The fort ruins dates back to the Etruscan era, where they built on the hilltop for defenses. They lost out to the Romans who took control around 300BC. In 82BC, the whole town was destroyed in a war. The town was rebuilt and the new fort and castle toward bottom was constructed in 1000AD. This town had to defend off the Turks and Spaniards but lost the battles. It was under Spanish control in 1554. Again during WWII the town was nearly wiped out by the Germans, and the wall and fort were mostly left.
The ruins is a slight walk to the top of the hill, no more than 100 yards. Along the way, you feel like you are in somebody's back yard, since the path is serene and not heavily traveled.
There is a porta Garibaldi, a via Garibaldi, a piazza Garibaldi and a monument to Garibaldi in Talamone.
I know that all Italian towns have somewhere a "via Cavour" or "via Garibaldi" but in Talamone there seems to be a special cult for Garibaldi
Was he born here, did he live here, did he fight a battle here, did he die here? No, Giuseppe Garibaldi, who led many of the military campaigns that brought about the formation of a unified Italy, arrived by ship in Talamone on May 7th 1860 and organized here the expeditionary force of "the thousand". They made provision of food, water and arms and on May 9th sailed on two ships to Marsala in Sicily to conquer the island.
There was a time when this harbour, now a marina, was the commercial seaport of the republic of Siena and was as such opposing the maritime supremacy of Pisa and Genoa.
Even more, around 1350, a treaty between Siena and Florence made of Talamone the commercial port of this famous city.
It is difficult to imagine this period when looking now at the quiet marina of Talamone.
Grandeur et décadence!
Via Cala di Forno 7, Talamone, 58015, Italy
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business
Via della Marina, 23, Talamone, 58010, Italy
Good for: Solo
This 4* small and recent hotel (15 rooms) is located not in Talamone itself (at 5 km) but just south...more
Via Talamonese, 2, Talamone, 58015, Italy
Good for: Couples
Via Aurelia, Talamone, 58010, it
Good for: Business
Avoid this restaurant:
we discovered after our first visit that they have one Italian menu where is shown the fish dishes frozen and not fresh and an English one where there is no mention at all. We called the owner and we pointed out this tricky contradiction. He felt embarrassed, unfortunately we order already the food and our feeling was right, frozen fish sold for fresh, this restaurant can be reported to concerned authorities. Clams pasta horrible, overcooked, my kids pasta the same quality. Please avoid this place, the owner disappeared after our complaint, he told us better to lose a client. What a place. Just avoid. Ciao
Favorite Dish: zero
The restaurant La Scesa had been advised to us by friends living in the region. We had first a lunch on the terrace. The service was very kind, the wine proposed by the head waiter was excellent and at a moderate price but the dish of "spaghetti al vongole" were a bit small in quantity.
We returned in the evening and had a very good dinner, inside the restaurant, in an excellent atmosphere. The head waiter Andrea had recommended to my wife a "branzinno" bass fish which was excellent, I had taken among others a plate of "cose" of perfect freshness and I am a connoisseur in mussels (see my tips on Belgium and its cooking).
We had noticed the presence of several tourists who seemed to be regular customers.
At the end of this very good dinner the head waiter told us that it was his last workday as on the next day on October 1st began the low season.
We returned the next day October 1st at noon with our family (5 persons) and to our surprise the staff refused to lay a table on the terrace although the temperature outside was 25°C. They wanted us to eat inside.
We found somewhere else a welcoming terrace to have lunch.
The next day persons of our hotel who were regular customers of The Scesa told us to have also been badly received by the "low season" team of waiters.
We feel some perplexity about this restaurant: excellent until September 30th with the butler Andrea, and bad service from October 1st!
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