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Tuscan Territories - Maremma Wild Tuscany
The Maremma is Made for Adventure:
The Maremma extends for about a quarter of the territory of the whole Tuscany, between the provinces of Livorno and Grosseto.
What makes Maremma so unique, making it a perfect microcosm, is the microdiversity of its territory.
In Fact, Sea, hills and mountains merge together in the Maremma.
Where Is it?
We can Divide the Maremma in 3 different areas:
the upper Maremma:
An area that affects a large part of the province of Livorno and that includes the area of the metalliferous hills up to the Gulf of Follonica. Culture and landscape are closely linked to the mineral resources of the area, whose exploitation has lasted for centuries from the archaic era to the present day. Here the Etruscans created a dense commercial network by founding many cities including Gavorrano, Montieri and Monterotondo. The colors of nature blend with the blurs of metals, creating suggestive landscapes dotted with castles, churches, fortresses and watchtowers. The focal point of this magical landscape is the city of Massa Marittima, a small large medieval city with a marvelous cathedral and an imposing formwork.
The Maremma Grossetana:
The city of Grosseto, with the Duomo, the Cassero Senese and the Medici Walls, well represents the different souls that inhabited this area. The surroundings of Grosseto are in fact rich in historical and artistic testimonies whose best example is the archaeological site of the Etruscan city of Roselle. But Grosseto is also sea and beach, such as Marina di Grosseto and Principina a mare, pine forest and natural marinas such as Castiglione della Pescaia and Punta Ala. And then the innermost area, which extends to the slopes of Monte Amiata which alternates sinuous hills with dense woods. A landscape enriched by villages and castles such as Scansano, famous for Morellino wine, Campagnatico and Civitella Paganico.
The Lower Maremma:
This area borders with Lazio, is perhaps the most representative area of the whole Maremma. Here is the Silver Coast, overlooking the last stretch of the Tuscan sea and immersed in the Maremma or Uccellina Natural Park. Orbetello, surrounded by the waters of the lagoon, Talamone, with its fortress and the ancient village, Capalbio and his Tarot Garden, Monte Argentario with impervious cliffs and crystal clear water with Porto Ercole and Porto S. Stefano, are just some of the beauties of this area of the Maremma. Not to mention the hinterland, an area renowned for its tuff whose Etruscan roots are still clearly visible, as evidenced by the cities of Pitigliano, Sorano and Sovana. In this part of Maremma there are also the famous thermal springs of Saturnia, with healing properties.
Maremma is undoubtedly a part of Tuscany to visit, because it has a lot to offer. Not only culture and breathtaking landscapes, but also typical products and wines to taste. The Maremma cuisine is made of simple and traditional dishes made with local and seasonal products of the highest quality to accompany with a good glass of Morellino di Scansano or Bianco di Pitigliano. The most representative dish is acquacotta, which has fed entire generations of Maremmans and is the symbol of the art of making a virtue of necessity. In fact there is no single recipe because each housewife used the seasonal products of her garden and the cheese of her flock. The ingredient common to all recipes is certainly the extra virgin olive oil from the Maremma hills.
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