Our area: Maremma is an area rich in history, art, culture, nature and all the delights of food and wine. A magical place, quite unique, a lot of it still to be discovered. It still offers the intimate atmosphere of ancient hamlets and historic centres, infinite views over its landscape, the incredible light at dawn and sunset, the sparkling light of its sea – Bandiera Blu 2013 – the deep green of its coastal pinewoods and the natural, protected areas which surround the area.
Art and Culture: The Tuscan Maremma area is a treasure chest of churches and cathedrals with their romantic and Gothic walls, castles, citadels and fortresses. The enchanting Massa Marittima, a few miles away from our agritourism, is a small, medieval town encircled by its surrounding countryside and rich in historical, environmental and architectural beauty, inherited from its prosperous past. From the medieval hamlet to the new town, you can walk along ancient and steep paths which cross over in the town’s main square and then climb up to the higher part of the town. In this square, you can see the wonderful Cathedral of San Cerbone, the ‘Palazzo Comunale’, the ‘Palazzo del Podestà’. Thirty minutes away by car, you can reach the famous Abbey of San Galgano, a fascinating and mysterious place. Continuing along the same road, you soon reach Siena, a city known all over the world for its wealth in art and for its Palio (historical horse race); in fact, its historic centre has been on the list of UNESCO’S World Heritage sites since 1995. And if you have time, you can also visit Florence, Pisa, San Gimignano, Volterra.
Sea: going north, ten minutes by car, you can reach Follonica with the splendid, sandy beaches of Torre Mozza, Carbonifera and Sterpaia. And then on to the port of Piombino where ferries leave once an hour for the Isle of Elba. Going south towards the enchanting Cala Violina, which is one of the most beautiful beaches in Maremma, pale and coarse-grained, made up of minute grains of quartz, lying in front of the dense and luxuriant Mediterranean scrub. Proceding further along the road, you reach Punta Ala, a modern beach resort characterized by its well equipped, tourist port and by long beaches of golden sand, a part of which where domestic pets are allowed. Further on, you reach the beaches of Castiglione della Pescaia, Marina di Grosseto, Talamone, Orbetello and Porto Santo Stefano where you can embark for the Isola del Giglio.
Thermal baths and Well-being: Maremma is an area rich in sulfurous springs and spas, known since the Etruscan era, in the midst of breathtaking landscapes. Hot water, therapeutic springs with gas and steam exhalations are easy to come across: some of the most important and well known ones are the Terme di Saturnia whose water has been flowing and gushing naturally for the past 3000 years at the constant temperature of 37,5°C, directly from a volcanic crater.; the Terme di Venturina, the Terme del Calidario and, at the northern border of the province, the famous Terme del Petriolo.
Entertainment and Enjoyment: Leaving the peace and quiet of our agritourism, in ten minutes by car you can reach the coast, with its intense night life and discotheques, ice-cream parlours, concerts, outdoor events and street markets. The nearby Acqua Village at Follonica offers children many aquatic attractions as well as the marine world aquarium at Valpiana where you can admire hundreds of varied species: from stone bass to moray eels, from sharks to butterfly fish.
And for grown-ups, golf courses, horse riding, paraglider and kite surf.
Parks: The Maremma Natural Regional Park, called the Parco dell’Uccellina, is a large, coastal, protected area in Tuscany which extends from Principina a Mare to Talamone, and includes all of the Uccellina Mountains, together with a mosaic of ecosystems. In the park, you can visit the Trappola Marsh, the mouth of the Ombrone River, the Uccellina Mountains, the Lecci Hillock, the Grand Duchy pinewood of the Uccellina, beaches, dunes of sand and cliffs, archeological sites, watch towers and the Abbey of San Rabano. Numerous activities are carried out here, such as birdwatching, guided visits for one person or for groups, horse riding excursions, bike and canoe excursions, itineraries for those with motor disabilities.
Il Giardino dei Tarocchi – The Tarocchi Garden is a park created by the French-American artist
Niki de Saint Phalle, populated with statues inspired by the tarot cards major arcana.