Pitigliano, Sovana and Montemerano

Beaches of the Argentario coast

Lago di Bolsena

Civita di Bagnoregio

Terme di Saturnia - hot springs

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in the province of Grosseto,

is an ideal base for visits and trips to seek out the natural beauty and landscapes of the Tuscan Maremma, with all the places that are rich in history and traditions within easy reach.

In the surrounding area you will find places like Montemerano, listed as one of the most beautiful of Italy’s fortified villages, Saturnia, Pitigliano, Sovana and Scansano, where the famous ‘Morellino’ wine comes from; you are also not far from the beautiful Argentario coast, Lake Bolsena and beautiful historical cities such as Civita di Bagnoregio, the so-called ‘Dying City’.

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Pitigliano, Sovana and Montemerano

Montemerano, officially listed among Italy’s most beautiful fortified towns, stands on a hill surrounding by the Maremma countryside.

It is noted for its medieval streets whose balconies brim with colourful flowers.

The historic centre of Pitigliano is known as ‘Little Jerusalem’ for its former community of Jews who had their own synagogue there.

Sovana is a part of the Sorano municipality, in Grosseto province.

It is known for having been an important Etrucscan centre centuries ago, then as a medieval town that prospered into Renaissance times, and today for being a cathedral city as well.

Beaches of the Argentario coast

An ideal destination for those who love unspoilt sea and nature, the Argentario promontory is a real live paradise, the boast of Tuscany around the world.

Right in the heart of the Maremma and facing the Tyrrhenian Sea, Argentario has always been a favourite tourist destination with its seaside towns of Orbetello, Porto Santo Stefano, Porte Ercole, Albinia, Talamone, Isola del Giglio and Isola di Giannutri.

With its crystal-clear waters and breathtaking landscapes, the most famous beaches of the Argenario coast are Cala del Gesso, Cala Piccola, La Feniglia, La Giannella, La Cacciarella, La Soda, La Bionda and I Bagni di Domiziano.

Terme di Saturnia – hot springs

The enchanting hot springs of Terme di Saturnia are located at the foot of the medieval fortified town of Saturnia and set amid centuries-old parkland typical of the Maremma.

It comprises a collection of hot springs situated in the municipality of Manciano, in Grosseto province.  These springs produce sulphurous water at a perfect temperature of 37.5 °C, water that has recognised therapeutic properties.

Ideal for anyone in search of complete relaxation and well-being, the Saturnia hot springs spa also has impressive waterfalls including the Cascate del Mulino and the Cascate del Gorello.

Civita di Bagnoregio

Situated in Viterbo province, Civita di Bagnoregio is one of the most beautiful of Italy’s fortified towns and is famous the world over as ‘The Dying City’. This is because of the unstable land on which it’s built, comprising layers of clay and volcanic material, which is constantly being eroded by water and weather.  

Only reachable on foot, across a bridge built of reinforced concrete, the town looks really imposing and retains so much of its medieval architecture that it’s if time has stood still. It attracts thousands of tourists every year. 

Lago di Bolsena – Bolsena Lake

The fifth largest of Italy’s lakes and volcanic in origin, Lago di Bolsena is in northern Lazio, near the borders with Umbria and Tuscany.

It was formed over 300,000 years ago following a lava fall-out from various volcanoes in the Monti Volsini mountain chain. There are some pretty towns around its shores, such as Bolsena, which gave the lake its name, Montefiascone, noted for its beautiful views, Marta, an active fishing village, and Capodimonte perched on a picturesque promontory that juts out towards the lake.

Lake Bolsena also has two small islands: Isola Bisentina and Isola Martana.

Pitigliano, Sovana and Montemerano

Montemerano, officially listed among Italy’s most beautiful fortified towns, stands on a hill surrounding by the Maremma countryside.

It is noted for its medieval streets whose balconies brim with colourful flowers.

The historic centre of Pitigliano is known as ‘Little Jerusalem’ for its former community of Jews who had their own synagogue there.

Sovana is a part of the Sorano municipality, in Grosseto province.

It is known for having been an important Etrucscan centre centuries ago, then as a medieval town that prospered into Renaissance times, and today for being a cathedral city as well.

Beaches of the Argentario coast

An ideal destination for those who love unspoilt sea and nature, the Argentario promontory is a real live paradise, the boast of Tuscany around the world.

Right in the heart of the Maremma and facing the Tyrrhenian Sea, Argentario has always been a favourite tourist destination with its seaside towns of Orbetello, Porto Santo Stefano, Porte Ercole, Albinia, Talamone, Isola del Giglio and Isola di Giannutri.

With its crystal-clear waters and breathtaking landscapes, the most famous beaches of the Argenario coast are Cala del Gesso, Cala Piccola, La Feniglia, La Giannella, La Cacciarella, La Soda, La Bionda and I Bagni di Domiziano.

Terme di Saturnia – hot springs

The enchanting hot springs of Terme di Saturnia are located at the foot of the medieval fortified town of Saturnia and set amid centuries-old parkland typical of the Maremma.

It comprises a collection of hot springs situated in the municipality of Manciano, in Grosseto province.  These springs produce sulphurous water at a perfect temperature of 37.5 °C, water that has recognised therapeutic properties.

Ideal for anyone in search of complete relaxation and well-being, the Saturnia hot springs spa also has impressive waterfalls including the Cascate del Mulino and the Cascate del Gorello.

Civita di Bagnoregio

Situated in Viterbo province, Civita di Bagnoregio is one of the most beautiful of Italy’s fortified towns and is famous the world over as ‘The Dying City’. This is because of the unstable land on which it’s built, comprising layers of clay and volcanic material, which is constantly being eroded by water and weather.  

Only reachable on foot, across a bridge built of reinforced concrete, the town looks really imposing and retains so much of its medieval architecture that it’s if time has stood still. It attracts thousands of tourists every year. 

Lago di Bolsena – Bolsena Lake

The fifth largest of Italy’s lakes and volcanic in origin, Lago di Bolsena is in northern Lazio, near the borders with Umbria and Tuscany.

It was formed over 300,000 years ago following a lava fall-out from various volcanoes in the Monti Volsini mountain chain. There are some pretty towns around its shores, such as Bolsena, which gave the lake its name, Montefiascone, noted for its beautiful views, Marta, an active fishing village, and Capodimonte perched on a picturesque promontory that juts out towards the lake.

Lake Bolsena also has two small islands: Isola Bisentina and Isola Martana.