Santa Luce is located in the inland of the Etruscan Coast, a landscape that inspired the Macchiaioli painters and whose strength and vitality can still be felt today.
The Oasis of Santa Luce, for example, is proof that nature, fortunately, will always top mankind. This immense lake was artificially created from a dam, but then the vegetation made it a hospitable place for all migratory birds that stop there during their long journey to Africa. Today it’s a nature reserve and an unmissable stop for all visitors, who are free to wonder at the nature and take advantage of the visitor center and educational workshops. For some years now, the beautiful lavender fields have been added to the original cultivated fields and woods; the area is perfect for family walks thanks to a project aiming to reconvert the wheat fields that shone a purple light over this area of Tuscany.
It also happens to be the perfect setting for contemplation amidst silence. It’s no coincidence that the Lama Tzong Khapa Institute, one of the most important Buddhist centres in Europe, has been running for many years in the town of Pomaia. People gather here for meditation retreats, seminars or simply a mug of tea.
The Romanesque Parish church of Santa Luce is one of the most unmissable monuments, being one of the oldest in the area and home to a terracotta by Della Robbia.
The final stop on this mystical journey should be the uninhabited village of Monteforti. Legend has it Madonna was miraculously seen carrying water in a perforated wicker basket.
In short, Santa Luce is a place where whispering feels more respectful than speaking.