The south part of Tuscany, at the border with Lazio, is not as famous as other areas – such as Chianti or art cities. For many years has been considered a poor area, wild, not so much interesting to visit. Otherwise nowadays Maremma offers several attractions for visitors, like seaside, art, culture, food and wine: it actually represents a touristic destination, able to satisfy the most.
Maremma for those who love the sea
The Maremma seaside is likely the most beautiful of the whole Tuscany. From Piombino, where ferry depart for Elba, heading southward you will find long beaches with crystalline water, where beach resorts are alternated with wild sections of strands, such as the wonderful Parco della Sterpaia, developed over a coast which is ideal for family with kids due to its shallow sea bottom. Turquoise water, whitish or glided beaches, pine grove to repair during the hottest part of the day.
Proceeding farther southward till Golfo di Follonica, and the coast line will change again: tucked away beaches, small bay, a joy for boat lovers, as the only way to get to some of them it’s only by sea. If you don’t have any, you can rent a sailing boat or a rubber raft in Puntone (Marina di Scarlino), or a charter or a yacht in Punta Ala, or in Castiglione della Pescaia as well.
Do not forget about Argentario: a small mountain peninsula reach of tiny beaches, part of a Marine Park, plenty of tucked away luxury villas. The quiet of beaches like Feniglia are opposite to the nice cars that run along the littoral road between Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole. From Argentario, ferries depart for Giglio and Giannutri islands.
Maremma for those who love the culture
Historically Maremma is one of the areas with more antique human settlements not only in Tuscany, but in Italy indeed.
Due to its mining deposits (iron, copper, zinc) the territory has been populated by Etruscan initially (visit the graves of Vetulonia and Populonia) and then by Greeks and Romans.
Now you will admire the rest of old civilization, and even more medieval fortresses, castles or more recent buildings date back to Siena and Pisa old Republics. Take note of Scarlino, Gavorrano and Massa Marittima: must to be visited.
Maremma for those who love wine and food
If Tuscany is the home for the good food and excellent wines, Maremma is not less.
Nice restaurants, some of them starred, will offer typical culinary specialties, varying from course genuine and with a strong taste. Have you ever heard about wild boar?
If you love red wines, you will remain overwhelmed by Morellino di Scansano, instead if you prefer white wines, then you have to go for Vermentino, tasteful surprise. But it’s out of discussion that enological excellence is on the area called Bolgheri.
Booking in advance, you can visit the Tenuta dell’Ornellaia that produces the multi award-winning Masseto and maybe, if you like, add to the wine taste tour a lunch in the wine cellar. Otherwise the Tenuta San Guido that produces another award-winning Tuscan wine, the Sassicaia, one of the most famous wine in the world.
Maremma for those who love sport
A so much vary territory offers a lot even in terms of sport and outdoor activity: in addition to plenty of water sports (swimming, windsurf, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing boat), there are many cycling and horse riding itineraries.
You can play golf with a glimpse over the sea, in one of the antique golf courts (Punta Ala Golf Club, date back to 1964) or even play Polo in the Argentario Polo Club. For those who love adventure: the windy area surrounding Talamone, it’s the destination for all who like Kite surf.