The best museums in the Maremma Tuscany

We might not be in Florence or Rome, but the Maremma has her own collection of magnificent and fascinating museums. From beautiful galleries of religious art to rooms of Etruscan and Roman relics and the odd collection of brick and brack, there's plenty to see regardless of your interests. So here are 10 of my favourite and the best museums in the Maremma Tuscany. It goes without saying they aren't to be missed next time you're in town! Iron and Cast Iron Museum, Follonica Comprensorio Ilva, Follonica, free entry All over Italy, you'll find cast iron masterpieces made in Follonica. This museum sits inside the old city foundry and displays replicas of some of those pieces, along with moulds, photographs and original cast iron works, to tell a rich story of this century-old industry. Isidoro Falchi Museum, Castiglione della Pescaia Piazza Vetluna n.1 - Castiglione della Pescaia, entry price: €5 The Maremma's richest and most spectacular indoor Etruscan museum. The Etruscans were a Bronze Age civilisation that dominated Tuscany (then called Etruria) before the Romans came along. In Etruria. Vetulonia was the gold capital of Etruria and many of the era's most exquisite jewels are on display in this museum, along with an incredible collection of pre-Roman Empire coins. jewish ghetto_pitigliano_maremma_tuscany Jewish Ghetto and Museum, Pitigliano Vicolo Marghera, Pitigliano, entry price: € 3 This one-of-a-kind open-air museum was a Jewish ghetto in the 12th century when the city was known as Piccola Gerusalemme (Little Jerusalem). Explore the old ritual baths, dying shops, kosher wine cellar, bakery and butcher, as well as a small collection of antique artifacts and a beautiful synagogue. Musuem of the Vine and Wine, Scansano Piazza del Pretorio, Scansano, free entry A walk through the history of Maremman wine from its roots in the 6th century to more modern times. The Etruscans learnt to make wine from the Ancient Greeks. The modern Sangiovese grapes are descendants of the vines originally used by the Etruscans. Parco Archeologico Città del Tufo, Sorano Just outside of Sorano, entry price: €3 Some of Italy's most spectacular Etruscan tombs are on display in this vast-open air museum. Dating back to between the 2nd and 3rd century B.C.E, these tombs vary from stone statues of demons and mermaids to the canyon-like Vie Cave (Etruscan super highways) and stone temples that still bear their bright colours. Davide Lazzaretti Museum, Arcidosso Castello Aldobrandesco, Sorano, entry price: €3 Davide Lazzaretti lived a short life as the self-styled second coming of Jesus and Prophet of the Maremma. He died a bloody death at the hands of local police during a peaceful protest. This museum is a fascinating look into his life, his religion and his rise to popularity. Il Giardino dei Tarocchi, Capalbio Loc.Garavicchio, Capalbio, entry price: €10.50 for adults, €6 children In this masterpiece by French-American artist Niki Saint-Phalle, the 22 tarot cards are brought to life in magnificent multicoloured mosaic and glass sculptures and set in a beautiful garden. Some of the sculptures are more than 15 metres tall! Monte Amiata's Mercury Mine Museum, Santa Fiora Piazza Garibaldi 25, Santa Fiora, entry price: €2 Up until the 19th century, mining was the life blood of Monte Amiata. This small, but intense museum recreates the area's mining history with antique tools, photographs and videos. My favourite part is the life-size mine model that visitors can climb into and explore. grosseto museum_maremma_tuscany Archaeological and Art Museum, Grosseto Piazza A. Baccarini 3, Grosseto, entry price: €5 The Maremma's biggest and most important museum covers three storeys and every age of Maremman history. The exhibitions begin with prehistoric, Etruscan and Roman relics and finish with more modern artworks. There are so many priceless sculptures and ceramics here, you feel like you're in Rome. Sacred Art Museum, Massa Marittima Corso Diaz, Massa Marittima, entry price: €5 In a high-medieval convent, the Maremma's most beautiful collection of religious art is on display. Treasures from old churches, works by some of the region's most important artists, gold paintings and reliquaries gather under one roof. A small exhibition of modern art finishes the museum. Note: Most Maremman museums are closed on Mondays and between 1pm and 4pm. 

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.

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