Pitigliano

Ride the Northern Maremma Loop

On two wheels to visit Tuscany's Tufo cities

This journey takes us through the Northern Maremma and all the cities in the Tufo region: the trip is an explosive mix of culture and enjoyment. The proposed itinerary is a circular loop with culinary excursions, picture perfect scenery and great roads.

Departure/arrival point: From Sorano to Sorano
Distance: 80km
Duration: 2/3 days
Kinds of roads: mixed, hilly
Province: Grosseto
Program your GPS: Pitigliano, Manciano, Montemerano, Saturnia, Sovana, Sorano, Monte Sorano, Pitigliano
 
For those who love to take a trip that brings you right back to the beginning, this loop is perfect: 80 km of steal-your-heart Tuscany. The start-stop point is
Sorano, with its numerous rocky houses built into the tuff, which make for a charming center of town that is very photographable. Allow yourself some time to appreciate and explore the tiny alleyways, which will guide you towards the Masso Leopoldino and the Orsini rock, which dominate proudly over the area. Leaving the town to the South, we take off down the provincial road towards Pitigliano passing by the thermal spas of Sorano and then travel along the mountain with the panorama for us to enjoy.

Even vain Pitigliano loves to be photographed from all different angles: its best side is from the turn in the road in front of Madonna delle Grazie Church, with the tower of Orsini castle and the arches of the Medici aqueduct surrounded by light, from sunrise to sunset. The separation between rock and house is blurry, as if both came from the same seed. Monuments, from the Medieval era to the 18th century, and museums, from the Etruscan to the Jewish, with its connected synagogue and community, enrich the itinerary with precious cultural content. One of the inhabitants with a biker’s heart and two wheels is Tarziello Niccolai, the ex-mechanic of the town and owner of the Moto Guzzi store. As the man who convinced people to retire their mules and get onto motorcycles, he also periodically steps into the role of teacher and is a great raconteur of fun stories. Not too long ago, the Bike Show in Milan didn’t have the media influence that it does today and so new arrivals on the Guzzi market used to come to town thanks to Tarziello.

We’re off again… shift into a higher gear and sit tight. A sudden turn breaks the spell, and there’s only the road to thank for the lively change: after a shady climb turn off to see the view from the Aldobrandesca di Manciano fort. From here you can see the whole of the Albegna valley, all the way to the lagoon of Orbetello. Then we’re off to Montemerano along the curvy SP152 heading in the direction of Scansano: this road is a real tribute to the compass, and its inventor Galileo Galilei. The feather boa trip is complete! We suggest you stop at the waterfall at Mulino di Saturnia: thermal waters for everyone. Once you’ve stretched your legs, get ready to return to the SP10 road and go through the wine country of the Hills of Maremma, to reach SP22 and Sovana, but don’t forget to visit the Etruscan necropolis, an integral part of the Archeological park “City of Tufo”. Sovana was once a capital of the Aldobrand Maremma, and has a beautiful piazza and Pretorio building and is surrounded by stunning buildings. After a memorable start, our opera ends with a return to Sorano: surprising curves that run along walls of tuff rock bring us back to the beginning in grand style.

 

 
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