Those who now travel through the shaded roads that climb up the Camporsevoli hillside probably would not believe their eyes at seeing photos of the late 1800s portraying the area completely devoid of trees.
In the early 1900s, for mainly economic reasons – the Government lavished substantial funding for reforestation – Domenico Grossi covered the entire area with trees. It seems that the funding was particularly generous in the case of coniferous and resinous trees: therefore, Domenico planted mostly fir, pine and cedar of Lebanon trees.
When we found ourselves drawing up a forest management plan of the estate with an engineer a few years ago, our first thought was to gradually eliminate these uncharacteristic trees and bring back a more traditional vegetation.
After careful deliberation, however, we changed our mind: after more than a century, Camporsevoli had now fully gained the right to possess its own particular wooded characteristic, which has now become a distinctive symbol of the property.
"This is why, as you wander the Camporsevoli Estate, you are immersed in a world unlike any other in its vicinity."
This is why, as you wander the Camporsevoli Estate, you are immersed in a world unlike any other in its vicinity. You will come upon plots of the most distinctive local trees – oak, holm oak, and chestnut trees – or pass by long pathways lined with cypress trees or enter entire large pine forests. If you love walking, you can opt for beautiful, short and protected paths in its private parks, or take a longer walk through the narrow wooded paths on the estate – without ever straying too far from the hamlet – or even take entire walking day-trips up to the top of the mountain of Cetona in a couple of hours. In fact, the sky is the limit: for those who would never want to stop, the Via Francigena, which goes from Rome to Canterbury, passes nearby Camporsevoli.