Maremma – a timeless region with ancient roots.
The Maremma lies in southern Tuscany on the border with Lazio along the coast and stretches between Livorno and Grosseto which is the main city and the central hub of transportation. In the Divine Commedy, Dante identified its borders from “Cecina to Corneto” (Tarquinia in Lazio).
It is one of Tuscany’s areas that has remained more natural and thus more “wild” and isn’t that well connected with the rest of Italy. But Maremma attracts a lot of visitors because of this unspoiled natural beauty, particularly along the coast and long beaches in the summer, for example the very famous Monte Argentario.Blue sea and fishing towns, mineral hills and archeological park, art cities, medieval villages, Etruscan sites, museums, churches and natural parks.Maremma is all this and much more.
Here the Etruscans and then the Romans flourished for centuries leaving behind important traces in the Etruscan cities of Populonia and Roselle and many archeological finds around the region. Then the Aldobrandeschi clan arrived and ruled in Maremma during the dark era of the Middle Ages leaving behind high towers, castles and walled towns such as Santa Fiora and Sovana. The Medici and Lorena families also lived here, as the massive Medici wall in Grosseto remind us. The Medici actually started the land reclamation of the marshes in Maremma that ended only after the Second World War.
Capalbio, a beautiful medieval town in southern Maremma along the b order with Lazio attracts thousands of visitors every year for it characteristic village, natural surroundings and long sandy beaches. Its origins are extremely ancient as testified by the tombs dating back to the Bronze Age. Its history is traceable back to 806 A.D. when Capalbio became the property of the Tre Fontane Abbey in Rome, as per donation of Charlemagne.
Saturnia, a small ancient town in the municipality of Manciano in Maremma, that stands on top of a hill overlooking the famous thermal springs. The town stands close to an Etruscan necropolis along the Roman road Clodia, situated in between the Aurelia and Cassia roads. What turns Saturnia into an attractive destination are its famous thermal springs. Saturnia’s thermal baths are made of several springs stretching from Monte Amiata, an extinct volcano in an extensive nature reserve, to the hills of Albenga and Fiora and reaching Roselle and Talamone.
The warm sulphurous waters of Saturnia were well-known by the Etruscans and Romans. The thermal waters have a temperature of 37.5 °c and therapeutic and relaxing properties.