It wouldn't be too far fetched to say that the Maremma is one big nature park. Its endless stretches of countryside are simply spectacular.
In one corner of the Maremma, verdant plains flow into towering oak forests and wind their way up venerable mountains. On the other side of the province, bright wild flowers dot a rocky coastline that finds its feet at gorgeous beaches. Calm, warm and effortlessly enticing, these beaches are some of the most beautiful in Tuscany.
The Maremmani might be incredibly lucky to have all this at their fingertips, but they don't take it for granted. The locals have an affinity with the land around them. They don't just respect it, they, from the oldest nonno to the youngest child, take care of it and appreciate it as often as possible.
You too can enjoy the natural splendour of the Maremma with a simple wander around your agriturismo or hotel, but if you really want to experience the breathtaking landscape that is the Maremma, you have to visit one of its protected parks.
Whether you want to call them oases or simply paradise, these protected parks incorporate everything that is so special about the Maremman environment - the diverse, but constantly picture perfect terrain and the flora and fauna that call it home.
So if you're looking for an unforgettable day in the Maremma, pack a picnic, grab your walking shoes (or bike) and get out and explore these incredible parks. All of them have designated walking tracks that vary in length, and you can even get a guide if you want some expert company while you soak up the beauty of the Tuscan countryside.
Photo: Riandreu via Flickr.
Part nature park/part ancient city, this outdoor museum connects all of the Maremma’s most spectacular tombs and Etruscan necropolises with one, easy-to-follow trail.