The landscape and light between the Val D'Orcia and Crete Senesi are among the most beautiful accidents of history, a wonderfully evolved harmony between cultivation and wildness, abundance and erosion, the sacred and profane.
Camparone lies in the middle of this pastoral dream, roughly equidistant from the ancient hill towns of Montalcino, Pienza, and Asciano. The house dates back to the 1500s, and sits on a spur of land just outside the village of San Giovanni D'Asso, girdled round by its trees, terraces and orto, which also enclose the old threshing floor attached to the west, like a terracotta courtyard.
From the loggia, house and natural pond the view opens down the fertile valley below, over the stream with its truffle woods, rising to the nearby hills netted with farms, fields and cypresses, and on to the distant blue peaks of Monte Amiata and Monte Labro. Like Cezanne's Mont St Victoire the panorama changes by the hour, day and season, and is enough by itself to fascinate and soothe the soul.
Rich as Tuscany is with marvellous houses and views there has always been something special about this particular casa di contadini. The locals invariably call it "la bellisima Camparone", and it's a favourite place to walk and sit in the golden evening light when the house is empty.