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VILLA SANTA GIULIA, PIOMBINO (LI)

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Villa Santa Giulia is situated in the Northern part of Maremma in Tuscany, in the inland close to the Gulf of Follonica, an area of the Tyrrhenian coast extending between the promontory of Piombino and Punta Ala in front of Elba Island. The Villa is 800 metres far from the shores of Torre Mozza, a seaside resort which is well-known for its crystal clear water and fine white sand, bordered by strips of pine groves and sand dunes, a protected area in the “Parco Costiero della Sterpaia”. The Villa is surrounded on its back side by hills of olive trees and Mediterranean vegetation and it benefits from a particular geographic location, characterized by highly favorable climatic conditions which allowed over time to create a wide park of more than two hectares where holm oaks, oaks and centuries-old pine trees, as well as dwarf palm trees, mimosas, bay laurels, agaves and aloes grow in a lush and harmonious way.

A family home since the mid-19th century, Villa Santa Giulia was originally a farmhouse, the hub of a zealous agricultural activity, which transformed the fruits produced by more than five thousand olive trees into olive oil in the mill situated on the ground floor. Over time, the original structure of the house and its agricultural vocation changed gradually, resulting in a manor house, which is today a guest accommodation, that still preserves in the same position it occupied in the past, the olive oil milling tank with its ancient millstones. This outcome reflects on a small scale the destiny of the territory where Villa Giulia is located, an area where its archaeological sites and museums, Medieval hamlets, natural thermal springs, iron mines and geothermal sites keep on preserving and bringing to light even today the historical, economic and social tracks of an ancient and prestigious Etruscan past and of a more recent, though no less industrious, past of the steel industry.