Locanda Rossa

Maremma, Tuscany, Italy Book from

Reviewed by Abigail Blasi
Surrounded by rolling national park, close to the west Tuscan coast, a luxurious yet relaxed conversion of a historic farmhouse
We approach through winding lanes fringed by sun-dappled hedgerows. A tree-lined drive leads to the house itself - a large terracotta-red building, once a great traditional farmhouse - and newer outbuildings are hidden amid lush greenery. There’s a laid-back yet luxe vibe at Locanda Rossa, thanks to simple yet beautifully designed bedrooms, lounges and huge outdoor armchairs. Sweeping views are across the countryside and the surrounding 3,200 olive trees, and there are glimpses of the sea in the distance.

Most of the 13 rooms and 4 apartments have an outdoor area (either a roof terrace or a tranquil little garden), so there’s a real sense of privacy, tranquility and space that makes this place equally good for couples or families. The restaurant has an upmarket, romantic feel, and serves up delicious Slow Food, much of it local or homegrown, including their own olive oil, honey and wine. Service is notably friendly, welcoming and efficient, and there’s a great array of things to do in the surrounding area. That's if you can tear yourself away from lazing by the pool...


  • You're in the beautiful Tuscan Maremma, close to splendid beaches and just a few km from the medieval village of Capalbio
  • Smart, whitewashed rooms, some romantic for couples, some twinned for friends. There are also 2 apartments for 6; useful if you want to self-cater
  • Helpful, multilingual staff, particularly the vivacious manager, Barbara
  • Great for, and popular with, families: there's a separate infant pool, plus a playground and mini football pitch that are away from the main areas
  • Lots of local activities and places to visit, from summer opera in a fortress to island-hopping


  • The Standard rooms are small and, although comfortable, don’t have a wow factor - we'd advise you to upgrade if you can
  • A steep entry fee for the spa - although i-escape guests will receive a free 'Spa Path' as a thank you for booking through us
  • Prices for extras, such as drinks, are on the high side
  • You'll need a car to get here, to explore the region, and to reach other restaurants

Best time to go

High summer (July/August) is great for lazing by the pool and eating alfresco, and July is peak season for families with kids. Spring brings wild flowers and balmy, warm weather; May, June, September and October are best for lower prices, fewer people and a temperature of around 26-28 degrees. The hotel is open from mid-April to December.

Our top tips

The visitors' centre in the Parco Naturale della Maremma runs day trips to the pretty cove of Cala di Forno during June-September. One of Italy’s most secluded and beautiful beaches, it’s otherwise inaccessible to visitors.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 13 rooms + 4 apartments for 2-6
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 25 Oct 2016 - 11 Apr 2017
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Bicycles Available
Room: Suite


Serene, chic and comfortable, Locanda Rossa’s rooms are decorated in neutral, pale, earth colours, giving a sense of light and space. Floors are wooden parquet and comfy beds are wrapped in white linens. The owner's collection of contemporary art decorates the walls (the décor was modelled to complement the artworks): modern paintings, pencil-line drawings, old maps and quirky photography.

Every room is different, as this is a conversion of an old farmhouse rather than purpose-built. Bathrooms are modern, with towelling robes, toiletries and good showers. Most ground-floor rooms have little private patches of garden, shielded by tall hedges; some upstairs rooms have terraces.

Standard Double rooms are on the small side, but fine for a night or 2. In our opinion, Superior Double/Twins are worth the extra for the additional space they give, especially if you’re on a longer stay. Room 6 is notable for its larger garden, while Room 9 has a terrace with long views over the countryside.

Rooms 11 and 12 are the Junior Suites, which have high wood-beamed ceilings, lovely views and a sofa. These rooms are much larger, at 29 sq.m, so are better suited to extra guests, although the smaller rooms can also fit a rollaway bed or baby cot. The Suite has a separate sitting room with 2 sofas, which can be made up as single beds.

There are also 4 apartments, in a building set away from the main house. Each has 1 double bedroom and 2 double/twin bedrooms (all with ensuite bathrooms, 2 with a shower, 1 with a tub), a living room, a kitchen/dining room and a private garden. Great for families.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Internet access
  • Mosquito net
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Some have a private terrace or garden
  • Sunloungers
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


Breakfast (included in the rates if staying in the rooms) is served in the whitewashed restaurant, and the buffet includes yoghurt, fresh fruit, smoothies, croissants, juice, homemade cakes and their own jam. You can also order bacon and eggs cooked any which way.

Lunch and dinner are served here, too, or on the large restaurant terrace. Much of the produce is local, with the house olive oil (there are 3,200 olive trees in the grounds!), and fruit and vegetables (courgettes, tomatoes, aubergines, melon and so on) grown on the property. There are also 50 bee hives, so they produce their own honey. Dishes might include cured boar meat and local cheeses, and are based on Slow Food principles; we loved the seafood spaghetti and Florentine steaks. There's a kids' menu, too.

There are plenty of excellent restaurants in nearby Capalbio, if you feel like eating out. Staff can recommend. There are also grocery shops here; the apartments have full kitchens with a hob, oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and barbecue.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children meals
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu


  • Read in the shady gardens or soak up the sun by the gorgeous pool
  • Chill out in the spa (which can be booked exclusively on request). There's a hammam, Turkish bath, thermal pool, sensory shower and sauna, all of which can be experienced on a 'Spa Path', which is complimentary to i-escape guests. There's also an enticing range of treatments
  • Visit the medieval villages of Capalbio, Pitigliano and Savrano, or head to local beaches, where you'll find a choice of beach clubs (6.5km)
  • The nearby nature reserve of Lake Burano offers fantastic birdwatching: herons, wild geese, nightingales, great reed warblers, marsh harriers, ospreys, gannet, lapwings and golden plovers. Bring your binoculars
  • Take a ferry to the unspoilt islands of Giglio or Elba, or hire boats to do a lazy tour around the coast
  • Hire a bike from the Locanda to explore the surrounding countryside, or sign up for a horse-riding trip that ends with a picnic barbecue
  • Visit local vineyards for wine tasting
  • Explore Il Giardino dei Tarocchi ('Garden of Tarots'), filled with lush greenery and Gaudí-esque mosaicked sculpture
  • Spend a day in the Parco Naturale della Maremma and go walking through Mediterranean scrub and low-lying hills, where wild horses and long-horned cattle graze. The famous Marina di Alberese beach is here, though beware the crazy car-park queues

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse-riding
  • Kitesurfing
  • Mountain biking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine tasting


This is a great choice for families, the kind of place where you can enjoy luxury even though you're travelling with kids. The whole place has a laid-back feel, plus spaciousness thanks to little private gardens and terraces, so you can relax and not worry that your children are impinging on other people's fun. The apartments are particularly great for families, and tend to get booked out early.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Standard rooms have space for a baby cot; Superiors can fit a baby cot or rollaway bed; Junior Suites have a single sofabed plus space for a baby cot; the Suite has 2 single sofabeds. All bathrooms are shower only. Best are the apartments for 2-6, with a double room, 2 twin/double rooms, 3 bathrooms (1 with a tub) and a lounge, kitchen and dining area


Available on request

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • High chairs
  • Infant pool

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

Kids' menu in the restaurant

Kids Activities on site:

  • Children's playground with mini football pitch
  • Pool
  • Books and games
  • Table tennis
  • Bikes to hire

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Beaches (6.5km away)
  • Horse riding

Families Should Know:

The pool is not fenced


  • Airport: 118km (Rome)
  • Shops, including a pharmacy: 3.5km
  • Hospital: 25 minutes' drive (Orbetello)
Kid Friendly:

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