GROSSETO PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

The Province of Grosseto lies in southern Tuscany. Grosseto the capital city is hemmed in by the hexagonal 16th-Century wall and dominated by the impressive Medici Fortress.

Important monuments of particular interest are the Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral, with its abundant collection of artworks, the Church of San Francesco and the Maremma Museum of Archaeology and Art that conserves important local paintings and archaeological finds.

This province reaches from the slopes of the Colline Metallifere to the border with Lazio, comprising the assorted landscapes of the Maremma.

Within the heart of the Colline Metallifere is a town of appreciable artistic value, one of the Province's most important Massa Marittima, with its Medieval splendour preserved intact.

Strolling through its centre invites reverence of its fine monuments, among them the Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral, the Palazzo Pretorio and the Cassero Sienese Fortress, linked to the Candeliere Tower by a unique bridge with flying buttresses. Finally, outside the city lies Lago dell'Accesa.

This is an area of great natural value, evidenced by the Archaeological Park bearing remnants left over from the Etruscan Civilisation.

Traditional villages are still abundant in the area, like Scansano, home of Morellino wine, Civitella Marittima with numerous narrow streets and Renaissance buildings.

Capalbio, the romantic Medieval village and Manciano with its neighbouring thermal spa complex of Saturnia.

The varied coastline between the Gulf of Follonica and the estuary of the Chiarone River presents sceneries of exceptional beauty dominated by pine forests and crystal-clear waters.

Home to famous resorts such as Marina di Grosseto, Principina a Mare, Castiglione della Pescaia, Punta Ala and Punta Talamone.

In two little natural inlets located on opposite sides of the peninsula lie Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole, known as the two pearls of Monte Argentario - the green promontory stretching out to the sea and surrounded by a high and rocky coastline.

Connected to the mainland by the golden beaches of Giannella and Feniglia, nicknamed "the necks".

These pristine landscapes and magnificent views are the characterising features of the Islands of Giglio, Giannutri and Formiche di Grosseto, favourite diving spots due to the wonderful population of colourful seabed flora.

The hinterland also holds abundant possibilities. In the Monterondo Marittimo area of the wild Colline Metallifere, the Biancane Natural Park waits to be discovered.

An area noted for its phenomenon of hot emissions of hot, white steam from the depths of the earth, boasting extraordinary landscapes and a surreal atmosphere.

Another typical environment here is Maremma Grossetana, where the wide plains of Ombrone, Fiora and Albegna intersperse with hills.

The Maremmas' green hills and valleys were traditionally populated by the 'Butteri', cattle breeders, who used horses until recently, with a special kind of saddle.

This is a province where ancient traditions have survived and Tuscan culture is preserved.

Experience a stunning range of authentic local products, and photograph rural traditions handed down over the centuries.

The environmental variety of Grosseto Province provides diverse opportunities for a photography vacation in close contact with nature.

Numerous protected zones thrive in this area, including the Parco Naturale della Maremma e Monti dell' Uccellina. The Natural reserve of the Lagoon of Orbetello, an immense mirror of water, with observation towers.

Welcoming many species of birds, such as cormorants, herons and flamingos every season. Lake Burano is a magnificent coastal saltwater lake and WWF Oasis.

In the southeastern corner of the Province, the so-called "Tufo area", characterised by an erosive phenomenon, beautiful villages and important Etruscan necropolises.

The "Città del Tufo" is well worth a visit, three beautiful villages that lie on rocky outcrops, surrounded by the striking valleys of Pitigliano, Sorano and Sovana.

Including the vie cave, ancient roads dug into the rock, rich in Etruscan, Medieval and Renaissance remains.

Other archaeological sites include the necropolises of Vetulonia, constituting the greatest evidence of Etruscan funerary architecture; the Ruins of Cosa, the ancient Roman colony and the Ruins of Roselle an ancient Etruscan and - later Roman - settlement.

As obligatory is an excursion to the island of Giglio where you can visit the typical fortified village of Giglio Castello, located on the peak of the mountain, perfect for one-of-a-kind views of the islands and of extraordinary sunsets.

Folk law and traditional events are frequent and include the Balestro del Girifalco, a costume parade in Massa Marittima (on the fourth Sunday of May and the second of August).

The Palio Marinaro dell'Argentario, with its historic parade on the 15th of August, in Porto Santo Stefano.

The traditional Festa della Pina in Arcidosso, on the first Sunday after Easter; and the Palio Marinaro in Castiglione della Pescaia.

Patron Saints are of great importance and represented by the Feast of San Lorenzo in Grosseto, the Feast of St. Erasmus in Porto Ercole, and the Feast of San Cerbone in Massa Marittima that includes the participation in medieval costumes.

We truly believe that every province of Tuscany has something beautiful and unique to offer, as we do your research in advance, you can't go wrong, in destinations where you can have everything.

Oh before we forget, if you love food, this is truly the food heaven. Tuscany is indeed the essence of Italy in many ways.

The sheer quantity of subject matter, mixed with a wonderful Mediterranean climate makes this an ideal location to explore your photography, learn new techniques and create lasting memories from your finest photography tour.

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TOWNS AND CITIES IN THE PROVINCE OF GROSSETO

Arcidosso, Campagnatico, Capalbio, Castel del Piano, Castell'Azzara, Castiglione della Pescaia, Cinignano, Civitella Paganico, Follonica, Gavorrano, Grosseto, Isola del Giglio, Magliano in Toscana, Manciano, Massa Marittima, Monte Argentario, Monterotondo Marittimo, Montieri, Ortobello, Pitigliano, Roccalbegna, Roccastrada, Santa Flora, Saturnia, Scansano, Scarlino, Semproniano and Sorano.

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