Elisa Scarton Detti is an Australian journalist who came to Tuscany for a year, and, yes, fell in love and decided to stick around. Not one to keep amazing holiday destinations to herself, she now writes a blog and travel guide about the infinitely beautiful Maremma, Tuscany (www.maremma-tuscany.com).
Pull on those comfortable shoes, pray for good weather and see some of Southern Tuscany’s (and Lazio’s) most spectacular natural sites at the Explore Maremma Walking Festival this September 20–28. There’s no denying it has been a rubbish summer in Tuscany. The
You can always tell how long an expat has been in Italy by their response to Ferragosto. At first, you’re convinced it’s a fantastic idea. A holiday in the middle of August speaks of siestas and the Italian way of working to live, not living to
Italians seem to have culture flowing through their veins. It seems innate, like their ability to drink endless espressos and still sleep, or the way they never overcook their pasta. But like any graceful doyenne, Italian culture needs the odd nip and tuck to keep it fresh and engaging. That
The traditional low season in the Maremma offers a moment for embracing, rather than escaping, the cold and the customs that come along with it. With winter in full swing, the Maremma in Tuscany’s south has fallen into a fitful and satisfied hibernation. With months before the tourist
In the forests of Monte Amiata, baskets of mushrooms are gathered with Cold War-like secrecy and suspicion now that the first autumn rains have finally arrived: the race is on. Cupboards are raided in search of knee-high boots, baskets are piled high and everyone suddenly becomes a lot
There's a quiet magnificence to the Parco Tecnologico
Archeologico delle Colline Metalliferie Grossetane and it has nothing to do
with its mouthful of a name. The park has no boundaries, no borders, no gates.
It runs completely unchecked across the Metalliferous Hills, in the northern
area of southern Tuscany.
In the Tuscan Maremma, Pitigliano is synonymous with enchantment and
beauty, jealously and Judaism, tourism and tradition. It's a lot for one city,
but the locals are used to it. Their homes are architectural masterpieces,
twisting out from their tufa cliff foundation like branches from a particularly