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Regional Park of Maremma

Those who are in Castiglione della Pescaia in Maremma should not miss a visit the Regional Park of Maremma.

As claimed by the Tuscany Region in 1975, it extends for 98 square kilometers with a maximum length of 25 kilometers, touching Principina a Mare in its most northern tip and Talamone to the south.

It is about 40 kilometers from Castiglione della Pescaia, and there are three entrances for vehicles.

The sea

The coastline is capped by the crystal clear sea where you can enjoy activities such as fishing (there are many local fish species) and sailing, thanks to the presence of numerous yacht clubs in the neighboring resorts. The mostly sandy beaches appeal to the eye and the mind of both the adventurous and laid back visitor. It is especially ideal for those in search of relaxation and and a peaceful holiday in contact with nature. Marina di Alberese and Collelungo are the easiest beaches to reach. The southernmost Cala di Forno on the other hand, is accessible only if accompanied by a guide.

The woods

Thick forests and pine forests populated by many local varieties of animals characterize inland areas, bounded to the east by the beautiful mountains’ Uccellina. The mountains’ Uccellina, which seem to befriend the coast, take up most of the park and tower about 400 meters above sea level.

The northern area is characterized by extensive wetlands as represented by the magical river Ombrone, offering refreshment to animals that populate them.

Visitors can choose from one of fifteen routes to walk individually or in groups or with the help of a guide. The visits can be made via foot, by bicycle, on horseback, by carriage, or by canoeing through the waterways. You cannot bring dogs into the park.

Along the various routes you can come across a variety of local animals including: deer, porcupines, foxes, badgers, rabbits, weasels, flamingos, herons, cormorants and although more rarely spotted, sometimes you can also see wild boars. There are also bred horses and cattle outdoors or in the wild.

The historical remains

Inside the park there are numerous towers, used in the Middle Ages to rise against the ships of Saracen pirates who infested the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Make sure to also take a visit to the Benedictine Abbey of San Rabano, built in around 1100 A.D., as well as the archaeological site of Umbro Flumen that was discovered in recent years and built in Roman times.