A variety of environments and unique landscapes, rich in hidden, historical and artistic treasures, and traditional tastes: Maremma offers all this and much more. A Southern offshoot of Tuscany, Maremma spreads out from the Colline Metallifere (metalliferous hills) to the lagoon of Orbetello, alternating sandy beaches and exclusive villages. Wild landscapes are marked by the history of ancient civilizations in Maremma and in the land of Monte Amiata.
Parks: unspoilt Nature
- Parco Nazionale dell’Arcipelago Toscano (Tuscan Archipelago National Park): a protected area preserving a complex ecosystem, immersed in a clear sea lapping against the beautiful shore of southern Tuscany, and including the small isles of the Tyrrhenian Sea, where pearls like the islands of Giglio and Giannutri emerge with their rocks facing the crystal clear sea.
- Parco Regionale della Maremma – Parco dell’Uccellina (Maremma Regional Park): the same unspoilt landscape that may be found on the shore is also characterized inland, along the sandy shore of Punta Ala: a paradise for lovers of golf, sailing and underwater fishing; in Marina di Grosseto or in Talamone, on the sand dunes of the lagoon of Orbetello and at the Argentario, Ansedonia and Marina di Capalbio.
Many itineraries may be followed inside the park: north towards the mouth of the river Ombrone, or on the mountains of Uccellina, towards the sighting towers, where part of the lookout system is connected to the fortress of Castiglione della Pescaia and Talamone, or towards the ancient Abbey of San Rabano, built in the early XII century. Wild boars inhabit the Mediterranean scrub and one may also see the famous Maremma cowherds (butteri) controlling wild cattle and horses.
- Parco faunistico dell’Amiata (Faunal Park of Mount Amiata): a scientific protection area for the preservation of fauna and flora of species that are dying out. Here mystic atmospheres may be experienced in the woods, along with the scent of ancient traditions, relaxing in the open air and tasting local goods such as honey, wild berries, mushrooms and chestnuts.
Wine and Food: high quality and traditional tastes
The Maremma Park carries out an important task for the preservation of local products, i.e. food and wine: organic extra-virgin olive oil, Maremma’s beef, durum wheat pasta, tomato sauce, sauces, bread and wine.
A sustainable environment found in the local genuine cuisine that evaluates local dishes like Acquacotta, fish soups, and puglioni with lamb meat. Local production is guaranteed by the high quality of Maremma’s environment, meats are guaranteed and certified, and the wines come from land with the DOC warranty, the tufaceous fields along the Strada del Vino e dei Sapori Colli di Maremma, which have produced high standards in both red and white wines.
This quality is also guaranteed along the shore and in the sea, where great blocks of marble, coming from Michelangelo’s caves, sculpted by international artists, were thrown into the water to prevent drug hunts and to protect the variety of fish fauna.
Archaeology and museums, searching the ancient past
To understand this land’s historical origins there are many sites to visit such as the archaeological area of Roselle and the Archaeological Park of Vetulonia where the acropolis of one of the most important Etruscan cities was built, and where the necropolis may still be visited, with its princely tombs and the ruins of the ancient Etruscan-Roman city.
The Archaeological Park "Città del Tufo" and the territories of Sovana, Sorano and Vitozza guard a historical, cultural and naturalistic heritage of great importance, with evidence of the Etruscan period, monumental tombs and necropolis. These are environments to discover following, on foot or horse-riding, the Vie Cave Etrusche, until one gets to the breath-taking landscapes of Pitigliano (also known as “small Jerusalem”) where the ghetto with its synagogue and the special oven for the unleavened bread are still preserved, as evidence of the Jewish settlement in the area. A unique land, where volcanism first and erosion afterwards, created beautiful tuff rocks on which were built ancient villages, with fortresses, castles, Medieval churches and Renaissance buildings.
A wide museum network and the nearby territory are to be explored. Massa Marittima, Monterotondo Marittimo, Roccastrada and Follonica offer historical and artistic evidence that speaks of underground man labour throughout the mineral-archaeological itineraries of the Parco delle Colline Metallifere (Metalliferous Hills Park) which spread out up to the Monte Amiata, in the cinnabar caves of Santa Fiora.
Wellbeing and relaxation
Maremma is also the land of psychophysical regeneration, thanks to the properties of its hot springs, which create unusual landscapes marked by wonderful open-air pools, where one may immerse oneself and find relaxation and wellbeing, and enjoy personalized treatments, as in Saturnia and Sorano.
Here is a rich offer in health, wellbeing and relaxation and, moving towards Siena territory, one may visit the hot springs of Petriolo and Rapolano.