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Maremma: beauty of the territory and variety of landscapes

(by Eduardo Lubrano). From the province of Grosseto up to Monte Amiata, the Ombrone valley, the coastal strip between Piombino and Cecina (towards Livorno) and extends into Lazio towards Civitavecchia. The territory is mainly flat and alluvial, but also partly hilly.

It is the place where you can still find the Butteri, the characteristic horse-riding herdsmen, the cowboys of Europe, perhaps the last in the Old Continent. The relationship between this area and the horse is very strong, as can be seen from the many equestrian activities available here.  From riding courses for adults and children with qualified instructors to walks and trekking on horseback, from technical and competitive improvement courses and the acquisition of Italian Equestrian Sport Federation licenses, to fully customizable riding weeks and summer school camps for children.

In the saddle – perhaps on a Maremmano horse – you can reach and visit the beaches, marshes, hills and woods of the Maremma Grossetana and Livornese and, if you wish, you can also experience working with the Butteri, perhaps watching how the horses are tamed and the cattle branded.

There is an association – the Via Equestre Toscana, whose headquarters are in Paganico (Grosseto) – that is able to provide a network of bridleways that crosses various routes in the Maremma and other areas of Tuscany. Horse riding centers, equestrian centers and agritourism companies in the Province of Grosseto (as far as the Maremma area is concerned) is connected to the initiative and contribute to developing the proposal of horse riding holidays, the practice of sport, and the knowledge of the territory, traditions, and typical products of the Tuscan Maremma.

Many of these facilities provide animals from their own farms and make use of the professionalism of environmental equestrian guides. The Tuscan equestrian trails range from Monte Amiata to the Maremma Regional Nature Park, from the Metalliferous Hills covered in Mediterranean scrub to the dense pine forests of Argentario, and all the way to the Etruscan quarry roads in the Tufa Area in the midst of holm-oak and oak woods, where you can visit necropolis and ancient monuments.

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