is a geographical area covering part of western
Tuscany, notably the Province of Grosseto, and a small part of
northern Latium (Lazio). It can be divided into the Alta Maremma
or northern Maremma) which borders on the
Provinces of Sienna and Pisa, and Bassa Maremma (lower or
southern Maremma) south of Grosseto and around the Costa d'Argento.
the small map above to view
the five main geomorphological areas of the Maremma.
coastal Maremma once contained vast and malarial
expanses of marsh and salt flat that were drained during
Mussolini's time and repopulated from other parts of Italy,
notably the Veneto.
marshes of the Maremma in SW Tuscany, Italy
the Maremma has gained in popularity with visitors over the
past 15 years, aside from a few small beach resorts, it is still
remarkably off the beaten track for both Italian and non-Italian
tourists, despite its many attractions. In the Maremma ancient
traditions flourish and authentic Tuscan culture lives on.
Herding the long-horned cattle of the Maremma
The Maremma is famous for its butteri, cowboys who until recently rode horses to manage the distinctive Maremma cattle. Butteri
still saddle up for festivals and other special occasions, and
horseback trekking is readily available for visitors.
Butteri of the Maremma
Slow Tour of the
Maremma by horse and wagon - weekends of April, May, October and
Two days by covered wagon along the Etruscan roads
and the Nature Park of the Maremma. The tour will include the
Etruscan ruins at Vetulonia, the charming seaside
town of Castiglione della Pescaia, the beach at Principina
a Mare and the world-famous Parco dell'Uccellina
bird sanctuary. More
two day Maremma horse and wagon tour.
The Maremma also has a rocky part to its
coastline, composed of peninsulas where the hills extend to
the sea, interspersed with beautiful bays, many of them ideal for
swimming. Castiglione della Pescaia
is probably the best known of the fishing village beach resorts. Vast pine forests border many of these beaches and there are
still a few undrained marshes now protected as wildlife parks, the
most famous of which is the Parco dell'Uccellina.
These areas teem with wildlife, most notably a wide range of
spectacular bird species.
Other parts of the Maremma and especially the Alta
Maremma are high up in the hills and thickly forested. Some of the
hill towns are well known, for example Massa
Marittima, while others are rarely visited by outsiders even though they are
full of charm. Among them are Civitella Marittima, Roccastrada, Roccatederighi,
Sassofortino, Monte Massi, Cinigiano, Campagnatico,
Pari and Torniella.
The village of Pari
place to stay to visit both the coast and inland Maremma?
Reasco in the village of Torniella,
not far from Roccastrada and Pari in the
"Inland Hill" area of the Maremma, as an ideal place to stay to explore the Maremma and to enjoy
authentic Tuscan life. Visitors are fewer and so accommodation
prices are lower here than elsewhere in Tuscany and these vacation
apartments are a real bargain. They are spacious, well-equipped
of Torniella from Casa Reasco
Reasco has two apartments (4 and 2(+2) persons) plus individual
rooms. The apartments may be rented individually or together.
Torniella has a good pizzeria and shops for supplies. The people
are extremely friendly and prefer to sit outside and talk in the
evening rather that watch television. This is a great place!
here for more about Casa Reasco.
Click here for more about what to see in and near the Maremma.
Bee eater in the Maremma