LA MAREMMA TOSCANA

Maremma rests its back on the borders of southern Tuscany and Lazio as if it were playing hide and seek. She is quiet, humble, and if you blink, you could almost lose sight of her. Most tourists do it: the Maremma in fact, despite its size, is unknown to most of the visitors who go to Tuscany from all over the world. The province is the largest in the region and extends for 4,500 km2; but it is difficult to find it on the map. In fact, “Maremma” is a name from a storybook that, in the course of
history, indicated the heart of Etruria, enclosed medieval dreams of feudal domination, welcomed the Medici and Napoleon Bonaparte and warned travelers about the presence of bloodthirsty brigands. In more recent times, the Maremma has come to coincide with the territory of the Province of Grosseto, but this grouping under a single entity does not fully reflect the reality; in fact, the Maremmans are historically and decidedly averse to unification. They also have a word for this attitude of theirs: parochialism – pride in their country that leads them to consider it infinitely better than its neighbors, the rest of the province, of the whole region. But it is certainly not a new concept: every center of the Tuscan Maremma, from the smallest to the largest, has in fact developed independently over the millennia.

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Each has its own history and heritage, particular dishes and unique stories and legends. The Maremma people are storytellers, a habit that has its roots in the nineteenth century, when malaria made their life difficult and short. “The Maremma is full of picturesque and beautiful; a particular and somewhat wild beauty, it is true, like that of an Indian girl, but fascinating in her wild and uncultivated flowering “.
George Dennis, Victorian explorer, 1832.
Maremma is the antithesis of the cities of art suffocated by tourists, it is simple in both its landscape and its lifestyle, and promises the dolce vita and a Tuscany off the beaten track; the kind of place that shouldn’t even have a guide, as the arrival of too many visitors could ruin its charm of a wild and still unexplored land. Maremma has kept its natural beauty, agrarian charm and simple traditions because it has been neglected as a tourist destination for so long. With tourists only now starting to arrive in dribs and drabs, the province remains an example of Italy in the early 1960s, before deceptive souvenir shops and terrible tourist menus spread. The Tuscan Maremma is a micro-region in itself, with all the ingredients for an unforgettable holiday. Its proximity to Rome and Florence makes it an ideal destination for those who love the traditional flavors of provincial cuisine, those who go in search of remains Etruscans, Romans, well-preserved medieval and Renaissance cities, those who want to get lost in a paradisiacal landscape, where you can go from the beaches of the Argentario to the snowy mountain of the Amiata in a few hours, of course including a stop at the famous Terme di Saturnia. And since after all we are also here in Italy, even for those who prefer style to tradition. On the Maremma coast, spectacular seaside resorts have become a center of attraction for the jet-set, and cities such as Capalbio and Massa Marittima, the epitome of shops and cultural activities. So congratulations on choosing Maremma. Like all good things, it won’t stay hidden forever.

MAP MAREMMA

Maremma is divided into 5 areas, each particular and different in terms of characteristics, history and traditions:

1. Colline Metallifere

2. Grosseto & la costa

3. Monte Amiata

4. Argentario

5. Valle del Fiora

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