Sunday, 20 July 2014

Maremma: sea, beaches, fun, art, archeology

Maremma is the ancient name of part of the coast of Tuscany and northern Lazio. This area has very similar landscapes and ancient traditions, and Italians often like to talk about the Maremma.
Even a hundred years ago, the Maremma was a wild area. There were also several herds of cows. Some of the artists represented in the nineteenth century these views.

painting by Giovanni Fattori. Many paintings are exhibited in a museum in Livorno, a coastal town in Tuscany-image from wikipedia

pasture in Maremma

Currently in Maremma is also a park that tourists can easily visit. In the summer in the park young people can make trips on the backs of donkeys.


The beautiful beaches of the Maremma are many: in the Gulf of Follonica, Castiglione, Argentario, Tarquinia Lido, Marina of Grosseto etc.. Even the islands of Giglio and Giannutri are in the area. Many people in these seas likes to take trips by boat or speedboat.

castle Castiglione Pescaia

Talamone and the sea -photo L30 (wiki)
in this place were discovered some beautiful Etruscan statues  now in Orbetello
These statues are called "frontone di Talamone"

Not far from the coast there are some medieval villages. Typically tourists love the nice town of Massa Marittima.

Massa Marittima is not on the coast, but there are many works of art-photo ap

Massa Marittima, the old cathedral

For those who love archeology should not be forgotten that in Maremma obviously there are numerous sites of the Etruscan civilization. The most popular places are Populonia, Roselle, Vetulonia and finally Tarquinia little to the south.
A Populonia the Etruscans worked the iron ore that led from the islands as Corsica.

the medieval area of Tarquinia, in the south of the great Maremma (photo ap)
In this town there are a museum and a large Etruscan necropolis

In the distant past some ancient Greek sailors had founded a sanctuary near Tarquinia. The Romans called this place Gravisca.
Even English language books, such as the one written by Sybille Haynes, describe the archaeological situation in the area and also the emporium of Gravisca.

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