Villages, castles, farmsteads and an overwhelming nature made of pastures, vineyards, pine woods by the sea and lagoons edged by sandy dunes. The Maremma, the wild heart of Tuscany, has become over the years the favorite destination for cultured, refined and eco-friendly tourists, for those who love quality with no ostentation, and love to spend their holidays in absolute relaxation staying in ancient residences or in country houses. As those located in Terre di Sacra, in Capalbio: an exclusive luxury farmhouse, immersed in the green that surrounds the Burano lake, among groves of reeds, fields, wild cattle and a never crowded beach that you can reach walking through the scrub. The first WWF Oasis of our country – created in 1922 by taking cropland from the swamps – lies inside the 1,000-hectare estate. This year the Oasis is celebrating its 50th anniversary, 50 years safeguarding the only unspoiled stretch of coastal lagoon in Continental Italy. The Oasis organizes for its guests strolls or bike rides, horse rides, boat trips to the Argentario, tours immersed in the nature and birdwatching.
The guests will enjoy the organic products of the farm – that breeds cows and Maremma horses – beach facilities and a stylish club house in the Forte di Macchiatonda, a stone’s throw from the sea.
Inland lie the “cities of tuff”, Pitigliano, Sovana and Sorana, the Saturnia Thermal Baths and the Etruscan Vulci. Rather than the sea, if you prefer to visit the historic heritage of our country, the historical houses belonging to the Dimore Storiche Italiane chain, can provide you a true experience of cultural tourism. You can start from the Castagneto Carducci Castle, located on the peak of the ancient village, whose terraces on clear days offer a view on the vineyards and the cypresses of Bolgheri, on the Tuscan Archipelago and on Corsica, too. Built in the year one thousand, it has always belonged to the Counts of Gherardesca. It guards the relics of the family and of other great figures from the past. In the square, the visitors are welcomed by the statue of Count Ugolino, the most renowned ancestor of the family, to whom Dante dedicated one of the best cantos of his Divine Comedy.
In the hinterland of Grosseto, in a village from the 12th century surrounded by cypresses and vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see, lies the Castel Porrona Relais & Spa. It’s perfect for a holiday dedicated to good food, good Tuscan wine and trips to the sea of Punta Ala and Castiglione della Pescaia. Not far is Pieve di Caminino where you have the opportunity to
live an amazing experience: staying in a (entirely private) village from the year one thousand, in one of the six romantic apartments (intentionally without TV and wi-fi connection). The horizon offers only castles and the Giglio island.