The Agriturismo Podere l’Agave is my home, even now that it’s open to the world. There are four groups of apartments, which were created from the old main house and from the farm buildings. They are surrounded by meadows and there are two swimming pools, gazebos to rest in the shade, and a play park for younger children.

Since I moved to Tuscany, from Milan, my own opportunities for travelling have been much reduced. Managing a farm and agriturismo is an all-year round commitment; you aren’t desperate to get away every time you can when you live somewhere surrounded by the sea, hills and a blue sky and when the climate is always mild, and you have beaches and woods nearby. That’s why in the reception next to my office you’ll meet young people from Italy and abroad. Working with people from different places and having guests from every continent is my way of feeling a citizen of the world and of travelling while I stay at home.

All around this is the farm, which covers 22 hectares on the hills just behind the village and the beach of golden sand at San Vincenzo: the agriturismo takes up one hectare of the farm and this allows young children to have lots of space to work off all their energy and lets adults rest and relax.


The day starts calmly because we serve breakfast, along with your favourite newspaper, from 8.00 to 11.30 and on request even at other times. It’s based on Podere l’Agave’s organic products and on the best products from the Costa degli Etruschi: salumi; organic jams made from ancient fruits; butter; fresh bread and focaccia; cheeses; yoghurts; cereals; fresh fruit; freshly-squeezed fruit juices; cakes; bacon; eggs.


The bar is open during the day for an ice-cream, a cappuccino or coffee, for boards of   salumi and cheese, for an aperitif and for just-picked vegetables. It’s relaxing to find yourself, at the end of the day, enjoying the sunset over the sea and the evening breeze, sampling ancient tastes and products just picked from the land.

My staff and I are there for you in reception for information, booking visits, trips and restaurants. We have agreements with the museums and archaeological parks of the Costa degli Etruschi, with Livorno aquarium, with the spas at Calidario and with the beach resort and restaurant, “il Bucaniere”. You can do everything you want, including lazing around all day by the pool or under the shade of a gazebo.


Barbara Zenoni