Visiting the Maremma Park is a unique experience. The Mediterranean scrub, the rich fauna, the birds and the beaches make this place an unmissable stop for those who visit this part of Tuscany.
The Maremma Natural Park is the largest of the Maremman parks and certainly the most important. It is around 40,000 hectares of oases and reserves. The Park extends from the town of Orbetello (Talamone) to the mouth of the Ombrone (about 100 sq km), bounded inwards by the Aurelia River. Most of the park is occupied by the Uccellina mountains, while further north, there are the marshy areas of the foce dell’Ombrone.
There are different walking routes depending on season, duration and difficulty.
Due to its geographical position, the Park is a favourite destination for many species of birds, which can be observed from numerous huts. Here you can spot rare species such as the refectory, jay, osprey, kestrel, buzzard, harrier, marsh harrier, barn owl and many others.
The fauna of the park, on the other hand, includes many symbolic animals of the Maremma, including hares, roe deer, fallow deer, stone martens, foxes, hedgehogs, badgers and wolves, even if the real symbol of the area is naturally the wild boar.
Another peculiarity of the Park is the presence of horses and cattle that live in the wild or in large pens.
In addition to the rich fauna and varied flora, this place also deserves a mention from a historical point of view.
The watchtowers built in the fifteenth century to prevent attacks by Saracen pirates and the ruins of the abbey of San Rabano from the twelfth century, which was also a Benedictine monastery before it was abandoned in the sixteenth century, are just some of the historical sites still visible in the park.
Last but not least are the beaches, five in all. Marina di Alberese, Principina a Mare (to the north), Collelungo, south of the Marina di Alberese, Cala di Forno and Le Cannelle in Talamone.
The park has three entrances located in Alberese, Talamone and in Collecchio in the municipality of Magliano in Toscana. The cost of the entrance ticket may vary and ranges from 9 to 17 euros.