Hilltop town in Tuscany in revolt over plan to take in 50 refugees

A picturesque hilltop town on the coast of Tuscany, for decades the favourite haunt of Italy’s intelligentsia, is in revolt over a plan to settle 50 refugees within its medieval walls.

Capalbio, which lies a couple of miles from white sand beaches, is known as “the pearl of the Maremma” – a region in southern Tuscany known for its wild coastline, rolling hills and “butteri”, Italian cowboys who farm long-horned cattle.

The refugees are due to arrive next month, part of a nationwide scheme to find accommodation for the tens of thousands who wait months, sometimes years, for their asylum applications to be processed.