Maremma, what a holiday!

/ma'rem:ma/ : region of southern Tuscany, originally a marshland (from spanish "marisma")
The Surroundings

The territory Marisma is located in is known as the Colline Metallifere (the Mining Hills) and encompasses beatiful beaches framed within untouched pinewoods and crystal clear sea as well as the tipycal sweet hills for which Tuscany is world-wide known.

Among the places worth a visit during your stay in Marisma (all places mentioned are within a 35 kms radium):

- Castiglione della Pescaia, a world-known touristic place on the Tyrrean sea with a nice medieval borough;

- The aetrurian relics of Roselle and Vetulonia as well as the Museo Civico Archeologico, in Vetulonia;

- Scarlino, sitting on the top of the hill;

- Gavorrano’s “Parco Minerario Naturalistico” (The Mining Park), comprising the old Ravi-Marchi mine, the Parco delle Rocce (The Rocks’ Park), the Teatro delle Rocce (the Rocks’ Theatre) and the Museo Minerario (the Mining Museum);

- The medieval borough of Gavorrano, cast on the side of mount Calvo;

- Massa Marittima, a monumental bourough rich of romanic and gothic buildings (worth to mention and see, among others, the Duomo and the Episcopato, the Torre del candeliere, the Fortezza dei Senesi, the Palazzo dell’Abbondanza and the Fonti dell’Abbondanza).

Those who love crystal clear sea and white beaches will find themselves at home here: they will also have their best chances to go canoeing, wind-surfing, kite-surfing and sailboating (here is the list of a few locations). Families can also spend a day at the Follonica AcquaVillage (a water amusement park).

Nature at its best will disclose itself to those who venture to see the hidden coves of Cala Violina (which owes its name to its quartz sands which play like a violin in spring time) and Cala Martina with their emerald green waters.

A vastly untouched territory is available to those who want to discover it: the Parco Naturale della Maremma (Maremma's Natural Park) located on the coast from Principina a Mare to Talamone's gulf and the Riserva Naturale della Diaccia Botrona (Diaccia Botrona's Natural Reserve), the remainings of a reclaimed marsh where rivers Bruna and Ombrone meet the sea.

In the summertime Maremma is crowded with fairs and exhibitions; here is a list of the main ones.

You will also enjoy spending time in one of the countless restaurants scattered around to taste typical food of this part of Tuscany; here is a list of our favorite ones.

Highly refined olive oil is king over here (you can buy it from Frantoio San Luigi), but you should also taste Monteregio di Massa Marittima wine (both in its red and white versions); here is a list of our favorite vineyards.

Needless to say this part of Tuscany is ideal to fully enjoy the beauty of a wild and untouched nature: you can walk, go horse-riding or go biking (with the bikes you will find in Marisma).

Here you will find a few suggested routes.
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