A land of legends, idyllic views, genuine flavors, unbelievably charming castles and country houses, this and much more is the Maremma.
Our journey covers a portion of this vast territory: the part included in the province of Grosseto, in Tuscany, which extends into the plain of Albenga river until the promontory of Argentario and Orbetello Lagoon.
A good reason to plan a trip in September is the event Explore Maremma Walking Festival, which has its main seat in Manciano; however, we suggest you some activities available throughout the year.
First of all, you need to organize the arrival: go to Grosseto is easy, starting from the airports of Rome Fiumicino, Pisa or Florence, or by ferry from Livorno or Civitavecchia, or by car along the Tyrrhenian coast or the Firenze-Siena Superstrada.
If you like long walks, sporting activities such as hiking or golf, the excellent local products such as olive oil and wine, the Maremma is a must in virtue of the mild climate and the many top accommodation facilities present in this area.
The Knights Templar’s Castle in Maremma
Explore Maremma Walking Festival will take place in September from 20th to 28th, including a series of excursions, all at free admission, so we suggest you some based on the exclusiveness of the trail: there is a Knights Templar’s Castle, for example, remained almost intact and is perched on a spur in Rocchette di Fazio village.
The 4-hour guided tour begins from the main square of Rocchette, continues alongside Albegna river and along the mule tracks used during Middle Age, then to explore the symbols of the Knights Templar scattered in the ancient village.
On the top of tower of the Aldobrandesca Fortress, which is the historic core of the village, you can enjoy a splendid view of Maremma.
The Stellata and Saturnia Thermal baths
Exploring the Maremma can be exhausting, but following the Stellata route you’ll rewarded with the beautiful natural pools of warm thermal water that make this area famous for its wellness treatments and relaxing holidays.
This nature trail runs through the middle valley of the River Albegna and Torrente Stellata, characterized by sulfur waters and clays that come from Saturnia spring.
The excursion includes a visit to Montemerano, listed in 2014 in the list of the most beautiful towns in Italy; Montemerano has a charming square (Piazza Castello) and is surrounded by walls that date back to the XII century.
This place is one of the hidden gems of Tuscany: visit the Church of San Giorgio, full of valuable artworks; you will discover that the towns not mentioned by the guidebooks are the most peculiar, especially in Maremma.
The thermal waters of Saturnia are eventually the ideal conclusion of the route, a place where to purify and regenerate yourself.
What to see in Manciano
Manciano is a recommended destination for those who want to explore the area around Grosseto in Maremma: from here you can see the hills, the sea and the lakes, which gives a motley view and authentic emotions to tourists.
In addition Manciano is full of attractions: here rises the Museum of Prehistory and Proto-History, collecting archaeological finds recovered in the surroundings, such as the necropolis of Poggio Buco, the towns of Pitigliano and Sovana.
Also worth seeing are the Church of San Leonardo, that houses artworks by Paride Pascucci and Pietro Aldi, and the Church of the Santissima Annunziata.
Manciano also houses the Church of San Leonardo, dedicated to the patron saint of the town, within which is an important representation of the Holy realized by Paride Pascucci and other paintings by the same artist and Pietro Aldi and the Oratorio della Santissima Annunziata, restored in the nineteenth century and located outside the Walls.
A panoramic viewpoint in Maremma is Cassero Senese, dated back to Renaissance, which is located next to the Rocca Aldobrandesca in Manciano, which now houses the town hall; climb to the top to take amazing pictures or just leave you embrace by the natural beauty of this venue full of quietness and peacefulness.
To know when special openings of Cassero are planned, how to book the forementioned itineraries and get more information you can visit the website www.mancianopromozione.com.