Via Grossetana, 20, 58100 Marina di Grosseto GR, Italia
In the spectacular scenery of the Grosseto countryside, nestled between gentle hills dotted with olive trees, the small village of Batignano suddenly appears to the eye of the traveler, blending perfectly with the environment in an example of absolute harmony. The castle owes its importance in the Middle Ages to the mines from which silver and lead were extracted, to be located in the area towards Montorsaio.
As if suspended in time, the urban core, a handful of houses marked by narrow alleys, small arches, churches, archaeological relics and small widenings, is a paradise for those seeking a journey between tranquility and peace.
The history it carries behind it is full of important traces that can be uncovered among the small alleys simply by looking up to catch aspects, details and images that evoke the past existence of the ancient inhabitants.
Reaching the center of the village, we discover the Pieve di San Martino that protects the remains of Blessed John and the unique arcade that accompanies us to one of the open doors on the walls, from which it is possible to see a breathtaking panorama. But the beauties of the village do not end in palaces and monuments: like any self-respecting ancient village, Batignano pampers its visitors with pleasant folklore and spirituality events that take place throughout the year. Visit it during the Christmas season to discover it embellished with small nativity scenes that adorn balconies, alleys, squares and even niches in the walls: one of the most peculiar is usually set up inside the village's old bakery, inside a small room with a beaten earth floor. If only to savor these atmospheres, this little Maremma gem is worth a visit.