The province of Grosseto is one of the most fascinating in Tuscany, famous for its varied landscapes that move from beaches and marshes to olive groves, flat plains and dense forests. The medieval town of Grosseto is at its heart and what it lacks in size it more than makes up for with the extraordinary beauty of its ancient architecture including the Medici Fortress. With wildlife parks, golf courses, long stretches of coast and popular festivals, Grosseto has something to cater to all tastes.
HomeAway has a large selection of holiday properties throughout the province. Most holiday villas in Grosseto are situated on the coast, in the heart of the countryside and in ancient towns. One of the most spectacular locations is near the volcanic peak of Monte Amiata, where there are large holiday properties to choose from. HomeAway's Grosseto holiday apartments are also situated in prime spots, and like the villas, feature such facilities as DVD players, televisions and music systems.
-Beaches: There are dozens of beaches across Grosseto offering plenty of places to sunbathe and pursue watersports and sailing. The Marina di Grosseto resort is very popular, with a wild, sandy expanse over six kilometres long, leading down to clean, clear water. Porto Santo Stefano has lots of attractive coves and Porto Ercole is a pretty harbour linked to the beaches of Monte Argentario.
-Nature: Nature lovers have hundreds of thousands of acres to explore. Parco Naturale della Maremma e Monti dell’Uccellina is a protected, unspoilt area of the Maremma coast and includes marshes and many colonies of wading birds. The Natural Reserve of the Lagoon of Orbetello attracts migrating birds such as the pink flamingo and the white heron.
-Historic monuments: The town of Grosseto has a hexagonal 16th-century wall that's dominated by an imposing Medici Fortress. Inside Grosseto are a Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral filled with religious artworks, and the ancient church of Saint Francesco. Also within the city walls are medieval palaces including the Neo-Gothic Palazzo Aldobrandeschi.
-Sports: Golf lovers can immerse themselves in their favourite pastime in a number of scenic locations such as Punta Ala in Gavorrano and Porto Ercole. Divers have a great choice of good diving spots off the nearby islands of Giglio, Giannutri and Formiche di Grosseto. There’s also great snorkelling along the coastline and in many of the coves and bays.
-Festivals: Folk and traditional festivals are important to Grosseto, and include religious Feast Days of Patron Saints like the Feast of San Cerbone in Massa Marittima and the Feast of St. Erasmus in Porto Ercole. Other festivals that visitors with holiday villas in Grosseto can enjoy include Balestro del Girifalco with its costume parade in Massa Marittima. This is held on the fourth Sunday of May and the second Sunday of August.
Grosseto has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, but wet winters. The peak summer temperatures are felt in July and August when 30°C is the norm. January and February are the coldest months when daily temperatures hover around the 3°C mark. December is the wettest month.
Travellers with Grosseto holiday apartments who are flying into the area can land at Rome Fiumicino, Florence Airport and Pisa’s Galileo Galilei Airport. They are – respectively – 175 kilometres, 150 kilometres and 154 kilometres from Grosseto city centre. There are good rail connections with Rome, Florence and Pisa and buses travel to most towns in the province.