A trip to the Tuscan Maremma is achievable at any time of the year, thanks above all to a favorable climate, excellent accommodation and catering. A land for all seasons.
Once harsh and inhospitable, the Tuscan Maremma is today a land devoted to hospitality, where it is difficult to find times of the year that do not fully satisfy the traveler’s expectations. A territory varied by nature, with a thousand faces and many climates, with hot and sunny summers and mild winters, make it a suitable destination for a trip at any time of the year. The good and genuine cuisine, the great Maremma wines and the excellent hospitality make the difference. The seasons in between (such as spring and autumn) are however among the best times to visit the Maremma, especially to be able to fully enjoy the many pleasant hiking itineraries that the Maremma hills offer and the numerous sports and recreational activities that the area offers, such as Cycling andHorse riding (but also and above all to find more affordable prices than during the high season). The rains, never too abundant, are concentrated above all in autumn and thanks to the mitigating action of the sea we owe the absence of snowfall throughout the Maremma with the exception of Monte Amiata, which in winter fills its ski slopes. The seaside resorts of the Maremma coast, the marvelous islands of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park and the large archaeological sites scattered throughout the area are the main tourist attractions.
Sunset in Porto Ercole – Monte Argentario – Costa d’Argento – Tuscan Maremma (Photo by Federico Costa)
A trip to Maremma is suspended in time, where you can get lost among breathtaking beauties, atmospheres of an intact Middle Ages, Spanish fortresses, Roman cities, Etruscan remains.
If the Etruscan Coast, the Grosseto coast with Punta Ala and Follonica, the Silver Coast with the promontory of Monte Argentario, theIsola del Giglio, Giannutri and Elba are renowned seaside resorts and venues for elegant and VIP tourism, in the hinterland are the great centers of Etruscan and Roman civilizations, to attract the interest of visitors: from Sovana to Saturnia, from Cosa to Roselle, from Populonia to Vulci, is a succession of historic centers, villages, monuments, abbeys, medieval churches and museums. Among the tourist attractions, the many are also worth a visit castles and towers that abound throughout the territory since the time of the Etruscans and who make the Maremma a real fortified land, as well as the strongholds of the Aldobrandeschi, the medieval churches and the seats of the Lorraine, who ruled Tuscany until its annexation to the Kingdom of Italy and The Maremma lands, which had been swampy, unhealthy and infested with terrible malaria, have been reclaimed.
Bunches of Sangiovese Grapes – Vine from the Tuscan Maremma (Photo by Ilario Uvelli)
Protected Natural Areas, Parks, Reserves and WWF Oases
A trip to the Tuscan Maremma cannot absolutely omit a visit to the numerous ones protected natural areas, both in the Livornese and Grossetana areas, come on Parks of the Val di Cornia to the most famous Maremma Regional Natural Park (also called Parco dell’Uccellina because of the mountains of the same name that are part of it in its entirety) to the dozens of reserves and oases, some managed by the WWF (Oasis of Bolgheri, Oasis of Lake Burano, Oasis of the Orbetello Lagoon and Bosco Rocconi Nature Reserve), which dot a large part of the Maremma area. Da non perdere la stupenda Riserva Naturale Provinciale della Diaccia Botrona, localizzata tra Castiglione della Pescaia e il capoluogo di provincia, Grosseto, una delle più notevoli aree umide d’europa, per via del suo particolare e raro ecosistema, considerata da molti come una sorta di “banca genetica” della Maremma.
- Read also: Terme di Saturnia – The thermal waters, the Mulino and Gorello waterfalls, the map of Saturnia and how to get to Manciano (GR).