea and countryside

    Guest bedroom - individual beds and views of the sea and countryside

  • Washing machine and dryer

    Washing machine and dryer

  • Entertainment center in the living room

    Entertainment center in the living room

  • Both sides of the fireplace are lit and exhibit art

    Both sides of the fireplace are lit and exhibit art

  • Looking out from the bedroom windows

    Looking out from the bedroom windows

  • Master bathroom done in Medieval motif

    Master bathroom done in Medieval motif

  • Looking up from the lower town. We are on the right at the top

    Looking up from the lower town. We are on the right at the top

  • Living room on a typical day

    Living room on a typical day

  • Nearby Barratti Beach and fishing village

    Nearby Barratti Beach and fishing village

  • View from the front of the home

    View from the front of the home

  • Antique pots in the kitchen

    Antique pots in the kitchen

  • Master bedroom on a typical day

    Master bedroom on a typical day

  • Guest bathroom - shower

    Guest bathroom - shower

  • Another guest bedroom with two individual beds and views of the sea

    Another guest bedroom with two individual beds and views of the sea

  • Living room and writing nook

    Living room and writing nook

  • Tuscan landscape to the Sea

    Tuscan landscape to the Sea

  • Master bedroom in Medieval style

    Master bedroom in Medieval style

  • Master bathroom

    Master bathroom

  • One of the many open, free , national park beaches

    One of the many open, free , national park beaches

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This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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