Maremma is a large area in southern Tuscany. It is a perfect microcosm that stretches between the provinces of Livorno and Grosseto, closer to Rome than to Florence. In the Divine Commedy, Dante Alighieri identified its borders from “Cecina to Corneto” (Tarquinia in Lazio). It was traditionally populated by the Butteri, cattle breeders who until recently used horses with a distinctive style of saddle. Once unhealthy because of its many marshes, Maremma was drained under the fascist regime and repopulated with people from other Italian regions, notably the Veneto.
Unspoilt and sparsely populated, yet close to Rome and its international airport, it is the land of D H Lawrence’s Etruria, of wildlife conservation and protected coastlines, of peasant culture and organic farming. It is home to its own breeds of sheepdogs and long-horned cattle, to great wines and to a passion for the growing, preparing and consumption of excellent food. There is little industry and less pollution, but the Maremma, though a joy for visitors, has an uncertain future. It is a would-be laboratory for the development of holistic development policies, after decades of dependence upon unimaginative farming subsidies and of absence of entrepreneurship and innovation across the board.
Maremma is unique because of the variety of its territory: blue sea, long beaches, black rock, hills covered with woods, marshes and flat lands, green hills and natural thermal baths. It’s a timeless region with ancient roots. Here the Etruscans and then the Romans flourished for centuries leaving behind important traces in the Etruscan cities of Populonia and Roselle and many archeological finds around the region. Then the Aldobrandeschi clan arrived and ruled in Maremma during the dark era of the Middle Ages leaving behind high towers, castles and walled towns such as Santa Fiora and Sovana. The Medici and Lorena families also lived here, as the massive Medici wall in Grosseto remind us. The Medici actually started the land reclamation of the marshes in Maremma that ended only after the Second World War. (source discoverertuscany.com)
It is a wonderful place for meetings of all kinds. The purpose of this website is to tell you how we can help you with yours. You can hold it at our large and historic farmhouse, Le Peschiere, at the top of its own hill land close to the Thermal baths of Saturnia, or we can suggest other locations. And we can help organise your social event or facilitate your business meeting.
Visit the section photo gallery of Le Peschiere. Photos by Giuliano D’angelo
The animated gif on the front page made by Giuliano D’Angelo from a wonderful tilt-shifted film by Miles Furnell.