Maremma Treasures: The Grand Ducal Villa of Alberese

IIn the heart of the Maremma Park, on a hill overlooking the small town of Alberese stands the Grand Ducal Villa, a majestic fifteenth-century building characterized by classic Renaissance forms. It looks like an imposing three-storey building, with two side terraces of different sizes, located on the first floor.
The complex, built at the behest of the Prior of the Order of the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem at the decline of the Abbey of Saint Mary in Alborensis (today Saint Rabanus), was originally the seat of the same Order. Over the centuries it has undergone many changes: it was enriched, in the late sixteenth century, the small chapel of Sant'Antonio Abate and, once passed into the possession of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany, was transformed into a Grand Ducal Farm, incorporating the church in the walls of the complex. In the early nineties it was subjected to extensive restoration work during which some rooms were restored on the ground floor, including the Hunting Room, from 1999 headquarters of the Tuscany Region. The rest of the structure has been transformed into an Agriturismo and belongs to the Alberese Regional Farm. The only part open to the public is the small chapel of Sant'Antonio Abate which can be used only during the Palm Sunday service or for weddings of some alberesini.


  • Villa Granducale di Alberese