Explore some of the many picturesque Tuscan villages and natural attractions within easy reach in and around the Maremma.
WITHIN 15 MINUTES FROM ARGENTARIO RESORT
Ansedonia: This renowned tourist village is located on a small promontory immersed in the Mediterranean vegetation. The village lies near the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Cosa, which includes the towers of San Pancrazio, San Biagio and Puccini. At the base of the hill, there is a sandy beach with restaurants on the shore.
Convento dei Frati Passionisti: You can visit the crape of the Monastery, built in 1737 by S. Paolo della Croce. From here you can admire Orbetello Lagoon and the Giannella strip. Nearby you can easily reach the Monumental Cross and the summit of Monte Argentario at 645 meters above sea level, called Punta Telegrafo, from where you can spot the Islands of Giglio and Giannutri.
Giannella: The Tombolo of the Giannella is a strip of land that is 6 km long, located between the Tyrrhenian Sea and Orbetello Lagoon. The beach is sandy and the waters shallow. In the area known as Saline, next to the Albegna River, you can find the Spanish forts of ‘Forte delle Saline’ and ‘Casale Spagnolo’.
Orbetello: The town is located in the center of the lagoon that carries the same name. It is an important reserve managed by the WWF. Among its attractions you will find the gothic-style Cathedral (Duomo) dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, the road that crosses the lagoon (Ponte della Diga) and the Polveriera Guzman, historic building from 1692 that today hosts the Archaeological Museum of Orbetello.
Porto Ercole: The historic center is surrounded by the walls from the XV century and features the evocative Santa Barbara Square, from where you can admire the harbor. The surroundings are characterized by a series of forts and towers, including Forte Stella, Forte Filippo, Forte Santa Caterina and Torre del Mulinaccio. Along the seashore you will find many bars and restaurants.
Porto Santo Stefano: Panoramic seaside town with two ports, from which you can reach the Islands of Giglio and Giannutri. It overlooks a bay dominated by forts, including the Spanish Fortress built between the end of the 1500s and the beginning of the 1600s. Today, it hosts a museum and an exhibition area. There are many bars and restaurants along the seashore.
Riserva Naturale Duna Feniglia: This nature reserve is located on a 7-km strip of land that separates Orbetello Lagoon from the open sea. It is ideal for jogging, walking and cycling in the greenery. Along the lagoon you will find bird watching stations, while on the sea side you can enjoy the sandy free beach.
WITHIN 30 MINUTES
Capalbio: Thanks to its historic-artistic importance acquired during the Renaissance, this hamlet is sometimes called ‘The Small Athens’. It is also famous for protecting its beaches and natural attractions, which include a WWF oasis in Lake Burano. From the tower of the Aldobrandesco Castle and from its walls you can admire an extraordinary panorama. Do not miss Monteverro Winery: here you can enjoy a guided visit and wine tasting in the cellars and in the vineyards.
Giardino dei Tarocchi: Created by Niki de Saint Phalle, this esoteric garden features statues that represent the tarot cards. It is located in Garavicchio, near Pescia Fiorentina and Capalbio. It is open from 1 April to 15 October (14:30-19:30).
Magliano in Toscana: This small, medieval town is located on a hill with olive groves and vineyards. Its surrounding areas are full of Etruscan ruins and include the charming hamlets of Pereta, Montiano and the Montastery of San Bruzio. The historic center is surrounded by beautiful walls built between the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Parco Naturale della Maremma (or Parco dell’Uccellina): Occupying 9800 hectares, this nature park includes unique marshlands near the estuary of the Ombrone River, some of the most beautiful and intact coasts along Tuscany’s littoral zone, a dense Mediterranean Maquis along the Uccellina Mountains, and vast plains to the est. To explore this park, you can choose from a variety of itineraries on foot, horseback, bicycle or canoe.
Talamone: This village lies on a rocky promontory that dominates the coast until Monte Argentario. Its surroundings are characterized by the characteristic Mediterranean vegetation and by sandy beaches along pinewood forests. Here you can visit the Lagoon Aquarium.
WITHIN 45 MINUTES
Civitavecchia: The historic center is well preserved even though many of its historic monuments were destroyed by Second World bombings. Among its attractions: the Cathedral, the ancient Leandra Square with medieval walls, and the old port, important for its architecture. Along the shore you will find many restaurants and bar, while from the port cruise ships and ferryboats depart for different destinations.
Grosseto: The historic center is surrounded by ancient walls that have remained almost intact throughout the centuries. Among its attractions: Palazzo Aldobrandeschi was built in medieval times and then restored in a neo-gothic style at the beginning of last century; the two theaters (Teatro degli Industri and Teatro Moderno) host different events and shows; finally, don’t miss Corso Carducci for some shopping!
Scansano: Ancient hamlet located on the hills, famous worldwide for its fine red wine: Morellino di Scansano. Along the small streets in the historic center, you can admire medieval buildings and beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.
Tarquinia: It was one of the most ancient and important Etruscan settlements, and today still features vast necropolis (such as Monterozzi) with tombs carved in stone and an extraordinary series of wall paintings. In the historic center, the majestic Vitelleschi Palace hosts a museum in its Renaissance ambiance.
WITHIN 60 MINUTES
Castiglione della Pescaia: This characteristic maritime hamlet is perched on a promontory, dominated by the medieval castle in the historic center’s highest point. It is also renowned for its clean waters and beaches.
Pitigliano: This village is perched on the top of a tuff cliff and overlooks a green valley. Initially Etruscan, then Roman, it was ruled by different families, like the Aldobrandeschi, the Orsini and the Medici families. It is also known as “Small Jerusalem” for its Jewish community and Synagogue.
Saturnia: Located in the hilly backcountry of the Maremma, Saturnia lies on a hilltop overlooking a hot springs area that extends for almost 30 km.
Islands of Giglio and Giannutri: Easily reachable with the ferry boats that depart from Porto Santo Stefano, these islands belong to the Tuscan Archipelago National Park. They are important not only for the diversity of the local fauna and flora, but also famous for its fantastic seabeds and scuba diving. From Porto Santo Stefano’s embarkation point, it will take you about 50 minutes to reach Giglio Island and 60 minutes to reach Giannutri.