Wilderness experiences set a new agenda at a beloved Tuscan hotel

Castello di Vicarello is offering guided field walks and hacks along private beaches

For the best part of 20 years, Castello di Vicarello ( ) has quietly owned the corner on intimate, elegant family-run hospitality in southern Tuscany, its owners (and de facto residents) Carlo and Aurora Baccheschi Berti proffering achingly tasteful spaces and delicious food and wine, mostly farmed and produced on their own estate.

It’s now managed by the second generation of Baccheschi Bertis – sons Brando, Neri and Corso – who’ve come up with a compelling new angle on the campagna for their guests: wilderness experiences. Developed in collaboration with fishing/birding/hunting guide Oliver Rampley, they range from guided field walks (where 60-plus bird species can be found) to hacks along private beaches at Punta Ala and Cala Violina. With education and preservation as their goals, they’re a farsighted way to recast a familiar destination.