Civitella Marittima, the main centre of the municipality of Civitella Paganico, is a characteristic village that sits atop a hill covered in cypress and olive trees, from where you can admire a landscape that fades into the Maremma plain and the coast. The village was the home of the Ardengheschi family, who left important traces of Romanesque architecture in this area, like the beautiful Abbey of San Lorenzo sul Lanzo, also known as Badia Ardenghesca. The village passed into the hands of the Sienese at the start of the 1300s, together with Paganico, which is located where the Ombrone forms a large bay as is descends from the hills toward the plain.
Paganico is a surprising treat thanks to its wealth of artistic and monumental treasures. The village is enriched with characteristic gates (Senese, Gorella and Grossetana), what remain of the defense walls, the typical terracotta tile houses and their porches dating to the 14th and 15th centuries and the beautiful Church of San Michele Arcangelo, noteworthy especially because of its elegant frescoes by Biagio di Goro Grezzi. In the territory of Civitella Paganico, you can also find the popular Petriolo Hot Springs, with thermal baths surrounded by the forest that have been used since Antiquity. The baths in this area date to 1230. Nature lovers will appreciate the Basso Merse Nature Reserve, perfect for excursions and long hikes.