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Before the Romans, this part of Tuscany was the center of the Etruscan civilization. An excellent place to get a feel for this is the archaeological area of Roselle, near the town of Grosseto, where ruins of the Etruscan-Roman city show its evolution from the 7th century B.C. through the Roman Empire (the forum and basilica remain, along with other monuments) until the Middle Ages. The necropolis is especially interesting for the various types of burials it includes, and the two miles of Etruscan walls are more than 20 feet tall. The coast is known for its miles of white-sand beaches, some of which are packed with sun-bathers in the ...

Before the Romans, this part of Tuscany was the center of the Etruscan civilization. An excellent place to get a feel for this is the archaeological area of Roselle, near the town of Grosseto, where ruins of the Etruscan-Roman city show its evolution from the 7th century B.C. through the Roman Empire (the forum and basilica remain, along with other monuments) until the Middle Ages. The necropolis is especially interesting for the various types of burials it includes, and the two miles of Etruscan walls are more than 20 feet tall. The coast is known for its miles of white-sand beaches, some of which are packed with sun-bathers in the summer, others of which are almost deserted. Nature reserves protect wild spaces both along the shore and on the inland terraces, which can be explored on foot, mountain bike or horseback.

Maremma’s clear waters are a year-round favorite of scuba divers, and its thermal waters have made the spas of Terme di Saturnia, Sorano and Petriolo famous. Inland, the hills are scattered with villages that retain their medieval appearance, often topped by castle ruins. Culinary and wine-making traditions are strong, and the region has its own DOC designation (which authenticates wine from the region). In Follonica, the Gallery Amedeo Modigliani, named for the artist born in nearby Livorno, shows a permanent collection of more than 100 works by 20th-century artists including Picasso and Dalí.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Maremma is an extensive area of Italy bordering the Ligurian and Tyrrhenian Seas. It comprises part of south-western Tuscany.
  • Language: Italian
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Italy | Wikitravel | Wikipedia | Tuscany
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Spring through fall for the beaches; year-round for diving and mountain excursions.