loc. Casa Rossa Ximenes - Casa Rossa, Castiglione della Pescaia (GR)
La Casa Rossa Ximenes, or Red House of Ximenes, was built by Jesuit engineer Leonardo Ximenes in 1765-68 as part of the reclamation of the marshland of Castiglione della Pescaia. The reclamation process was by controlled flooding and deposition with the hydraulic control of winter high-waters, while ensuring adequate water supply for fisheries in the dry periods. Still preserved are the interior and external environments and technological structures such as sluices, gates and gearings, still workable, though in disuse. There are guided tours of the Casa Rossa Ximenes Multimedia Museum, boat tours of the Diaccia Provincial Nature Reserve and hiking or mountain bike tours of the Diaccia Botrona Nature Reserve. There are also bird-watching activities, “Design and Realization” workshops, cultural events, educational activities for school groups of all levels, activities concerning the environment, nature conservation, history, archaeology and the ideation and organization of cultural events and activities, nature photography workshops, arts and crafts exhibitions, music festivals and theatre tradition, tours of the historical and archaeological naturalistic issues of the territory of the Municipality of Grosseto and Castiglione della Pescaia and excursions throughout the province of Grosseto.
Birdwatching, Educational activities for school groups of any age studying environment, nature conservation, history, archaeology... Guided tours of the historical and archaeological sites of the communes of Grosseto and Castiglione della Pescaia, Guided tours and excursions throughout the province of Grosseto, Festivals of music, theatre and traditions Cultural events.
** photo by Paolo Fastelli
Reception and information service, Guided tours of the Red House of Ximenes Multimedia Museum and the Diaccia Botrona Nature Reserve, Boat trips, Guided excursions on foot or by bicycle. Educational activities for schoolchildren of any age and level. Birdwatching activities. Guided tours of the historical and archaeological sites of the communes of Grosseto and Castiglione della Pescaia.
15 June -15 September: Tuesday - Sunday 16.00-20.30; 16 September -14 June: Thursday - Sunday 15:00 to sunset
Museum entry ticket: € 2.50; Museum entry + Boat trip in the Diaccia Botrona Nature Reserve:€ 12.00 adults; € 10.00 groups (min. 10 people), over 65s; € 6.00 children 4 - 12; * others on request
Info and reservations: 0564-927244 0564-933678
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