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Monte Argentario and Tombolo di Giannella, view from Scansano


There is a role and function for beauty in our time.

You can’t really say what is beautiful about a place,
but the image of the place will remain vividly with you.

Tadao Ando

     
   


Monte Argentario

 
   

Monte Argentario is one of the most famous spots in the Maremma and Tuscany. The promontory, which was originally an island, is characterized by a high, rocky coastline covered by a thick Mediterranean thatch, interrupted by olive groves and vineyards. It is now connected to the land by the Feniglia and Giannella sand bars, two strips of uninterrupted sandy beach and thick maritime pine. The sandy isthmuses are separated by the Laguna di Orbetello, an area protected by the WWF because it sits on one of the most important migratory routes and is one of the principal wintering sites for birds that nest in Europe. The serene tranquility of this lagoon contrasts with the high jagged Monte Argentario coast that hides small inlets in rocks that are inaccessible from the land.

Tuscany | Monte Argentario



 
   

Porto Ercole - Forte Filippo

 

 
   

Ansedonia
Directly across the harbor from Porto Ercole lies Ansedonia, an almost sleepy little town with some of the best beach front in Tuscany. Rather than the rocks and pebbles that greet you on so many Italian beaches, Ansedonia offers soft, velvety sand.
Ansedonia flourished in the 60's, with well-known architects of the time designing villas for the rich and famous, mostly in the mass-media circuit. Now, it is seen more as a retro relic of the past society.
Above Ansedonia, in the archeological zone, lie the ruins of the Roman city of "Cosa". Below, on the slopes near the sea, lies the peaceful residential zone with numerous villas set in green vegetation offering direct contact with nature.
The ancient city of Cosa, situated on a small rocky promontory 114 meters above sea level, was in historic times connected to the primitive island of Argentario by a thin strip of land referred to as the Tombolo di Feniglia.
Its foundation dates back to 273 B.C. in which it became a Roman colony after the territory was conquered by the Consul Tiberius Coruncanio. The name Cosa itself derived from the ancient name "Cusi" or "Cusia", corresponding to a small Etruscan center established where Orbetello lies today.
It seems that Cosa was developed as a strategic point in the water in the middle of the Tyrrheanian Sea since battles with Carthage were anticipated, thus its location was not by chance.
The Romans, thanks to new military techniques acquired during the Samnite war and the campaigns of Pyrrhus, erected, also in Cosa, a mighty enclosed wall with three access ports to the city, which were constructed with enormous polygonal masses of limestone embedded between them; they also erected 17 square towers situated on the side facing the sea.

The Cosa Museum | Via delle Ginestre, Ansedonia | url (it)
The museum has been established by the American Academy in Rome in collaboration with the Archeological Office. It contains archeological documents from excavations in the area of the city and the ancient port of Cosa. It is divided in three sections: the Acropolis, the Casa Romana (Roman house) and the Forum.

Torre Tagliata, is an historical landmark in this area. Near Porto di Cosa, the Torre della Tagliata was built in the early 13th century as a watchtower for the Spanish troops that occupied this part of Tuscany. It is a privately owned hamlet which comprises three separate homes, one being the tower (Torre Puccini) and the other two farmhouses (Villa Rosa and Il Giardino). The famous Italian composer, Giacomo Puccini, acquired this property in the late 1800s and resided here for many years, enjoying the peace and quiet while composing some of his most famous operas, one of which is the "Turandot".
Once he reached fame and success Puccini established residences at Lucca, Chiatri, Milan, Torre del Lago, Torre della Tagliata. and Viareggio.

 

Monte Argentario | The Beaches
 
    1 - Bagni di Domiziano
  2 - La Soda
  3 - Il Pozzarello
  4 - La Bionda
  5 - Punta Nera
  6 - La Cantoniera
  7 - Viareggio
  8 - La Marinella
  9 - Il Moletto
10 - La Caletta
11 - Il Siluripedio
12 - La Cacciarella 13 - Cala Grande
14 - Cala Moresca
15 - Cala del Gesso
16 - Cala del Bove
17 - Cala Piccola
18 - Capo d'Uomo
19 - L'Acqua Appesa
20 - Cala dell' Olio
21 - I Sassi Verdi
22 - Il Mar Morto
23 - Le Cannelle
24 - Il Purgatorio 25 - La Ciana
26 - Cala Piazzoni
27 - Le Ficaie
28 - L'Acqua Dolce
29 - Lo Sbarcatello
30 - La Spiaggia Lunga
31 - La Piletta
32 - Le Viste
33 - Le Pietrine
34 - Cala Galera
35 - La Feniglia
36 - La Giannella
Tuscany | Tuscany Beaches in Maremma | From Principina a Mare to Ansedonia
 
Tombolo di Feniglia, view from Monte Argentario

 

Monte Argentario harbors the largest lagoon on the Tyrrhenian Sea as well as one of Italy's most important bird sanctuaries. About halfway between Rome and Florence, it makes a wonderful choice for birdwatchers. Take a guided tour of the WWF oases at Orbetello (open Sept. 1-April 30) and Burano (open Aug. 1-May 31) at 10 am and 2 pm on Thursdays and Sundays. Or you can go on your own: for Orbetello drive along the southern edge of the promontory (called Tombola di Feniglia); for Burano Lake take the northern shore road and then walk along the dunes. Or take the 4-hour walk around the coast from Feniglia to Burano.



Capalbio Burano Lake, Lago di Burano

Extending parallel to the coast, Lake Burano and the immediately surrounding district make up one of the most important wetland habitats in Italy in terms of the integrity of the environment and accommodation and teaching facilities. Lago di Burano is a typical Mediterranean coastal lagoon behind a line of sand dunes.

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Tombola di Feniglia

This protected area, the Tombola di Feniglia, is known for its long sandy beach lined with pines and protected lagoons for birds including herons, pink Flamingos and Corsican Seagulls.

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The islands of the Tuscan archipelago

The islands of the Tuscan archipelago, a nature sea park, and an extraordinary place for the beauty of its depths and the cleanliness of the seawater. The Isles known as Giglio and Giannutri in particular are not to be missed.

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Podere Santa Pia is a beautifully renovated stone farmhouse, is located in the wonderful unpoilt countryside of the Maremma, an area in Southern Tuscany, famous for its wine and olive oil. It is easy to believe that this wild landscape owes much of its mystique to the lingering presence of the Etruscans, remembered for their peace loving and hedonistic way of life.
Santa Pia blends a modern contemporary aesthetic with a traditional and rustic ideal to create an unconventional environment that is simultaneously serene and inspiring.
   
   
         
         


Spoleto, Duomo
Abbey of Sant 'Antimo
Montalcino
         

Sovana, Sorano and Pitigliano


       
Tuscany is less well known for its wild South-West coastline, along the sea in the Maremma region.
Yet it's natural landscape is amazing - a natural park, unspoilt beaches fringed with dunes are backed by hillsides covered in Mediterranean scrub and olive groves, typical Mediterranean landscapes crested by charming hill-top villages that are as charming as they are historic abound with stunning Etruscan remains. Pitigliano with its typical houses mixing with the rock underneath, is a medieval town with a dramatic location, with the Orsini Palace and the interesting Jewish ghett, and also known for the white wine produced there, Bianco di Pitigliano; Sovana is often considered the most interesting spot in southern Tuscany, boasting a magnificent Etruscan necropolis and two remarkable Roman churches; Sorano with houses excavated in the tuff, dominated by the powerful Orsini fortress.

These three towns stand close to each other at less than 1 hour's drive from Podere Santa Piai. 
 

Pitigliano