There are boundless vineyards, olive groves and holm oak forests around the villa
and the Erica Scoparia, the shrub used to make brushes, and which gave the place its name, still grows
wild in the environs.
The village also has a typical 18th-century garden, the Roccolo, with age-old miniature oaks and rare plants, another example of that perfect harmony
between man and the environment which is typical of the Tuscan countryside.
The Roccolo dates back to the 18th century, and was initially an open aviary where the falcons used for hunting were trained. At the time hunting with birds of prey was considered a noble art and had it
roots in the Middle Ages when the Emperor Frederick II of Swabia wrote his “De arte venandi cum avibus”.