The Maremma of the medieval villages, of food and wine, of culture
In addition to the beautiful coast lines, we suggest you visit the hinterland where the beautiful landscapes of rolling hills crowned with medieval villages make Tuscany one of the most wonderful places in Italy and throughout the world.
A prime example is Capalbio (32 km) that soars, with the crenellated tower of the Aldobrandesca fortress, on a wooded hill surrounded by the Maremma countryside. The village, frequently by a VIP audience, is also renowned for its cuisine thanks to its wines and dishes based on venison and wild boar in particular. A short distance away in the area of Garavicchio (32 km) a must-see is the Giardino dei Tarocchi of Niki de Saint Phalle decorated with very colourful Nanas.
Again with regard to wines, moving even further away from the sea, we find Scansano (45 km), a wonderful town of Etruscan origin, now famous for the Morellino, one of the better known DOCG red wines. It has similar features with Magliano in Tuscany (27 km), characterised as it is by expanses of vineyards as well as trees. Don’t miss “Vinellando”, in the month of August, with tastings of wines and typical dishes.
Continuing on the Maremmana road, we find the “cities of Tufo”, fortified medieval villages that rise on a tufaceous area: Sorano (71 km), Sovana (62 km) and its necropolis, Pitigliano (62 km) which offers us a wonderful panoramic view over both its walls and over the road that leads to it. The latter village is also famous for the “Little Jerusalem”, the Jewish community that has been established in the Maremma since the Fifteenth Century: kosher cuisine and the Synagogue are the more obvious signs of this long and happy coexistence.
In Saturnia (57 km) a swim in the sulphurous waters is highly recommended: there are both public and private facilities in this town called the “capital of the thermal springs”. There is also the lively Grosseto (43 km), encircled by fifteenth century Medici walls and the archaeological sites of Vetulonia and Roselle, witnesses of the mysterious Etruscan civilisation.
Moving further north, an interesting route is offered by the “colline metallifere” or metalliferous hills. This area is of course the name of the important mining and steel centres, namely Gavorrano (85 km), Montieri (98 km) and Monterotondo (117 km), whose areas are still characterised by the shades of the minerals that blend with the colours of nature and of the villages and castles. And then there’s the amazing Massa Marittima (97 km), formerly a small republic city of the Middle Ages, with its two impressive monumental poles: the complex of the Cassero and the Cathedral, located in the marvellous piazza, theatre and soul of this town. Just think of the ancient historical re-enactment of the Archery Contest, a historic game (in May and August) involving a crossbow shooting challenge. On the coast with its white sand, lush pine trees and Mediterranean vegetation, we find Follonica (91 km) and Scarlino (88 km), two important tourist centres in the northern Maremmana area.
In brackets the distances from the hotel.