Monte Amiata

There are many destinations to discover in the Tuscan Maremma, a magical land where present and past, nature and culture coexist harmoniously, creating a truly unique carousel of atmospheres, landscapes, lights, colors and flavors.

Rugged and wild, but at the same time sweet and welcoming, the Maremma extends into the provinces of Pisa and Livorno (Maremma Pisana – Livornese), Grosseto (Maremma Grossetana or Centrale), Viterbo and Rome in upper Lazio (Maremma Laziale), climbing from the Tyrrhenian sea to embrace the immense woods of Monte Amiata. Its name today evokes the intense green of the pine forests, the unmistakable scent of the Mediterranean scrub, the secret charm of the beaches of the coast, the escape of hills dotted with towers and castles built since the time of the Aldobrandeschi, the suggestion of the ancient medieval villages. There are many Maremmasto know and love, as there are many destinations to be discovered in every corner of the rich territory, where time really seems to stand still. There is the Maremma delle Colline Metallifere, a large stage made up of wings that change gently from the vast green spaces to the fortified villages on the top of the hills. That of cities like Massa Marittima and Grosseto and the wildest of the Maremma Regional Natural Park (or Parco dell’Uccellina), where nature is sovereign and i Butteri, a kind of local cowboys, masterfully follow the mighty long-horned cattle of the Maremma breed and the horses, large and robust, which still live today in the wild and semi-wild. There is the Maremma of the Etruscan nobles, with Populonia, Baratti, Vetulonia and the Cities of TufoPitigliano, Sorano and Sovana – connected by the cave roads, long and mysterious corridors carved into the tufaceous rock; there is the Maremma of the Romans, with Saturnia, Cosa, Roselle and the patrician villas.

There is the Maremma on the sea, with the splendid Tyrrhenian coast, the Costa degli Etruschi, the wonderful islands of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park and the Costa d’Argento, with the promontory of Monte Argentario, which since ancient times has attracted great populations of navigators, such as Phoenicians, Etruscans, Romans and Spaniards, and that of the mountain, with the Amiata massif, formed by volcanic eruptions that began three hundred thousand years ago. But above all there is another Maremma, the moreintimate, profound and silent one, which remains impressed on those who travel without too much haste, observing with respect this land so rich in environmental and historical values, an extraordinary testimony of the ancient relationship, sometimes difficult but always fascinating, between man and nature.