Planning that great Maremman holiday? Wondering what worth's seeing? Or just looking for some advice and insider tips about great restaurants/beaches or must-see attractions?
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Hi, um not really. It depends where you though and the weather. We usually don't have an issue with mosquitoes any time of year, but I do recommend being extra cautious around Castiglione della Pescaia and Orbetello. Since they have really large lagoons/marshes, they attract mosquitoes.
Hi Ruth, Arcidosso's very famous Castagna in Festa finishes on 25 October 2015, so if you miss that, don't worry. There are still plenty of roasted chestnuts about. If you're staying in an apartment, you can buy and roast your own. Chestnuts are available now in all the local supermarkets. While if you're at a B&B or hotel, reception should be able to tell you which local restaurants will be serving roast chestnuts or chestnut dishes! As for mushroom hunting, it's all hush hush, but I hear there are porcini in the forests. It depends on where you are of course. Any deep patch of forest is good ground for mushroom hunting. Avoid private property and nature parks of course. It grows around chestnuts and oaks. For a good guide, check out my blog post about porcini mushrooms: http://www.theflorentine.net/articles/article-view.asp?issuetocId=8738
Hi Ruth, So glad you're visiting the Maremma. While you can pick up a copy of the guidebook locally, I'm not 100% sure where. Postage is normally 10 days to the United States, but if you're worried about not getting it in time, you can get a copy of a ebook on this site, which includes the 3 main digital formats: PDF, ePub (for iPad and other tablets) and mobi for Kindle! Have a lovely holiday, Elisa
Hi Jo, what a fantastic opportunity! Massa Marittima is a beautiful city and is gorgeous around New Year's. Just remember to pack warm as it can get very cold there! I'm not sure if you can enrol your daughter in the local school for such a short period of time. While you don't have to be an Italian citizen to enrol in the local schools, you do, I think, need to have residency in the town or at least a visa. However, the Australian consulate in Rome might know more about that! As for ways to make friends, the best advice I can give is to get out and about. Massa Marittima has so many extracurricular activities that you can sign your daughter up for. There's a swimming pool, dance classes, gymnastics. Plenty of options! It's not something you have to plan ahead, so don't worry. When you arrive in Massa Marittima, ask at the town council for a list of extracurricular activities and choose from what's available. They'll be able to help you sign up and maybe even answer your questions about the local school. All the best, Elisa
Hi Saharnaz, Happy to help. You're staying in my hometown, so the closest beaches are about 40 minutes away in Albinia. My go-to beach is Giannella. It's not spectacular, but it's nice and easy to access and free. A lot of locals tend to go further down to Feniglia and they really like it, but that's on the other side of the coastline and a further 20 minutes away. You can park in the designated public parking spaces. I think the daily fee is €3 or something like that and then follow the path to the beach. The coast is quite long and you can walk down and pick a spot you like. There will definitely not be any nightlife strolling near your farm. You're quite a bit outside of your closest town, Manciano, so if you want to go anywhere at night, you will need to drive. There are two wine festivals on around the time you're visiting, one is in Pitigliano and one is in Manciano. You can check out my events calendar for more details. There are a few nice bars in Manciano. Bar Centrale is the most popular, although there is a very good wine bar on the main strip called I think 444. But it's the number 1 restaurant in Manciano on tripadvisor if you want to check it out. I might have the name wrong. For Klezmer music you will need to head to Pitigliano. I know they have concerts sometimes during special events. You can drop an email to their tourist information centre or drop in when you're in town, they should be able to point you in the right direction. Manciano has a tennis court that you can play on. The reception at your agriturismo should be able to help you book it. You can definitely drive around the coast. We're not that far from the sea and some gorgeous seaside towns. You can take the Strada Panoramica from Porto Ercole to Porto Santo Stefano. It isn't the smoothest ride - a lot of it is unpaved - but it's the only coastal road we have. It starts just outside of Porto Ercole. You can follow the signs or ask at the local tourist office. Definitely Pitigliano, the Saturnia hot springs if you don't have a problem with the faint smell of sulphur, Sovana and Sorano are gorgeous, the Parco della Maremma is our best nature park and Da Paolino is the best budget-friendly restaurant in Manciano, although I prefer il Miravalle - it's not as pretty, but is more authentic. The best pizza in the Maremma as far as I'm concerned is at Pizzeria Osee - also in Manciano. Yes, you can most definitely do a day trip to Florence. My husband and I have done it many times. You'll need to leave early and the trip takes about 2 and a half hours, but I would recommend it, especially if you've never been to Florence. All the best and hope that helps x