7 itineraries to immerge yourself in the Maremma Park
Itineraries to explore the area's natural beauty
The Regional Park of Maremma is one of the most interesting and most visited protected areas in Tuscany. Established in 1975, it covers 9800 hectares. It includes the plain at the mouth of the Ombrone River, a beautiful pine forest and the limestone backbone of the Uccellina, culminating in the 417 meters at Poggio Lecci. Covered with dense Mediterranean scrub and scattered with medieval towers, the hills of the Maremma Park host large and small mammals and bird colonies. There's also the presence of horses and cattle bred in Maremma.
Among the most interesting man-made monuments is the Abbey of St. Rabano, founded by the Benedictines, fortified in 1321 in anticipation of the barbarian raids, and destroyed in the fifteenth century by the Sienese.
The central zone of the protected area is reached by using the resources of the park which connect to the center of the Pratini Alberese with the village, from which you can walk along four marked routes. There are also everyday paths: the two paths of the Alberese wildlife-forest, the ring of Bocca d'Ombrone and the two paths of the slope of Talamone.
Breathtaking panoramas - paths of Punta del Corvo
Route: 4 km approx
Length: 2.5 hours
Passable all year round, the two paths start from the slope of Talamone Casale delle Caprarecce and climb to the ridge of Punta del Corvo, an excellent lookout over the Tyrrhenian Sea. The shortest path heads back down immediately afterwards, the longer one heads towards the sea and then back.
From the hills to the sea – Grotta di Stoppa
Route: 16 km approx.
Length: 8 hours
Magnificent panoramas of the coast and inland, the path goes through an area where the vegetation and the presence of the caves has, in the past, allowed the activity of dangerous and legendary robbers.
Cala di Forno path
Route: 12.8 km approx
Length: 6 hours approx
This path is the longest and most solitary of the Park. It begin near the Pratini, and winds along the coast through the Mediterranean scrub to the beach at Cala di Forno and the eponymous hamlet. The path back makes a stop at the Uccellina beach.
In the footsteps of Fallow Deer
Route: 5.2 km
Length: 3 hours approx
A fun itinerary where you can find many species of typical Mediterranean shrub plants. Particularly pleasurable is the path that crosses a beautiful cork and ancient oak tree forest where it's possible to meet groups of fallow deer.
The ring of Bocca d'Ombrone
Route: 5.6 km approx
Length: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy. Cycleable.
Great for a bike ride, this route takes place in the Pinewood Granducale dell'Uccellina. From the parking lot of Marina di Alberese it returns briefly back to the road, then takes the asphalt road which leads to the Ombrone River. We return along the river and then to the sea.
Birdwatching in humid areas
Route: 3 km approx
Length: 2 hours approx
A splendid itinerary that crosses marsh prairies, lowlands, ponds and dunes, environments rich in biodiversity. From the birwatching huts along the way you can see ducks, geese, flamingos, marsh hawks and ospreys.
Discovering old customs routes - Le Cannelle
Route: 9 km approx
Length: 5 hours approx
From Talamone the itinerary connects up to an old customs route. Cysts and rosemary line the path which then plunges into the thick bush.