Pitigliano has been a real nice surprise while visiting the Grosseto province: the visual impact is rather spectacular since it almost seems to grow out of a high rocky outcorp rising from a deep gorge. You can visit the 13th century Palazzo Orsini and admiring the 16th century aqueduct. Do not miss the jewish Ghetto, once home of a big jewish population (3 euros with a long midday stop!)
The old town area behind the walls is active and a some buildings date back 700 year. The Francesco church is form 1200, and was given to the town by Benedictine Friars. The church has gone through many renovations, and fires, and the bell tower struck by lightening and rebuilt in 1950's. The palace is from Aldobrandeschi family era from 1100's. This current day structure is a rebuild from early 1900's, and holds the Government administration.
There are plenty of places to shop inside the walls. It gives you the feel of leisurely stroll while maybe finding something of interest to buy. There are some wonderful shops, both medium priced and also upscale with the featured high end goods. It is adventuresome and interesting to walk the streets and watch the locals enjoy their day in town.
Civic Museum inside-walk the grounds. It is a nice walk around to get the feel for what the fort was like on layout. The fortress is in the middle of the historic area of the city, and really in the middle of the city. The fort area has been a protection area back before 1151 when the Aldobrandeschi family took control of this region. They lost out to Sienese clan and the region was under battles and Siena control until 1557. The walls of the fort were destroyed numerous times. The Medici family then took over. Sections of the fort date back to the 1300's. The fort was renovated in 1980's, and used now as museum and for town events. Some of it is "modernized" today; a disappointment.
A well preserved area that serves to keep intact the beach and pine forest and marshes around it as well as surrounded by hills. The park stretches for about 50 miles- and has many trails throughout. We tried to reach one tower that looked far away, and it really was. After 2+ hours of walking, on the sandy beach, we turned around. The park is very well preserved and been under protection as a park for many decades. The park was actually a focal point in strife and wars and takeovers since 1221. It was a swampy area and stayed that way until Mussolini era when he cleared much of the land to develop in region into crop growing. The park remained as testament to nature. It is remote is in some areas, and you really could get lost or hurt out there without any help. Registry is lacking.
This is a nice view of the area from the beach to the marshes to the hills in the distance. It was all established for water control for the inlet and to keep some in ans let out when too high. They do grow crops on some of the reclaimed land inside the area under control of water flow. The whole area is controlled for the flow of water and they maintain at certain level to avoid flooding, while allowing for crop growing.
Monte Argentario is one of the most famous spots in the Maremma and Tuscany. The promontory, which was originally an island, is characterized by a high, rocky coastline covered by a thick Mediterranean thatch, interrupted by olive groves and vineyards. It is now connected to the land by the Feniglia and Giannella sand bars, two strips of uninterrupted sandy beach and thick maritime pine. The sandy isthmuses are separated by the Laguna di Orbetello, an area protected by the WWF because it sits on one of the most important migratory routes and is one of the principal wintering sites for birds that nest in Europe.
Porto Santo Stefano is the largest town on Mount Argentario, and connections leave from here for the islands of Giglio and Giannutri. The town descends on large steps along the slopes of the promontory to a picturesque bay. Today, thanks to its splendid sea and beautiful landscapes, is it a famous resort with two ports, Porto Nuovo and Porto Vecchio.
If you are travelling in South Tuscany and want to relax in a pretty and glamorous seaside location, Punta Ala is your place. The beach is rather narrow in comparison to Northern Tuscany's beach (in Forte dei Marmi or in Viareggio for istance) but the sea water is completely different: it's really transparent. It has been a very fashionable place so it's rather expensive but it worths a visit. Beaches are sorrounded by a beautiful pines forest.
The Giardino dei Tarocchi (Tarots garden) was born more than 20 years ago upon the idea of NIKI DE SAINT PHALLE. The results in simply spectacular and worths a visit, interesting for both adults and children.
Opening hours from April 1 to Oct 15: from 2.30 pm to 7.30 pm
Regular fee € 10,50
Children from 7 to 16 years € 6,00
Students € 6,00
Adults more than 65 years € 6,00
Children younger than 7: free
Grosseto - Museum of Archeology and Art;
A short distance north of the cathedral in Grosseto, in Piazza Baccarini, is the Museo Archeológico e d'Arte della Maremma (Museum of Archeology and Art), with prehistoric as well as Etruscan and Roman material and collection of religious art.
Address:Museo Archeológico e d'Arte della Maremma
Piazza Baccarini 3
For info > see my Grosseto homepage or go here >
GARDEN OF TAROT
The cement work was done by my friend by hand Marco Iacotonio, whom Niki De St.Phalle discribed as "a very beautiful and difficult young man." :) he is both :D Ciao Marco!!
This was a nice roadside wholesale/retail place to buy the plants for the yard. They are all well maintained. it was on way to Grosseto mare. The area is a subtropical climate and plants grow well here with mild winters.
Take a look at CECINA at the beach. This place has huge waves and a nice centre. But keep in mind: because of the streaming the sea here isn't suitable for small children. More info you can later on find in my TRAVELLOGUE!
Located in a high rocky spur, this is small medioeval town has largerly retained its original form and worths a visit. For a spectacular view, I suggest to climb the Masso Leopoldino.
Visit the nice beachplace CATELLIONE DELLA PESCAIA! More information you can later on find in my TRAVELLOGUE!