Grosseto, Italy

Occupying the southern end of sun-soaked Tuscany, the province of Grosseto answers the prayers of solitude-seekers everywhere: it’s one of the least-densely-populated areas in Italy. However, it would appear those Italians are all missing a trick, as Grosseto is a treasure trove of hidden villages, fertile olive groves and sweeping beaches. The capital city of the same name – which can be dated back to the Middle Ages – boasts a gawp-worthy ancient history: the Medicean Walls, Romanesque Cathedral and the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi are just a few of the sights on offer. Outside the city walls, the little villages of Bagnoli, Gavorrano and Marsiliana are not-to-be-missed day-trip destinations with traditional stone-walled houses, winding streets and picturesque churches; meanwhile, the beaches at Punta Ala and Talamone have golden sands and clear-blue water.

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When to go

The weather in Grosseto is typical of the rest of Italy: hot in the summer, with the mercury dropping over the winter months. Go in June and July if you’re looking for Italian beaches without the usual crowds.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    The city of Grosseto is an hour and a half’s drive from Pisa International Airport; most major airlines run frequent flights here.
  • Trains

    Grosseto railway station is the area’s main hub. Regular services run between Pisa, Florence, Rome and Livorno.
  • Automobiles

    If you want a car with which to explore the whole region, hire some wheels at Pisa airport, then take the E80 south.