La Macchiavella is an old Tuscan farmhouse situated on the flood plain of the Cornia River near the Etruscan coastline. It is a place we try to visit as often as possible in the summer months, for its close location near the sea and for the laid back lifestyle it offers as an escape from the rush of modern life. The farmhouse sits below the small hillside town of Campiglia Marittima which forms the backdrop on the northern skyline. The ruins of the Rocca di Campiglia castle are prominent against the sky. The farm has been renovated and rebuilt with the work finishing in 2003, the outside walls tell their own tale of the building’s history, lintels remain in place where no window or door are any more, large openings have been repaired and steel reinforcing ties, bind the walls to stop them buckling outwards. The original oak doors restored to the animal stalls which used to occupy the ground floor of the farm, the rooms have been turned into holiday apartments or as private rooms for the owner.
The closest neighbours live at least a field away, most are local farmers, the farm is hidden away from the main tourist hotels and converted farmhouses in the area. The early morning silence is often broken by the sounds of farm workers and their machinery working the land. One of the best benefits of staying at the farm is the cottage garden, a long segment of the adjoining field taken over for the production of fruit and vegetables. The range is extensive from various types of tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, aubergine, cucumbers, mangoes, lettuces and many more the range is quiet remarkable. A local farmer tends the garden using the ground water pumped to the surface to irrigate the soil, the rows of crops grow through the plastic sheets which stretch across the field and seal the flow of water against the harsh dry Tuscan summer sun.
The distant hills
Leaving the protection of the garden, the landscape is flat and open, the heat beats down from eight o clock in the morning until late in the evening, the ground is hard and dry in the summer , the town grows from the hillside.
July 29th 2015