In this land rich in natural treasures, still so little populated, you can immerse yourself for a few days in the most authentic and unspoiled natural surroundings.
The Maremma Natural Regional Park:
It was the first park of the Tuscany Region, established in 1975, it is one of the most interesting naturalistic destinations in the province of Grosseto with a total protected area of 8,900 hectares, in addition to an adjacent area of a further 9,000 hectares. Formed by a chain of hills that descend to the sea with sandy beaches and cliffs, surrounded by marshes, pine forests, cultivated fields and pastures.
There are many itineraries you can follow to immerse yourself in this green paradise and experience unforgettable moments in close contact with local vegetation (such as holm oaks, heather, cork oak, myrtle, broom, pine trees) and its fauna (wild oar, fox, row and fallow deer, as well as the oxen that the Maremma butteri, or cowboys, are known for herding).
Within the park, you can follow itineraries on foot, on horseback, on donkey, or on mountain bike. A number of historical and cultural trails will take you to religious sites and to the old watchtowers that kept watch for pirates… and let’s not forget its pristine beaches
This area of the Maremma with its marsh systems has a high naturalistic and landscape value, and is able to give nature lovers a series of unforgettable excursions
Diaccia Botrona is a beautiful nature reserve in Maremma. Located between Castiglione della Pescaia and Grosseto, this protected area in Tuscany stretches for over 1000 hectares and is one of the most important wetlands in Italy because of its wildlife.
The nature reserve was created after the drainage of the old Lake Prile or Preglio, that took up this flat area. The lake was drained almost completely during the huge drainage works ordered by the Grand Dukes of Tuscany during the 18th century to defeat malaria.
Today Diaccia Botrona is an important wetland, a marshy area of land with unique characteristics of international importance. As a matter of fact, many species of plants and animals can be found here. The access to the protected area is free and with a good telescope and a pair of Wellingtons you can observe different species of birds, such as hawks, herons, wild geese and ducks, but even various mammals such as foxes, badgers, hedgehogs and porcupines, or reptiles such as tortoises, tree frogs and grass snakes. In addition, Diaccia Botrona is one of the few areas in Italy where flamingos live.
Within the nature reserve, near Castiglione della Pescaia, there is a modern multimedia museum set in the Casa Rossa, the Red House, commissioned by Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo in 1765 to engineer and mathematician Leonardo Ximenes. The building was projected as a big hydraulic damper, so that the lake didn’t have to be drained completely. The museum is a great observation point, as well as a center for information and research.
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