In the Surroundings

The Argentario and WWF Oasis

Among the headlands of the Tuscan coast Mount Argentario is the highest and most varied. This ancient island, 635 mt high, is nowadays linked to the main land through two strips of land called Giannella and Feniglia. Located between Mount Argentario and the mainland, the Orbetello lagoon is one of the most important wetlands in Italy. Regional Reserve and WWF Oasis is flanked by woods and reeds and is home to over 250 species of birds including the pink flamingos, spoonbills and the bee-eater. Feniglia Dune, covered with a pine forest planted in 1911, is protected by a nature reserve of 474 hectares and is home to deer, squirrels, porcupines and various species of birds of prey.
Very interesting and beauty is the WWF Burano Oasis near the village of Capalbio. Of great interest are the historical centers of Orbetello, Porto Santo Stefano, Porto Ercole and the archaeological site of Cosa on Ansedonia hill.

The Tarot Garden

An esoteric sculture garden created by Niki de Saint Phalle and based on the Tarot cards. Directions from Antica Fattoria La Parrina (Orbetello, GR) to the Tarot Garden (Capalbio, GR) km. 26.3 minutes by car 21; Path: Antica Fattoria La Parrina enters the Provincial Street of Parrina; At the junction you enter the state road Aurelia / E80 junction to Rome; Walk along the Aurelia road to the south until the exit Pescia Fiorentina - Chiarone; Road to Pescia Fiorentina (GR) - road to Garavicchio to the parking of the Tarot Garden.

The Island of Tuscan Archipelago

Giglio and Giannutri islands are part of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park and are the closest islands to Mount Argentario. In Giannutri there are no marked trails, but you can reach the site of an ancient Roman villa, visible from the sea. Giglio Island, 488 mt high, offers tours of great interest. On the cliffs you can spot sea birds such as the herring gull, cormorant and the Manx shearwater. To see the Roman villa of Giglio Porto, the town and the fortress of Giglio Castello and Campese tower.

Maremma Natural Park

The Maremma Park is one of the most interesting protected area of the Tuscan Maremma. Established in 1975, covers about 9800 hectares and includes the plain of Ombrone river, the beautiful Pineta Granducale and the rough limestone ridge of Uccellina mountains. Covered by dense Mediterranean vegetation and dotted by numerous medieval towers the heights of the Maremma Park host the wild boar, the deer, the porcupine and many other species of small mammals. Among the birds are the marsh harrier, the osprey, the herring gull, the gray heron, the kingfisher, the hen harrier and the bee-eater. The most interesting monument is the Abbey of St. Raban, founded by Benedictine monks around the year 1000. Every day are opened the two wildlife-forest Alberese paths, the ring of Bocca d'Ombrone and the two paths of Telamon slope

The Hills between Ombrone and Fiora River

The thermal springs of Saturnia are located on the hills, about 50 km from Argentario area: a charming place where even in winter you can swim and enjoy the benefits from a water rich in sulfur. The historic centers of Manciano, Montemerano, Magliano in Toscana, Scansano and Montiano are worth a visit. Among the archaeological sites stand the Etruscan necropolis of Puntone, the Roman fortifications of Poggio Murella and the remains of Etruscan settlements of Doganella and Ghiaccioforte. The ruins of the Romanesque church of San Bruzio are close to Magliano in Toscana.

The Tuff Towns

Around the houses of lava stone, the walls, palaces and churches of the Etruscan towns of Pitigliano, Sorano and Sovana landscape alternates between vineyards and olive groves and deep valleys carved into the tuff. To the South lies the Selva del Lamone, the tangled forest of oak trees that marked for centuries the border between the lands of the Grand Duke of Tuscany and those of the Pope: today is on the border of Grosseto and Viterbo provinces. To make known the area are the fortified villages of Pitigliano and Sorano, the Romanesque churches and the Etruscan necropolis of Sovana. For hikers are fascinating the Vie Cave, canyons made in tuff already used at the Etruscans time as roads. Towards the North, at the foot of Mount Amiata, the traveler is surprised by the fortress of Castell'Ottieri and the Etruscan and medieval rocky settlement (but used until the nineteenth century) of Monte Vitozzo, similar to Sassi di Matera. Next to the river Fiora is the necropolis of Poggio Buco, a center that Etruscans and Romans knew with the name of "Statonia".

The Ombrone River Valley

Although the geography of the Ombrone Valley is the heart of Grosseto Province, the hills on both sides of the river are little known to visitors of this part of Tuscany. Forests and rivers, historical and monumental centers worth a careful visit. From a naturalistic point of view the most interesting area coincides with the Nature Reserves of Farma and Merse, on the border between the provinces of Grosseto and Siena, where we find forests of cedars and oaks and a rich Mediterranean vegetation. Among the many historical towns worth a visit Casal di Pari, Pari, Civitella Marittima, Paganico, Campagnatico, Sasso d'Ombrone, Batignano and Sticciano. The Etruscan and Roman city of Roselle is among the most important in Tuscany.