Sant’Ambrogio is surrounded by a 125 hectare woodland, primarily composed of holm oak and sessile oak trees, as well as a total of 70 hectares where truffles and crops are grown. The olive grove is made up of about 3000 plants, among which are the leccino, correggiolo, moraiolo and pendolino varieties. The palette of lush green woods and yellow-earth fields testifies to that harmony between human intervention and the natural surroundings that is so often found in Tuscany.
While the main hamlet (the manor house and surrounding buildings) has undergone a tasteful program of restoration and renovation, two dilapidated farmhouses (Le Petricce and Galleta) are still standing on the green hills around the Borgo, adding greatly to the beauty of a walk through the park. Our guests can also hike on secluded nature trails across meadows, fields, woods and olive groves; they can also choose to rent a bike or go on a horse ride.
The estate offers beautiful lakefront picnic spots near the artificial lake laid out by Ranieri Apollonj Ghetti in 1972.
The sheer beauty of the estate has inspired Hollywood director Michael Hoffmann into shooting a few scenes of his film A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Rupert Everett) in the fields around the lake.
In fact, the Sant’Ambrogio estate is nestled into an even larger Nature Reserve, an 800 hectare site of pristine woodlands and fields, where the silence is broken only by the soothing sound of running waters and bird calls.
The Trove and Tuoma streams, respectively north and south of the estate, form lovely little falls and a charming play of light along their path.
The entire area is a wildlife hunting reserve. Our guests are therefore guaranteed privacy and quiet, as well as the chance to see a wide variety of wildlife in its natural habitat. You might just spot deer and pheasants during a stroll across the fields at dusk; and at night, it is not unusual to come across hares, owls, hedgehogs and badgers on the trail to the manor house.