Few area in Italy have such a large number of protected natural areas as does the province of Grosseto. They include the old-established “Parco Naturale della Maremma”, the recent “Parco Naturale dell’Arcipelago Toscano”, fourteen nature reserves and seven others concerned with, for example, repopulation and biogenesis, as well as the WWF nature sanctuaries. All together they cover 40,000 hectares, constituting a rare and vast nature reserve.
A clear sea washes a long, varied coastline comprising sun-drenched sandy beaches, isolated coves and sand bars, alternating with high, rocky stretches from which there are magnificent views of the Tuscan Arcipelago’s islands. The list of these amazing beaches is huge!
The bay of Cala Violina, rightly considered to be one of the finest and cleanest expanse of sea in Italy, the long and glamour beaches of Punta Ala and Castiglione della Pescaia, Marina di Grosseto and the unspoiled Marina di Alberese as well Talamone and Argentario are only some of the most popular places to visit.
Long stretches of this varied coast are mantled with the bright green of the dense pinewoods screening off the sun-baked countryside of the interior. The trees growing almost at the water’s edge at Punta Ala are followed by the extensive pinewoods between Castiglione della Pescaia, Marina di Grosseto and Principina a Mare. Finally, in this part of the coast, which is one of the most intact in Italy, there are still vast areas of wetlands, now protected for the numerous species of migrant birds and plant associations that still form part of an unique, unspoiled environment.
Parco Regionale della Maremma
The Park della Maremma is probably the area I prefer for its unspoiled Nature! Extending from Principina a Mare to Talamone, the park comprises a huge territory from the Ombre river to Talamone, a land characterized by marshes, ponds, sand dunes and desert beaches. Only during the summer, a limited area is crowded, near the only access to the sea from Alberese Village. The other parts remain also in August semi-desert; it is a very paradise! You can find one person every 100 meters… and this is luxury in August. The people there are so silent and respectful of the Nature that there is also a section of the long beach dedicated to Naturism.