Orbetello: discover a south-tuscan town, surrounded by a lagoon, the subject of sweeping panoramas and the owner of a long history still visible today.


The small town of Orbetello lies in southern Tuscany in the province of Maremma. It sits in the middle of a lagoon, however roads do still connect it to the mainland. Like many of the towns in this area, it is of Etruscan origin, of which you can still notice some traces. For example, the cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is thought to have been built over an Etruscan-Roman temple. Within the cathedral you can admire some of the great examples of 15th-century frescoes. It also displays gothic-style renovations that were made to the building in the late 14th Century. Even older than this are the city walls, parts of which you can still visit today and which date back to the 5th Century BC!

One of the best views of Orbetello, you can climb to the Padri Passionisti monastery. You can look down from here, however following the roads to the summit of Mont Argentario will afford you an even better view. From this vantage point you can see the whole of Orbetello, placed in the middle of the serene blue lagoon. Within the lagoon itself, you will probably also be able to spot many a pink flamingo, which enjoy its shallow and calm waters. Looking closely you might also find the Forte delle Saline, a Spanish fortress from the late 1400s.

To enjoy some more of the town’s ancient history, visitors can visit the Ancient Roman town of Cosa. This first appeared in the late 3rd Century BC. Today you can still see some remains of its buildings, which are accompanied by contextual explanations. For a more relaxing day out, you could also visit the two main beaches of Orbetello: Feniglia and Gianella. Both of these are perfect for all types of groups, as they are sandy and offer shallow waters. Beaches aside, Orbetello provides its visitors with plenty of uncontaminated nature. This is because it lies within the famous Duna Feniglia Nature Reserve. As such, you can easily take excursions into the nearby landscapes and explore this protected area.

You can easily reach Orbetello by train or bus. The nearest airport is Grossetto, though you will find connections from Pisa and Rome Fiumicino, too.

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