The Best Time to Enjoy the Maremma Park

I must have told you once or twice, in previous posts, that the Maremma Regional Park in Tuscany is one of my favourite nature reserves in the whole of Italy. It is also known, by the way, as the Parco dell’Uccelina, the Park of the Moonraker – this beautiful word, “moonraker”, referring to the small sails flown at the very top of old sailing ships. Don’t ask me where this second name comes from, though; I haven’t looked into the story yet.

My family and I love to take long walks in the Maremma Park during the low season, that is from October to May. The temperature is mild, never too hot, and there are fewer hikers and visitors than in summertime, as you can imagine. You will have 9000 hectares of unspoilt nature almost all to yourself!

There are as many as 14 waymarked footpaths in the Maremma Park. I had promised myself several years ago to try them all, but every time we are back in the reserve, we always end up doing the same hike: the A2 trail. If you have children, I highly recommend it. Extending for some 5 kilometers, it will lead you across olive groves, fragrant pinewoods and friendly beehives; and you’ll even be able to take a pram to the sandy shores via a number of small pathways.

A hut constructed with driftwood on one of the beaches will make your children jump for joy when you announce: “Okay, kids, this is where we’re having our picnic!” They will rush into this unconventional shelter to swallow their sandwiches. A piece of advice though: just make sure you keep your hiking snacks well packed away when you don’t need them. The red foxes which nonchalantly roam about in the reserve are notorious for being little scroungers…

You can get your entrance ticket for the Maremma reserve at the park office in Alberese, a lovely little village with coffee bars and grocer’s shops. You will find further information on the hiking trails in the park on the following website. Or just drop us an email if you would like us to organize for you a private guided tour in the beautiful Park of the Moonraker…

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