While staying at the Tenuta, take the opportunity to explore the surroundings, admire the breath-taking landscapes and visit the many interesting nearby towns and sites.


Centrally located, Paganico ( easily reached by car , train and bus), is an ideal starting point for excursions to the many Maremman towns and venues of interest, rich in art and history(Capalbio, Pitigliano, Sovana, Sorano, Montemerano, Massa Marittima).
The city of Grosseto and its monuments is just a few minutes away by car; Siena is 45km away and Florence approximately 100 km. Nearby lie the extraordinary Etruscan and Roman archeological site of Roselle, Vetulonia and Cosa.

Mount Amiata:
is actually a large inactive volcano, with splendid forests of chestnut and beeches covering its slopes, and abundant springs which supply the aqueducts of Grosseto and Siena. There are numerous towns and villages around the Mount: the road that circles Mount Amiata is extremely interesting and offers splendid views; it connects Castel del Piano (30 km), Arcidosso (30 km), Santa Fiora (37 km), Piancastagnaio (49 km) and Abbadia S. Salvatore (52 km).  The area offers many opportunities of splendid walks and hikes, as well as skiing in winter time.

Petriolo (21 km): a natural Spa, with sulphuric springs flowing at 43°, located in a striking position at the very bottom of a valley amidst woods of evergreens, along the banks of the river Farma’s banks.
Renowned resort area since ancient Roman times - mentioned by both Cicero and Martial, during the Middle Ages it was under Sienese rule, then became very fashionable during the Renaissance, favourite resort spot of the lords of the time and of the Pope Pio II.
The spa’s springs are available to the public in the open areas, as well as inside the Spa facilities which we can help you arrange.

Saturnia
(64 km): Etruscan and then Roman town surrounded by steep walls, it was completely destroyed by the Roman Emperor Silla in 82 b.C, and then flourished to new life under the rule of the Aldobrandeschi family. In the following centuries, however,  it encountered an unstoppable downfall and today, little is left of its glorious past: the ruins of the ancient “cassero” , dating back to the 1400s, and the remnants of the pre-Etruscan city walls; what remains is a well-known resort venue, with hot sulphuric waters flowing in spontaneous little pools in a picturesque woods, and lovely Spa facilities.

The Regional Park of Maremma (39 km): (17.750 hectares)
comprises an extraordinary variety of different, interesting eco-systems: the Uccellina hills, Alberese’s shore, the mouth of the Ombrone river and the Trappola swamps.
This area, more than any other in Maremma preserves the flavour of the natural environment as it once used to be… a land of masculine beauty,  where wild horses run free and boars, porcupines, deer and birds of prey, live and prosper. The vegetation is woods alternated with cork, pine and  oak trees, as well as juniper and mastic . There are pastures and farmland too, sandy beaches and cliffs, pinewoods and swamps. Historical and naturalistic trails across the park (lookout towers, ruins of the Abbey of San Rabano) start from Alberese and Talamone; individual and guided visits are allowed, paths’ difficulty is varied.


Talamone (52 km) : fishing and resort location located on the southern slopes of the Uccelina Hills. Its prime feature is a majestic Sienese bastion dating back to the 1400s. Talamone was part of the Stato dei Presidi, and in 1860 the hero Giuseppe Garibaldi, together with his famed 1000 stopped here for supplies on his way to Southern Italy.  In the vicinity are the remnants of an ancient Roman villa boasting  mosaic floors dating back to II B.C., and the Spa “Terme di Bocca d’Osa” with sulphuric waters at 32°c


Orbetello (67 km): farming and commercial town, boasting an important fishing breeding business, it still shows parts of both the ancient Etruscan and the 18th century Spanish city walls.
There are many relevant historic and artistic landmarks, the most important and notable  are : the 16th century Porta Medina Coeli, the 16/17th  century Spanish fort, the 17th century Polveriera di Guzman and Torre dell’Orologio, the city hall and the Duomo with its travertine marble Gothic façade, lovely door, and, inside, an important pre-Romanic marble banner.
Also, inside the ex Ursuline convent, visitors may admire the famous re-composed “Façade of the Temple of Talamone”, an Etruscan remnant from the Hellenistic period, is inside the ex Ursuline convent, and, nearby,  Villa di Settefinestre, dating back to the 1st century and recently restored.

Punta Ala (62 km): once property of the Balbo family, is today a fashionable holiday resort residential area, located on the extreme southern point of the Follonica Gulf, hidden behind one of the grandest pine forests in the whole of Italy. Many paths offering splendid viewpoints lead to the hilly points and to the Castle, others to enchanting beaches and cliffs.  Several rocks (called I Porcellini, i.e. the little pigs), and a small island with the ruins of a tower on it (lo Sparviero, i.e.  the sparrowhawk) emerge in front of Punta Ala’s promontory.

Castiglione della Pescaia (45 km): This picturesque Maremman village at the mouth of the river Bruna,, with its charming canal-port, still looks like an ancient fishermen’s village and also features an ample, renowned,  sandy beach framed by a luscious pine forest. Historically, Castiglione della Pescaia was founded by the Etruscans,  then, after IV B.C., it succumbed to Rome’s power, and then,  during the Middle Ages  it was at first under Florentine, later under Pisan rule, before passing to the Church State in 1460. The most hidden area of the town center, surrounded by Pisan towers and dominated by the massive 14th century Aragonese fortress, still preserves its’ medieval character. The Tombolo pine forest extends from CdP to Marina di Grosseto.

Argentario: the two strips of sand, Feniglia and Giannella, delimit the Orbetello lagoon and connect the mainland to the Mount Argentario, which is today a popular holiday resort area renowned for the beauty of its’ coast. Punta del Telegrafo (635 metres) is the highest point on the Argentario, and offers awe-striking views of the lovely coast, covered by fragrant Mediterranean maquis, and of the Islands, from Giglio to Giannutri. On the Santa Liberata hill, visitors may admire the well-preserved remnants of an ancient Roman villa, once home to the Domizi Enobarbi.

Porto S. Stefano (70 km): popular, fashionable holiday resort, dominated by the massive Aragonese fortress. Porto Santo Stefano houses the Mount Argentario administration, and its’ active harbour is the departure point for boats and ferries to Giglio and Giannutri Islands. 

Porto Ercole (72 km):
picturesque and fashionable resort, with a famed marina and fishing harbour and a charming town center characterized by quaint alleys and passages, arches and steep stone stairs. The most important landmarks are Palazzo Consani  and the two fortresses, Forte Stella and, opposite to it, Forte Filippo,  which dominate the bay. The fashionable Cala Galera, renowned and well-equipped marina, is located halfway between Porto Ercole and the Feniglia beach

Ansedonia (69 km): renowned holiday resort featuring notable ancient Roman ruins and remnants. The well-preserved ruins of the town Cosa, on the other side of the towm’s Porta Romana, are complete of city walls, forum, temples and acropolis; the impressive Tagliata Etrusca, a unique work of engineering built by the Romans to keep sand out of the harbour by vertically cutting the rocks of the cliff to create a channel. Visitors Other attractions include the Spacco della Regina, a 260 mt-long natural opening in the cliffs, and nearby, the Tagliata tower, home to the famed composer Giacomo Puccini

Capalbio (83 km):
interesting village dating back to the Middle Ages, today popular and fashionable destination, mainly frequented by artists and..”VIPs”!
Surrounded by XVth century walls Capalbio features interesting visit options :the lovely Church Pieve di S.Nicola, with striking XVth century frescoes, and the interesting Giardino dei Tarocchi (tarot garden), a large artistic park populated by enormous statues (made of cement and steel and covered by mirrors and ceramics) inspired to the tarot arcana.
Capalbio’s cemetery is also, somewhat mysteriously, renowned… a broken column reminds visitors and locals about the famed bandit Triburzi, who raged and ruled over Maremma in the 1800s. The people’s folk-tale and legend recount that Triburzi was a local Robin Hood, who stole from the rich to give to the poor….history instead tells us he was a cruel and terrible outlaw, finally betrayed by his pals and captured and put to death. The parish priest of the time obviously faced a dilemma when deciding where to bury him…he conveniently decided to break open a part of the cemetery walls, burying half of the body inside and half outside!

Isola del Giglio: second largest Island of the Tuscan archipelago, located 14 km from Mount Argentario’s coast. Very mountainous in its’ internal areas - the highest peak, Poggio della Pagana, is at 496 mt. a.s.l., Giglio boasts greatly indented coasts, many marvellous hiking and walking itineraries, and a shiny blue sea.  The Island features three different inhabited areas : Giglio Porto, the harbour,  is the commercial, touristic area, Giglio Castello, the picturesque historical center and its 13th century fortress, all surrounded by high Medieval walls and characterized by charming alleys, stairs, tiny squares and lovely loggias.
Most families and sea-side lovers spend their holidays at Giglio Campese, dominated by the round tower dating back to the times of Ferdinand the 1st, which hosts a comfortable sandy beach and resort facilities.

Giannutri: the southernmost Island of the Tuscan archipelago, only 500 metres, it boasts over 11 km of a high, indented coastline, rich in caves and grottos ….ideal for scuba-diving! Visitors also may admire, at Cala Maestra, the well-preserved  remnants of an ancient Roman villa complete of pier and thermae.

Montecristo:
natural reserve since 1971, it is part of the European Counsil’s Bio-genetic reserve areas thus visits are generally not allowed; small groups may, upon special request and authorization, be admitted for especially arranged guided visits.

Pitigliano (89 km): located atop a tufaceous mount, where the rivers Merse and Lente cross into one another, this striking village is surrounded by a dramatic landscape, made of deep valleys, high rock hills…Pitigliano’s houses appear to be hanging onto the cliff, actually they are constructed into it, giving the impression of a town built into the tufa. Also, many holes are visible on the rock: once homes to Etruscans and ancient Romans, these openings are still used as very cool cellars to store the good local wine.
Etruscan and then Roman settlement, the town then became part of the Aldobrandeschi’s feud, and then passed to the Orsini family, hence the imposing Orsini Palace ( XVth cent.) in Piazza della Repubblica . The ancient Medieval town center, built along three main axes crossed over by alleys and tiny streets, is charming and offers splendid panoramas. Another feature of Pitigliano used to be the important Jewish community, present since the XVI century, and quite large in the 1800s, unfortunately virtually extinct today; the town’s Synagogue has been recently restored in memory of the strong connections between the town and its’ Jewish citizens. 

Sovana (77 km): interesting Medieval village atop a solitary tufaceous mount. Etruscan and then Roman settlement, it became renowned in the Middle Ages when part of the Aldobrandeschi’s feud : still today the well-preserved Aldobrandeschi Fortress (XIIIth century) dominates the charming town center, which boasts several important landmarks : the  Palazzo del Pretorio  (XIIth century) , the Palazzo dell’Archivio (XVth century) with its bell tower and clock, the Romanic Church S.Maria Maggiore, and the splendid Duomo, the Cathedral.
Just outside Sovana visitors may take a striking journey into the past, into the so-called “Valley of the Dead”, an immense Etruscan necropolis dug into the tufa rock, with amazingly preserved tombs, such as “the Siren’s” and “Ildebranda’s” tomb. 
 The Duomo in detail: Romanic with Gothic style alterations, the Cathedral rises in slightly isolated position compared to the rest of the village. Boasting a splendid portal on the left side, inside it is divided into three naves by cruciform pillars with elaborate capitals.   The right-hand nave hosts Saint Mamiliano’s tomb wholly carved out of travertine marble.

Sorano (75 km): charming Medieval village, with fairy-tale like houses almost hanging from the high cliffs above the Lente stream. Surrounded by high walls, Sorano still features several well-preserved tower-houses, as well as the amazing XVth century Fortress and picturesque alleys, archways, cellars dug out of the tufa and loggias, as well as the famed  Sasso Leopoldino, the piece of tufa rock around which the town was built. il culmine del blocco tufaceo attorno al quale è sorto il paese.
Following the Vie Cave itineraries, vistors may discover the stunning mazes dug out of, and into, the tufa rock; men, and their animals, used these very paths for centuries to transport goods to the village.

Montemerano (63 km):
fascinating village clustered around the Medieval fortress and charming town center rich in quaint little streets, archways and surprising small squares. In the town center visitors may admire the Church of S.Giorgio, which hosts a polyptich by Sano di Pietro (1458) , a wooden polychrome statue by Vecchietta representing Saint Peter (S. Pietro) del Vecchietta  and the Madonna della Gattaiola table by the Maestro of Montemerano.

Vetulonia (38 km):
famed Etruscan town (VIIIth BC. ) it then became Roman settlement in the IIId cent BC, and, legend says, that it was Vetulonia that gave Rome it’s symbols of power: the curule chair, the fasces with the axe, and the togas’ burgundy trimming.   The Medieval and monumental Etruscan remnants are intact, and, curiously, it is one of the few Etruscan settlements where the streets follow a curving  momentum. Vetulonia’s vast necropolis is extraordinarily important due to the tumulus shaped VIth century burials; of these the most relevant is the Tumulo della Pietrera ( with a length of about 3 km , access corridor and sepulchral cell covered by a pseudo-cupola). The local Museum features the objects found inside the tombs .

Roselle (20 km): here, the Maremman landscape expresses its’ harsh, violent beauty : a continuous alternation of valleys and high woodsy hills…the red earth and the brilliant green fields…dark woods and orderly farmland…
This is the landscape that frames the remnants of what was once a famed Etruscan town, and Vetulonia’s rival. Later Roman municipium, and during the Middle Ages feud of the Aldobrandeschi family, it fell into aba after the XIIth century.
The majestic city walls, formed by great polygonal blocks of rock, are well-preserved as are the remnants of the Amphitheatre and of the actual village center; at the bottom of the valley the ruins of the Forum and of a Basilica are visible as well.

Massa Marittima (64 km):
charming town of Medieval origin, it is located atop a hill  with a wide, open view of the surrounding landscape. The city center offers numerous interesting visit options : Piazza Garibaldi, the most important square, hosts Palazzo Pretorio (XIIIth cent.), Palazzo Comunale (XIII-XIVth cent.) as well as the lovely Duomo, a masterpiece of Pisan architecture(XIIIth cent.).
Other interesting landmarks are the Torre del Cavaliere, and Sienese Fortress, interconnected by a great set of walls.
The Duomo in detail: In Romanic-Gothic style it is built atop monumental stairs recreating an actual podium which amplifies and enhances both its’ perfect proportions, and its’ details: the splendid facade, bell-tower and portal. Massa Marittima’s Archeological Museum hosts well preserved Etruscan remnants and the famed “Maestà” by  Ambrogio Lorenzetti.
Other interesting sites in the area are the Mining Museum, in the town center, inside the underground refuges built during the Second World War, and the beautiful Lake Accesa is located 10 km from the city center, and offers splendid excursion options in a rich, varied eco-system.

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