History of the farm
San Ottaviano has belonged to the Neri family for four generations and, originally acquired as a multi-family farm much larger than the current 250 hectares, has gradually evolved over the years.
At one time, the estate included a school, a blacksmith’s workshop, an oil mill, a community oven (still in use), the owners’ house, several warehouses and stables. The main activities were olive oil production and sheep farming.
Most of the original buildings are still standing and have been restored to withstand many years of history.
The transformation into hospitality began in 1994, at the hands of Marco Neri. Today, Francesco, his son, who has owned the company for 16 years, manages the estate.
Francesco is expanding his historic piece of paradise to adapt to new markets while continuing to maintain the agricultural aspect of their work.
He aims to provide an authentic experience on a working Tuscan farm, providing all the comforts for a relaxing, tasty and adventurous holiday!
In 2017, the farm was awarded its organic certification, an important milestone in its history. Conscious and respectful living is a very important part of our philosophy and with this certification we are able to guarantee healthy and sustainable agricultural practices.
The plants and gardens that are found on the estate have been chosen specifically for their suitability to the Tuscan climate and soil. They do not require much water (most do not require watering at all) and are able to withstand the Mediterranean climate with minimal or no intervention. The vegetables grown in our garden are also varieties chosen for their prevalence in the Maremman cuisine.
Our area (from Monterotondo M.mo to Larderello) is famous for its production of geothermal energy and supplies more than 30% of the energy for all of Tuscany using only water vapour from underground. From San Ottaviano you can see this steam that rises towards the sky.
Low environmental impact
The apartments on the estate are spacious and comfortable, but they are not equipped with TVs or air conditioning. The wi-fi is very fast but it does not typically work inside the apartments, given the thickness of the old stone walls. Daily cleaning and daily linen change are not included. These choices were made in order to leave a reduced environmental impact on our territory. We aim to offer an atmosphere of relaxation and comfort in close contact with nature.
BARLEY – cultivated 500 metres from our brewery, barley is processed not only into beer but also into barley coffee, enzyme flour, black barley flour and is used in many dishes in our kitchen.
agricultural beer – our Birra de’Neri, brewed directly on the farm with our own ingredients, one of the first and only agricultural breweries in Italy!
ORGANIC OLIVE OIL – the estate once had its own oil mill where many litres of oil from the surrounding hills were produced. Today, we cultivate a small olive grove to produce the oil we need for our cooking.
On the farm, we sell the oil from Tesorino, a family business
FRUIT and VEGETABLES from the garden – The estate has a large vegetable garden that supplies fresh vegetables daily to the restaurant. There are several fruit trees scattered around the farm that are made into jams and served at breakfast
BEEF MEAT –
In 2017, we started our breeding of limousine beef cows in the semi-wild state.
We also produce and market hay, eggs and biomass.
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WHERE WE ARE
HOW TO FIND US
Use Google Maps – by searching for “Agriturismo San Ottaviano“.
Take the E80/SS1 to the Venturina Terme exit, continue on SR398 through Cafaggio and then Suvereto, where you turn right into Via Dante Alighieri. After 3 km, turn left towards Monterotondo Marittimo. Continue for 7 km and turn left onto a small road signposted for the agriturismo. After a further 4 km, you will find yourself in the car park.