The Art Hotel Lucerna, a window on the world (and the Tyrrhenian Sea)

A historic and ground-breaking Riviera hotel, the Lucerna was founded in Castiglione della Pescaia in 1958 by Nello Raffi, Laura’s grandfather. In the same year, just think, that the famous Riva del Sole hotel opened. It was in 1972 that her parents Gino and Brunella started working so much there that the young Laura spent her youth here, breathing the air and life of the hotel in the management work as well as in the extraordinary ambience of encounters and acquaintances with the legendary characters of the time.

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Osteria del Mare, the essence of cooking in Castiglione

And so unique dishes emerge such as Black Linguine cooked in Mussels Impepata, with Pecorino and Frigitelli, Octopus Lampredotto, Panini with Tuna Porchetta with Beans and Onions and Blue Fish Meatballs with Matriciana. Their ideas takes shape and substance and are immediately appreciated and enjoyed. It can only culminate in great success. In 2011 they won the Gambero Rosso ‘Innovation Award’ and ranked in the top places among the Best Restaurants in Italy for professionalism and quality, subsequently winning the Bib Gourmand.

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The great call of the sea (and of water sports)

Equipped inflatable boats are also available for hire, by the day or weekend or for the whole week. You can book Sup, Water Ski, Flying Junior and all the kit for extra activities, which make excursions and trips even more fun. You can get to fantastic places like Punta Ala, Castiglione della Pescaia, the Islet of Sparviero, Cala di Forno and Cala Violina and thus visit the most beautiful beaches of the Maremma, with their crystal clear seas and pristine nature.

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‘All on board’ with the Pinsa Maremma

Starting with a recipe from ancient Rome, they prepare the dough using a mix of wheat, rice and soy flours, a large amount of water natural salt from Sicily and sourdough in place of yeast. After a long and rigorous process and many hours of leavening, with around 72 hours in refrigerated containers they get a mixture with a hydration over 80% that, once baked, produces a high degree of crunchiness and at the same time of softness, but above all is very digestible and healthy.

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Taste the Maremma

The list of specialities is really long: you can choose from burrata, ricotta, mozzarella, cold cuts and fresh truffles as well as panzanella enriched with local vegetables, legume soups, ribollite and tomato soup. To ensure freshness and quality the list changes according to the season. Products such as ricotta, yoghurt, cheese and burrata are in fact offered only during specific times of the year, that is when the raw materials and their derivatives are available at the highest level of quality.

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