Tuscany: in a small medieval village on the hills close to the seaside
House • Sassetta Italia
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Listed October 2021
Our home is located inside a small medieval village, Sassetta, nestled on a hill sorrounded by forests of chestnut trees at few distance from the beautiful beaches of the etruscan coast that goes from Livorno to Piombino.
Sassetta keywords are history, forest, red marble, thermal water, beaches, good food and wine.
The castle of Sassetta was build, probably as a buttress for the defense of the Tyrrhenian coast from raids by Saracen pirates, certainly before the year 1000, by the Orlandi della Sassetta, a powerful Pisan family.
During 1400 almost all of Tuscany fell under the rule of Florence and the Orlandi family clashed with the Medici family till in the end the Orlandi were kicked out and the castle was destroyed.
In 1563, the feud was granted to Antonio Ramirez de Montalvo, Spanish nobleman, who built the palace, still existing, on the remains of the castle Orlandi.
Our home probably was built at that time to accomodate the Sassetani, proud and hard people, that were working in the forest, cutting wood and making charcoal, activities survived until the past century.
Today Sassetta is a small community (less then 500 inhabitants) nestled in the rocks, overlooking a beautiful valley, the Val di Cornia, with narrow streets that go down the hill leading to the houses of the village, wedged with each other to make the most of the space stolen from the rocks. Red Marble sculptures, realized during the "sculpture Symposium", appear here and there.
Val di Cornia is a thermal area, known since the Etruscan era when the extraordinary properties of these waters were discovered. The geothermal energy is used for the production of electricity and hot water. Thermal baths are all around Sassetta; the closest are the "terme di Cerreta", 2 km far from the village, where you can also have a good dinner.
As in all of Italy, we are full of restaurants all around. In the village there are four good restaurants or as we call them "trattorie". The menu are inspired to the forest products: so you can eat, depending on the season, wild boar, mushrooms, bushmeat, but due to the proximity with the seaside, you can also have fish dishes; and pizza, of course.
The wine: few kilometers from here there are some of the most famous wineries in the world. The Bolgheri area is known for its wines Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Guado al tasso etc. but there are a lot of other wineries less known (and expensive!). You can drink them but also visit the wineries, some of these designed by famous archistar such as Tenuta Argentiera in Donoratico or Cantina Petra in Suvereto.
Last but not least the seaside.
The closest beaches are only 12 km/15 mins from Sassetta. I'm talking about the 6 km long beach that goes from Marina di Donoratico to San Vincenzo, free for use, fine sand, Mediterranean scrub behind, shallow clear water. With few more time you can reach the wonderful Baratti gulf or the white sands of Riotorto gulf. For a "carribean" sea, you can think to the Elba Island (40 min to the ferry, 1 hour of sailing).
Important notice. Although it is so close to the sea, Sassetta usually has a temperature of 4 degree lower than sea level, very pleasant to sleep during hot summer nights
The home was totally renewed in 2020. It is located to the first and second floor of a building with another, owner to the ground floor, Mariangela, a very kind lady that lives there few months in the year.
At the first floor there are the living room, the kitchen and a storage room with very low ceiling that sooner or later we have to upgrade to a terrace or loggia faced on the Val di Cornia Valley.
At the second floor in the attic, there are the master bedroom and the guest bedroom, both with a double bed, the bathroom with shower and a closet. The ceiling height at the low point is 1,70 mt. The roof has been insulated to grant a comfortable temperature.
There is an internet connection with WiFi in all the rooms.TV: Satellite and streaming channels, Vintage HiFi with vinyl records (60's, 80's, our times!). CDs (same times!), Alexa
The home has two flight of stairs, comfortable the first one to the living room, more steep the second. It is not suitable for people with mobilty problem, I'm sorry
The Sassetta road is famous among cyclists. A lot of teams come here for their trainings. If you love to go around by bike and you have the possibility, bring it with you. You'll find a wonderful situation to cycle and to meet new friends!
Sport and leisure
Unsuitable for infants under 2
Unsuitable for children ages 2-12
Pets not allowed
Sassetta is a very small village.
Walking you can reach the pharmacy, groceries, cash dispenser, restaurants, mail office and tourist information. Medical center opened in some days only (hospital in Cecina, 30 mins distance).
Supermarkets are in Donoratico, 10 km far away such as the railway station.
All around there are a lot of trails (ask to the tourist information office for a map) more then 70 km.
Castagneto Carducci, Bolgheri, Suvereto, San Vincenzo, Cecina, Piombino are villages and small city to a few distance.
Pisa, Siena, Cinque Terre, Firenze are reachable with a daily trip. Firenze and Pisa also by train from Donoratico (less then 1 hour Pisa and 2 hours Firenze, both stations are in the city center)
Getting to my home
To stay in Sassetta, a car is needed. There is a bus service from Donoratico, where the railways station is, to Sassetta, but runs are not frequent and to have a car is the only way to comfortably move.
If you arrive by airplane, the closest airport is Pisa, 40 mins distance, where you can rent a car.
By train you could arrive to Donoratico but here there isn't the possibility to get a car. So is better if you arrive to Cecina where there is an Europecar office.
By car ... follow google map! When you drive in the Sassetta roads, please pay attention to the wildlife. It's not unusual to come across wild boar, foxes, roe deer
Pisa, 40 mins distance by car
Groceries, pharmacy, newspaper, cash dispenser, mail office in the village.
Supermarkets in Donoratico 12 km
Railways station in Donoratico 12 km
Bank office Castagneto Carducci 6 km
Hospital in Cecina 30 km
Map of Approximate Location
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We live in Tuscany. Our primary home in Florence and a second home in Sassetta, close to the seaside, could be exchanged.
We are looking for families that appreciate the true value of the exchange: to meet new friends all around!
We exchange home since 2007 on other platforms, with more than 30 exchanges done in the past, all wonderful memories.