Cities and Villages
Maremma is a territory where you can breathe history all around, among the wonders of Etruscan and Roman remains, castles and medieval villages. In each of its villages you can expect to discover something unique and unexpected …
Grosseto is a city to be discovered, despite being one of the least known Tuscan cities, inside its historic center it hides places and monuments of rare beauty.
Its churches hide treasures of great value: the inlaid Duomo, reveals inside the Madonna delle Grazie by Matteo di Giovanni; a cross attributed to Duccio di Boninsegna surmounts the altar of the Church of San Francesco and to be admired is certainly the oldest church in the city, the Church of San Pietro.
But Grosseto is not only history and culture, it’s center consists of shops, clubs and restaurants, making it a highly appreciated destination in which to spend a few hours of leisure between shopping and food and wine experiences. Do not miss a walk on the ancient city walls leading into the fortress.
Massa Marittima is undoubtedly the most important tourist destination in the Maremma
The Village is situated on one of the southern extremities of Colline Metallifere of Grosseto, that dominate the left shore of the river Pecora. The western and southern parts of its territory slopes down towards the Maremmana plain, while in the south-eastern part there is the Lago dell’Accesa, of karst origin.
You will be delighted by the beauty and architectural spaces of Piazza Garibaldi overlooked by the Cathedral of San Cerbone, the Palazzo del Podestà (XIII century), the Palazzo dei Conti di Biserno and the Palazzo Comunale (XIV century) built from the incorporation of various thirteenth-century houses and towers. Massa Marittima is also known for its gastronomic specialties, to be enjoyed accompanied by a good glass of wine.
Massa Marittima is also famous for it’s historical re-enactments called Balestro del Girifalco, which takes place every year in May and August. An ancient local tradition, in which the best marksmen challenge each other, in period costumes, in crossbow shooting.
Pitigliano is known as one of the three tuff cities, together with Sorano and Sovana. This collective derives from the fact that it is a city almost entirely carved in the volcanic tuff, with the houses overlooking its slopes and with a massive and imposing fortress that covers the only exposed side. Inhabited by the Etruscans and Romans, it became an important center in the fifteenth century. You enter the town through the arch known as La Porta. Pitigliano is a village steeped in history and is full of buildings built in various eras: the Capisotto district, its medieval part, with the Cathedral and the Church of Santa Maria and San Rocco. The Jewish ghetto, called Little Jerusalem, in addition to offering countless historical and artistic wonders, has for decades been an example of harmonious cultural coexistence between Christians and Jews.
The importance of the Jewish community has been such that even today important signs remain for the streets of the ghetto, in the path dug out of the tuff that leads to the ancient kosher slaughterhouse, the Azzime oven, the Milkve bath and a cellar which still produces kosher wine. A visit not to be missed is undoubtedly the Museum of Jewish culture. Among the many local food and wine specialties, the Goym Eviction certainly deserves a mention. Eviction is the most representative and well-known dessert of Pitigliano and one of its oldest traditions, recognised today among the Slow Food presidia. It is a very simple dessert, prepared with few ingredients, a thin sheet prepared with flour, eggs, sugar, butter and spices, and a filling of honey, walnuts, nutmeg and citrus peel.
In the churchyard on August 16, the patron saint’s day, the women of the village offer homemade cookies.
If Pitigliano is known as little Jerusalem, Capalbio is instead known as little Athens. It is the only medieval city entirely preserved within very special double-walls, with two walkways, on different levels.
Capalbio is a truly particular and unique place, its charm has earned it the first place in the blue guides of Legambiente and Touring Club, but above all the first place in the heart of celebrities, politicians and intellectuals, who have chosen it as their preferred vacation spot since the 1960s. Capalbio today hosts, festivals such as the Capalbio International Short Film Festival, a review of short films of international importance.
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