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All in one place. The latest additions to the Maremma Guide. New places to discover. Forthcoming festivals and events. Special offers. Discounts and more.



The New Additions...


Lonely Tuscany castle tower seeks her Mr Darcy

Tuscany castle tower for sale.


A robust medieval Tuscany tower for sale seeks her Mr Darcy.

Whilst no spring chicken, she has looked after herself and still strikes a 'bella figura' in town. Now looking for her next partner in life. But she wants one who won't want to change her. Who will love her just the way she is.

Stubborness and all.

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A special offer for 2 in one of the very best hotels in Maremma

Pomegranates in Tuscany.


Tell them that I sent you and take advantage of a special offer until March 26 for Maremma Guide readers in one of the very best hotels in Maremma. The Locanda la Pieve hotel in sleepy Semproniano.

Two nights in a double room, with breakfast.

A pre-dinner glass of Prosecco.

Dinner for two with a surprise menu, from starters to dessert (drinks not included).

Price Euro 220

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Tibetan treasures in Maremma

The Museo di Arte e Cultura Orientale (MACO) in Arcidosso is a new addition to Maremma's many wonderful museums. Small it may be, but its two floors of vibrant intense colour and glowing gold are a surprise find in Tuscany. Full of Tibetan treasures that will engage and enthrall young eyes and old.

You'll step out of rural Tuscany, from inside a 9th century castle courtyard, into a world more than 6,800 kilometres away. A world still so different from our everyday experiences.

And then back again.

Arcidosso MACO Museum.


Ceremonial Tibetan daggers.

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Tuscan wild boar stew with chocolate - the REAL thing

This traditional Tuscan wild boar stew recipe, with dark chocolate, is a WOW! of a dish to serve on a winters night. And given that the bitter cold part of our winter here in Maremma is due to start this weekend, I thought I would share it with you now as I get our wild boar meat out of the freezer to cook it up for a dinner with a difference.

Added bonus is I have no worries about teenage tastebuds not liking this: my young daughter devours it!

This isn't it! Find out what is.

Tuscan wild boar stew recipe

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Mosquitoes in Italy. Suck. Big Time

Mosquitoes in Italy.

Mosquitoes in Italy. Suck. Big time.

But they don't have to suck the lifeblood out of your holiday.

They are the bane of my life. And after more than a decade and a half of dealing with them in Tuscany, this is my advice on how to avoid them ruining your holiday.

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The Pitigliano flower festival 2018

It is a dull and damp day today in Maremma, but I opened by computer this morning and it was bursting with colour :)

Pitigliano flower festival: the morning preparations.


The preparations for the Corpus Christi Infiorata di Pitigliano festival in full swing last year.

Grandmothers preparing the laurel leaves together for the Infiorata displays in Pitigliano.

Pitigliano flower festival 2018

CLICK on the link for lots more photos and this year's date.

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Maremma's lost ocean

The Parco di Punta Falcone, in Piombino. You are going to have to trust me about this nature reserve. Especially the closer you get. In order to stand on a long lost ocean.

Punta Falcone wild flowers in bloom in April Tuscany

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A secret Tuscany beach nestled between pillows

Secret Tuscany beach Italy.


A secret Tuscany beach nestled between pillow lavas in a nature reserve you wouldn't know was there! But you will have to walk through head height French gorse and wild fragrant virgin's bower clematis to reach it.

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Carbonifera beach where the living is easy...

Carbonifera beach Maremma Tuscany Italy.

Carbonifera beach has well and truly won me over and is now one of my very favourite beaches in Tuscany. On its pristine golden sands within the very special nature reserve of the Parco Costiero della Sterpaia, the living is perfect and easy. The view spectacular. And the atmosphere so relaxed that I have added it to my personal list of the very best beaches in Maremma.

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Which Tuscany door will you open?

If you could have a key.

Just one key.

To open one door in Tuscany.

To step inside. Into whatever awaits you behind. That would be yours.


Which door would you choose?


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