Just a twenty minute drive from the capital city, Castiglione della Pescaia, and the Tyrrhenian Sea, and picturesquely perched upon the southern slope of a hilly area is the city of Buriano. It is a pretty medieval village nestled between green forests and the blue sky of Maremma. Buriano was born in the Middle Ages and began to flourish around the tenth century. However, the city also enjoys a Renaissance-style (which mainly affect the old town, a port, and other fragments of the city walls) and Romanesque-style architecture rooted deeply in the rich religious culture.
Buriano is strategically located in the hinterland, which makes it easy to reach most other seaside areas. The Tuscan seafront is within easy reach and lends to the most popular areas such as: the Rocchette beach, the beach of Punta Ala, and Cala Violina beach (a free beach reachable only by foot, which owes its name to the extremely unusual but sweet sounding musical phenomenon produced by the wind that caresses the sands of the beach).
Those interested in history and architecture will be fascinated by aldobrandesca Rocca. This polygonal limestone fortress is over a thousand years old. However, visitors are cautioned. Its tower, which was located on the west side, has now almost completely disappeared except for a few evocative remains of its old charm. This ancient architectural complex allows a breathtaking panoramic view across the countryside of the Maremma, and in particular on what was once the Prile Lake, now reclaimed.
A few kilometers from the village is the Hermitage of San Guglielmo, where tradition says the saint, for which the church was named, had lived for many years.
Two kilometers north-west is the city of Vetulonia which shares a long history of friendly rivalry in tradition with the city of Buriano (ask the locals to tell ‘the story of the bell’!). Vetulonia offers rich and detailed archaeological routes between its tombs and the remains of Etruscan origin spread throughout the countryside.
In Punta Ala, you can find the Castle Castiglione. It is a beautiful sixteenth-century structure. Actually, the entire Grosseto coast is dotted with castles, villas and churches that have their roots in centuries-old past, both feudal both municipal. In this region, you can find it hard to choose between wooden medieval fortresses that suddenly appear on high ground above, Roman villas (like the one found in Castiglione della Pescara), and Etruscan tombs.
The Gavorrano Mine is worth a special mention. Redeveloped in 2003, it is now available for visits through a guided path that travels into the depths of mineriarie hills.
Sports and gastronomy
Buriano is also part of a cycle path that involves the whole Maremma. You can choose to arm yourself with a bike or go for a hike that will immerse you in the fronds of the Tuscan nature.
Once again, if you prefer water sports, the Tuscan sea will not fail expectations. You can practice sailing, surfing, and windsurfing. The crystal clear waters also make it a favorite destination for scuba diving.
Buriano does not miss anything under the profile of reception to tourism. There are restaurants, wineries and farms that promise the enjoyment of all of Tuscany’s eno-grastronomical magnificence.