Sasseta Alta is surrounded by classic Tuscan countryside that offers wonderful walking and cycling. The “Strade del Vino del Morellino di Scansano” allows guests to sample this famous local wine.
The local villages still maintain many annual fairs (known as Sagra in Italian) which take place throughout the year and allow guests to experience “local flavour”. We can inform you about events scheduled during your stay.
Orbetello: This picturesque seaside resort is 40 km away. The beautiful white sand beaches of the Feniglia and Giannella sand bars should not be missed. Feniglia is a nature reserve which has an extensive pine forest that can be crossed on foot or bicycle. The scent of pine is intoxicating.
Argentario: Beyond Orbetello, you will find the Argentario promontory. Two ancient villages of note are Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole. The beautiful sea views from each of these villages make them two of the most beautiful locations of the Maremma. Boat trips to the nearby islands of Giannutri and Giglio are available from here.
To the South: The medieval village of Capalbio, boarding the Provence of Lazio, is famous for the ‘Giardino dei Tarocchi’, the tarot garden, created by the artist Niki de Saint Phalle.
Grosseto Area: Other seaside resorts that can be easily reached include, Marina di Alberese (approximately 35 km), the cliffs of Talamone, the pine forest of Principina Mare, and the modern Marina di Grosseto.
For those fond of nature there are some unique fauna reserves, like the natural park of Uccellina, a chain of rugged and wild hills with pine forests, tilled land and pastures that descend towards the sea with marshland, sandy beaches and cliffs. The park extends along the Tirrenian coast – from Alberese until Talamone, bordering the railway Rome- Livorno on the east. The entrances to the park are in Talamone and Alberese.
From the estuary of the Ombrone river – where you can meet the “Butteri”, the Maremma cowherds, with cattle that are left free to roam. You could see roe deer, fallow deer, wild boar, badgers and foxes as well as numerous species of migrating and indigenous birds that choose this conservation area to rest and feed. The flora consists of miniature palms, shrubs that grow on sand, and pines either grown spontaneously or planted to protect the environment from swamping and landslides.
For a more historical-cultural tour of the Maremma, you can visit Massa Marittima with its XII century cathedral. Grosseto with its Medicean Walls, Castiglione della Pescaia with its fortress, the beautiful Abbey of San Rabano and the Tower of Uccellina.
A most interesting historical sight is the valley of tuff stone ‘valle del tufo’ with its magnificent villages of Sorano, Sovana and the spectacular Pitigliano, where the Etruscans lived between in the 2nd century BC with many tombs open to the public.
Moving towards the central part of Tuscany it is possible to visit lovely Siena, at only 60 km, Montalcino with the Abbey of Saint Antimo, Pienza, Bagno Vignoni and the Abbey of San Galgano.
Saturnia & Petriolo: The sulphurous hot springs of Saturnia 25km away. Famous since pre-Roman times the water temperature of 37°C is contant all year round and offers a unique experience. Given that the sulphurous aroma will cling to you and your swimming costume for a time, you may prefer to use one of your least favourite costumes for this memorable swim.
The spas of Petriolo are closer to Siena and offer another opportunity to sample a hot spring.
Monte Amiata: These high mountains are only 40 km away. They are famous for the beech, fir and chestnut forests, where even during the summer you can find cool temperatures and occasionally a small patch of snow. During the winter the skiing is excellent.