This post will be the first of what I hope will be plenty more useful blog posts for those planning to visit the Maremma. But don’t worry if you’re an armchair traveller, I’ve included plenty of beautiful pictures too!
Anyway, I have friends coming to visit me soon. They’re from my home country, Australia, so they don’t know anything about the different accommodation options in the Maremma. Naturally, I thought I’d help them out.
Choosing an accommodation in the Maremma isn’t just about finding a place to sleep. You can really miss out on so much of the beauty and charm of this Tuscan region if you settle for any old hotel. How, you ask? Because almost all of the Maremma’s B&Bs and agriturismi are run by locals looking to impart the flavour and colour of their home towns onto their guests.
Hotels are the best option if you’re without a car or just visiting a gorgeous city like Massa Marittima. For anything else, you can’t go past an agriturismo. A very Tuscan concept, these are working farms, usually vineyards or olive farms, with comfortable, country-style rooms or apartments for guests. They’re a lot cheaper than private apartments and far less isolated.
They’re also, without a doubt, the most beautiful accommodation you can get in the Maremma. The view is always spectacular. The ambiance is the sort of peaceful, country tranquility you’d expect from a farm. The owners are affable and welcoming. And the meals are divine – usually made from products grown on the farm and other locally sourced seasonal ingredients.
The other bonus to staying at an agriturismo is that they’re very family friendly. Pools, horse-riding lessons, petting zoos, bike rentals, fishing – agriturismi have endless activities to keep the kid’s amused. And while the kids are being entertained, you can indulge in a wine tasting tour, cheese-making lesson or just romantic walk around the property.
I definitely think it’s a win-win situation! If you’re sold, visit my accommodation page to see some of the agriturismi friends and fans have recommended. And if you already have a favourite agriturismo in the Maremma, please share!