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Church of Giovanni Evangelista - Riparbella
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A landscape made of woods and olive groves and a wonderful view that faces onto the Tuscan Archipelago

Riparbella rises in a beautiful position on the southern slopes of the Poggio di Nocola, on a tufo-sand ridge. Its development over time has taken a longitudinal form contrary to the other nearby towns that have circular forms. Standing on a hill, like every town of ancient origin, Riparbella is distinguished by a view of rare beauty. A mixed landscape of woods, olive groves, vineyards and a skilfully-worked countryside reflect the agricultural origins of the town. Opposite is an open view to the sea with a peek of Elba and Capraia on the horizon. This striking panorama can be enjoyed through walks along the naturalist paths of the countryside or via excursions on horse back or mountain bikes in the numerous woods that act as a frame to the agricultural landscape.

The historical town centre that rises around the castle is medieval in origin, and dates back to around 1000AD, work of the Counts della Gherardesca. Ancient alleyways and houses, among which a well-preserved building from the XV century, the main house of the Marquis Carlotti found in the Town Hall Piazza, all make the historical centre very striking, creating a calm and almost surreal atmosphere. The Town Hall and the church of St. John the Baptist are interesting to visit; as is the Monumental Cemetery by Architect Bellincioni, built at the beginning of the 20th century.

Guided tours of the “Il Giardino” Fauna Farm are also possible, via paths through fauna and nature. Characteristic locales, typical restaurants, small inns and numerous agritourism holiday centres offer a simple welcome for a holiday in a striking and calm atmosphere typical of a countryside town. The gastronomic tradition offers a series of typical Tuscan dishes based on game, good wine and typical products coming from the breeding and cultivation of local farms.
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