We decided to do some sightseeing at the south coast of southern Tuscany. We only knew the name of the natural park: Parco della Maremma. We didn’t know where the entrance was. We drove to a nearby place, Alberese, and we found the information point of the park by coincidence.
We checked the information wall and talked with two American ladies who were planning to walk through the park. We were told that we needed a bus ticket (€ 9,- p.p.) to get into the park. Cars are not allowed. The bus was about to leave in 10 minutes. We quickly bought two tickets and were just in time. From the drop-off point, we could start seven different walks. We chose a 5,8 KM hike. We were not prepared at all, but we brought enough water and no rain was to be expected. We left our walking shoes in the hotel but had our sneakers on, which was fine.
During June-September, the A2 trail (medium level) that we followed is only accessible with a park guide. But it was October, so we could walk alone. Some hiking trails are closed during summer, due to potential fire risk.
Fox on the beach
The walk, which led us through pine woods and two medieval castles, is beautiful and along the walk we enjoyed many panoramic views. After one hour, we reached one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. It looked like the beach we had seen in Lombok (Indonesia). And another good thing is that people respect the nature: there was no waste on the beach. My wife and I jumped into the crystal clear blue water. Wow! We saw a cheeky fox on the beach (a real fox!), searching some bags for food. Normally, you rarely see a fox, but I guess it was hungry, sick, or just used to people. We also saw a snake in the woods.
After we finished our walk, we took the bus back. We drove further by car to the sleepy little village of Talamone. We checked out the splendid ocean views and had a late “lunch” that consisted of bananas, peanut cookies and a drink in a cafe in front of the harbour. There were very few restaurants in Talamone, so we decided to drive a bit further.
Tasty fish food
For dinner, we eventually chose restaurant La Bussola, situated in Porto Santo Stefano, a small, lively coastal town in the deep south of Tuscany. The service in the restaurant was a bit distant in the beginning, but became more friendly during the evening. The food was very tasty. And of course, the fish was very fresh. We sat outside on a covered terrace. Because of the traffic it was a bit noisy. The restaurant became more crowded during the evening, creating a cozy atmosphere. We rate restaurant La Bussola with an eight out of ten.
Also check: White sandy beach (Tuscany 2012 #3)