The Maremma extends between southern Tuscany and upper Lazio and can be divided into three territorial areas: Pisana – Livornese to the north, Grossetana to the center and Lazio to the south.

Maremma is a land of great charm and profound mystery, in some parts still unspoiled, where the cattle are in the wild (in some areas still driven by the Butteri, the legendary horsemen and shepherds on horseback) and the Flora and Fauna are reproduce undisturbed. A vast territory with a thousand faces, which extends between southern Tuscany and western Lazio, made up of great contrasts, bright colors, rich nature, endless spaces, completely different environments, history at every street corner. The geographical area that coincides with the Province of Grosseto is considered the authentic Maremma (Maremma Grossetana or Central) due to the territorial dimension, fame and because it collects the true and most felt Maremma spirit, compared to the Pisana – Livornese and Laziale . According to some scholars, the term “Maremma” derives from marétima, a corruption of Latin loca maritima, used in Roman period to indicate a marshy region overlooking the sea, while according to others it derives from Castilian marismas, which means swamp, marsh, a term widespread during the seventeenth century, when some localities on the Argentario promontory were under Spanish domination.

The Classic Countryside Environment of the Grossetana Maremma – Southern Tuscany (Photo by Simone Francardi)

There is only one Maremma, but there are also several Maremma. An identical common root, a philosophy of life, the same flavors and smells can be found from the sea to Monte Amiata. The Maremma has preserved over the centuries an organic unity, forgotten by governments and administrations, used, but never considered, so much so that the people of Maremma have developed a cement of uses, habits, habits built on a core of lives led on the theme of individual challenge to adverse conditions, on counting in any case and always on themselves, on never giving up and not ask anyone for anything. The landscapes, the geographic profiles, the ways and the forms to face the once hostile nature, sea and mountains, fishing, farming, mines, woods change, but the flavor of the Maremma remains the same. If anything, in some areas it is more intense because it is still uncontaminated by contact with the outside world.

The Spanish Mill (16th century) – Orbetello Western Lagoon at Sunset – Monte Argentario – Tuscan Maremma (Photo by Alessandro Alexi Luciani)

Pitigliano – “The Little Jerusalem” – Tuff Area – Grosseto Maremma (Photo by Simone Francardi)

There are therefore several Maremmas, environments, landscapes, people and different cultures, but the soul is only one.