The Maremma was a rural region south of Florence, specifically between Florence and the province of Grosseto, formerly considered insane by the Florentines who still imprecate referring to its name to recall to something that is not healty or has negative consequences, because in the Middle Ages the only thing that came from the Maremma was malaria.
Today is no longer the case, the region is vast, interesting, full of villages to visit and enjoy, especially in the hot summer period. Don't worry: in the shade of the ancient stones of the Etruscan theaters or with a dip in the Tyrrhenian Sea, you will find a suitable refreshment. Let's start the journey!
The stops are Siena, Chianti, the Elsa river, Volterra, the Maremma, Follonica. You can leave Florence early in the morning and get to Siena in one hour.
Do not enter the city by car, you can leave it in the underground parking near the train station (the price in the summer of 2018 was € 1 a day) The visit to Siena deserves to be prolonged throughout the whole morning. Siena is Middle Age masterpiece of art and among the things you cannot miss is the cathedral complex. There is a ticket called "Opera del Duomo" that includes a multiple entry ticket: Museum, Church, Bell Tower and others. It's worth buying, but be careful of overcrowding. To avoid it, you can buy it online.
Another museum not to be missed is the Palazzo Pubblico. In two hours in Siena I limited myself to the Palazzo Pubblico and a walk through the historic center.
The second stop is Volterra, in the late afternoon. If you are traveling by car, stop to photograph the lands of Siena and the colors of the Maremma for which this region is famous.
Here you can buy many good cheeses, including sheep cheese.
Volterra is famous for its alabaster sculptures. Here, artisans have achieved unrivaled virtuosity by producing artifacts that light up at night to enhance the translucent material. The sunset in Volterra is spectacular and brings some freshness!
The next day, I go swimming in Follonica and finally, on the way back, I pass the banks of the Elsa River. The river is crowded and it's not worth diving if you have the sea just a few minutes away by car, however you can stop to enjoy the cool shade of the poplars and take a picture against the background of emerald green water.
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