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! Thanks for the message. You can easily catch a train to Albinia station and explore the Maremma from there. There are regular bus services to most of the main towns. Considering that you're visiting in autumn, I'd stick to the most beautiful towns. Pitigliano, Saturnia, Sovana, Sorano and Montemerano. It's up to you how many you can squeeze into two days. I'd make somewhere like Manciano my base for the two nights. It's close to all these sights and have the best public transport network. You can plan your bus trip on the Tiemme Spa website. Saturnia's hot springs are a must! Otherwise Massa Marittima is also beautiful, but it's much further north - close to Florence, but far from Saturnia and the other towns I mentioned. I hope you have a lovely trip! Let me know if you have any other questions.
Thanks! It's a bit of detour, but you cannot drive through the Maremma without stopping at the Saturnia hot springs and Pitigliano - two destinations that deserve a day. Montemerano is one of Italy's newly crowned 'most beautiful villages' and is in the area too. While if you love the seaside, stay a night at Castiglione della Pescaia and visit Italy's most beautiful beach for 2015 - Le Rocchette - I just came from there and was blown away. Castiglione is beautiful at night and makes a fantastic stopover. It has some great restaurant as well. One of which has two Michelin stars! Otherwise you can keep it local and dedicate a day to the Argentario Coast, Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole, which all have beautiful beaches and are closer to Saturnia.
You're welcome! Of course we have vineyards! Hundreds of them. The closest ones to you are the world famous La Parrina (http://www.parrina.it/) where you can try and buy some amazing local wines and the organic vineyard La Selva (http://www.laselva-bio.it/). Drop them an email and you should be able to organise tours with either. Otherwise have a look on the Strada del Vino website for a list of all the Maremma's best vineyards! http://www.stradavinimaremma.it/
Hi Magda, Unfortunately the Maremma doesn't have any daily markets, but weekly ones. The one is Albinia is on every Friday in the main piazza. You can also visit the one in nearby Orbetello on Saturday or if you feel like going further out, there's one in Porto Ercole on Mondays and Porto Santo Stefano on Tuesdays. Maregiglio is unfortunately the only ferry service to Giannutri Island, but they are as a rule expensive and rare because Giannutri is a protected island and only a certain number of people can visit each season, which means you need to book in ADVANCE. You can book online: http://maregiglio.nefesy.com/pol/pol_step_1.php. Hope that helps! Elisa
Hi Linda, Cala Violina in nearby Scarlino is the area's most beautiful beach. It's probably the most beautiful beach in the Maremma, so if you have the means, I'd visit it. Torre Mozza is also really nice and only 3km from the centre of Follonica. Il Boschetto, Pratoranieri and il Lido are the closest though. As for free and paid beaches, every beach has both. It depends on what you're looking for. I don't normally pay to sit on the beach. I hate the idea, but if you want a sun deck and an umbrella, it's worth paying the €10 or so a day for two sun decks and an umbrella. There is no difference in quality of beaches though. It's not as if the paid sections have the best beach. Hope that helps! Elisa