The town cannot be considered as large since it only has approx 1,300 inhabitants, but there are several really good restaurants, as well as cafés and shops in town considering its size.
Unlike neighbouring towns, Riparbella has an elongated shape whilst other towns of its size and location are typically circular in boundary. The historic centre has arisen around the medieval castle dating from 11th century. The town is littered with interesting alleyways and ancient buildings and one worth a mention was the seat of the Marquis Carlotti dating back to the 16th century in the Piazza del Comune. Other interesting buildings worth mentioning are the Palazzo Comunale, the church - Chiesa S. Giovanni Evangelista and the cemetery with works by architect Bellincioni.
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Riparbella is well situated in the Tuscan countryside for trips to several towns worth visiting. You can also reach the coast relatively quickly: 14 km to the nearest beach, 11 km to Cecina, 37 km to Volterra and affordable distance to both Pisa, Florence and Siena.
Wildlife is very abundant around Riparbella. Among the animals you will see most often in nature, we can mention wild boar and deer. Also you can see porcupine, which are now a protected species, fox, badger, hare and red European squirrels. Unusual species of owls and buzzards can be seen and also smaller birds such as woodpeckers, turtle doves and jays. Wolves have been observed in these parts too of late.
The town is framed by vineyards, olive groves and agricultural fields. In front of the town there are open views to the sea with the islands of Elba and Capraia on the horizon. Many great viewing spots can be found whilst exploring the trails around town, on foot, horseback or in the saddle of a mountain bike. The region is in fact very suitable for excursions, because here there are long stretches of excellent pathways with rest areas that are perfect for picnics. It is also possible to book guided walks in the area. Azienda Faunistica Il Giardino provides guided tours centred around the world of the wild boar, which should enable you to better understand what you are eating in the restaurants.
Here are some of the activities that take place during the summer in Riparbella.
- Agrifiera: During the first Sunday and Monday of August there is an agricultural fair showing cattle and nowadays there is also an exhibition of horses. Here it is possible to see the ancient ox-carts that used to be used in the old farming communities.
- Serate nel Parco: July to September. Throughout the summer months, there are a number of events held in the park, including popular, classical and folk music, culinary shows and markets.