Romantic places

Terme di Saturnia

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One of the places to live a unique experience full of romanticism are the Saturnia waterfalls in Maremma (also called cascades, Gorello waterfalls or Mulino waterfalls), they are free and therefore free, always open even at night and are located about 3 km before. to arrive at the village of Saturnia.

The source of the Terme di Saturnia, in Maremma, is born in a volcanic crater (where the swimming pool of the establishment is located) and subsequently flows along a natural stream (called the Gorello) for about 500 meters, where a drop creates a waterfall that laps an ancient mill, and in turn forms a series of natural pools carved into the rock on several levels.
These waterfalls are located in the open countryside but are easy to spot: a couple of kilometers before arriving, on the left side of the road, there is a panorama that allows you to admire the falls in all their beauty in the distance, made even more suggestive. , from the cloud of steam that perennially accompanies this enchanted place. Immersing yourself in the warm water of the natural pools is a real pleasure even in the coldest months of the year, during which, however, we recommend that you keep your bathrobe not too far away to quickly cover yourself as soon as you get out of the hot water.

The waterfalls are accessible every day at all hours, bathing at night under the stars or illuminated by the moon is an experience that we recommend you try! In this case a torch will be useful, especially when there is no moon, also remember that it is a natural place in the open countryside so you will not find bathrooms or changing rooms. On the other hand, there is obviously free parking.

The Terme di Saturnia and its sulphurous waters that flow from the subsoil with a flow rate of 800 liters per second and a constant temperature of 37 ° Centigrade, were already known at the time of the Etruscans who had identified “miraculous” virtues in the source. Subsequently, starting from 280 BC, it was the Romans who benefited from these waters. They were the first to create real buildings for the therapeutic exploitation of the spring; Numerous artifacts are still visible today, bearing witness to the work of the Romans. In the Middle Ages the particularity of this place, due to the water vapor, the heat released and the smell of sulfur, propitiated many legends. It was said that the devil came out of here when he left the underworld. The territory was described as a place where bewitched waters gushed out, which were deposited in steaming and boiling pools, spreading a sharp satanic smell in the air. The chronicles of the time recall conferences of wizards and witches, spells and sabbatical rites.

Also in the Middle Ages, the thermal baths of Saturnia were mentioned by Pope Clement III who in a bull of 1118 mentions “hospitale de balneo” and “a living room for those who went to the hot sulphurous baths of Saturnia”. Today the Terme di Saturnia are known all over the world, however they had a first organizational structure only in 1865, when Dr. Bernardino Ciacci provided to reclaim the soil of the source, and by renovating the existing buildings, he created an efficient thermal establishment. In the early twentieth century the hotel was built and the complete analyzes of the chemical characteristics of the water, carried out by the Chemistry Department of the Universities of Siena, Pisa and Rome, confirmed its great health properties.

In 1978 the Tuscany Region authorized the permanent opening of the center with balneo-mud therapy activities and thus began the path that led the Terme di Saturnia to achieve the world fame they have achieved today.


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Talamone is a small medieval village, in Maremma, which stands on a promontory overlooking the sea, offering a suggestive panorama overlooking Monte Argentario and the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago.

It maintains the appearance of a fishing village where it is possible to taste fresh fish just caught both in the open sea and in the nearby Orbetello Lagoon, in full seafaring atmosphere.

The village is home to a small port created in the natural inlet of the coast, surrounded by medieval walls and dominated by the Rocca Aldobrandesca.

The port, equipped, is a few miles from the main seaside resorts of the Archipelago and is the ideal starting point for boat trips to the islands.

Its territory is part of the Uccellina Regional Park, in Maremma, and the coast is made up of wonderful coasts, with rocky coves to the north, ideal for snorkeling and with sandy beaches bordered by lush pine forests and bathed by crystal clear waters further south. . The very famous beach under the Rocca, dominated by the Fortress, offers a very suggestive landscape setting, finally closes the beach that runs along the access road to Talamone, perfect for those who practice water sports such as sailing, windsurfing and kite-surfing.

The Rocca di Talamone was built for defensive purposes, to protect the coast from pirate invasions, towards the middle of the thirteenth century at the behest of the Aldobrandeschi and was then enlarged and fortified further in the following centuries, in particular in the fourteenth century by the Sienese, who in return they obtained more concessions in the use of the port. In the late 1500s, after suffering pirate attacks, Talamone became part of the State of the Presidi and the fortress was restored to its current appearance.

The fortress is remembered for having welcomed Garibaldi and his people, during a break of the Expedition of the Thousand with the aim of procuring weapons before landing in Marsala.

The fortress heavily damaged in the bombings of the Second World War is now perfectly restored and has a rectangular structure with 4 towers, of which the north one, more massive and higher than the others.
From its promontory you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the beach below and the crystal clear sea.

An attraction, in Maremma, not to be missed is the lagoon aquarium, which houses nine tanks with a capacity of 1000 liters each that describe the characteristics of the submerged lagoon environment. A unique opportunity to get to know the lagoon habitat and its ecosystem so precious and fragile and therefore to be protected with particular attention.

The jewel of Tufo in Maremma: Pitigliano

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Not far from the Orbetello lagoon and the sea, between the wooded valleys and deep canyons, small villages rise, in apparent precarious balance, on high cliffs: the Città del Tufo, in the splendid context of the Maremma south of Grosseto, small and shining jewels of Tuscany.

The visit to this part of Maremma can only start from Pitigliano.

Also known as Little Jerusalem due to the historical presence of a Jewish community, Pitigliano is a village built on a gigantic tuff rock, of Etruscan origins and with strong evidence of the medieval era.
Pitigliano enchants even before arriving there, along the road that comes from the sea, at one of the last curves a unique spectacle in the world will appear before your eyes: a high tufaceous spur and the houses that blend with the rock in a perfect balance between man and nature.

Enter, on foot, the village passing under the double arch of the Medici aqueduct and get lost in the alleys of the village, discover its sunny corners, the deserted squares, observe the housewives chatting with the neighbor “at the door” of the house. Let yourself be fascinated by the wonder of the panorama that opens up from the top of the cliff, get involved in the mysterious and romantic atmosphere that reigns here. The Cathedral, the Church of Sant’Antonio and the Synagogue are worth a visit.
Stop to savor the superb local cuisine and wait here for the sunset to see the sun ignite the village and then the slow arrival of the evening lights, the flickering light of the street lamps that illuminates the maze of alleys and makes everything even more enchanted.

Pitigliano, Sovana and Sorano are in Maremma the 3 centers of the province of Grosseto that form the cities of the Tufo, that is places characterized by the massive presence of tuff, such as Orvieto and Orte in Umbria. In addition to being part of the Tufo Area, Pitigliano is also called the Little Jerusalem due to the presence within it of an ancient Jewish community.

Home to beautiful civil and religious architecture, Pitigliano borders some municipalities in Lazio and is 30 minutes from the famous Terme di Saturnia.Perfectly resting on a huge mass of tuff, Pitigliano appears, a splendid town in the province of Grosseto that is worth visit for its characteristic location and for the many artistic treasures kept inside.
Naturally, the beautiful Pitigliano is included in the ANCI list of the most beautiful villages in Italy and offers visitors the opportunity to spend weekends, holidays and happy and peaceful hours among art, nature and excellent flavors.

Among the most valuable architectural works of Pitigliano in Maremma we remember the majestic Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, or the Cathedral of Pitigliano, the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, the imposing Palazzo Orsini which belonged to the noble family of.
In addition to these important buildings, the Church of Santa Maria and San Rocco, the characteristic Fountain of the Seven Spouts in the historic center of Pitigliano and the Archaeological Civic Museum are also certainly worth a visit.

Monte Argentario

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Monte Argentario, in Maremma is a municipality in the province of Grosseto and corresponds to the homonymous area where two of the most famous seaside tourist resorts in Tuscany are located Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole.

Known for their historical and naturalistic beauty, they are the destination of a large number of tourists every summer. Monte Argentario is a promontory of rare beauty almost completely surrounded by water in the past it was an island, then joined Italy with two isthmuses, the isthmus of the Giannella and the isthmus of the Feniglia, then with a third connection where now rises.

Starting the visit of this wonderful area, the first thing you notice is its sometimes wild nature that hides many treasures such as the nineteen caves, in which the signs of an ancient human presence are visible. There are numerous coves scattered along the coast of Monte Argentario such as Cala Cacciarella and Cala Grande. Due to its favorable position (in the center of the Tyrrhenian Sea), the Argentario had a great strategic function for navigators. In fact, the Spaniards were the first, when they occupied the island, to erect fortifications that made the island a fortress.
They are part of Monte Argentario in Maremma, Porto Ercole and Porto Santo Stefano.

From the landscape point of view Porto Santo Stefano is characterized as a seaside village. Over the years, the marine environment itself has become the primary source of tourism attracting many underwater sports enthusiasts and sea lovers. What stands out most at first sight is the presence of imposing fortifications such as the Spanish one built between the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th century which dominates the upper part of the town, and at its feet, there are numerous very suggestive alleys and stairways. The promenade along the seafront, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, which leads you to Piazza dei Rioni, where the moored luxury yachts are on display in the summer, is definitely pleasant.
Porto Ercole, an ancient fishing village, since January 2014 one of the most beautiful villages in Italy today a famous summer holiday resort, is “guarded” by the mighty fortresses built at the time of the Spanish Presidia. The oldest part of the village, the one under the Rocca, is only accessible on foot, and has kept intact the architecture and atmosphere of past centuries. Along the small port you can still observe old sea wolves struggling with their rezze. The beauties of this area can be discovered using a small rental boat; in the crystalline sea and that at sunset make the landscape suggestive and unforgettable.

It is also possible to go diving, exploring the colorful and precious marine fauna and flora that live in the seabed, fascinating corners where the color of the sea combined with the green of the Mediterranean woods and the white of the rocks form a real mosaic of colors.

The beaches of Monte Argentario are not always easy to reach, but the effort of the route is always rewarded at the sight of these paradises of crystalline sea.

Castiglione della Pescaia

CASTIGLIONE DELLA PESCAIA in every beautiful season becomes a seaside destination frequented by couples, families and groups of friends.
Every year Castiglione fills up, but still remains a quiet and enjoyable destination from many points of view.

Why over the years has Castiglione della Pescaia become one of the most popular beaches in Tuscany? For many reasons, but above all because those who choose Castiglione are destined to bathe in a beautiful sea, sunbathe on a wide sandy beach, have the opportunity to book excellent bathing establishments and admire fascinating sea views.

In addition to this Castiglione della Pescaia is a very interesting center also from an artistic point of view, it offers the possibility to spend the after dinner in excellent restaurants and in beautiful clubs, and finally it is an excellent base for many beautiful excursions and great beauties. turn.

The layout of the city is of medieval origin and the town is dominated by an ancient Aragonese castle, in the lower part a romantic promenade awaits you that extends from the port with its shining lighthouse to the end of the seaside resort.
All those who are passionate about nature, photography and beautiful landscapes can also book a beautiful naturalistic excursion to the Casa Rossa Ximenes itself to have the pleasure of sighting, at sunset, some species such as flamingos, hawks and herons. many excellent recipes.

The food and wine wealth of Castiglione della Pescaia finds its origin in the fact that the town is located on the sea but also has an excellent farming tradition. For this reason in Castiglione it is possible to taste exquisite fish dishes, excellent dishes based on meat, game and game and also interesting dishes based on vegetables.