History and Culture

The Maremma offers its visitors that perfect mix between local nature and culture. Maintenance of traditions and concern for the environment are the essential elements which distinguish the life-style of this area.

Even underground the Maremma reveals a treasure-trove of history and resources. The desire not to lose the memory of the three-thousand-year-old history of mining and metallurgical activities carried out in the mineral-bearing hills of the Grosseto area leaving an indelible impression on the cultural landscape, has lead to the foundation of the Parco Nazionale Tecnologico e Archeologico delle Colline Metallifere (“The National Technical and Archaeological Park of the Mineral-bearing hills”).

Before the coming of the innumerable medieval settlements, the Maremma was inhabited by prehistoric, Etruscan and Roman populations which left important historic and artistic evidence scattered over the whole area.

Vetulonia (Vatl in Etruscan) has its spring at one of the high points of the hills inland from the Grosseto plain between Poggio Ballone and Buriano.

The Maremma was an area of central importance for the Etruscans. There is no doubt that their first settlements were between Cecina and Corneto (the present-day town of Tarquinia in the Province of Viterbo).
What used to be the Etruscan and Roman town of Populonia is now part of the Baratti and Populonia Archaeological Area at about half hour from La Cianella.

The Roselle Archaeological Area is situated nearly 8 kilometres north of Grosseto and conserves the remains of the ancient settlement based there in Etruscan and Roman times.


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