Talamone’s sheer beauty can be summed up by one fact – the city appeared in the James Bond movie Quantum of Solace.
In the film, it was the location of the incredibly luxurious seaside getaway of Bond’s friend René Mathis, who was coincidently played by Italian actor Giancarlo Giannini.
In real life, Talamone is the Monte Carlo of the Maremma, where grand mansions have their own fleet of private yachts, and the deep green of the forests clash with the even deeper green of the sea. The entire scene is so splendid it was mentioned by Dante Alighieri in many of his works.
Talamone is no longer an urban city in the practical sense of the word. It is, instead, the getaway of the wealthy holidaymakers who are lucky enough own property here and the tourists who wish they did.
Still, it’s the kind of Mediterranean seaside town people dream about – so beautiful both onshore and off, that you’ll be itching to buy a yacht just so you can explore the jutted cliffs and secluded villas properly.
And if all the endlessly enviable beauty wasn’t enough, Talamone has the history to back it up. In 225 B.C, Talamone was the location of an epic sea battle between the Romans and the Gauls.
Since the time of Etruscans, Talamone or Tlamu, as it was known then, has been a highly prized and coveted possession.
Unsurprisingly, the Gauls wanted it and intended to use the land to create a new order, where everything was doled out evenly among emerging groups – something none of the existing landowning aristocrats wanted.
Thus the Romans intervened under the command of Lucio Emilio Papo and Caio Attilio Regolo. The empire killed 40,000 Gauls, including their king Anaerostro, before returning to Rome with 10,000 prisoners.