The lake environment and the region of Orbetello.
Connected to Argentario by an artificial dam built in 1841, Orbetello (7 km from our hotel) is a unique town located at the end of an isthmus which places it in the midst of the lagoon of the same name. To the north and south of the lagoon it is delimited respectively by the Giannella and Feniglia sand spits which connect the promontory to Italy and offer tourists kilometres of sandy beaches.
Orbetello is like a boat anchored in the calm waters of its lagoon from where it draws important resources for its fish market and for the typical dishes of its restaurants. But the lagoon is also a natural environment of particular importance in terms both of the flora and the fauna, being a stop-off for many migratory species (flamingos, herons, osprey, etc.). And it is indeed the site of a WWF oasis that covers 800 hectares. In the oasis there are numerous points for the observation of birds, along 3 routes, and an environmental education centre within an ancient 16th century Spanish farmhouse.
Also on the outskirts of Orbetello we find characteristic places rich in history, such as, for example, the port of Talamone, a picturesque and solitary seaside village, perched on a rocky promontory around an ancient XV century fortress and where you can enjoy beautiful panoramic views over the coast and the islands. The village is now a popular seaside resort for lovers of sailing as well as for nature lovers, being one of the entrances to the Maremma park.
To the south, instead, you can visit the locality of Ansedonia, a modern and popular resort that, at the same time, is of great archaeological importance. Archaeological remains of the city of Cosa have been found in the area, important Roman colony of the III century B.C. On the sea shore are the so-called “Tagliata Etrusca”, an open channel in the heart of the rock, in the immediate vicinity the Spacco della Regina, a deep cavern that can be accessed and where you will find yourself in an impressive and mysterious place with a mythological atmosphere.