How to spend a rainy day in the Maremma

I woke up this morning and it was pretty drab outside. It's not an unusual sight. We've had a rubbish summer, and with rain forecast for, I don't know, the next 100 weekends, it's high time I shared some rainy day solutions. Thanks to Alexandra from Arttrav for the suggestion. I tend to just stare grumpily out of the window on rainy days, so at least now I have an excuse to get out of the house!

Head to a museum

photo: Giovanni Casalini via Flickr.

photo: Giovanni Casalini via Flickr.

  It's a no brainer, unless you hate museums. I'm not being glib here. I actually am not a huge fan of museums. I have the attention span of a small bird and the artistic palette of, well, a small bird. The Maremma has an endless array of museums. You can see a complete list here. A few are absolute standouts. If you want art and archaeology, head to either Grosseto's provincial museum or Vetulonia's Museo di Isidoro Falchi. For art, it has to be Follonica quirky Pinacoteca Civile, while for something weird and wonderful, head to Pitigliano's Ghetto Ebraico. If you have kids in tow, my three favourites are Grosseto's stuffed animal museum, the Museo di Storia Naturale; Follonica's MagMa, which always runs weekend kids' activities; and Manciano's newly renovated Museo di Preistoria e Protostoria, which has a dedicated kids' itinerary led by museum mascot, Lucy.

Go wine tasting

winetrail One for the adults, but a fantastic way to pass a couple of hours waiting for the weather to clear up. However, you'll want to book in advance, so check the forecast a few days beforehand. Otherwise give a few wineries a call in the morning or get the hotel staff to help you out. The Maremma has almost as many wineries as it does museums, so your best bet is to head to one of the three Strade del Vino websites and find what's near you. My top picks are: Antinori's breathtaking organic vineyard in Castiglione della Pescaia, where they also serve and sell jam and honey; Terenzi's award winning vineyard in Scansano, where they make some of the province's best Morellino di Scansano; and the Castello di ColleMassari, the first vineyard to produce the Montecucco DOC, in a castle, no less.

Visit an aquarium

Acquario-di-Orbetello maremma tuscany You probably didn't come all the way to the Maremma to look at fish that aren't grilled and deliciously served on a bed of finely sliced potatoes, but beggars can't be choosy, especially if you have kids. The Maremma has three amazing aquariums. Valpiana's, near Massa Marittima, is the biggest with a dedicated shark petting tank. Talamone's and Porto Santo Stefano's aren't as impressive, but they're still an afternoon of maritime fun.

Eat

cheese The Maremma has some great delis and food stores where you can pass the day surrounded by delicious morsels. Manciano's Torre di Formaggio is my favourite. Their covered tasting restaurant is open every day and serves the best cheese in the Maremma along with other locally produced wines and products. They also do jazz nights a couple times a month, and you're going to want to try their aged pecorino marinated in red wine. It's the same story at the Caseficio Inno al Sole in Principina Terra, near Grosseto. This sprawling dairy farm has a great shop where you can have breakfast, an aperitif or a tasting session while the kids gawk at the cows and buffalo outside. For the dairy haters among us, there's Follonica's Torrefazione Banda for coffee and chocolates, and Massa Marittima's Enoteca Le Logge.

Throw in the towel and hit the hot springs

saturnia cascate del mulino terme You can't swim in the rain, right? Probably, but I've done it before and it's pretty awesome. Most people think summer is the best time to visit the Maremma's hot springs, but the experience is actually sticky and uncomfortable. Hot water and hot weather don't mix. Saturnia's Cascate del Mulino are open rain or shine with no entry fee. The Terme di Saturnia down the road will cost €22 for a full day, €14 for an afternoon, and you're free to swim in either the covered or outdoor section as long as there are no thunderstorms. The same applies for the Terme di Calidario in Campiglia Marritima and the Terme di Petriolo in Monticiano. Featured image: Giacomo via Flickr.

Elisa Scarton Detti

Elisa is an Australian journalist who came to Tuscany for a year, fell in love (how cliché?) and decided to stick around. Not one to keep amazing holiday destinations to herself, she now writes a blog and travel guide about the infinitely beautiful Tuscany.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Gadders

    I vote for Eat!!

  2. anne

    A fantastic post. I am like you, not a huge lover of museums..think I would go down the foodie/wine route 🙂 The springs look amazing too.

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