• CASTIGLIONE DELLA PESCAIA
Castiglione Della Pescaia, a dated town overlooking the sea placed between Punta Ala and Marina di Grosseto. The old part of the town is a balcony on the Tyrrhenian sea , It’s the home of a tourist port which offers daily excursions to the islands found in the Tuscan archipelago.Castiglione della Pescaia boasts ancient origins, the first traces of encampment in this area go back sixty thousand years, whilst the first urban settlements are found in Vetulonia, the ancient town that the Etruscans built near lake Prile (no longer in existence) The Romans instead, founded the village of Salebrone famous for its mild climate, the lake teeming with fish and the surrounding area full of wild game. After the fall of the Roman Empire and the incursions of the Barbarians, in the year 962 Castiglione was given over to Pisa by Ottone the 1st of Sassonia, the emperor of Germania. Pisa exploited the resources without worrying about the sand filling the port and of the waters of the lake Prile that, becoming stagnant, caused the increase of malaria epidemics.
• CALA VIOLINA
Cala Violina is a wonderful cove in Maremma, in the district of Scarlino, that opens in the heart of the Natural Reserve of Bandite di Scarlino. The cove, not very wide, lies between two promontories and is characterized by an extremely fine sand and by pristine and crystal clear sea waters. What makes it really unique are the sounds that the beach utters when it is trodden on and when everything around is silent; this effect can be heard during the low season, since the cove gets really crowded at weekends and during the summer. This should not discourage the more curious people, since the place is very well-exposed and protected from cold northern winds and it allows you to spend hours in the sun also in winter time. It is not accessible by private vehicles. In the summer there is a shuttle service available.
Vetulonia is an ancient Etruscan city that gave Rome the lictorial symbols of the fasces and the axe. Vetulonia reached its highest splendor between the 7th and 6th century A.C. and still preserves many memories of its ancient power. After the splendor of the Etruscan period, Vetulonia declined, and in 1181 due to the necessity to fortify for the defense of the inhabitants, the Castle of Colonna arose.Of the imposing Etruscan perimeter wall, there remain only a few sections, and in the immediate surroundings of the actual town one can find the Etruscan necropolis. Among the graves the can be visited, that are remarkable, the Diavolino grave and the Petrera grave, that can be reached entering the road that leads to Buriano. In the town one can visit, once the restoration work is finished, an archeological museum, due to open soon, with exhibits of remarkable value. Marvelous is the view that can be admired of the sloping gentle hills.
• PARCO DELL’UCCELLINA
The Natural Regional Park of Maremma was instituted in 1975 but, not withstanding its reduced dimensions (app.10.000ha) and young age, in a short length of time has become a reference point for an ever increasing number of people. Park of Maremma. In 1993 it was honored in the Diploma of European Park released by the European committee. Visiting the park will certainly be a pleasurable and informative experience, however one must bear in mind that stopping at just one visit may, in some instances, result in ones expectancy being deluded, often over-dimensioned with respect to the actual possibility offered by the brief length of time available; One must remember it is not a zoo, the animals run freely and are not at our disposition. The visit to the park is possible only on foot; there are two access points for the itineraries; Alberese and Talamone. For the itineraries departing from Alberese, of which there is a brief description, the access is normally possible on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, however for further information on the times and visits it is advisable to contact the information office of the park.
• MONTE ARGENTARIO
Monte Argentario is a promontory that stretches out into the Tyrrhenian Sea towards the two most southern islands of the Tuscan Archipelago: the island of Giglio and the island of Giannutri. Originally Argentario was also an island but in the course of the centuries the action of sea stream and Albegna river created two tombolos, the Giannella Tombolo and the Feniglia Tombolo, which connected the island to the mainland creating at the same time the Orbetello Lagoon. Monte Argentario reaches its highest point at Punta Telegrafo (635 m) and it is characterized by a mountainous territory only sweetened by terraces created by man where vineyards grow. The coastline is extremely irregular and it offers beautiful rocky bays and coves. The district of Monte Argentario is formed by two fishing villages: Porto Santo Stefano, where the town hall is, lies on the north side , while Porto Ercole, the smaller village, lies on the south side.
Saturnia Spa is world-famous for its prodigious thermal spring: sulphurous and carbonic water – sulphate –bicarbonate – alkaline – earthy – that springs from the subsoil at 800 litres/s at a constant temperature of 37°C. Thanks to its particular composition and its natural temperature, Saturnia water has healthy and stimulating properties, whose effect can be felt on the skin, breathing and skeletal-muscle apparatus. You can bathe in the famous Molino Falls, calcareous falls created by the natural spring in the heart of the Maremma countryside, just a few km away from Saturnia. You can bathe for free and in the winter, that hot shiver is a healthy transgression. Young people love it but it should be tried at every age: it’s a unique experience. Try it at night: dark falls lightened by the moon, full of laughter and encounters. The sulphurous spring’s thermal water springs inside the spa, where you can bathe in natural pools or let yourself caress by hydro massage. Facilities at Saturnia Spa offer several services: hydro therapy, traditional spa treatments (mud baths, aerosol therapy, inhalation etc) and holistic beauty treatments.