Grosseto is a quiet and authentic Italian town set in Tuscan countryside. The lovely historic centre is full of palaces and churches, and is still ringed by magnificent 16th-century walls, which you can walk along for fantastic views. Just outside the walls are amazing ancient Etruscan and Roman ruins at Roselle. Grosseto is the largest town in the sleepy Maremma region, with olive groves and sunflower fields that stretch down to the coast. You’ll find gorgeous beaches just a short drive away at Marina di Grosseto and Principina, lovely long swathes of sand bathed by shallow seas.
With a tranquil Tuscan setting amid olive groves and sunflowers, Grosseto is an inviting town ringed by splendid 16th-century walls. Within the walls you’ll find a maze of narrow streets, crowned by a huge cathedral and dotted with palaces and churches. There are lots of charming squares with tables out in the sunshine, and you can tuck into delicious Tuscan specialities in the town’s many restaurants. There are Etruscan ruins and hiking trails to explore in the surrounding area, and, if you’re in the mood for a day by the sea, there are some glorious beaches nearby at Marina di Grosseto and Principina.
Grosseto has a wide choice of bars, restaurants and cafés, and there are plenty more down by the sea at Marina di Grosseto. Tuscan cuisine is simple and hearty, based on the region’s wonderful range of local produce. The staples are delicious Tuscan bread and the famous olive oil, both of which feature in classics like panzanella, a summer bread salad made with tomatoes, cucumbers and perhaps tuna and capers. You could also go for pappardelle with a wild boar or wild mushroom sauce. Or perhaps some pici all’aglione – thick, hand-rolled spaghetti with a piquant tomato and garlic sauce. And of course there are all the amazing Tuscan wines to try.
Grosseto is a great little town to visit with the family. Kids will enjoy the walk atop the old walls that encircle the city, and they might also like a visit to the Etruscan and Roman ruins just outside the historic centre. The Maremma region is home to Tuscan cowboys – the ‘butteri’ – who often put on shows, particularly in spring and summer, which children will love. There are stunning beaches in nearby Marina di Grosseto and Principina, gorgeous swathes of fine sand, with shallow waters and lots of places to eat and drink.
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Grosetto is located a 15-minute drive from Marina di Grosseta which boasts a beautiful sandy beach, where you can swim and snorkel or rent a paddle-board or kayak from one of the lidos. But the beach is so long that, if you prefer your beaches wild and empty, you can just keep walking to find a wonderful secluded corner for yourself. There are lots of nature reserves in the area, including Diaccia Botrona, which is an important wetland and home to flamingos among many other birds. The Maremma Natural Park is a lovely swathe of hills and pine forest, perfect for walking and mountain-biking.
The nearest beaches to Grosseto are just a 15-minute drive away from the town centre at Marina di Grosseto and neighbouring Principina. The beaches here are breathtaking stretches of pale sand, and the crystal-clear waters are shallow enough for even the youngest children. There are bars and restaurants along most of the beach, most of which rent out sun loungers and parasols and provide a host of other facilities. If you carry on walking north or south from the main resort, the beaches become wilder, backed by pine trees. There are no facilities here, but they are blissfully uncrowded.
Grosseto is vibrant little town, and after nightfall, its bars and cafés come alive. Most of them are located in the historic quarter, and several have pretty terraces where you can sit out with a bottle of wine and watch the world go by. There are a couple of nightclubs in the city centre, with more sprinkled along the beach in Marina di Grosseto. There’s always something going on by the beach during the summer, including beach parties and DJ sessions.
Grosetto is an idyllic destination for a romantic holiday in Tuscany, especially if you’re looking for somewhere a little off the beaten track. The charming historic quarter, with its beautiful palaces and churches, is a delight to stroll around hand-in-hand. There are lots of wonderful restaurants and cafés where you can sit out on the terrace and watch the world go by. There are some heavenly beaches nearby at Marina di Grosseto: take your pick from a private lido with sun loungers and bar service, or keep walking to find the empty and unspoilt corners of the beach.
Grosetto has a long history, and much of it is still evident in the town’s charming centro storico (historic centre). This is ringed by 16th-century walls, which can be still be climbed, and were constructed under Francisco de Medici to strengthen the southern borders of his lands. The beautiful Romanesque cathedral is flanked by a slender belltower, and the charming streets and squares are full of elegant palaces and churches. Just outside the town is Roselle archaeological site, which has the Etruscan and Roman ruins including mosaics. The finds discovered at the site are on display in Grosetto’s fascinating Archaeology Museum.