What to do in Maremma
Cities of art and culture, Etruscan sites and medieval villages, thermal areas and the Maremman blue and limpid sea water.
Siena, Pisa, Montalcino and Massa Marittima are just a few miles away.
If you love nature, you can take beautiful walks along the paths through the Park and if you are just looking for rest and relaxation, you can enjoy the crystal blue of the sea or the wellness of the warm waters in Saturnia, Calidario and Petriolo thermal baths.
In order to discover the real taste of the Maremma, we can recommend you a familiar “trendy” tavern, a restaurant by the sea or in the forest; you can also follow “le Strade del Vino” (the Wine Routes) and find the evidences of some great contemporary architects, right a few minutes from the archaeological sites or the Etruscan tombs.
Moreover sagre (local food festivals), great jazz, Opera in the square, shows and much more. Without renouncing to the pleasure of the chirping of birds at breakfast, or having a swim in the beautiful pool, getting lost in the colors of the sun falling all over the trees and the hills of the Park at the sunset, comfortably here, at Poggio La Croce.
So many beaches
In the Maremma we really have all kind of beaches you need: white sand, shallow waters and shady pine forests can be found in the area between Puntone di Scarlino and Follonica while if you prefer deeper waters you can move to the beaches of Torre Mozza, Carbonifera and Mortelliccio.
Don’t worry if you like rocky beaches! You can go to the Parco delle Cale, between Puntone and Punta Ala, Cala Martina and Cala Le Donne, while Cala Violina and Cala Civette offer beautiful sandy bays with crystal waters.
In the Northern part, in the Golfo di Baratti, really close to the ancient Etruscan city of Populonia pine forests, sand and rocks will be waiting for you.
A boat trip
Right in front of us we have the Tuscan archipelago. It is possible to rent a rib-boat to swim in the beautiful waters of the nearby islets (Cerboli, Palmaiola and dello Sparviero) or to take part in organized trips to the bigger islands (Elba, Giglio, Giannutri, Capraia, Montecristo), leaving from the ports of Castiglione della Pescaia, Piombino and Porto Santo Stefano. If you leave from Piombino, you can also take your car with you to Elba.
A walk in the woods
From the peaks of the hills up to the clear waters of the coast, you can choose between 40 different numbered paths through the woods: hundreds of miles of paths used since the Middle Age, between chestnuts, oaks, junipers and arbutus, in the park of Bandite di Scarlino, perfect for walks, horse and bicycle rides (MTB).
The best way to discover the Colline Metallifere (Metalliferous hills), which owe their name to the rich mineral deposits known since Etruscan times, is by visiting the mining museums and the natural mineral park of Gavorrano. The experience can become even more fascinating with the reconstruction of images, sounds and videos that can be seen visiting the MAGMA museum of Follonica.
Itineraries and unusual places
A few gardens, designed and realised by skillful hands, by artistic minds:
- Mauro Corbani’s artist garden in Scarlino
- Niki de Saint Phalle’s Il Giardino dei Tarocchi (The Tarot Garden) in the Garavicchio locality (Capalbio)
- Paul Fuchs’ Il Giardino dei Suoni (Garden of Sounds) in Boccheggiano
- Daniel Spoerri’s Garden in Seggiano
- Rodolfo Lacquaniti ‘s Viaggio di Ritorno Garden in Buriano
Signature Wineries (``d'Autore``)
Designed by great architects for the excellent Maremma wines.
- Gavorrano – Rocca di Frassinello – cellar designed by Arch. Renzo Piano
- Castiglione della Pescaia – Le Mortelle – cellar designed by Hydea srl
- Suvereto – Petra – cellar designed by Arch. Mario Botta
The name Maremma itself tells of inland stretches of water and moist areas which have now become protected natural areas:
- Padule of Scarlino
- Diaccia Botrona Natural Reserve
- Natural Park of Maremma
- Lake Burano
- Lagoon of Orbetello