When it comes to Tuscany, Florence, Siena and Pisa seem to hog the spotlight. It would be a mistake to think that this was all the region had to offer. Indeed, the Tuscan city of Grosseto is a lesson in why you should opt to head to some of the area’s smaller cities and towns - treasures and wonders, both cultural and culinary, abound!
Where to go
Explore the wonderful duomo, with its superb stained glass windows. Shop your way along the Corso Corducci. Walk the imposing Medicean Wall. Visit the nearby ancient Etruscan ruins at Rusellae. Browse local enotecas, sampling local wineries. Head to Massa Marittima, an impressive hilltop medieval town nearby. Sit in the city’s piazza and enjoy a glass of wine and three.
Food & Drink
As part of the Maremma maritime region of Tuscany, Groseto benefits from the fruits of both land and sea. Prepare to encounter a lot of herby wild game, in addition to seafood and fish dishes. In town, we recommend Ristorante Gli Attortellate (Strada Provinciale della Trappola 39) for sensational, authentic cooking, but be sure to book - produce is picked based on the number of bookings. Elsewhere, head on over to Grantosco (Via Solferino 4) for fabulous beef, cooked with the region’s signature Morello di Scansano red.
Grosseto doesn’t have much of a nightlife scene per se - more so that cafes and restaurants open late and allow for slowly enjoying a bottle or two of red. However, if you’re looking for a real night out, head to Cafe Ricasoli (Strada Ricasoli 20) for good drinks and a decided beatnik vibe.
Where to stay
Once a Medici villa, L’Andana is a gorgeous boutique hotel with trattoria. It’s the complete package offering the best in spa treatments, wine
tastings, and authentic Tuscan cooking. Argentario Golf Resort is another local wonder, offering extensive pool and spa facilities on top of its sensational golf course. For something a little
cozier, the converted farmhouse, La Locanda Rossa is a great choice, and very family friendly.
How to get there
British Airways, Vueling and Iberia fly directly to Florence from London, daily. Grosseto is then a two-hour drive away.