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Maremma. A Tuscan natural and gastronomic paradise

Tuesday, 05 October 2021 12:40

Five travel ideas, five ways to discover the landscapes, art and cuisine of Italy’s Maremma region. These itineraries of taste in the Grosseto area are from the Artex Artour Toscana Project and are aimed at travellers (and Tuscans) who want to get to know this region. 

Five itineraries showcasing art, food and wines

The routes are removed from mass circuits and promote slow, conscious, sustainable cultural tourism, showcasing the area’s artistic and monumental heritage and its excellent food and wines. The five itineraries on the Artour Toscana website (http://toscana.artour.it) start with a presentation, followed by a description of the companies offering typical products and a geo-localized map of the route and places of interest.

Ancient traditions and a beautiful countryside

The Yellow Gold of Maremma winds for 25 kilometres from Scarlino to Pomonte, past fields of organically cultivated wheat, an ancient tradition that today risks extinction. Tasty stops are recommended at the Poggio Tondo farm in Pian D'Alma, the Maremmano pasta factory in Roccastrada, the Dolci Tradizioni shop, the Sicas pasta factory in Grosseto, at the Tommaso Giordana farm in Magliano in Toscana, the Il Panaio in Roccalbegna, Naturalmente Toscano in Semproniano and the Grani di Toscana agricultural cooperative in Pomonte. 

The finest olive oil, typical wines and Goji berries

Wine, oil and products of the Maremma: from traditions to innovations is a tour through areas producing extra virgin olive oil, a tradition dating back to the Etruscan era, and the Morellino di Scansano wine which is produced exclusively in the hilly area between the Ombrone and Albegna rivers in ​​the province of Grosseto. Thanks to the Maremma’s ideal climate another local product is the Goji berry, the so-called fruit of youth. Along the 39-kilometre itinerary from Roccatederighi to Ansedonia the local companies include the Magìa agricultural company in Giuncarico, the Ampeleia agricultural company in Roccatederighi, the San Lorenzo agricultural company in Cinigiano, the Pian di Maggio winepress in Vallerona, the Bragaglia farm in Montiano, the Ponte Capalbio farm in Capalbio and the Maliosa farm in Manciano.

Snail breeding, and craft beer from geothermal steam

The La Maremma Pisana tour is an exploration of the Upper Maremma that includes a large part of the province of Livorno south of Florence. The 41 kilometres between Capannoli and Venturina Terme are an area dedicated to the production of wines, wheat and olive oil but also niche cultivations like snail breeding and the first craft beer in the world using geothermal steam. Stops are at the Arcenni Tuscany snail breeding facility in Capannoli, the Vapori di Birra brewery in Sasso Pisano, the Ghimbergo farm in Suvereto and the Orzo Bolgherese di Cecina agricultural company. 

Exploring the land of ancient Etruscans and Romans

Massa Marittima and the Palazzo dell'Abbondanza is a tour showcasing the dedication, and sacrifices lavished by its inhabitants on this harsh and inaccessible territory as early as Etruscan and Roman days. The 15-kilometre route winds through Massa Marittima with the Fonte and the Palazzo dell'Abbondanza (a former granary) and, in its environs, the farms of Gabbricci Anna Maria, Camporuffaldo, Angela and Antonio Saba, Braglia Daniele, and the La Cura, MorisFarms and Podere Riparbella companies.

Butteri cowboys, fishing and gourmet stops

Tasty Suggestions of the Maremma Coast is a 51-kilometre route along the coast from Grosseto and Monte Argentario, and as far as Giglio Island: a land of butteri cowboys, spirulina algae crops, freshly caught fish and a fine liqueur made from myrtle berries. The gourmet stops are the Severino Becagli-Spirulina Made in Tuscany company in Grosseto, the Le Spighe agritourism, the I Pescatori d’Orbetello in Orbetello, the Il Casalone farm in Orbetello Scalo, and La Paloma al Giglio.

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