An insider guide to our regions
Renting a villa in Maremma Tuscany Coast
Trust&Travel has got a name of its seafront rentals within private estates in the Maremma, with direct access to the beach. Browse through the estates listed below and discover our charming agriturismo cottages, holiday apartments, luxury villas and as well as a historical castle that used to be an elegant shooting lodge.
I Cavallini lies in an area called Maremma, a lesser known and therefore all the more captivating part of Tuscany, 25 km inland from the sea, close to the peninsula Monte Argentario. Two stylish agriturismo apartments have been tastefully restored on the ground floor of Villa Cavallini, one with 4 beds, the other with 5 beds.
The estate of Fontanili lies in an area called Maremma. Here you can rent four charming apartments with garden or terrace and pool as well as two fabulous houses directly on the beach.
From the distance, Marsiliana might look like a castle, but as you reach the top of the hill and drive through the gate it resembles an informal hamlet. The surrounding 2800 Ha property is comparable to a nature reserve, at only 14 km from the sea in southern Tuscany, an area called Maremma. Guests can stay in a rental apartment with 6 beds, two villas with pool and the castle which has up to 13 beds.
This marvellous stretch of land which runs along the famous Maremma coastline lies 1 hour south of Pisa very close to the famous village of Bolgheri which The New York Times ranked 11th out of 44 places to go in 2009. The luxury villa sleeps 12-16, and the stylish agriturismo cottages have 4 beds. All rental villas have a direct access to the beach!
Maremma Tuscany Coast,
the wild Maremma coastline
Tuscany is less well known for its wild South-West coastline, along the sea in the Maremma region.
Yet it’s natural landscape is amazing – a natural park, long sandy beaches, drained marshes, islands, thermal springs, typical Mediterranean landscapes- and lovers of old ruins come back fully satisfied. In the interior, old towns that are as charming as they are historic abound with stunning Etruscan remains: go for walks in Sovana, Sorano and Pitigliano.
Devotees of the sea, of genuine landscapes, of outings on horseback and of the charm of old, forgotten towns will thus choose this region without hesitation. With fewer tourists and quieter than Central Tuscany, Maremma will make you dream, the complete change of scenery will make you feel mellow: a wonderful journey to the heart of the Mediterranean wilderness.
Geographical Landmarks in Maremma
Maremma stretches from the Tyrrhenian Sea (a stretch of the Mediterranean between Sardinia and Sicily) up to the north of Latium. With its marshes, it resembles our very own French Camargue. Many of its areas are protected, like the Maremma Natural Park or the Vulci archaeological zone. This means that the local flora and fauna are wild, almost untouched.
A Brief History of Maremma
You cannot mention Maremma without telling the story of how it was drained, since before it was drained, this region was nothing more than a vast stretch of stagnant, muddy water, impossible to farm. The draining plans were drawn up at the beginning of the 19th century, and from 1829 onwards fifty thousand workmen from every region of Italy were mobilised. The construction of the Seggio Nuovo Canal by Giuseppe Mazzanti in 1830 enabled the whole of the surrounding area to be rapidly improved.
Landscapes, Nature, Walks
Lovers of wild nature are blessed in this lush and authentic region.
So you will be spoilt for choice:
– Go for a walk in the Maremma Natural Park (Uccellina Mountains).
It is the biggest WWF park in Tuscany and offers 11 marked walking trails, ranging from 2.5km to 12km in length. To join the trails, you need to go to the Alberese tourist centre in the north of the park. Depending on the walk that you choose, you might have the opportunity to see deer, boar, foxes or even hawks.
600 metres north of Alberese, the Centro Turismo Equestre Il Rialto offers accompanied canoe and horseback outings. You can also hire mountain bikes.
– Go for a swim in the natural hot water springs of the Gorello or in the Saturnia thermal baths. You can spend the day there, splashing about in hot-water swimming pools or enjoying heavenly treatments, like a four-hand shower massage or oxygen therapy. You will walk out feeling as light as air.
– Go for a car trip on the Via Panoramica. This road, which is all bends, offers glimpses of some very beautiful coastal landscapes as well as a spectacular view of the famous Isola del Giglio: on this virgin island, you will discover lots of coves, as well as a village in the shadow of a magnificent castle dating from the reign of the Kings of Aragon. Boats from the Toremar and Maregiglio lines will ferry you across for the day, just long enough for a pleasant excursion, from the fishing port of Porto Santo Stefano.
– 15 minutes by car from Marsiliana, discover Niki de Saint-Phalle’s Tarot Garden:
it’s a nice walk for children, who will love the 22 sculpted figures made of multi-coloured ceramics and glass.
– Go for walk or a swim on the pebble beaches of the coast. The prettiest, and the most popular, is called Feniglia.
Culture, architecture, arts
The village of Pitigliano: built on an outcrop of tufa (volcanic rock), crouching in the shadow of the Orsini Castle; this little village is enchanting. The colour of its houses blends with the colour of the rock. Its Etruscan tombs are carved in the tufa itself. Its medieval alleyways and back streets invite you to wander, especially in the little Ghetto quarter. The town is actually known as Italy’s little Jerusalem, since a Jewish community settled here in the 15th century and is still in existence today.
The village of Sovana: a flourishing town in the 7th century BC (Etruscan era), today Sovana is an adorable caramel-coloured village. The Etruscan necropoles, the Roman remains and the Romanesque church of Santa Maria are must-sees.
The village of Sorano: perched on a rocky peak, its houses seem to huddle against one another to avoid toppling into the valley. Go to visit the Fortezza Orsini, which is magnificent.
Gastronomy in Maremma
The 6 wines you absolutely must taste in Maremma (DOC certification) are the following:
• Morellino from Scansano
• White vine from Pitigliano
• White vine from la Parrina
• Red vine from Sovana
• Ansonica Coûte from Argentario
Taste the certified organic Maremma olive oil: fruity, smooth, the colour of gold; savour it with raw vegetables and all kinds of fresh fish. It’s a real treat. Accompany your wine tastings with all the regional cheeses too.
Gastronomic specialities :
Veal is one of Maremma’s main specialities; taste some.
Game here is equally delicious, so let yourself be tempted by boar with chestnuts.
As for vegetarians, they will be spoilt for choice: fruit and vegetables are usually grown organically, so they are fresh, harvested when ripe and bursting with flavour.
If you like cashmere, take a trip to Castiglione della Pescaia.
Stop for an impulse buy at the Lunaria boutique, which stocks splendidly luxurious and creative cashmere scarves, pashminas, jumpers and suits.
Along the harbour, many shops also stock clothes and very fine gastronomic produce.
Everywhere else, treat yourself to some gastronomic shopping: wines, olive oil and cheeses.
In our Blog Katharina’s Italy you can find first hand information and stories about the Maremma.