Maremma in Tuscany
Maremma is a large area in southern Tuscany. It is a perfect microcosm that stretches between the provinces of Livorno
. In the Divine Commedy
, Dante Alighieri identified its borders from "Cecina to Corneto" (Tarquinia in Lazio). Maremma is unique because of the variety of its territory
: blue sea, long beaches, black rock, hills covered with woods, marshes and flat lands, green hills and natural thermal baths.
It's a timeless region with ancient roots. Here the Etruscans
and then the Romans
flourished for centuries leaving behind important traces in the Etruscan cities
and many archeological finds around the region. Then the Aldobrandeschi
clan arrived and ruled in Maremma during the dark era of the Middle Ages leaving behind high towers, castles and walled towns such as Santa Fiora and Sovana. The Medici
families also lived here, as the massive Medici wall in Grosseto remind us. The Medici actually started the land reclamation of the marshes in Maremma that ended only after the Second World War.
Maremma is not just culture and landscapes; it is also a region rich in typical products
to be tasted and savoured while drinking a good glass of wine
. Sea, hills and mountains melt prefectly in its food, the acquacotta
soup is a just one example.
Getting to Maremma
Maremma is in southern Tuscany on the border with Lazio along the coast. It is one of Tuscany's areas that has remained more natural and thus more "wild" and isn't that well connected with the rest of Italy. But Maremma attracts a lot of visitors because of this unspoiled natural beauty, particularly along the coast and beaches in the summer. Grosseto
is the main city and is thecentral hub
: the closest airports are Pisa Airport Galileo Galilei
and Fiumicino Airport in Rome
. They are both well connected with national and international airports.
: Grosseto's central station stands on the Tyrrhenian railway which is linked to the north with Genoa and Turin and to the south with Rome.
: The local bus company RAMA
connects Grosseto both to main cities
such as Florence, Siena and Rome, as well as to smaller cities and towns
: from Florence and Siena (arriving from the east
of the Maremma) there is the toll-free highway SS223
that connects both cities to Grosseto. From Pisa and Livorno (to the north
), there is the Aurelia SS1
(E80) that follows the coastline and arrives all the way south to Rome.
Maremma Annual Events & Festivals
Pitigliano Torciata di San Giuseppe
( March 19): Traditional evening procession which culminates with an impressive “Rite of Fire”, in the central square of the village the whole community can be found around the fire of “invernacciu” dying and greeted the new season with the hope that bring wealth and abundance of fruits.
(Easter week): Yacht Club Santo Stefano organizes the traditional sail race in front of the sea of Porto Santo Stefano. For full information, visit www.ycss.it.
Maremma Wine Food Shire
(May): Annual exhibition of wines and the excellent gastronomic foodstuffs of Maremma, held on the historical centre of Grosseto.
Balestro del Girifalco
(twice a year, in May and August): Massa Marittima comes back to the medieval times with the centuries-old crossbow competition organized by the Association of Terzieri of the old town. At the opening show there is the medieval costumed parade and the show of the “Sbandieratori”, (flag wavers.)
Le Notti dell'Archeologia
(July): Offers a special calendar to visit the archaeological sites of Maremma, including evening opening of museums, parks, unique events and guided tours.
Vox Mundi international Folk Festival
(July and August): In the characteristic village of Magliano will be held the Folk festival which gathers music culture and traditional sounds from all over the world.