The wilderness of southern Tuscany, we just love it! Today we are making a tour along the south coast of Tuscany. And for the most part through the nature reserve called ‘the Maremma’. The rugged nature, the picturesque villages, the natural hot springs, the miles of sandy beaches with the clear sea water for a beach holiday… This undiscovered part of Tuscany is waiting to be discovered!
On our way to Pitigliano we immediately see why this village is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. La Città del Tufo, the village built on tuff stone with houses rectangular chopped out of the volcanic rock stones. Later we tell all about our impression of this pintoresque village. For now, we want to give a better impression of southern Tuscany, so we continue our tour.
Pitigliano one of the most beautiful villages of Tuscany
On to the hot springs of Saturnia! These natural springs are probably the biggest attraction of this part of Tuscany. Grosseto and Siena have both lots of hidden hot springs in the middle of nature. we have to and will devote a separate blog on those. After bathing in the healing water of 37 degrees, we get back in the car with our soft baby skins (and strong sulfur smell) and continue our way to a special Tuscan peninsula with a Royal touch.
Hot springs of Saturnia
What a beautiful day to make a trip around Tuscany’s Monte Argentario. We drive from Ortebello passing the famous Molino Spagnolo and cross the bridge to our first stop ‘the V.I.P. Porto Santo Stefano.’
Fresh fish for lunch on a terrace in Porto Santo Stefano. A lunch with a lovely view on the harbour where the most beautiful yachts are waiting for departure or just lying around being gorgeous. This port town has stolen our hearts. It is beautifully built against a hill where the coloured houses appear between the threes.
Porto Santo Stefano
Porto Santo Stefano
Of course we can not skip the other fishing village of this peninsula. The holiday villa of the Dutch Royal family named l’Elefante Felice (the lucky elephant) made Porto Ercole famous years ago.
The best beaches of Tuscany
We drive back to the mainland and continue our way past the pine forest ‘Parco naturale Alberese’. This forest with kilometers of sandy beach is part of the protected natural park of the Maremma (Parco naturale delle Maremma). Without a doubt we find that the south coast of Tuscany has the most beautiful sandy beaches of Tuscany. We chill on our beach towel for a moment to get a bit of a tan. The sea looks appealing. The water is so clean and clear. No wonder that the ‘blue flag certification’ has nominated many beaches in southern Tuscany. This certificate awards the cleanest beaches in Italy every single year.
Marina di Alberese
Our final destination of the day is Cala Violina. One of our favorite beaches for a beach holiday in Tuscany. This is the place where we want to see the sunset before we go to sleep at Casa Mirco in Gavoranno. That is exactly what we are going to do ..