Grosseto is a large walled town in southern Tuscany, located just 14km from the coast and Tyrrhenian Sea. Although often overlooked by the majority of tourists, Grosseto is a charming town offering a relaxed slice of Tuscan life. If you enjoy coffee breaks, a bit of shopping and a good dose of people watching, Grosetto is the place for you.
It is also a fantastic base for exploring the nearby towns of Massa Marittima, Montemerano and Castiglione della Pescaia and the surrounding unspoiled beaches and peaceful countryside, just a short drive away.
What to do
A stroll around the irregular fortified walls, which surround the town, is a must for visitors to Grosetto. The walls were built in 1574, to replace the original 12th century structures. Once intended to defend the city, these immaculately preserved walls form a pleasant tree lined walk through surrounding parkland.
For archaeology lovers, a trip to the Museum of Archaeology and Art of Maremma is a must. Found in the centre of Grosetto inside the 19th century Old Tribunal, this museum offers 40 rooms of arceologial finds from the nearby Etruscan city of Rosselle. It also includes a collection of art from the 12th to 16th century. At the heart of the city is Dante Alighieri Square, a mock Medieval space where you will find the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, remodelled in the 19th century in neo Romanesque-Gothic style. The square is a pleasant place for a stroll or an aperitivo.
Head out of town to Castigilone della Pescaia, one of the most attractive coastal towns in Tuscany. Just 45km from Grosetto, it offers old world charm and beautiful beaches.
Where to eat
Il Canapino is a small place looking out onto Grosetto's main piazza offering a relaxed atmosphere and colourful interior. Try its delicious Tuscan cuisine prepared with the freshest produce and ingredients. For one of the finest seafood restaurants in the Grosetto region, head to Al Posto Accanto. This fine restaurant offers a fresh, delicious selection and well selected wine list.
Hidden inside a section of the old fortress inner tunnels, hunt out the fantastic Locanda de'Medici. This wonderful restaurant offers a fantastic setting, delicious food and rows and rows of precious wine which can be selected directly from the shelf.
How to get there
The nearest airports are located at Marina di Campo (130km), Pisa (158km) Rome (175km) and Perugia (188km). There is a train station in Grosetto, trains run from Siena and take approx. 1.5 hours. There are also trains from Rome.
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