The Maremma is an area in southern Tuscany that lies within the Province of Grosseto. Left untouched by mass tourism the Maremma still retains its authentic charm, unspoilt swathes countryside and wilderness, which are best explored on personalized Italy’s tours. Here is out list of the best things to see and do in the area.
Explore volcanic rock villages
Pitigliano, Sovana, and Sorano were thriving centres during Etruscan times. Today, the ancient hamlets offer stunning views of the countryside, walks around Etruscan necropolis and a relaxing atmosphere.
Enjoy the sea
The Maremma borders the Tyrrhenian Sea with its 155 miles of spectacular coastline and boasts several pristine blue flag beaches. Secluded coves, long stretches of white sand, crowded and lesser-known beaches, – there is something for everyone here.
Soak in the hot springs
The village of Saturnia has been known for its sulfurous hot springs since Roman times. Today, visitors can dip at the Cascate del Gorello for free or check in to the swanky Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort for head to toe pampering.
Walk on the wild side
The Maremma is certainly the wildest area in Tuscany. It boasts many nature reserves and parks where you can go hiking and bird watching. In the La Riserva Naturale Diaccia Botrona and The Riserva Naturale della Laguna di Orbetello you can observe flocks of pink flamingos. There are stunning sandy beaches and resident turtles in The Parco Costiero della Sterpaia.
Visit the islands
The Giannutri Island and Giglio Island can be visited by regular ferries from Porto Santo Stefano or by hiring a private yacht. During summer months, only 300 people are allowed on Giannutri Island in order to protect its delicate environment. Giglio is bigger and has beautiful beaches, charming fishing villages and many hiking trails.
Photos via Flickr by: Thomas Mues, Jarle Refsnes, Mirka Naldi.