Before we made our way down to the beach, our ultimate destination, our tour guide pointed out the bounty of the microcosm that surrounded us: aromatic Mediterranean scrub, historic olive groves, chestnut trees and pines. While we didn’t see any local cattle grazing, nor flocks of migratory birds stopping over, we did catch a glimpse of Tuscany’s local deer.
Just inland, we returned to sample the gastronomic pleasures of the Maremma region. The park’s diversity is a testament to the area’s culinary delights. The smattering of local wines, olive oils, honey, cured meats and cheeses to taste was the perfect end to the hike and my introductory to Tuscany.