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The Area

The area is very unspoiled and much less touristy than most other areas of Tuscany. The locals are very welcoming and there are so many small undiscovered villages close by. The restaurants are fantastic and very reasonably priced. 

To help you enjoy your holiday at Villa Radicata, we've put together some practical information on the local area. We hope you find it useful, if there is anything else , which you'd like to know, please contact us and we'll do our best to find out the information for you.

Where is the nearest .....?

  • Bank (Banca) is 5 kms. away at Caprese Michelangelo.
  • Petrol Station (Benzinaio): The API petrol station is 1.5 kms from the Villa.
  • Post Office (Posta): The nearest Post office is in Caprese Michelangelo , which is 5 kms from the villa.
  • Supermarket (Supermercato): There is a small supermarket within 2 kms and a number of large ones in Sansepolcro (25 min drive)
  • Chemist (Farmacia): the nearest is in Caprese Michelangelo, 5 kms. from the Villa.
  • Bar: Bar Ginetto is next to the petrol station at the fork in the road, approx 1.5 kms from the villa. Bar Ginetto is also a pizzeria/restaurant.
  • Church: 3 kms. from the Villa
  • Emergency Doctor/hospital (Pronto Soccorso): Nearest Doctor is in Caprese Michelangelo, 5 kms from the villa. In an emergency the nearest casualty is in Sansepolcro.

Eating out - TuscanyEating Out

Tuscan food is famous worldwide and Capreses Michelangelo and its surrounding area has many excellent restaurants serving delicious local dishes.
Here are a few of our favourites to try.

Restaurants:

There are several good restaurants within a 20 min. drive of the villa. Some of our favourite are. Buca del Michelangelo at Caprese Michelangelo (they do a fabulous set Sunday Lunch) and Aboca just past San Sepolcro. These and many others are in the House Book.

Pizzerias:

The nearest, Pizzeria Ginetto is only 1.5 kms from the house, it's also the bar and it's next to the petrol station. The owner Giovanna , is very friendly and helpful, the food is great too.

Activities (Golf, Horse riding, Wellness center)

The area surrounding Villa Radicata has a wide range of local attractions and activities, here are a few we recommend.

Streets of TuscanyWellness center

Fattoria Caldese is a local country club offering a wide choice of facilities including a 9 hole golf course, club house with changing facilities, restaurant serving local dishes, an indoor swimming pool and wellness centre and an equestrian centre offering lessons and trekking for both adults and children of all levels.

Horse Riding

La Faeta farm, 2 km away. 
Compagnia Cavalieri di Villalba
Loc. Villalba Bassa, 108
Pieve Santo Stefano

They also do pizza making lessons and will let children visit the animals on the farm and ride the pony.

Tennis:

C.T. Caprese Michelangelo
Loc. Zenzano
Caprese Michelangelo (AR)
Tel. 0575 - 793663

Golf:

Golf Club Casentino
Via Fronzola, 6 Loc. Palazzo
52014 Poppi (AR) Tel. 0575 - 529810

Water Sports:

Sailing, kite surfing, canoeing, water skiing, wind surfing on Lake Trasimeno.

Sightseeing in TuscanySightseeing

There are a number of interesting towns within a short distance of Villa Radicata, for more information on other places of interest and events further afield, 

Anghiari (15 km)

Anghiari is an imposing medieval walled town with narrow winding streets, lovely piazzas and commanding views of the Upper Tiber Valley. The town, once fought over by Florence and Milan, is now a prime spot for antique shops. The town also regularly hosts antique and artisan fairs.

Caprese Michelangelo (5km)

Caprese is famous for being the birthplace of Michelangelo Buonarroti, who was born here in 1475 when his father was mayor. His home is today a museum set in the hilltop fortification of old Caprese. Caprese is also famed for its chestnut cultivation, hosting over two weekends each year in October a large festival of the chestnut.

Chiusi Della Verna (20 km)

The La Verna monastery is set in an exceptionally panoramic location at an altitude of 1128 meters. It was on this site in 1224  that Saint Francis received the stigmata. In the lovely woodlands that surround La Verna, there are a number of beautiful walks.

Sansepolcro (20 km)

Although La Radicata's local village has a full complement of services, Sansepolcro is our nearest town. The narrow medieval streets and piazzas contain a striking collection of 13th century towers and 16th century palazzos together with today's mainstays – numerous pizzerias, tavernas and bars. Its claim to fame is as the birthplace of Piero della Francesco and the local town museum is host to several of his works including the Madonna della Misericordia (1462) and the Resurrection (1463).

Walks in TuscanyAssisi ( see photo below)

The home of St Francis of Assisi (San Francesco) and his beautiful Basilica built in the 13th century.

We hope you find this information useful, If there is anything else you'd like to do on holiday, please get in touch and we'll do our best to find out more information.