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Slow Travel Google Map: Italy, Tuscany, Maremma

Author: GloriaC
Notes: Gloria's things to do and see in the northern Maremma, Tuscany, west of Siena. www.casinadirosa.it.

Beaches

Ansedonia

Costa d'Argento - L'Ansedonia is one of the most exclusive and popular beaches in Tuscany.

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Castiglione della P.

Heart of the Maremma - Coastal town with a castle. Very lively in the Summer months. It is one of the most popular destinations for people from Grosseto but also for the "ARFISI", as we call them in the Maremma. ARFISI stands for people from ARezzo, FIrenze and SIena. =o)

Isola del Giglio

Tuscan Archipelago - Beautiful island with three villages, Porto, Campese and Castello. Very lively in the summer, but people live there in the winter as well.

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Isola di Giannutri

Tuscan Archipelago - Island of Giannutri, it is a naturalistic park with a major archaeological area. The access is restricted but you can visit it with one of the many mini-cruises leaving from the harbours and ports of the Maremma.

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Marina di Alberese

Costa d'Argento - Beautiful beach in the Nature Park of the Maremma (Parco dell'Uccellina). Part of it is for nudists but that part is not visible, so... it's safe! The access is limited to a small number of cars. It is reachable by shuttle bus from the village of Alberese, where you must purchase a ticket.

Marina di Grosseto

The coast of the Maremma - Closest coastal town to Grosseto. Beautiful free beach between Marina di Grosseto and Castigilone della Pescaia with a huge pine tree forest. So quiet and peaceful! Part of the beach is open to dogs.

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Monte Argentario

Costa d'Argento - The Argentario Peninsula give the name to this area. It is the symbol of the Maremma because it is always visible from anywhere on the coast.

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Porto Ercole

Costa d'Argento - This is a very beautiful village on the Argentario peninsula. Excellent seafood restaurants!

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Porto Santo Stefano

Costa d'Argento - From here ships set to sail for the Isola del Giglio.

Punt'Ala

One of the most popular beach towns in the Maremma. Particularly loved by many famous people.

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Talamone

Costa d'Argento - Beautiful village, once part of a Spanish dominion. The castle is very beautiful.

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Castles

Castel Porrona

Amazing hamlet, now converted in a hotel. It's a castle with a beautiful view over the countryside. A dream location for weddings.

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Castle of Casenovole

Inland Hills - this is a castle on the old Strada del Sale - the "salt road" - which connectes Siena to the coast. It makes for a great drive, but be prepared, the road is tiny and full of curves. It is also perfect for mountainbiking, hiking and horseback riding.

Castle of Monte Antico

Inland hills of the Maremma - This castle has a long history and it was at the centre of a number of plots against the enperor Arrigo VII of Luxembourg in the 14th century. Nowadays it is a hotel and a ver popular setting for wedding ceremonies. There is an amazing view over the valley of the river Ombrone, over Monte Amiata, the Banfi Castle and Val d'Orcia.

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Montemassi

Metalliferous Hills - Do you want to visit the castle represented ni Simone Martini's Frescoes of the Palazzo del Comune of Siena? It's here!

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Churches

Abbadia Ardenghesca

Inland Hills of the Maremma - Church of the year 1000 near Civitella Marittima.

Large Towns

Follonica

Coast of the Maremma - on the border with the Metalliferous hills. It is a large town, very popular in the Summer but many people live and work there in the winter months too.

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Grosseto

The capital of the Maremma. Not to be missed: the Cathedral or Duomo di San Lorenzo, the church of San Francesco, the well called "Pozzo della Bufala" and the city walls with the Cassero Senese and the Fortress.
Market day: Thursday.

Hot Springs

Petriolo Hot Springs

The river Farma signs the border between the Province Grosseto and Siena. Inland hills of the Maremma - Natural hot springs halfway between Siena and the coast of the Maremma.

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Saturnia Hot Springs

The Tufo Area - Popular hotsprings and spa centre.

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Parks

Lake Burano

Costa d'Argento - bird sanctuary!

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Sights

Marsiliana

The Tufo area - Excellent Sagra della Fragola, strowberry festival, and a paleoetruscan necropolis which is well worth a visit.

Monterotondo Marittimo

Metalliferous Hills - Beautiful village. Here you can see the Soffioni, borax fumaroles.

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Paganico

The inland hills of the Maremma - the village is actually in the plains comprised between the river Ombrone and the river Gretano. It has perfectly preserved city walls like Monteriggioni, and a Roman structure of the city centre. The church of San Michele contains beautiful frescoes by Biagio di Goro Ghezzi. Careful if you take pictures inside... the priest is not very friendly...

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Pietratonda

Inland hills - Recently discovered Roman villa with thermal baths. Interesting archaeological area.

Pitigliano

The Tufo Area - Pitigliano is the most beautiful of the Tuff Towns. Its tower houses on sheer cliffs, the tuff cellars, the Etruscan remains and the Synagogue and the Jewish Getto are wonderful. DOC wine Bianco di Pitigliano.

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Roselle

The heart of the Maremma - Archaeological site. Roselle was one of the most important Etruscan cities.

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Vetulonia

The heart of the Maremma - Archaeological site with an Etruscan necropolis.

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Towns

Capalbio

Costa d'Argento - Beautiful town of Roman origins. Well preserved medieval historical centre, some Roman ruins. DOC Wine Capalbio.

Cinigiano

Inland Hills of the Maremma - Cinigiano is a beutiful village with incredible views over the countryside. This is one of the most beautiful places in the Maremma and probably in Tuscany. It is also a very lively village , home of the DOC wine Montecucco. Not to be missed: August 10th - Calici sotto le Stelle, open cellars, music and lots of good wine.

Magliano in Toscana

Costa d'Argento - Not to be missed! Visit the Romanic church of San Bruzio and the necrooplis of Santa Maria in Borraccia.

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Manciano

The Tufo Area - The "city of the witches": magic place with amazing views over the Maremma and the Mount Amiata. Archaeological sites.

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Massa Marittima

Metalliferous Hills - The capital of the colline metallifere. Massa Marittima is a real jewel of the Middle Ages and it boasts beautiful monuments such as the Cathedral, the Episcopates and the other palaces of the main square. Interesting festival called il Balestro del Grifalco. Centre of the wine region of the Monteregio DOC wine.

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Orbetello

Costa d'Argento - Its seaplane station hosted the takeoff of the first transatlantic flight in 1930. It is on a lagoon which is considered a naturalistic heritage.

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Roccastrada

Metalliferuos Hills - Medieval town with an amazing view over the plains of the Maremma to the sea. Fantastic hiking in the surruonding area.

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Scansano

The heart of the Maremma - Home village of the excellent DOC Wine Morellino di Scansano.

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Scarlino

Metalliferous Hills - Beautiful remains of a castle on a sheer cliff. Excellent hike.

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Sorano

Etruscan town, necropolises and ruins. Archaeological site!

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Villages

Buriano

The heart of the Maremma - lovely village on a hilltop with and excellent restaurant.

Campagnatico

Inland Hills of the Maremma - Medieval village.

Civitella Marittima

Civitella Marittima is one of the three main villages of the Inland Hills of the Maremma. There are amazing views and Casina di Rosa is here. It is a perfect base to explore Southern Tuscany. There is a fantastic restaurant called La Locanda nel Cassero.

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Gavorrano

Metalliferous Hills - Home to the sad story of the countess Pia de' Tolomei killed by her husband. Mining Naturalistic Park.
The Countess' Leap Festival is not to be missed!

Gerfalco

Montemerano

The Tufo Area - Medieval hamlet built on the top of a hill which remains perfectly preserved. The surroundings of the village are also very interesting, and visitors can stop at the eneolithic necropolis of Le Calle and at the numerous sites around Saturnia which evidence the life of the local Italic tribes, as well as the Etruscan and Roman settlements in the area.

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Montepescali

The heart of the Maremma - Unmistakable skyline with many bell towers and towers. The terrace of the Maremma.

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Monticello Amiata

The inland hills - Neat village on the lower end of the Monte Amiata. Interesting festivals dedicated to chestnuts and olive oil.

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Montieri

Metalliferous Hills - Montieri was already known to the Etruscans and the Romans for its many copper mines.

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Montorsaio

The inland hills - Old castle, now it is a neat village which hosts a living nativity scene every Christmas.

Pari

Inland hills of the Maremma - Perfectly preserved village on the top of a hill. Amazing views over the Val di Merse. 2km (1.4 miles) away from Petriolo hot springs.

Prata

Metalliferous Hills - medieval village

Roccatederighi

Metalliferous Hills - Here there is a fabulous Medieval festival!!! Beautiful village! Bike rental in town.

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Sasso d'Ombrone

Inland Hills of the Maremma - Nice village in the heart of the Montecucco DOC Wine trail.

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Sassofortino

Metalliferous Hills - Lovely village with amazing views. Near Sassofortino there are many trails for hiking one of which leads to the ruins of an old castle, called Il Sassoforte.

Sovana

Amazing village all made of tufi, big square bricks made of tuff.

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Tatti

Metalliferous Hills - Medieval Village.

Tirli

The heart of the Maremma - Lovely village on the top of a hill in the middle of the Mediterranean Maquis. Castiglione della Pescaia and Punt'Ala are close by. There are several good restaurants in town.

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Travale

Metalliferous Hills - A curiosity: one of the first documents in vulgar Latin was written in this area, the Charta of Travale.

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