The Tuscan Maremma

Maremma is a relatively unknown part of Tuscany near the Tyrrhenian Sea. The Tuscan Archipelago lies just off the coast and the Island of Elba is within easy reach by boat. The exquisite beaches of Violina Cove, the Baratti Gulf , Castiglion della Pescaia and Punta Ala are only a few miles away. Maremma is also home to numerous thermal hot springs in use since Etrurian times and recently renovated to meet modern standards while retaining the look and ambiance of the ancient baths. These gracious, beautifully appointed spas, Terme diVenturina, Il Calidario, Saturnia and Petriolo, to name just a few, are open most of the year.

Even though Le Solane and Ramerino feel remote, secluded on its hill in the woods, they are surrounded by the many breathtakingly lovely ancient towns renowned for their culture, art and history. Massa Marittima is centered around a famous 13th and 14th century cathedral built atop a massive but graceful asymmetrical platform of stairs rising from a perfectly preserved medieval square which also serves as an outdoor opera theatre. As in the other small walled towns of this region, Campiglia Marittima, Vetulonia, Populonia, Bolgheri, Castagneto Carducci, the narrow, charming, cobbled streets becken and entice with their varied shops filled with wondrous wares. Visit the local vineries to sample and learn where many famous wines are produced. This area is also home to Etruscan tombs and other fascinating archaeological sites. It is easy to lose oneself while wandering, but who cares? Time stands still in Maremma.

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