Pieve di Caminino: farmhouse in Roccastrada
La Pieve di Caminino it is a unique testimony within the cultural landscape and historical-architectural landscape of the Maremma.
The dwelling is the ideal destination for holidays on a farm charming, for those who love history and nature; It is located in the heart of the Maremma, a romantic and wild land, in a panoramic hill position with a very low population. Hospitality takes place on a farm, only you are romantic apartments (and an independent bedroom) offering an authentic atmosphere within one private village of the year one thousand. The accommodations by choice have neither television nor telephone: our guests prefer to enjoy a glass of excellent local wine in front of a crackling fireplace, or admire a beautiful sunset on the horizon of the centenary olive grove, at the edge of the swimming pool.
La Pieve di Caminino it was founded on paleochristian ruins, the Pieve of the year one thousand is still admirable in its original structures, with three naves, in the private museum in the center of the village where only guests of the structure are allowed, welcome and during the stay. Wisely the ancients founded this dwelling in a unique position, with on the horizon the island of Giglio, a picturesque valley to the south, adorned with castles (Montemassi, Montepescali, Sticciano) and a forest with a stream that laps the small village.
An optimal position, strategic but fascinating, easily reachable but well isolated. Today the guests of the Pieve di Caminino they can live and relive these atmospheres, in original apartments and suites included in the old complex, all equipped with a fireplace, panoramic terraces in the green, and furnished with paintings and furniture from the Marrucchi family collections, which bought the entire village in 1872.
The hall in the ancient Pieve houses a permanent collection of the Locatelli artists, four generations that include a court portraitist at the time of the Savoy (Romualdo Locatelli), the portrait painter of Pope John XXIII (Raffaello Locatelli), and the sculptor of the same Pope (Stefano Locatelli).
In this unique space, framed by an atmosphere that marries culture with relaxation, concerts and exhibitions are held. And magically, on Christmas Eve, the Pieve returns to its ancient function, hosting a solemn Midnight Mass.
History: Caminino in the Tuscan Maremma
The toponym Caminino (from Caminus = furnace) has ancient origins, prior to the foundation of the church. It is in fact referred to the documented metallurgical activity in the Etruscan-Roman age, already ascertained in the immediate vicinity, called "Colline Meltallifere". The hill was perfect because its gentle slopes allowed to practice agriculture far from the miasma of the marshes of the plain, and the constant presence of a source of running water, which today is the source of holy water dedicated to S.Feriolo, it was essential to work the metal and quench the established community.
Some finds found in the area, together with a reconstruction of the ancient minor road network of the place, bears witness to a certain presence as well as to the activities of the Romans and even before the Etruscans.
Legend has it that Feriolo, legionnaire, during the persecutions of the Christians here was shot down by the Roman archers, and miraculously the spring has since turned red ...
In this area called Caminino, two documents of the eleventh century, two acts of donation dated July 1075 and September 1076 respectively begin to speak of a parsonage with parish functions.
The 12 April 1188, Clement III, confirming with a brief pontifical the assets owned by the Bishop of Grosseto Gualfredo speaks of a "Plebem de Caminino".
The next document that cites this dwelling consists of the "Rationes Decimarum of 1275-6", which speak of a "Plebem S.Ferioli de Caminino" that paid, to finance businesses in the Holy Land, well 24 lire, figure among the higher than the whole diocese of Roselle-Grosseto.
In the following quotation, the Table of the Possessions of Roccatederighi of 1317 the church always presents the title of pieve, strong of a huge heritage consisting of vineyards, houses and a mill.
In 1592, from the pastoral visits, the village of the parish is instead in ruins, while the relics of the saints there venerated have been moved to the church of the nearby castle of Montemassi.
The building, closed to the cult, reopens in the 600 following the arrival of the Hermitite hermit community led by Luca Del Teglia, revered by the local pionalzione as the "Holy Romito".
On the death of the last hermit at the hands of bandits, the village is abandoned and destined for demolition to recycle the blocks of stone. In the 1872 the Auditor of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany Giuseppe Marrucchi, who had noticed the luxuriance and the excellent health of the wild olive trees in the surroundings of the village, bought the whole village of the Pieve together with the surrounding land. Giuseppe Marrucchi, originally from Fucecchio, but residing in Florence and owner of other farms in the province of Pisa (farm of Staffoli), Arezzo (farm of Gaville) and Florence (farm of Fucecchio), decided, together with his son Luigi, to try the adventure in Maremma and 1872 bought the Parish of Caminino with the 2400 hectares of surrounding land, which then extended in the towns of Roccastrada and Montieri.
In 1878, at the death of his father, Luigi undertook to restructure the company: from extensive management to intensive through sharecropping in force at other family farms and created the necessary facilities for the sharecroppers to live in the land they cultivated. .
In 1918 the management of farms passed to his nephew Luigi, graduate in agriculture at the University of Pisa. He convinced his father Giuseppe and his uncles, Piero and Alessandro, to resort to agricultural loans to upgrade the estate of Peruzzo and Caminino, which was divided into 23 farms.
Today the building is fascinating agritourism residence and an active one farm owned by the architect Piero Marrucchi.
Services: farmhouse in the Tuscan Maremma
Holidays in Maremma
The environments ofancient village was originally the Pieve di Caminino that once housed the "staff" of the property, such as the house of the teacher, the guard house, the school, the guesthouse, today they have become seven romantic accommodations "Boutique" for holidays in the Tuscan Maremma.
In the Pieve di Caminino we have a studio-room, 5 romantic suites - independent apartments, and a panoramic apartment, which share the whole estate of over 200 hectares only with the owners.
Surrounded by greenery, they can be equipped with fireplaces, terraces, private outdoor areas, kitchen or kitchenette.
They are designed and furnished by the architect owners, Piero and Emiliano, using family furniture and paintings.
Due to the particular atmosphere, it was decided not to install televisions. Are present Internet and CD / MP3 players with classical music, as well as one rich library focused on the territory.
Guests are welcomed inside the ancient Pieve, a private museum, whose visit is a privilege reserved only for guests with reservations.
The apartments of the Pieve di Caminino
The apartments and the room have their own entrance, their own furnished outdoor spaces. All accommodations have fridge / minibar and everything you need to prepare yourself one breakfast or a snack. The biggest solutions have a real one kitchen.
Guests share the entire estate (200 hectares) with a park with two lakes, a panoramic swimming pool (open only in the hot season), a cork forest with trekking paths, two thousand olive trees (from which the precious extra virgin olive oil is extracted) bio Pieve di Caminino), vineyard with jogging path.
The residence, at 60 km from Siena and Montalcino, 30km from the sea, is the perfect "home base" for those wishing to explore the south of Tuscany.
What to see around the Pieve di Caminino
La Pieve di Caminino it lies in a natural amphitheater surrounded by the castles of Montemassi (5km) Roccatederighi (7km) Sticciano (15km) Montepescali (17km), in the DOC of the Monteregio wine of Massa Marittima. Only twenty minutes by car is reached Massa Marittima (27km), at thirty minutes theAbbey of San Galgano (34km) e Castiglione della Pescaia (42km). And then the Park of the Maremma (50km) Montalcino (56km) Siena (64km) and many other destinations: the location is strategic for the whole of central-southern Tuscany, with a short distance from the coast.