A hamlet above the valley of Camaiore

About Peralta


The old stone houses of Peralta offer a variety of self-catering accommodation sleeping from two up to thirty guests. There is a welcoming feel to the rooms, apartments and houses. They have all been thoughtfully furnished and one immediately wants to move in and never depart. The hamlet is a haven for guests seeking an unusual and calm place for a holiday, an oasis away from the busy coast and tourist towns.

It is also the perfect location for celebrations, workshops, retreats etc, offering a total of 15 bedrooms and bathrooms … ideal for a private occasion of any type.  Catering and organisation available.

The late sculptor Fiore de Henriquez first discovered Peralta in 1967.  All the houses had been abandoned except for two and were without roofs or windows and even some of the floors had disintegrated.  Everything was overgrown with brambles and undergrowth. Despite the ruined state of the hamlet, the setting was beautiful and Fiore immediately fell in love with the place and her vision of restoring it.  After her death in 2004, the hamlet has remained as she created it; her spirit lives on and her sculpture and artwork can be seen all over Peralta, both inside and also on the terraces and courtyards.


Panoramic view



Walks: Peralta is surrounded by lovely walking country; there are marked trails through the olive groves and hills dense with chestnut trees.  Botanists are always excited by the range of wildflowers and bulbs in spring and autumn. Walks range from 50 minutes to a delightful restaurant in an adjoining village http://www.ristoranteilmattarello.it (very popular with our guests), to a three-hour hike up to the peak of the Mount Prana directly above Peralta. You can walk along the hillside to the village of Gombitelli and beyond or, in the other direction, you can walk down to Pieve di Camaiore and the small town of Camaiore itself (you can always take a taxi back up the hill).  The trail follows the hillside and offers spectacular views.

A short car ride away takes you to the village of Casoli and a mountain river where it is lovely to picnic and enjoy the cool water on a hot summer day.  Also, just beyond Casoli , there is a footpath going to the top of the mountain where you find a refuge/agroturismo and can enjoy a delicious lunch.  The views are spectacular, and there are many trails through the mountains from this point.


Relaxing at Peralta: The atmosphère of Peralta encourages our guests to relax – the shaded terraces in the olive groves wait to welcome you – it is lovely to sit and enjoy the views and the sunsets on the large main terrace of Peralta, a glass of wine in hand, and to meet other guests. The swimming pool has a panoramic view over the valley and the sunsets are extraordinary. There is plenty to do at Peralta: reading, writing, painting or simply thinking.  Walking through the hills dense with chestnut trees, relaxing by the pool, enjoying the local food and wine. The list is long!

When your energy has been restored, it is very easy to visit places from Peralta as the motorway is reached in about 20 minutes, and of course it is wonderful to return to the oasis of Peralta after a busy day..  (See ‘Surrounding area’.)

Access to Peralta

Airports: Pisa 45 mins – Florence 1 hr.20mins – Genoa 1 hr.40mins – Bologna 2hrs.
Mainline Train Station :   Viareggio  (20 minutes)

By Car  :   Autostrada A11/A12.   Exit at Viareggio and follow signs for Camaiore.