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Grosseto (province)

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Grosseto is a province of the region of Tuscany in Italy. Its capital is the eponymous town of Grosseto. It is for the most part located in the Maremma region. The western part of the Maremma Grossetana - which lies on the Tyrrhenian coast - is a plain, while the eastern, inland part of the area is hilly, and dotted with picturesque hilltop towns and villages, offering many splendid views. The north-east of the province is home to some higher peaks, including Tuscany's highest mountain, Monte Amiata (1738 m).

Grosseto is one of Italy's least densely populated provinces, with a relatively underdeveloped economy. In spite of - or thanks to - this, there is much worth exploring in this region that is ignored by the majority of tourists.

Towns and villages[edit]

Coastal plain[edit]


Grosseto, Duomo
  • Grosseto – Although nothing special by Italian standards, the provincial capital is a pleasant, if somewhat provincial town of approx. 65,000 inhabitants. The town's centre - most of which was reconstructed in historic style after heavy bombing in World War II - is surrounded by almost completely intact, star-shaped brick ramparts. In Grosseto most of the province's main amenities (shops, schools etc.) are concentrated, and almost half of its inhabitants live here.
  • Follonica - This industrial seaside town of approx. 22,000 inhabitants doesn't have much to offer to the average tourist, but it boasts a number of impressive cast-iron structures, as it used to be a centre of metallurgic industry.

Beach resorts[edit]

Beach at Castiglione della Pescaia
  • Castiglione della Pescaia - This is a relatively upmarket seaside resort of approx. 7,000 inhabitants; it also features a hilltop citadel.

The Monte Argentario promontory is a former island now linked to the mainland by two causeways enclosing a lagoon, with two harbour towns:

Smaller beach towns include 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. Vetulonia is also home to Etruscan ruins. All these villages are equally worth visiting, but it would be too much to try to visit them all.


  • Massa Marittima - Definitely the jewel among the region's hilltop towns, Massa Marittima (approx. 8,000 inhabitants) was long the region's capital during the Summer months, when Grosseto itself was plagued by malaria. Massa Marittima boasts 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 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 worth visiting, but one shouldn't try to visit them all.

Other destinations[edit]

  • Isola di Giglio - The island of Giglio is located in the Tyrrhenian Sea, some 16 km off the Monte Argentario promontory. The cruise ship Costa Concordia was wrecked here in January 2012.



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 1920s and 1930s. As a result, most of the towns and villages in the plain were built in a modern style, with lots 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 foot of the hill, where the railway station is located. These are usually called (Village name)-Scalo, after the ladder that was used to get on the trains.


Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°C) 12 13 15 18 22 26 30 30 27 22 16 13
Nightly lows (°C) 3 3 5 7 10 14 17 17 15 11 7 4
Precipitation (mm) 64 57 56 50 40 27 20 37 65 87 94 65

Climate data for the town of Grosseto (from

The province of Grosseto has a typical Mediterannean climate, with hot, dry summers and humid, mild winters. Rain is most frequent in October and November. Further inland and uphill, winter temperatures are lower with snow in the Monte Amiata area.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

There are no civil airports in the province. The nearest airports are in Pisa, Florence and Rome.

By train[edit]

The main railway line from Rome to Pisa passes through the province of Grosseto. A secondary line is running from the town of Grosseto to Siena. For information on train schedules and tickets, see the website of Trenitalia.

By car[edit]

The E80 (SS1) connects the town of Grosseto to both Pisa (approx. 1h45) and Rome (approx. 2h15). The E78 leads to Siena (approx. 1h05).

Get around[edit]

Public transport[edit]

The railway lines only connect a limited number of towns and villages, and in most cases you will need additional transport by bus to get to your destination. Bus lines in the province are operated by Tiemme SpA, see their website for more information on schedules and tickets (in Italian only!).

By car[edit]

A dense network of local roads connects all towns and villages in the province. Like anywhere in Italy, signposting may not always be very clear, and the state of road maintenance is variable.

By bike[edit]

Touristic biking routes are detailed on the website of (in Italian only!).

On foot[edit]

Long distance hiking[edit]

  • Trekking Roccastrada is a route of 146 km through the hills on the border of the provinces of Grosseto and Siena, that can be walked in 8 stages. The route is described in English in this pdf-document.

Day trips[edit]

A number of shorter trails can be walked, but there is no website offering an overview of hiking options in the area.

See[edit][add listing]

  • The cascades of Saturnia are a must-see. This unique geological formation is a great place to relax after a busy day. The thermal water runs through a number of natural pools where you can just sit and enjoy.
  • Roselle Archaeological Park (Area Archeologica di Roselle), Via dei Ruderi, loc. Roselle, +39 564 402 403. Mid Mar - mid Oct daily 8:30AM-7:30 PM; mid Oct - mid Mar daily 9AM-4:45PM. One of the most important archaeological sites in Italy, where you can see both the Etruscan and Roman remains of the ancient city of Rusellae. It is a large site, stretching over two hills, and features a 3 km long Etruscan city wall, an amphitheatre and beautiful Roman mosaics. The excavated finds are however on display in the archaeological museum of Grosseto. Adults €4, ages 18-25 €2, ages under 18 and over 65 free entrance.  edit


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Parco Regionale della Maremma
  • Parco Regionale della Maremma [1]. This nature reserve offers a number of splendid walking trails, unspoilt beaches, as well as the possibility of excursions by bike, horse or canoe.

Thermal baths[edit]

Tuscany is well known for its thermal baths. The volcanic activity in the area gives rise to many sulphur-rich hot springs. The province of Grosseto also features a number of them. Please note that in Italy thermal baths have a long medical tradition, so don't be surprised to find a wide range of wellness treatments on offer.

  • Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort, +39 564 600 111 (), [2]. €22 for a full day in the pools, additional treatments at extra costs.  edit
  • Argentario Golf Resort and Spa, Via Acquedotto Leopoldino, 58018 Porto Ercole, +39 564 182 84 34 (), [3]. Not a thermal bath in the true sense, but a wellness centre on the coast. €40 for a full day (Jul-Aug €45).  edit

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Get out[edit]

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