This beautiful stretch of Tuscan coastline is largely unspoiled and offers a quieter unflashy seaside experience to the rest of this most popular of regions
The region of Maremma, situated in southern Tuscany, is a truly magical place, made up of vast stretches of sleepy countryside, long beaches, blue seas and idyllic towns.
The Maremma coast is chic but discreet, boasting some of the best, deserted beaches in Tuscany. Inland you will find impossibly pretty towns perched atop hills, surrounded by pastures filled with grazing Longhorn. This region remains one of Tuscany's, and indeed Italy's, best-kept secrets, so head there before the crowds.
What to do
One of the biggest draws of the Maremma region has to be its stunning, often deserted beaches. One of the most famous, La Fenigalia, is a big wide, sandy beach of around 7km, backed by dunes and pinewoods and offering crystal clear water making it perfect for families. Cala Violina is a stunning white sand cove situated within the gulf of Follonica. This breathtaking beach of white sand and crystal clear waters is only accessible by foot or bike.
For a well equipped beach head to the Capezzolo, set along the coastal town of Casiglione della Pescaia, this beach offers white sand and clean sea as well as beachside restaurants and entertainment as well as daytime watersports.
Slightly further inland, head to hilltop village of Capalbio. This stunningly quaint village is not far from the coast and offers spectacular views from its Medieval walls across the surrounding countryside and out to sea. In the centre you will find a picturesque little square, with narrow stone passages and lanes and covered in flowers.
The 'tufa towns' of Pitigliano, Sorano and Sovana are unbelievably pretty. Perched atop the Maremma hills and seemingly growing out of the rocky outcrops these towns are a sight never to be forgotten. A visit to Maremma wouldn't be complete without exploring this trio of medieval towns.
Taste the flavours of Tuscany along the Maremma and Montecucco wine road. Stop off at one of the many vineyards and savour some of Southern Tuscany's finest wines, cheeses and honey.
Where to eat
The large region of Maremma offers every type of dining, from traditional and beachside restaurants, to Michelin starred dining. It really depends on where you are staying and your budget, but here are a few favourites. For traditional Tuscan fare, head out to the hills behind Porto Ercole to the beautiful outdoor restaurant, La Sorgente. Here you will find hearty, reasonably priced local dishes, all served at relaxed benches and offered with ice-cold carafes of water from their very own spring.
For Michelin starred dining head to the two Michelin starred Ristorante Da Caino in Grosetto. As well as exquisite dining it offers an astonishing wine cellar as well as three beautifully furnished rooms available for overnight stays.
For an unforgettable dining experience, with unforgettable views, head to La Fontanina, in Porto Santo Stefano. Situated outside of this port town, you will find it perched on top of a hill offering spectacular views. On a summers evening a table on their outside cherry tree covered terrace is a must. Halfway between Orbetello and Porto Santo you will find I Due Pini, located on the quaint rocky beach know as La Soda. Offering exceptional seafood on a shady terrace this is the perfect spot to take in the views before relaxing on their own private beach.
The nearest airports are to be found at Rome or Pisa. From either airport it is around a two and half hour drive on the SS1 "Aurelia" trunk road to the provincial town of Grosetto, which is 15 minutes from the Parco Naturale della Maremma visitors cantre in Alberese.
It is also possible to arrive by train on the Rome-Pisa line, which stops at the regional towns of Capalbio, Orbetello, Albinia and Grosetto. To really discover everything this delightful region has to offer, a hire car is a must.
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