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Grosseto (province)

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Grosseto is a Province of the Italy region of Tuscany. The whole of the province is covered by the Maremma region, which also covers parts of provinces of Livorno (Tuscany), Pisa (Tuscany) and Viterbo (Lazio). The western part of the Maremma Grossetana - which lies on the Tyranian coast - is a plain, while the eastern, inland portion of the area is hilly, and dotted with picturesque hilltop towns and villages, offering many splendid views. The north-east of the provinces is home to some higher peaks, including Tuscany's highest, Monte Amiata, which is 1738 metres high.

The province is one of Italy's least densely populated, and consequently has a relatively underdeveloped economy. Nontheless - or thanks to this - much that is worth exploring remains unexplored by the majority of tourists.


Towns and villages[edit]

In the plain:

  • Grosseto – Though nothing special by Italian standards, the provincial capital is a pleasant, if somewhat provincial town of about 80.000 inhabitants. The town's centre - most of which was reconstructed in historic style after heavy bombing in WW2 - is surrounded by complete star-shaped brick ramparts. Grosseto is also where most of the provinces main amenities (shops, schools etc.) are concentrated, and where almost half of its inhabitants live.
  • Follonica - This industrial seaside town of about 22.000 inhabitants doesn't have much to offer the average tourist, but boasts a number of impressive cast-iron structures, as it was formerly a metallurgic centre.
  • Castiglione della Pescaia - This relatively upmarket seaside resort town of about 7.000 inhabitants also features a hilltop citadel.

There are also a number of smaller beach-towns, such as Marina di Grosseto, Punta Ala and Talamone.

Many medieval villages - such as Vetulonia, Burriano, Montepescali, Sticiano, Gavorrano and Roccastrada - lie on the hills surrounding the plain, offering spectacular views of it. Vetulonia is also home to Etruscan ruins. All these villages are equally worth visiting, and you can take your pick instead of trying to visit them all.

On Monte Argentario, a former island now linked to the mainland by two causeways enclosing a lagoon:

  • Porto Ercole
  • Porto Santo Stefano - Point of departure for ferries to the island of Giglio - from where there are also ferries to the smaller island of Giannutri.

Inland:

  • Massa Marittima - Definately the jewel among the region's hilltop towns, Massa Marittima (pop.: +/- 8.000) was long the region's capital during summer months, when Grosseto itself was plagued by malaria. Massa Marittima is home to medieval battlements and a main square that rivals that of Siena. The town lies in a historic iron-mining region, and a number of mines are open to visitors.
  • Pitigliano - One of Tuscany's most impressive towns.

There are also numerous other hilltop towns and villages - such as - Arcidosso, Cana, Roccalbenga and Scansano in the inland part of the Maremma Grossetana. Again, they are all equally worth visiting, but one shouldn't try to visit them all.

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The coastal part of the Maremma was a very underdeveloped region of marshes - which suffered badly from malaria - until it was drained under Mussolini's regime in the 1920's and 1930's. As a result, most of the towns and villages in the plain were built in a modern style, with large amounts of fascist-era architecture - which is by no means always ugly. By contrast, the hilltop towns and villages - some of which previously fulfilled the role of summer capital - usually retain their medieval character. Some of the latter have a fascist-era settlement at the around the railway station foot of the hill, usually named (Village name)-Scalo, after the ladder that was used to get on the trains.

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Spas[edit]

  • Casal di Pari's spa [1]: Casale, also known as Casal di Pari because of its proximity to the older village of Pari, is located on a hill at 470 metres. It was another of the small centres of the Ardengheschi family that later came under the control of Siena. Casale is famous for its spas.
  • Pitigliano's spa [2]: the spa of Pitigliano is located in the Maremma, a land of fascinating and significant cultural content.
  • Saturnia's spa [3]: Saturnia's spa is in the town of Manciano, an oasis of comfort and relax in Tuscany near villages rich of history.
  • Argentario's spa [4]: A 2700 m² spa that mixes modern and retro features. Located between the harbours of fashionable Porto Ercole and Porto Santo Stefano in the Argentario Promontory.

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The cascades of Saturnia is a must to visit. The unique geological formation is a great place to relax after a busy schedule. The thermal water runs through a number of natural pools where you can just sit and enjoy.

  • Maremma Nature Park [5]: it offers a variety of eco-activities, such as horse riding, bird watching, catch-and-release fishing, trekking and cycling.

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