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Sustainable living in hidden Tuscany : Chiusdino

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This wonderful apartment is a chance to live on an organic farm, pick your own vegetables and relax into a slower and greener timescale. Between Siena and the Mediterranean sea to the West there are forested hills rich in history, minerals and culture, less well-known than the renowned hills of Chianti. A young family have renovated a collection of farm-buildings and brought the surrounding land back to life with organic crops. This apartment works well for two to four adults - or two adults and three children.

Today visitors are invited to share in the produce of the organic garden and try the golden olive oil of nearby trees. If asked, Lucia may well share a secret or two that good Tuscan cooks are raised with.

This is not a place of golden-tapped baths and satellite TVs, it is an invitation to savour the land and the Tuscan way of life. Your hosts will help you arrange for bikes or horse-trekking to discover the environs at a slower pace and, depending on the season, guide you in the harvest of mushrooms, chestnuts or wild asparagus. And in nearby villages perched on their hilltops there are weekly markets and coffee shops and summer festivals in wide piazzas - all reasons to make this hilltop your home.