It is easy to tour the many hilltowns that punctuate Maremma’s rugged landscape, they are rarely famous and all the more charming for that. The locations are stunning, perched on ‘tufo hills’, pushed up by underground thermal springs. You can while away a morning in the labyrinth of cobbled streets that spiral uphill, lined by medieval facades. Stroll on and you’ll find yourself in a central piazza where locals meet beneath shaded porticos. A church five or six hundred years old will reveal beautiful frescos. At the top is invariably a fortress and breathtaking views across the vast Maremma countryside.
MARVELLOUS MASTERPIECES AND AVANT-GARDE GARDENS
You could tour the Maremma region and reach Siena in a few hours to explore the extensive collections of Renaissance masterpieces. But visiting small churches in the many hilltowns surrounding Terme di Saturnia will reward you with glorious discoveries and keep you closer to the true Tuscany. Look out for the Sano di Pietro and Andrea di Niccolò paintings in Montemerano. Maremma is home to intriguing cultural destinations, from the avant garde to the Etruscan.
RENERGISE IN THE INSPIRATIONAL LANDSCAPES OF TUSCANY’S WILDER HEART
Wake up to a new day of invigorating exploration. The wild beauty of Maremma is open for discovery. Cycle through the surrounding hills, canter on horseback over rugged country tracks. Treasure slow tourism, pausing for panoramas, silences and scents. Enjoy the light and landscapes of the nature reserves. Maremma is a region where locals live in harmony with nature and the seasons. We invite you to join them.
The Parco Naturale della Maremma stretches along the southern section of the coast, a chain of wild hills, sloping down to cliffs and sandy shores. There are marshes, pinewoods, farmland and pastures. Just mention it and we’ll arrange a guide for an informative trip, stopping for refreshments in farms and local vineyards to taste the abundant produce of the region. Horse-riding is a strong tradition in Maremma and it’s possible to join the Butteri, the Tuscan cowboys, on a cattle drive. The hills are popular with cyclists, Terme di Saturnia offers you complimentary mountain bikes, and has e-bikes to hire.
TUSCAN SEA SHORES AND A RUGGED COASTLINE FRAMING SAPPHIRE SEAS
In the morning you can float through our Hot Spring Pool by lunchtime you can dive into the clear blue Thyrrenian seas. The name Maremma comes from the Latin, maritima meaning of the sea. The pleasures of the coast are around 45 minutes’ drive from Terme di Saturnia. The Gulf of Follonica has many beaches of different character. Cala Violina has long stretches of sand, Torre Mozza has many facilities, Cala Martina offers quiet rocky coves to explore.
South along the coast is Monte Argentario, an island peninsular, known as the final resting place of Caravaggio. Sip an aperitif watching a stylish yachting set at Porto Ercole or Porto Santo Stefano, perhaps land here yourself after a day of boating. You can whiz around the small islands nearby, Montecristo, Giglio or Elba, each has coves to anchor off and fresh sapphire seas for snorkelling.
TOUR AND TASTE THE MAREMMA
The culinary curious will find Maremma an enormously rewarding region. You’ll discover the nuanced flavours of Tuscan olive oils and myriad recipes for a simple aquacotta soup. Look out for Orbetello Botargo (preserved mullet), the sfratto dei Goym of Pitigliano (a biscuit of Jewish origin), the Maremmana breed of cattle, and Tuscan Sea Palamita (Atlantic Bonito). Of particular importance is the Slow Food Presidia that supports small artisanal producers.
Nature and traditions are the source of Maremma’s fine gourmet produce. The highlights are its six DOC wines, including the famous Morellino di Scansano, and selections from Pitigliano, Parrina and Capalbio. Terme di Saturnia bases its cuisine on typical regional produce, favouring organic or biodynamic origin. These include IGP extra-virgin Tuscan olive oil, DOP Tuscan pecorino, honey, Maremman saffron and Sorano beans.