Nature and traditions
May, June, September and October are the ideal months to enjoy the enchanting atmosphere made up of ancient traditions which local communities preserve with great pride. Castiglione della Pescaia is not only a cultural centre but a community of extraordinary people who love their work. Highly fascinating experiences await you here such as: a whole day in the company of the famous “Butteri” horsemen of the Maremma, a boat ride inside the Diaccia Botrona nature reserve to observe the Ospreys and beautiful pink Flamingos, or a fishing trip with the fishermen of the Orbetello lagoon. Real experiences in contact with nature, in support of the creation of a new culture of sustainable and environmentally-friendly tourism.
Starting from Roccamare it is possible to follow a path through important archaeological sites to discover the Etruscan cities.
The closest of these is Roselle, an Archaeological Park located on a hill, where an ancient Etruscan-Roman city has been uncovered. More than three kilometres of polygon-shaped walls and an amphitheatre at the foot of which are the forum and public and private buildings. The cobbled street leading into the city is visible and accessible and is surrounded by secular oaks and olive trees.
Further afield is Vetulonia, an ancient Etruscan city that reached the height of its splendour between the 7th and 6th centuries. B.C. and which still retains many signs of its ancient power. Particularly worthy of interest are the "Excavations of the City", the Archaeological Museum and the Necropolis, with a burial ground extending both over the eastern and the western slopes of the hills down to the plains below. Our journey now brings us to the Poggio Pelliccia Mound, only a few kilometres from Ribolla, in the direction of Giuncarico; here we come to the remains of a monumental Etruscan tomb which probably belonged to an aristocratic Vetulonian family who had estates in this area. Lastly comes the Lake of Accesa, where the tombs and remains of houses can be seen found in the vicinity of the numerous mine pits from which the Etruscans extracted silver, gold and other precious minerals.
All the beauty of medieval villages
Starting from Roccamare it is easy to reach Buriano, a village dominated by a Roman castle overlooking the northern part of the Grosseto plain and ancient Prile. Further on stands Montepescali, known as "the balcony of the Maremma" thanks to the scenic views that can be enjoyed from this hilltop town surrounded by medieval walls and well-known for its 14th-century buildings. Or Borgo di Istia d’Ombrone and Batignano, which retain the remains of ancient walls and a keep.
Pushing inland towards Siena, we come to the Municipality of Roccastrada, a splendid provincial town stretching from the Tyrrhenian plains, with their landscape of vineyards and pastures, to the lower mountains, where the medieval village of Sassoforte and its namesake castle are to be found and where we begin to see the two towers of Roccatederighi, set on a rock spur, and the more famous castle of Montemassi.
This journey through history cannot but lead to Massa Marittima, a masterpiece of medieval urbanism, a true jewel of Maremma. A must-see is the suggestive Piazza Maggiore, where balance and harmony combine to create scenic corners around the medieval buildings; the Duomo (Cathedral), which stands out at the top of a steep staircase, and the Siena Arch connecting the Siena Fortress to the Clock Tower; also worthy of interest are the various museums and the Carapax Centre (European Centre for the Protection of Turtles and Storks). Neither should the importance of Massa Marittima be forgotten as the production centre of prestigious Monteregio wine.
Magnificent beaches, unspoilt coasts, splendid underwater environments
Castiglione della Pescaia is an enchanting seaside resort in the heart of the Tuscan Maremma and of a lush pinewood that extends for miles from Punta Ala to the mountains of the Uccellina. On its right and left, 160 km of clear coastline and unspoilt landscapes made up of small isolated coves or long sandy stretches protected by lush pinewoods, or sea-beds covered by transparent Tyrrhenian waters, seashells and corals.
Walking through the Pineta del Tombolo you will be enchanted by the beaches of Le Rocchette, Cala Martina and Cala Violina, before finally reaching the exclusive Punta Ala harbour.
The Maremma National Park
Lush Mediterranean scrub with myrtle, arbutus, dwarf palm and several species of birds such as grey heron and mallard, and Maremma horses, wild boars, porcupines and wild cats. The Maremma National Park extends not far from Castiglione della Pescaia with countless trails along which the many animals and plant varieties that live there can be sighted.
Stone and maritime pines grow alongside myrtle, juniper, rosemary and mastic bush. In the hinterland, instead, we find typically continental tree species (deciduous) mixed with Mediterranean species (evergreen), while the south-facing slopes are characterized by typical North-African plants (dwarf palm, euphorbia arborea). The park offers plenty of opportunity to sight the many wild animals that live there.