03.15.2017

Six Must-See Places in Maremma

Woods, seaside towns, hills, mountains and lagoons: discovering a kaleidoscope of landscapes in the Tuscan Maremma

  • Six Must-See Places in Maremma
  • Six Must-See Places in Maremma
  • Six Must-See Places in Maremma
  • Six Must-See Places in Maremma
  • Six Must-See Places in Maremma
  • Six Must-See Places in Maremma
  • Six Must-See Places in Maremma

Thick forests, lagoons, mountainous peninsulas that arise from a crystal-clear sea, tufa cliffs, long sandy beaches, ancient thermal springs, plains and rolling hills covered in fields and vineyards: with its huge area nestled between Tuscany and Lazio, Maremma offers the visitor an incredible variety of landscapes.
 
The Alta Maremma, including the province of Livorno and the Follonica Gulf, ranges from the gentle Val di Cornia slopes scattered with fortresses, castles and charming medieval villages to the metalliferous hills. The gem of the area is the beautiful medieval town of Massa Marittima, which dominates the landscape with its wonderful white Duomo.
 
Further south, the city of Grosseto, protected by majestic Walls, is the ideal starting point for exploring the area’s archeological sites as well as its most popular seaside resorts: Marina di Grosseto, Principina, Castiglione della Pescaia and Punta Ala. In the hinterland, at the foot of Mount Amiata, among woods and hills hide small treasures such as the lovely village of Scansano, home of the fruity ruby red Morellino wine.
 
In the so-called Bassa Maremma, on the border with Lazio, new surprises await the traveler especially along the coast, where the last stretch of the Tuscan sea, lapped by the Uccellina Natural Park, is dotted with gems like the Orbetello lagoon, the ancient village of Capalbio and the gorgeous Talamone fortress jutting towards the sea.
 
Not to mention the rugged cliffs of Monte Argentario and the pristine Giglio and Giannutri islands. Back inland, the Bassa Maremma acquires an entirely different character: here you will find the impressive ancient Etruscan roads excavated in the tuffaceous rock (vie cave) and a bunch of magnificent fortified towns such as Pitigliano, Sorano and Sovana.
 
In the vicinity, the waters from the natural hot springs of Saturnia, Tuscany’s most popular thermal resort, flow into the small Gorello river that carries them through a cane field and up to a beautiful waterfall surrounded with calcareous tanks, where everyone can enjoy their healing properties for free.
 
Not to be missed
 
Piazza Garibaldi in Massa Marittima
Looking like the scenery of a film set in the Middle Ages, the main square of Massa Marittima is dominated by the white and solemn San Cerbone Cathedral, whose monumental staircase and diagonal positioning across the triangular paved square creates an unusual perspective. There is no trace of cars, and all around sit historic palaces, old shops and ancient arcades. Most of the buildings are made of travertine marble, which turns pink in the sunset making the view even more sublime.
 
The tuff villages
In the hinterland south west of Grosseto, the so-called "tuff villages” - Pitigliano, Sorano and Sovana -  are the fascinating heritage of the Etruscan civilization, just like the vie cave, ancient roads excavated in the tuffaceous rock. Start your exploration from the beautiful Pitigliano, and then on to Sovana, famous for its Etruscan necropolis, and finally to Sorano, also known as "the Tuscan Matera”.
 
Scansano
Best known for its ruby​​-red fruity wine, Morellino, this village on the hills in the hinterland of Grosseto is a maze of narrow streets lined with picturesque houses and balconies brimming with flowers that climb towards the old town, dominated by ancient churches and historic buildings. The view on the vineyard-lined valley below is amazing.
 
Capalbio
The last village in the Tuscan Maremma, a few kilometers from the border with Lazio, is a popular holiday resort with sandy beaches and a beautiful sea, exuding all the charm of a Medieval village.
 
Giannutri Island
Less known than the nearby Giglio Island, this little island of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park is a veritable gem, merely 500 meters wide and 5 kilometers long but fringed with coves, surrounded by beautiful backdrops, embellished by the ruins of an ancient Roman villa and enriched by two beautiful beaches, Cala Maestra and Cala Spalmatoio.
 
Photo credits
Opening image (sunfowers): photo by Giovanni under the CC BY-SA 2.0 license
Le cascate del Gorello: photo by Waugsberg under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license
Capalbio: photo by Yellow Cat under the CC BY-SA 2.0 license
Monte argentario: photo by Markus Bernet under the CC BY-SA 2.5 license
Porto romano, Giannutri: photo by Aldo Ardetti under the  CC BY-SA 3.0 license

Author : The Slowear Journal

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