Orbetello Travel Guide

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    Arial View of the town on peninsula
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  • Argentario peninsula on the Tyrrhenian coast.
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Orbetello Things to Do

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    by breughel Written Oct 18, 2007

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    As the town of Orbetello goes back as far as the Etruscans, the Romans, the Republic of Siena, the State of Royal Garrisons of Spain, there are monuments and museums concerning these periods. Among others: the wall of the Etruscan period, the Palace del Podestà and the Palace dei Governanti from the Spanish period.
    Also worth visiting is the Cathedral (Duomo) of Santa Maria Assunta, built probably on the ruins of a previous temple of 5 th b.c. dedicated to Jupiter.
    Other churches of particular value are the church of St. Francesco of Paola and the church of Madonna delle Grazie.
    There is the Municipal Archaeological Museum and the "Frontone di Talamone" showing a pediment on the front part of an antic temple.

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    by breughel Updated Oct 18, 2007

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    The "Molino Spagnolo" Spanish mill is the only wind mill which remained from a series of nine built by the Sienesi and subsequently restored by the Spaniards, when the lagoon city became the capital of the small State of the Presìdi - State of Royal Spanish Garrisons (1557).
    The mill, on a circular basis, was used, together with the others, for grinding the wheat for the city inhabitants. The wheat was transported on typical boats used in the lagoon of Orbetello.
    The mill emerges from the waters of the lagoon, at the beginning of the artificial dike build on order of the Grand Duke Leopold II in 1842 to connect Orbetello with the Argentario.

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    Laguna di Orbetello

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    The Lagoon of Orbetello is an inside sea of 27 Km². Average depth is about 1 meter, maximum depth 2 m.
    The lagoon is separated from the sea by two strips of land. To the North-West the "Gianella" about 7 km long with a road, pine trees and camping's. To the South the "Feniglia" a 6 Km long pine wood with beach. The Feniglia is a natural reserve, only pedestrians and bicycles are allowed. The "Laguna di Orbetello" is limited to the West by the promontory of the Argentario. To the East the lagoon touches the main land with the former Roman road "Via Aurelia" over a distance of 10 Km.
    In the middle of the lagoon is an isthmus on with the town of Orbetello was build.
    3 artificial canals join the lagoon to the sea. The waters of the lagoon are known for a rich variety of fish. This humid zone hides numerous birds. Part of the "Laguna di Ponente" (West) is under protection of the WWF.

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Orbetello Transportation

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    by BruceDunning Written Nov 2, 2007

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    There is a public parking lot on the south edge of town. The spaces could normally be ful, and you may have to go around a couple of times to find where to aprk. The lane is only one way. We finally found a free space on a side street that was not reserved for locals parking

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Orbetello Warnings and Dangers

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    by breughel Updated Oct 23, 2007

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    It is well known in Italy that the province of Grosseto to which belongs the Maremma and Orbetello suffered from malaria for centuries.
    Malaria was only overcome here around 1955.

    On my various stays in the area of the Argentario it seemed to me that the mosquito's called "zanzara" in Italian were more aggressive than the ones I'm used at home.
    Maybe it's just a subjective feeling but the inhabitants call them "zanzara tigre" = tiger mosquito's. These mosquito's are indeed very aggressive and bite repeatedly even through clothes leaving strongly irritated spots.

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