Maremma Amara. « Maledetta Maremma e chi la ama. Sempre mi piange il cor quando ci vai dalla paura che non torni mai ». Old Tuscan song.
Maremma is the land of wide horizons, of towers, fortress and castles. The visitor will be astonished by the originality of the mix between archeology and modernity. Between wild life and beautiful tophill cities. Moreover the visitor seeking seaside holidays will be happy to discover the 130km of sand beaches and wild coast. Cities such as Castiglione della Pescaia, Punta Ala, Porto San Stefano, Porto Ercole, Ansedonia, Follonica will give you total satisfaction.
Will observing the green of pine trees and Maremma forests, or starring at the beautiful yellow of sunflower fields, it will be hard to believe that the same land was a long time ago witness of terrible wars between pirates or barbarian for example. Archeological discoveries reveal that Maremma as been inhabited for a millenium. The first people who changed the landscapes with the beautiful olive trees and cypresses were the Estrucans.Estrucans lived in the area at first millenium before J.-C., they named the area. After Dioclétien in 300 after J.-C. romans named it "Tuscia", then during middle age "Toscana" the land of Etruscans.
Montemerano. Only 2km from Poderi, Montemerano is a tiny medieval village on hilltop. Architectural constructions such as the castle, also the San Giorgio church with mural paintings from Sienna tradition (XV-XVIII centuries)
Saturnia. Ancient Etruscan site, this wonderful village is a thermal place. Just before going in the village you should have a stop at "Cascata del Mullino", where it is possible to take a bath in hot spring water (38°). Also Thermal center in Saturnia where you can find special treatments for the body and face. Physiotherapy and fangotherapy.(www.termedisaturnia.it)
Pitigliano/Sovana/Sorano. Fascinating villages, composed of Antiquity, Middle-age and Renaissance influences, creating timeless places. Pitigliano offer one of the best panoramic view of south Tuscany. Houses are chopped on the volcanic rocks called Tuf. The city is on a giant volcanic rock. Etruscans used to live in Pitigliano. They also dig and created a labyrinth in the rock. During 1930 all the graves served as refuge. Nowadays there are use as wineshop and oenotecas.
Sovana is very old city with many marks of Etruscan past. Also a wonderful Duomo (Church) of XII century.
Sorano is an astonishing landscape of central Tuscany. The city is located on a plateau and surrounded by cliffs. Also many Etruscans graves to see.
Orvieto. Tiny city built on a tuf hill on top of Paglia valley. You can also visit the Duomo with mural paintings of Luca Signorelli, one of the most famous church of italy, and the pure expression of Italian Gothic style.
Garavicchio. Incredible Tarot Garden made by Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely, between 1979 and 1996. You will find 22 gigantic sculptures forming like a small village. Open from 15 may till 15 october every day 2:30pm untill 7:30pm
Orbetello. CThe city is build between the Monte Argentario (635m) and the coast. You will find etruscan walls, spanish style castle and a Duomo with Gothic Italian style. Just north to the city you will find Porto San Stefano a small fisher harbor, also the ferry to go to Giglio island. Still on Monte Argentario seacoast you will find Porto Ercole, a fishermen village with beautiful spanish castles. The water is turquoise, astonishing seaside.
Parco Regionale della Maremma ou Parc naturel de l’Uccellina. Maremma natural park has been created in 1975, it is 9000 hectares between Marina di Alberese and Talamone. Open days depend of the season. You will find a perfect preserved wildlife and many hikings. Also guided tours inside the park. Further information : 0039 0564 407 098
Departure from Porto San Stefano with Revenge Navigazione, Via Marconi 2 in Porto S.Stefano
Minicruise : La Crociere del Sole. Island Giannutri (bath), Island Giglio (hiking in harbor and bath). Departure at 9h45 (wednesday, thursday, saturday, sunday) or 10h15 (monday, tuesday and friday) from Porto San Stefano arrival at 18h30. Cost 50€, with the lunch (risotto with mussels and shrimps) We highly recommend to reserve one or two days before especially in july-august. A nice day on sea.
Giglio Island excursion : departure Porto San Stefano with Maregiglio company (www.maregiglio.it) or Toremar (www.toremar.it) Every two hours. 1 hour trip for Giglio Island, it will cost you 25€ for the return journey
Golf Club Saturnia. Only 10 minutes from home, just next to Saturnia thermal area. 18 holes Golf, possible to match golf and thermal bath (www.termedisaturnia.it)
Argentario Golf Club. On Porto Ercole city you will find a 18 holes golf / par 71 / 6192 m. 45 minutes driving from home. www.argentariogolfclub.it
Tennis club de Manciano (à 4 km) (Tél. 348.762.3304 Simona). Court costs 15€ per hour
Tennis of Acquaviva hotel : in a cosy forest atmosphere. 0564 602 890. 12 €/h.
Jogging : many pathways areound the house, with forest and fields.
Horsing : Centro Ippico « Antica Caletra » (lessons and trips) in Marsiliana. Price : 16 €/h. Reservation day before 0564 606 391 or 338 770 22 70.
Scubadiving : Cala Galera Diving Center, Piazza della Valle 12 à Porto San Stefano : 0564 810 145.
The Maremma area as got 6 controlled label :
Morellino di Scansano DOCG. DOC started in 1978, in 2006 obtention of the DOCG label. This is the most known appellation of the area. It goes on Scansano, a part of Manciano, Magliano, Grosseto, Campagnatico, Sempronianno and Roccalbegna. Minimum of 85% of Sangiovese. Since 5-7 years the area as become a very attractive place for investments, especially the triangle Scansano-Magliano-Grosseto. Best vineyards : Villa Patrizia, Roccapesta, Le Pupille, La Selva (bio), Costanza Malfatti, Terre di Talamo, Lohsa, Terenzi, Val delle Rose, Mantellassi, Provveditore, Moris Farms, La Carletta (bio).
Parrina DOC: (white, rouge and rosé, Sangiovese, Trebbiano toscano, Ansonica and Chardonnay) one of the eldest appellation (1971) and also the smallest (only one producer !). Just after Orbetello in Manciano direction. Possible to taste wine at the domain La Parrina. They also have wonderful cheeses and fresh fruits and vegetables. Organic production.
Bianco di Pitigliano DOC: white, with local grapes : Trebbiano Toscano, Greco, Malvasia bianca and Verdello. Appellation born in 1966. The area is Pitigliano and Sorano and a small part of Scansano and Manciano. Unfortunately a white wine often simple that reminds Orvieto wine. Good wine to discover in Tuscany with fishes or sea food. Big differences between producers, you must choose good producers.Best producers : Sassotondo “Isolina”, Montaúto,Tenuta Roccaccia, Provveditore, La Stellata, Sopra La Ripa, Cantina di Pitigliano “Ildebrando”.
Ansonica Costa dell’Argentario DOC : born in 1995 this appellation concern Giglio Island, from Argentario, Manciano, Orbetello and Capalbio. Wine with a low personality, to be drank young and fresh. Ansonica is a very pleasant wine will being on the seaside.Best producers : Santa Lucia, La Parrina and Cantina Sociale Cooperativa Capalbio.
Capalbio DOC : white, rosé, red, sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon, Trebbiano toscano and Vermentino. Young appellation 1999 present in Capalbio, Manciano, Magliano and Orbetello. Very interesting red (Losco, Riparossa and Moresco). Also nice Vermentinos.Best producers : Santa Lucia, Cantina Sociale Cooperativa Capalbio and Cantina Bruni.
Sovana DOC : also a young appellation (1999) goes through Pitigliano, Sorano, and Manciano. Red grapes : Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo, Alicante and other local grapes.
Best producers : Sassotondo, Montaúto, La Busattina (bio) and Cantina di Pitigliano.
In IGT (Indicazione Geogràfica Tipica) some very interesting wines are produced in the area :
° IGT Maremma Bianchi. Le Pupille : Poggio Argentato ; Mantelassi : Vermentino Lucumone ; Montaúto : Vermentino, Gessaia et Enos I, Cantina di Pitigliano : Duropersico.
° IGT Maremma Rossi. Le Pupille : Saffredi ; Moris Farms : Avvoltore ; Biondi Santi Jacopo : Schidione et Sassoalloro ; Montaúto: Tiburzio, Cantina Bruni : Prestigio; Cantina di Pitigliano : Gran Tosco ; La Selva : Prima Causa, Ciliegiolo, Pugnitello.
You will find all this wines in local restaurants. Or in wine bars, the best we know is the Enoteca Scansanese in Scansano (Via XX Settembre,15/17(www.enotecascansanese.com).
In Saturnia : on the city square the Enoteca du Cippi da Alessandro. Big choice of wines and typical products of Tuscany. Also cheese and ham to taste with your wine. Closed on tuesday
In Sovana : « Vino al Vino » Big selection of 600 different wines. Via del Duomo, 10.
In Sorano : “Osteria L’Ottava Rima" Via del Borgo 25. Tél. 0564 633 584 ou 349.802.4196. Winebar in a tuf cave, that gives a stunning frame. Slow food style, you will find a delicious cuisine with local products.
To discover our collection 2016, we propose some tastings in our producers vineyard. We can make a program while you arrive in Poderi. We also sell wine
at home with old vintages and many interesting wine.
Maremma Grosetana area is a premium tuscan gastrony area : quality of products, variety of recipes, welcoming. We propose you a list of the best restaurants in the area (always updated with your and our tastes).
Poderi di Montemerano :
Locanda da Laudomia (5min from home). Local food. Maremma recipes, home made pasta, crostinis. On the road rightside while arriving in Poderi. Sometimes the service is not perfect. Tel : 0564 629 830 closed on Tuesday
Al Andreas : next to the road just before our house. The restaurant is pretty, especially at night, with wonderful lights. But a bad adress, bad kitchen bad service.
Da Caino. One of the 5 best restaurants in Tuscany and one the 20 best of Italy. 2 stars Michelin, 17/20 and 2 cooking hat in L'Espresso 2012. Closed Wednesday and Thursday lunch. Tuscan kitchen with a twist of modernity, Valeria Piccini cook. A very complete wine menu made by Maurizio Menichetti, chefs husband. They received the price from L'espresso guide : " Cantina dell'Anno ". In the center of Montemerano. Tel 0564 602 817 You have to reserve in advance. Degustation menu 140€
Verdiana. 13,5/20 in Espresso 2012. A wonderful frame, a cosy atmosphere, and a delicate and original cuisine. Quality never goes down thanks to a huge work and a big passion. Madam cooks while Sergio present you the wine list, with a big choice (a big expensive). Closed one week in july and Wednesday. Tel : 0564 602 576. Degustation menu 60€
La Cascia : a very good typical restaurant with a big terrace at Montemerano entrance. Many pastas plates, and nice grilled meat. Tel : 0564 602 858. Very cosy atmosphere a perfect price/pleasure balance.
Vecchia Osteria « Cacio e Vino ». Montemerano entrance. Tuscan cuisine (pastas and grilled meat) Tel : 0564 602 939 Closed on Thursday. Reservation is highly recommended. Good price/pleasure
Ristorante/Enoteca « La Filanda » : 14/20 for L'Espresso 2012. From far the best restaurant in Manciano ! Perfectly decorated mixing perfectly tradition and modernity. Very pleasant service from the young owners : Barbara and Gian Paolo. Nice wine list with local producers. They will propose you a modern cuisine. Closed on tuesdays, around 60€ per person.
Trattoria da Paolino. Maremma speciality (pastas and grilled meat) in this tiny restaurant with a pleasant hospitaly. We recommend reservation because few tables. Good Morellino by the glass. Tel : 0564 29 388
Trattoria Il Rifugio. Family restaurant, with local kitchen. Tel : 0564 620 029 Tiny terrace with tables for two. Closed on wednesday.
Pizzeria « Osée ». JJust behind Total gas station (Manciano entrance coming from Albinia). Surprising Pizzeria, every year they go to Pizza international championship, they arrived vice champion in 2000. Very thin paste with original pizzas (Maremma ma' or Bella Napoli) Tel : 0564 628 300. 10% discount if you present Vini Toscani card. Closed on Monday
da Michele Ai Due Cippi. Traditional kitchen from maremma, wonderful meats : Fiorentina, fresh pasta with cep. A good wine list from all Italy. Terrace on the village main square. A good adress. Tel : 0564 601 074, closed on tuesday and wednesday lunch
Bacco e Cerere. Massimiliano et Silvia Magrini took this restaurant in april 2014. A success, well decorated restaurant, terrace with a big balcony and a jazz atmosphere. Silvia propose an original menu, pastas meats and desserts. Tel : 0564 601 268. Between 40 and 50€ per person. Close Thursday.
Il Tufo Allegro. Wonderful restaurant in historical center, the three rooms are in little caves. Domenico, the owner, cooks. His creativity will fed your eyes and tongue. Davide will assure the service he is very sympathetic and speaks french. Fresh products and and incredible long wine list on Tuscan wine. Tel : 0564 616 192. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday lunch between 60 and 70€ per person
Hostaria del Ceccottino. Nice cosy restaurant in the center of Pitigliano with an nice terrace. Traditional kitchen, good service and nice wine list. A good price/pleasure. Closed on Thursday. Tel : 0564 614 273
La Corte del Ceccottino. SCafé of Ceccottino, good price/pleasure. Young couple manage this nice place. Good wine list. Closed Wednesday. Tel : 0564 61 54 23
La Cantina – Enoteca. The restaurant is in a wonderful cave that brings to the Enoteca in the center of the village. The owner Marzia cooks and her niece Sylvia is in charge of the service. Very good soups and crostinis, homemade pastas, beef filet, cheese and desserts. Good wine list. Tel : 0564 507 605. Closed Tuesday.
Trattoria Franco e Silvana. Bivio di Montorgiali on a little square with an nice terrace. Nice welcoming in this tiny bistrot, seafood is the house speciality. A good stop while coming in Poderi. Closed on Monday. Tel : 0564 580 214
Enoteca Scansanese. Without a doubt the prettiest winebar in the area. A large choice of wine, kraft beers and local products. Friendly welcoming, a perfect place to have a drink, with a plate of ham and cheese to share. Tel : 0564 507 263
Magliano in Toscana :
Antica Trattoria Aurora. 14,5/20 for L’Espresso 2012. Paola cooks, a traditional kitchen with a touch of modernity. During all the sunny part of the year we eat in a wonderful garden. Wine list is a bit short especially on whites. Tel : 0564 592 030. Closed on Wednesday. We highly recommend to reserve. Between 60 and 75€ per person.
Da Sandra. Familial restaurant, simple but with a good food quality. Cosy atmosphere and local dishes are the reason of the succes of this restaurant in Magliano center. Tel : 0564 592 196. Closed Monday
Da Guido. A big choice of antipasti, home made pastas and boar dishes. A bit touristic. Between 30 and 40€. Closed Tuesday. Tel : 0564 595 447
Orbetello Scalo :
Il Cavaliere. An a very simple atmosphere one of the best restaurant dedicated to the sea. We recommend you the antipasti misti with the raw fish option, fabulous ! The brothers Ciccioni will treat with attention, Giancarlo speaks very well english french and german. Tel 0564 864 342 Closed Wednesday
La Rosa dei Venti. A good seaside address, a familial restaurant. Good food level, speciality are fish and sea food, risotto or antipasti or pasta. Good wine list and reasonable prices. Service can be slow while the restaurant is full. Closed on winter and tuesday. Tel : 0564 870 191
Il Frantoio. Piazza della Providenza 10. A restaurant for Capalbio inhabitants with a ethnic shop and bookshop. Menu is between land and sea. Welcoming service. Tel : 0564 896 484