In Italy there is a piece of wild land wedged between Tuscany and Lazio, a special place full of treasures: from the mountains to the medieval villages in the hills, from the underground caves to the marshes, from the natural thermal baths to a crystal-clear sea.
It’s the Maremma, one of the most fascinating areas of Italy and the perfect destination for all nature lovers. Here are some of the itinerary in the area:
A Saturnia natural pools carved into the rock and surrounded by the typical countryside are waiting for you.
The cascading over the pools, the water temperature (constantly 37 °), its extraordinary properties, the water vapor that surrounds it make this place an enchanted and unforgettable corner of Maremma.
And if that's not enough, in the beautiful Val d'Orcia you will find the spectacular Hot Springs San Filippo, in the Area del Tufo the beautiful Baths of Sorano and finally the wilder Free turmoil baths of Petrolio where the water reaches up to 42 °.
The Maremma is one of the most uncontaminated areas of Italy and the places to explore are endless.
The whole area is dominated by the now extinct volcano of Amiata. From its summit you can see the famous Val d'Orcia with its cypresses and the Val di Paglia, the Bolsena lake and the entire maremma. Go to the discovery of its mineral resources through the wonderful trails in the forests of beech that cover the entire mountain.
Among the wild landscapes of the area there are medieval villages where people live in harmony with nature. To immerse yourself in the lifestyle we suggest you to visit the three cities of Area del Tufo: Pitigliano, Sorano and Sovana, picturesque villages carved into the rock of tuff through mazes of alleys, courtyards, stairs and cellars; do not miss the medieval villages of Manciano and Montemerano, perfect places to enjoy the excellent Tuscan cuisine.
And to those that love sea, the Maremma offers a coastline of 160km where there are cliffs overlooking the sea, long beaches, wild bays, small enchanted islands and picturesque harbors. There, where the sea is one of the cleanest in Italy, you'll find unforgettable fishing villages, especially in the area of the Argentario peninsula. You can not leave without seeing Porto Ercole and Port Santo Stefano, where you can leave for Giglio Island, the Towers of Ansedonia on the beach and Orbetello. The bravest of you will make climbing in the Cliff of Capo d'Uomo, with a breathtaking view behind you, a sea view that extends until the beautiful island of Giannutri.
The welcoming Maremma has infinite paradise. Leave now for picnics in the wild, great food and fine wines, the scent of the sea, Etruscan villages and natural pools.
Cover image: photo by Dimit®i via Flickr
Author: Chiara Marras
SORANO (GR - Grosseto)