It’s been inhabited since the Etruscans controlled the Maremma in the 3rd century BC. Not much of their settlement remains, but the local council has set up a small walking trail that allows you to explore the ruins left behind by the Etruscans that lived and worked around the lake.
The Lago dell’Accesa is much more popular as a summer picnic spot than an archaeological site though. The lake is actually a hot spring and its waters are always a somewhat toasty 20°C, which means you can swim even in winter if you feel so inclined. Just be careful, the lake is a lot deeper than it looks.
The Lago dell’Accesa is simply a fantastic place to appreciate the natural beauty of Massa Marittima. The city doesn’t have a lot of places where you can kick back and embrace Mother Nature, so this spot is doubly appreciated by the green-at-heart locals.
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