Territory of the Maremma …
Just enough to motivate a journey …
Discovering the Tuscan Maremma is an experience that is renewed every time; is an alternation of very long and well-equipped beaches of fine sand accompanied by lush pine forests, small coves with sweetly sounding names and crystal clear sea, deserted beaches close to natural paradises, islands untouched by the enchanted sea, villages and austere castles and at the same time festive, of very sweet landscapes rich in nature and history.
Feel the scents of the sea and of the earth all year round: the Maremma knows how to offer them thanks to the suggestive trekking or mountain bike routes that lead to look out on splendid natural terraces or to exciting horse rides.
Few other parts of Italy allow, then, to quickly reach from the coast numerous and enchanting villages, often inheritance of the ancient Etruscan and Roman civilizations, or jewels of medieval architecture.
The quality of the Maremma food and wine alone is worth a trip to this province, just an acquacotta, the typical dish par excellence of the Maremma cuisine, or delicious pappardelle with hare, or tortelli, stuffed with chard and ricotta and seasoned with meat sauces, accompanied by a good glass of wine to motivate a trip.
The Sea and the Park
The park is open all year, every day of the week. Before entering it is necessary to buy entrance tickets at the Visitor Center. The itineraries can be traveled both individually and in groups, accompanied or not by a guide, based on the time of year.
Before getting on the bus, you must get the entrance ticket to the Parco della Maremma including the transport already validated and purchased at the ticket office of the visitor center in loc. Alberese. (Parco Regionale della Maremma)
The center of Alberese is located 15 km south-east of the capital, in the heart of the Maremma Natural Park. Despite the anthropic presence since the prehistoric era, where the cave man lived, today the vast prairies and the natural paradises surrounding with their fauna and flora are saved and protected. Currently, the Maremma Regional Park Authority and a series of regional regulations make it possible to safeguard the conservation and continuation of this natural heritage. Beast herds of horses and Maremma oxen still roam the broad meadows while among the thick woods of the Uccellina Mountains the wild boar, (Daino Daini) and roe deer live in nature … (from Wikipedia)
Marina di Alberese
Marina di Alberese is the beach of the Parco della Maremma. The entrance is the same as in the Park, and since access is allowed to a very limited number of cars, it is advisable to leave the car in the park car park and continue with the free shuttle service, Parking at the sea with a discount of 50 % for those who stay at the Fattoria the Duchesco.
the beach can also be reached via a cycle path that starts at the visitor center and is 8 km long.
Along the way to access the beach you can observe herds of Chianina and wild horses.
The beach of Marina di Alberese is pristine and composed of fine sand. It opens up before a dense Mediterranean scrub that offers numerous natural shadow points. The sea is crystal clear. The coast, a few kilometers long, is characterized by the presence of trunks and branches bleached by the sea and the sun, with which primitive-looking “little huts” are built that offer a valid shelter from the sun.
In the access point to the beach, in summer, you will also find a refreshment point.
If it does not cost you to walk, we advise you not to stop immediately, but continue to the left; the beach gradually becomes less and less crowded and you can better appreciate the natural beauty of this place. The southernmost part of the beach, where the crowd of bathers can be seen only in the distance, is also frequented by naturists.
A beach for lovers of uncontaminated nature.
The village of Rispescia is located 11 m s.l.m. in the southern part of the municipality of Grosseto, beyond the course of the Ombrone river that laps the village to the north-west, at the gates of the Maremma Natural Park. The area is mostly flat, with the exception of some hilly reliefs such as Poggio Cavallo (181 m) or Poggio Campore (203 m) which, despite being far from the inhabited center, fall within the territory of the hamlet. ) , a waterway that rises just north of Montiano and enters the Ombrone west of the town. To the south, the hamlet is bounded by the artificial canal of the Alberese Main Dryer (8 km) , beyond which the nearby hamlet of Alberese is reached. The fraction is about 7 km from the city of Grosseto … ( from Wikipedia)
Grosseto is an Italian town of 82 036 inhabitants, capital of the homonymous province in Tuscany.
It is the capital of the province located further south among those of Tuscany and, for territorial surface, it is the largest municipality in the region, as well as the third of Central Italy and the tenth of Italy by area.
At a demographic level, the city had just 4 724 inhabitants immediately after the Unification of Italy , starting from then on an exponential growth that led to exceeding the threshold of 70,000 units in 1991.
From an urbanistic point of view, the city is one of the few capitals (with Ferrara, Bergamo, Lucca) whose historic center has been completely surrounded by a circle of walls, in its entirety, which has kept its appearance almost unchanged over the course of the … centuries (from Wikipedia)
Il paese di Talamone sorge su di un promontorio roccioso, che si trova sul confine meridionale del Parco naturale della Maremma, in posizione dominante su tutto il tratto di costa che da Talamone arriva al Monte Argentario, il cosiddetto golfo di Talamone. Il territorio circostante è caratterizzato dalla presenza della vegetazione tipica della macchia mediterranea e da lunghe spiagge sabbiose, costeggiate da pinete. Talamone dista circa 25 km da Grosseto e poco più di 20 km dal capoluogo comunale…(from Wikipedia)
The Osa is a free beach of 15 km 5 minutes by car from the Fattoria il Duchesco which extends in the area of the mouth of the river Osa, from Poggio Talamonaccio to the mouth of the Albegna. There are also small equipped bathrooms. We have agreements with a small bathroom that offers deckchairs and umbrellas. You will find Manuel and his uncle to welcome you!
Castiglione della Pescaia
Due to the quality of the sea and the beaches, environmental care and equipment is considered an exclusive tourist destination of the Maremma, repeatedly awarded several times since 2005 with the 5 sails of Legambiente, positioning itself as the second seaside resort for environmental and tourist quality in the annual ranking of Legambiente and Touring Club; for the same reason the territory of Castiglione della Pescaia is also called “the small Switzerland” or “the Switzerland of the Maremma”. Thanks to the great land reclamation works and the primary importance covered by the port before the opening of the Maremmana Railway, the center experienced a period of rebirth and prosperity between the late eighteenth and mid-nineteenth centuries, so much so that it was called at that time the small Livorno … (from Wikipedia)
The municipal territory extends over an area of more than 270 km² at the north-western extremity of the hills of Albegna and Fiora, trespassing in some places along the side of the Ombrone Valley. It borders to the north with the municipality of Campagnatico, to the north-east with the municipality of Roccalbegna, to the south-east with the municipality of Manciano, to the south-west with the municipality of Magliano in Tuscany and to the north-west with the municipality of Grosseto. ..(from Wikipedia)
Magliano in Toscana
The municipality of Magliano in Toscana extends over a total area of just over 250 km², which covers the central part of the Grosseto Maremma and the north-western area of the hills of Albegna and Fiora. It borders to the north-west with the municipality of Grosseto, to the north-east with the municipality of Scansano, to the south-east with the municipality of Manciano, to the south with the municipality of Orbetello, while to the west it is wet for a short distance from the Mar Tyrrhenian Sea in the central part of the coastline of the Uccellina Mountains which also includes Cala di Forno … (from Wikipedia)
Frequencies of the territory of Saturnia are documented up to the Bronze Age, with the subsequent birth and development of Etruscan settlements, as evidenced by the remains of various necropolis dating back to the 8th century BC. According to Dionysius of Halicarnassus the city was founded by the Pelasgians. [ 3] During the Roman period, the village followed the fate of Vulci, until in the middle of the third century BC, after the conquest of the Vulcan territory by Rome in 280 BC, Saturnia was elevated to administrative headquarters and prefecture, and then to colony in 183 BC Invaded by the Goths in 411 and then by the Lombards in 570, a long period of decline began in the sixth century … (from Wikipedia)
The center is located in the Pianetto di Sovana, a small valley that extends between the hills of Albegna and Fiora, at altitudes between 200 and 300 meters above sea level, in the heart of the Tufo area on the left bank of the Fiora river. The territory is affected by the presence of numerous torrential streams (Calesine, Folonia, Picciolana, Valle Bona), which then flow into the Fiora just south-west of the inhabited area.Sovana is about 75 km from Grosseto and just under 9 km from the municipal capital … (from Wikipedia)
The municipality of Sorano extends in the eastern part of the Tufo area. It is bordered to the north by the municipality of Castell’Azzara, to the east by the Lazio municipalities of Acquapendente, Proceno, Onano and Latera, to the south by the municipality of Pitigliano, to the west by the municipalities of Manciano and Semproniano.Il municipal capital is located 379 m asl on a tuff cliff that, from the east, dominates a stretch of the river Lente; it is located in the center of a territory that develops mainly at hilly levels, albeit interspersed with basins and hills. The lowest altitude is recorded in the Pianetto di Sovana, near the homonymous locality, with altitudes around 270 meters, while the highest altitudes, of the mountain type, are recorded on the summit overlooking the hamlet of Montevitozzo (926 meters above sea level) and on Mount Elmo (829 meters above sea level), two hills that clearly break the hilly landscape … (from Wikipedia)
The municipal territory of Pitigliano extends in the western part of the Tufo area. It is bordered to the north by the municipality of Sorano, to the south-east by the Lazio municipalities of Farnese, Ischia di Castro, Latera and Valentano from which it is bounded by the northern end of the Selva del Lamone, to the west with the municipality of Manciano. Pitigliano from the sea, going up the regional road 74 Maremmana, you notice the characteristic houses that protrude from a large spur of tufo, absolutely overhanging. The cliff of Pitigliano is surrounded on three sides by as many ravines, full of caves dug into the tuff; the Lente, Meleta and Prochio rivers flow in the valley floor … (from Wikipedia)
The city of Orbetello rises in the middle of the homonymous lagoon and is joined to Monte Argentario by a road built on an artificial embankment (the dam), which has divided the lagoon into two bodies of water (“Laguna di Levante” and “Laguna di Ponente “). Until 1944, a railway line connected it to Porto Santo Stefano ran along the dam. The municipal territory is extremely varied; the lagoon wetland is bounded towards the sea by two tombolos, the Tombolo della Feniglia and the Tombolo della Giannella, characterized by long sandy beaches, pine forests and Mediterranean scrub. The coast near the hills of Talamone and Ansedonia becomes rocky and difficult to access. The hinterland is characterized by modest reliefs, where the vegetation grows spontaneously, forming intricate spots, and from flat areas, once malarial and now intensely cultivated. ..(from Wikipedia)
The territory of the promontory is almost completely hilly and sometimes impervious, softened only by the work of the man who created over time the terraces where the vines are mainly cultivated (Ansonica Costa dell’Argentario) and locally also the olive tree. flat area, moreover of extremely limited surface, is located in the eastern part of the promontory, in the area of Terrarossa, near the arrival point of the nineteenth-century artificial dam, on which the road to Orbetello was built during the last century instead of the disused one Orbetello-Porto Santo Stefano railway. The two inhabited centers located on the promontory are Porto Santo Stefano (north-west), which houses the municipal seat of Monte Argentario, and Porto Ercole to the south-east with more ancient origins … (from Wikipedia)
Porto Santo Stefano
The town is located on the northwestern side of the Argentario promontory, just over 40 km south-east of Grosseto, about 10 km north-west of Orbetello and about 12 from Porto Ercole. The northern coast of Porto Santo Stefano is divided between Punta Lividonia to the north-west and the mouth of the Santa Liberata Channel. Proceeding from west to east, the coast is high and rocky between Punta Lividonia and Punta della Madonnetta, which borders on west the inhabited center. The coastal stretch on which the town overlooks, presents a promenade along the urban road. Continuing along that direction, one meets first the old port, a tourist mooring, and after another stretch of promenade along the Porto del Valle, the departure point for the ferries to the Isola del Giglio and Giannutri, to which the area reserved for fishing vessels and shipyards. Beyond the main port area, the coast becomes high and rocky again, along which the peninsulas of Punta Nera and Calvello meet, where a coastal tower was originally located … (from Wikipedia)
The history of Porto Ercole began as early as the Etruscan era, as evidenced by the numerous artifacts found in the surrounding areas. Later, the small Etruscan center was conquered by the Romans and transformed into a port (a column of that era was found in the port). It is assumed that the bastion of Santa Barbara was a Byzantine lighthouse. There are reports of Porto Ercole even in the Middle Ages: in fact it is mentioned in the (false) donation of Charlemagne to the abbey of the three fountains of Rome. In 1296 Margherita Aldobrandeschi, countess of Sovana, built a square tower called Torre di Terra, the first nucleus of what will be the Rocca di Porto Ercole. In the 1300s the territory was inherited by the Orsini, who enlarged and fortified the Tower. In the same period the first nucleus of the future church of Sant’Erasmo arose, identifiable in the choir of the present church … (from Wikipedia)
Island of Giglio
The municipal area, which affects the Island of Giglio proper, is almost completely hilly and the highest peak, Poggio della Pagana, reaches 496 meters above sea level. in the central inner part of the island. The geological composition is predominantly granodioritic. The coastal perimeter is 27 km and is largely rocky, except in some points, where the Campese beach and other smaller beaches located on the eastern side of the island (Arenella, Cannelle and Caldane) open … (from Wikipedia)
The tarot garden
Following the inspiration she had during her visit to Antoni Gaudí’s Parque Guell in Barcelona, later strengthened by her visit to Bomarzo’s garden, Niki de Saint Phalle began building the Tarot Garden in 1979. Identifying in the Garden the magical and spiritual dream of her life, Niki de Saint Phalle has dedicated herself to the construction of the twenty-two imposing figures in steel and concrete covered with colored glass, mirrors and ceramics, for more than seventeen years, flanked, besides by several skilled workers, by a team of famous names contemporary art such as Rico Weber, Sepp Imhof, Paul Wiedmer, Dok van Winsen, Pierre Marie and Isabelle Le Jeune, Alan Davie, Marina Karella and above all by her husband Jean Tinguely, who died in 1991, who created the metal structures of the enormous sculptures and has integrated some with its mécaniques, self-propelled assemblages of mechanical iron elements … (from Wikipedia)
Mount Amiata is located in southern Tuscany, where it rises above the surrounding valleys, including the Val d’Orcia, the Maremma, the valley of Lake Bolsena, the Chianti. The mountain massif, in addition to the eponymous peak that reaches 1738 meters above sea level, also includes a series of peaks, in continuity with one another. On the Grosseto side the hills of Poggio Trauzzolo (1,200 meters), Mount Labbro (1,193 meters), Mount Civitella (1,107 meters), Mount Buceto (1,152 meters), Mount Aquilaia (1,104 meters) and Monte Calvo (930 meters) stand out; on the Siena side we find Poggio Zoccolino (1,035 meters), Poggio Le Perazzette (922 meters) and Poggio Roccone (913 meters) among the highest peaks. It is an ancient extinct volcano with the presence of rocks and lakes of origin volcanic. There are also the springs of the Fiora, Vivo, Albegna and Paglia rivers. The springs, which flow in considerable quantities where the trachytic rocks end and the limestone-clay base starts, constitute an imposing water richness that has always characterized this volcanic relief. The volcanic origins of the mountain massif have kept the seismic activity active in the area … (from Wikipedia)