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
In the plain:
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:
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.
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.
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.