MAREMMA NATURAL RESERVE & PARK :

 

The Maremma is unique in Italy due to its variety and wealth of natural environments. Many natural reserves and parks have been established. The reserves, parks and the oases occupy approximately 40.000 hectares. The most well known reserve Maremma Natural Park, extended for approximately 100sqk. 

 

The main part of the Park is characterized by the Uccellina Mountains, a chain of hills that "run" parallel to the coast and covered by the thick Mediterranean maquis, which ends with the Lecci Hill (Poggio Lecci) 417 meters on the sea level. 

 

Other important ecosystem is represented from the Pineta situated in Marina of Alberese, result of the reforestation made in the past by Leopoldo II of Lorena. 

 

Even if you have no interest in ancient history, it is still an exceptional experience to walk the countryside through the tall oaks and experience the wild and prehistoric atmosphere that defines the Maremma.

 

Source : www.maremma-tuscany.com

 

 

THE REGION

 

Maremma is a small, secluded, region in Tuscany's south. Equidistant between Rome and Florence it is a far cry from their intensity. Unlike most of Italy, Maremma is not choked by a ratio of 5 tourists to 1 local. On the contrary it is one of the very few territories left in Italy that remains true to its ancient peasant roots, uncontaminated by the tourist explosion.

 

One is transformed when one walks in the medieval towns all over the Maremma and in particular in towns like Sorano, Sovana and Pittigliano. 

 

The land is separated by thick forests of chestnuts that sprout amazing Porcini mushrooms and hills and valleys overflowing with thick olive groves adjacent to vast vineyards that stretch to the sea. These towns exist in their own private universe, outside of time and globalisation; they are constructed through a unique mesh of history and culture, where neighbours still know each other and were a dispute is resolved at a table laden with good homemade food and wonderful wine.

 

But Maremma is not only unique in Italy because of its history but also because of its variety and wealth of natural environments. Many natural reserves and parks have been established and occupy approximately 40.000 hectares. The most well known reserve, Maremma Natural Park, is approximately 100sqk. 

 

The main part of the Park is characterized by the Uccellina Mountains, a chain of hills that "run" parallel to the coast and covered by the thick Mediterranean maquis, which ends with the Lecci Hill (Poggio Lecci) 417 meters on the sea level. 

 

Other important ecosystem is represented from the Pineta situated in Marina of Alberese, result of the reforestation made in the past by Leopoldo II of Lorena. 

 

 

When you come to Maremma expect to meet gentle, good-natured people in a setting of unpretentious charm and raw beauty.