Orbetello, Capalbio and the most evocative places of the Tuscan Maremma
The city of Orbetello rises in the center of the homonymous lagoon, in a unique and suggestive position, connected to the Monte Argentario thanks to a dam that divides the lagoon into two mirrors of water.
The Orbetello Lagoon is bounded towards the sea by two natural links, the Tombolo della Feniglia to the east- A forest reserve that can be visited by bicycle in which different examples of fallow deer live in freedom - and the Tombolo della Giannella to the west - which connects the fraction of Albinia on the coast with the northern area of Monte Argentario between the mouth of the Albegna river and the Santa Liberata canal. Both tombolos are characterized by long sandy beaches, pine forests and Mediterranean scrub. The Municipality of Orbetello also includes parts of the hinterland such as the city of Albinia, Fonteblanda, areas characterized by modest reliefs and, near the hills of Talamone and Ansedonia, flat areas and rocky coast.
Of Etruscan origins, the city retains in some sections the ancient Cyclopean Walls, part of the ancient buildings and necropolis of the 6th century BC which also attest to the flourishing port activity in Roman times.
Don't miss a visit to Orbetello:
- Visit to the Archaeological Museum "Polveriera Guzman", which preserves tools and other archaeological finds from the Villanovan and Roman periods. An example of Spanish military architecture, the powder magazine preserves a famous stroic heritage: it was here that Giuseppe Garibaldi, after having docked in Talamone, came to stock up on weapons and ammunition for the Expedition of the Thousand.
- Spanish mill, the only survivor of the nine Sienese mills, built in the lagoon during the fifteenth century. In the past it exploited the force of the water to grind the wheat that was brought to the mills through the small boats, typical boats used in Orbetello in the lagoon. Today it is one of its most characteristic monuments.
- The ancient Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, in Piazza della Repubblica, built on an ancient Etruscan temple. It was embellished in 1375 in Gothic style commissioned by the Orsini family, Guelph nobles who occupied Orbetello in the 14th century
- A walk in Corso Italia, the most characteristic and popular street of the Historical Center.
- The remains of the ancient Colonia di Cosa and its museum, near Ansedonia.
Capalbio and the Tarot Garden
Capalbio is the southernmost municipality of the province of Grosseto. It is a characteristic medieval village, today a tourist resort of the highest level.
Unmissable to see and visit in the city:
- Porta Senese with a double arch, surmounted by a tombstone from 1418 and a Medici coat of arms;
- Palazzo Collacchioni, which houses the Fortepiano played by Giacomo Puccini;
- Oratory of Providence with the Fresco of the Madonna of Providence
- Walk along the walkways of the embattled city walls, from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view.
If you visit the city of Capalbio, you cannot stop at the Tarot Garden - about 30 minutes by car from the Orbetello Camping Village: an artistic and magical place, located in Garavicchio, a fraction of the city, populated by statues inspired by the figures of the major arcana of the tarot cards. Designed by the French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle, the Garden represents a spiritual journey, a metaphor for life, with sculptures up to 15 meters high covered with colored glass and ceramics. You can walk freely around the Garden, admiring the sculptures and stopping to read the quotes and thoughts engraved along the concrete of the streets.
The entrance pavilion, consisting of a long wall with a circular opening in the center, represents the passage from the real world to the dreamlike and symbolic world of the Garden. From the Tree of Life with snake heads to the Wheel of Fortune, from the Popess to the Sun, symbolized by a fiery bird, walking among the sculptures of the Garden will give you unique surprises and an exciting experience to experience the marriage between art, nature and spirituality.
Just 30 minutes away from the Orbetello Camping Village, Grosseto is a city with a remarkable historical and cultural heritage.
The historic center of the city is surrounded by ancient Medici walls erected by Cosimo I to resist the sieges of enemy armies. The walls are hexagonal with the corners highlighted by the fortress and five bastions. In 800 the walls were intended for public use and are still accessible all day for trekking and walking.
Entering the heart of the city and arriving in Piazza Dante Alighieri, you will find the Cathedral of Grosseto, where you can admire the original fifteenth-century stained glass windows, the Baptismal Font, the altar of the Madonna, the holy water font and the image of the Madonna delle Thanks.
Piazza Baccarini is home to the Maremma Archaeological and Sacred Art Museum, which houses numerous Etruscan finds from the nearby archaeological site of Roselle.
Porto Santo Stefano
Less than 15 km by car from the Orbetello Camping Village you can reach the town of Porto Santo Stefano, a renowned resort known above all for the beauty of the sea and the surrounding area, interspersed with vineyards and Mediterranean scrub.
To visit in the city:
- The Spanish Fortress, an ancient maritime sighting fortress now home to the permanent exhibits of the "Masters of Ax", dedicated to shipbuilders and boat builders and "Submerged Memories", dedicated to some finds found in the waters around Mount Argentario .
- The seafront of the navigators, a pleasant walk that connects the two ports of the city - the tourist one and the commercial one -
- Marine Biology Educational Center which includes the Mediterranean Aquarium of the Silver Coast.
About a quarter of an hour's drive from the Orbetello Camping Village, Porto Ercole is a characteristic village that includes both a seaside village and a Rocca, the old village of the village.
La Rocca, accessible from an ancient Gothic Gate, is a labyrinth of lanes, stairways and picturesque houses from which you can enjoy an unforgettable view of the rocky coast and beaches.
To see in the city:
- the four forts: the Forte Filippo characterized by deep ditches, impenetrable underground, watchtowers and drawbridges, the Fortress of Santa Caterina, the Forte Stella with its six-pointed star plan, the Rocca Spagnola, a military fortificationbuilt several times between Medieval period and the Renaissance period on projects by important military architects.
- the Governor's sixteenth-century building in the old town, which overlooks the charming Piazza di Santa Barbara, which overlooks the harbor.
- the Bastione di Santa Barbara, in the old town, on the side of the square facing the sea.
- the two churches of Sant'Erasmo and San Rocco: the first inside the ancient walls and the second at the beginning of the new town.
- the Corsini Garden, where you can admire tropical and subtropical species.