Upper Maremma and its Medieval Hilltop Villages

January 8, 2016  |  Tuscany
Hilltop medieval village in Upper Maremma: Castelnuovo di VDC

Hilltop medieval village in Upper Maremma: Castelnuovo di VDC

Upper Maremma, the hilly, mountainous part of the Maremma region, is characterised by the many picturesque hilltop villages, which have preserved their medieval character. This is where San Giuseppe, a “podere” (farmhouse), typical traditional house recently renovated part of the “Fattoria (Farm) Vecchienna” (www.vecchienna.com), is to be rented.

Upper Maremma, mostly bordering the Province of Siena on one side as well as the Mediterranean see on the west is a beautiful part of Tuscany,that has preserved its authenticity and its superb small towns.
Monterotondo Marittimo, 5 minutes away from Fattoria Vecchienna, hosts the Natural Park named “le Biancane” showcasing its interesting geothermal springs. On the territory of Monterotondo Marittimo you can also admire the “Sanctuary of Madonna del Frassine”, with its baroque altar and all the beautiful “ex-votos” (votive offerings) made in the 17th and 18th century to thank the Madonna for having cured wounded and sick people.

One terrace at Podere San Giuseppe in Upper Maremma

One terrace at Podere San Giuseppe in Upper Maremma

In Sasso Pisano, 10 minutes away you will find the remains of an historical thermal complex dating back to the Etruscans and Romans “Il Bagnone” and a number of natural hot springs, used since antiquity to cure rheumatisms and pains. A little bit further stands the medieval village Castelnuovo di Val di Cecina.
The sea and the natural park of Rimigliano with its beautiful beaches, on the “Costa dei Etruschi” (“Etruscan shore”), stand 35 minutes away from Vecchienna and San Giuseppe and on the way, you cross another superb medieval village, Suvereto.
Thirty minutes south from san Giuseppe, a small town, Massa Marittima offers many interesting artistic treasures and in particular a 13th century Church and an Etruscan museum.

Contact us at info@villalebarone.com if you want to discover this little known part of Tuscany, Upper Maremma, its nature, its natural parks and its superb medieval hilltop villages.

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