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Location of Tuscany
Area: 22,990 km²
Population: 3.6 million
Density: 157/km²
Capital: Florence

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Provinces
Comunes
  • Arezzo
    • Anghiari
      Arezzo
      Badia Tedalda
      Bibbiena
      Bucine
      Capolona
      Caprese Michelangelo
      Castel Focognano
      Castel San Niccolò
      Castelfranco di Sopra
      Castiglion Fibocchi
      Castiglion Fiorentino
      Cavriglia
      Chitignano
      Chiusi della Verna
      Civitella in Val di Chiana
      Cortona
      Foiano della Chiana
      Laterina
      Loro Ciuffenna
      Lucignano
      Marciano della Chiana
      Monte San Savino
      Montemignaio
      Monterchi
      Montevarchi
      Ortignano Raggiolo
      Pergine Valdarno
      Pian di Sco
      Pieve Santo Stefano
      Poppi
      Pratovecchio
      San Giovanni Valdarno
      Sansepolcro
      Sestino
      Stia
      Subbiano
      Talla
      Terranuova Bracciolini

  • Firenze
    • Bagno a Ripoli
      Barberino di Mugello
      Barberino Val d'Elsa
      Borgo San Lorenzo
      Calenzano
      Campi Bisenzio
      Capraia e Limite
      Castelfiorentino
      Cerreto Guidi
      Certaldo
      Dicomano
      Empoli
      Fiesole
      Figline Valdarno
      Firenze
      Firenzuola
      Fucecchio
      Gambassi Terme
      Greve in Chianti
      Impruneta
      Incisa in Val d'Arno
      Lastra a Signa
      Londa
      Marradi
      Montaione
      Montelupo Fiorentino
      Montespertoli
      Palazzuolo sul Senio
      Pelago
      Pontassieve
      Reggello
      Rignano sull'Arno
      Rufina
      San Casciano in Val di Pesa
      San Godenzo
      San Piero a Sieve
      Scandicci
      Scarperia
      Sesto Fiorentino
      Signa
      Tavarnelle Val di Pesa
      Vaglia
      Vicchio
      Vinci

  • Grosseto
    • Arcidosso
      Campagnatico
      Capalbio
      Castel del Piano
      Castell'Azzara
      Castiglione della Pescaia
      Cinigiano
      Civitella Paganico
      Follonica
      Gavorrano
      Grosseto
      Isola del Giglio
      Magliano in Toscana
      Manciano
      Massa Marittima
      Monte Argentario
      Monterotondo Marittimo
      Montieri
      Orbetello
      Pitigliano
      Roccalbegna
      Roccastrada
      Santa Fiora
      Scansano
      Scarlino
      Seggiano
      Semproniano
      Sorano

  • Livorno
    • Bibbona
      Campiglia Marittima
      Campo nell'Elba
      Capoliveri
      Capraia Isola
      Castagneto Carducci
      Cecina
      Collesalvetti
      Livorno
      Marciana
      Marciana Marina
      Piombino
      Porto Azzurro
      Portoferraio
      Rio Marina
      Rio nell'Elba
      Rosignano Marittimo
      San Vincenzo
      Sassetta
      Suvereto

  • Lucca
    • Altopascio
      Bagni di Lucca
      Barga
      Borgo a Mozzano
      Camaiore
      Camporgiano
      Capannori
      Careggine
      Castelnuovo di Garfagnana
      Castiglione di Garfagnana
      Coreglia Antelminelli
      Fabbriche di Vallico
      Forte dei Marmi
      Fosciandora
      Gallicano
      Giuncugnano
      Lucca
      Massarosa
      Minucciano
      Molazzana
      Montecarlo
      Pescaglia
      Piazza al Serchio
      Pietrasanta
      Pieve Fosciana
      Porcari
      San Romano in Garfagnana
      Seravezza
      Sillano
      Stazzema
      Vagli Sotto
      Vergemoli
      Viareggio
      Villa Basilica
      Villa Collemandina

  • Massa-Carrara
    • Aulla
      Bagnone
      Carrara
      Casola in Lunigiana
      Comano
      Filattiera
      Fivizzano
      Fosdinovo
      Licciana Nardi
      Massa
      Montignoso
      Mulazzo
      Podenzana
      Pontremoli
      Tresana
      Villafranca in Lunigiana
      Zeri

  • Pisa
    • Bientina
      Buti
      Calci
      Calcinaia
      Capannoli
      Casale Marittimo
      Casciana Terme
      Cascina
      Castelfranco di Sotto
      Castellina Marittima
      Castelnuovo di Val di Cecina
      Chianni
      Crespina
      Fauglia
      Guardistallo
      Lajatico
      Lari
      Lorenzana
      Montecatini Val di Cecina
      Montescudaio
      Monteverdi Marittimo
      Montopoli in Val d'Arno
      Orciano Pisano
      Palaia
      Peccioli
      Pisa
      Pomarance
      Ponsacco
      Pontedera
      Riparbella
      San Giuliano Terme
      San Miniato
      Santa Croce sull'Arno
      Santa Luce
      Santa Maria a Monte
      Terricciola
      Vecchiano
      Vicopisano
      Volterra

  • Pistoia
    • Abetone
      Agliana
      Buggiano
      Chiesina Uzzanese
      Cutigliano
      Lamporecchio
      Larciano
      Marliana
      Massa e Cozzile
      Monsummano Terme
      Montale
      Montecatini-Terme
      Pescia
      Pieve a Nievole
      Pistoia
      Piteglio
      Ponte Buggianese
      Quarrata
      Sambuca Pistoiese
      San Marcello Pistoiese
      Serravalle Pistoiese
      Uzzano

  • Prato
    • Cantagallo
      Carmignano
      Montemurlo
      Poggio a Caiano
      Prato
      Vaiano
      Vernio

  • Siena
    • Abbadia San Salvatore
      Asciano
      Buonconvento
      Casole d'Elsa
      Castellina in Chianti
      Castelnuovo Berardenga
      Castiglione d'Orcia
      Cetona
      Chianciano Terme
      Chiusdino
      Chiusi
      Colle di Val d'Elsa
      Gaiole in Chianti
      Montalcino
      Montepulciano
      Monteriggioni
      Monteroni d'Arbia
      Monticiano
      Murlo
      Piancastagnaio
      Pienza
      Poggibonsi
      Radda in Chianti
      Radicofani
      Radicondoli
      Rapolano Terme
      San Casciano dei Bagni
      San Gimignano
      San Giovanni d'Asso
      San Quirico d'Orcia
      Sarteano
      Siena
      Sinalunga
      Sovicille
      Torrita di Siena
      Trequanda

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Town of Orbetello, Tuscany
Orbetello - Photo: www.understandingitaly.com
Orbetello is a small Tuscan town in an area known as the Maremma, in the southern province of Grosseto. It lies about 35km south of Grosetto in one of the most unique and wonderful positions on a thin strip of land in the centre of a lagoon.

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Laguna di Levante - Photo: www.understandingitaly.com

The lagoon which surrounds Orbetello is part of a protected nature reserve and is one of the most uncontaminated areas of natural beauty in Tuscany. This coastal lagoon is an inland sea consisting of 1500 hectares of reclaimed marshland. The large stretch of water is divided into two lagoons, the Laguna di Ponente which stretches to the west of Orbetello and the Laguna di Levante which stretches to the east.

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Tombolo della Giannella - Photo: www.understandingitaly.com

The Ponente is separated from the sea by a narrow strip of land called Tombolo della Giannella and the Levante is cut off from the sea by another strip known as Tombolo di Feniglia. These two sandy spits stretch for 6km from the Monte Argentario Promontory to the mainland and provide many miles of beautiful beaches. The small town of Orbetello sits on a third, narrower peninsular which runs between the other two and is connected to the Monte Argentario Promontory by an artificial dam which was built in 1841.

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Tombolo di Feniglia - Photo: www.understandingitaly.com

Orbetello was originally an ancient Etruscan settlement founded in the 8th century BC before coming under the control of the Romans in 280BC. Due to its geographical position it was a much desired conquest, not only by Italian nobility but also by foreign powers. In the middle Ages it was in the possession of the Aldobrandeschi family and they held it until the 14th century when it was taken over by the city of Ovieto and was later captured by the Sienese Republic. Unfortunately, very little is known of the early history of Orbetello as the town was plundered in 1455 and the archives were destroyed. It was taken over and developed into a heavily fortified naval base by the Spaniards in the 16th century and they made it the capital of the Stato dei Presidi. The town was later taken by the Austrians before being passed to the Bourbons of Naples. In 1815 it came under the rule of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. Orbetello became a large commercial and trading centre of some importance due to its central position and safe harbours. The subsequent mining of pyrite and the introduction of fish processing plants made Orbetello the prosperous and lively town it is today.

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Typical street in Orbetello - Photo: www.understandingitaly.com

The Tuscan town of Orbetello played a part in the history of aviation because it was here that Italo Balbo started his hydroplane cruises from the water runway next to the lagoon. The first transatlantic crossing was made from here in 1928 and in 1933 the famous Orbetello to Chicago to New York to Rome flight took place. Today, the entrance to the airport still stands but the water runway and hydroplanes are no longer there.

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The old Aeroporto A. Brunetta - Photo: www.understandingitaly.com

Orbetello is a small, compact town with the centre free from cars making it easy to find your way around. The narrow streets and squares are packed with bars, restaurants and an interesting mix of shops. There is an endless choice of places to eat out in the evening but during the summer months it is wise to book a table. There are several attractive hotels in the area.

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Colourful Orbetello - Photo: www.understandingitaly.com

The area specialises in fish dishes thanks to the abundance of fresh fish from the lagoons. Grey mullet, sea bass, gilthead, shrimps, oysters and eels are fished daily to produce some wonderful local dishes. Orbetello is one of the few areas in Italy still producing bottarga (salted grey mullet roe) which is flaked and served simply with olive oil on warm bread or grated over vegetables and salads. It is finely grated and served over spaghetti to make their most famous dish 'spaghetti alla bottarga'. Meat is also fresh and readily available along with fresh vegetables and salads, all served deliciously in typical Tuscan style. The wines of the region, both red and white, are famous around the world.

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Medina Gate - Photo: www.understandingitaly.com

Areas of historical interest around the town start with the ancient Etruscan city walls. These were built around the beginning of the 5th century BC from large, impressive stone blocks.Orbetello, orbetello italy, orbetello tuscany, tourist information orbetello, visiting orbetello, facts about orbetello, information on orbetello, orbetello maremma, laguna di ponente, laguna di levante, tombolo della Giannella, tombolo di Feniglia, spaghetti alla bottarga Medina Gate is the entrance to the walled city and was built in 16th century by the architect Anton Maria Lari. The gate takes its name from Medina Coeli, Governor of Spain at the time, and is embellished with St Blaise, the patron saint of Orbetello.

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Orbetello Cathedral - Photo: www.understandingitaly.com

The Duomo di Santa Maria Assunta was restructured in 1375 over the top of an original Etruscan temple. The cathedral is small but has an impressive Gothic main entrance and houses some interesting 15th century frescoes and stone carvings.

Sitting in the lagoon is a small, rustic windmill which is the only one remaining from the original nine. They were built in the lagoon in order to use the power of the water to grind wheat which was then shipped back to the mainland in homemade boats.

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The remaining rustic windmill - Photo: www.understandingitaly.com

If you travel a little outside the city to Ansedonia you see the remains of the prosperous Roman city of Cosa which was founded in 273 BC. It was built in a strategic position on a hill giving it control over both the land and sea traffic which passed by. Today it is an important archaeological area and there is a small but beautifully maintained museum nearby where you can gain a real taste of the life in that ancient city.

Orbetello is a wonderful base for a family holiday with something to offer for all tastes. The nature reserves are a haven for lovers of nature and keen bird watchers. There are miles of sandy beaches with clean seas, beautiful walks, historical sites and an easy small town with all facilities. The tourist is totally catered for in Orbetello with all types of accommodation available from expensive hotels to camping sites. The locals are helpful and friendly and all information about the area is readily available. It is possible to book cycling, trekking or riding tours around the countryside as well as boat trips around the stunning coastline or ferry trips to one of the beautiful Tuscan islands.

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A perfect holiday destination - Photo: www.understandingitaly.com

Orbetello is easy to get to and is only 45 Km away from Grosseto Airport and 135 Km away from Rome/Fiumicino Airport (L. Da Vinci). The train station is Orbetello-Monte Argentario which runs a good service and by road Orbetello is less than two hours from Rome, Florence, Pisa and Siena.

Orbetello
Population: 14,917
Male: 7,055
Female: 7,862
Population density: 65.7 per square km

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Tuscany Information
Location of Tuscany
Area: 22,990 km²
Population: 3.6 million
Density: 157/km²
Capital: Florence

Find a hotel in Tuscany
Provinces
Comunes
  • Arezzo
    • Anghiari
      Arezzo
      Badia Tedalda
      Bibbiena
      Bucine
      Capolona
      Caprese Michelangelo
      Castel Focognano
      Castel San Niccolò
      Castelfranco di Sopra
      Castiglion Fibocchi
      Castiglion Fiorentino
      Cavriglia
      Chitignano
      Chiusi della Verna
      Civitella in Val di Chiana
      Cortona
      Foiano della Chiana
      Laterina
      Loro Ciuffenna
      Lucignano
      Marciano della Chiana
      Monte San Savino
      Montemignaio
      Monterchi
      Montevarchi
      Ortignano Raggiolo
      Pergine Valdarno
      Pian di Sco
      Pieve Santo Stefano
      Poppi
      Pratovecchio
      San Giovanni Valdarno
      Sansepolcro
      Sestino
      Stia
      Subbiano
      Talla
      Terranuova Bracciolini

  • Firenze
    • Bagno a Ripoli
      Barberino di Mugello
      Barberino Val d'Elsa
      Borgo San Lorenzo
      Calenzano
      Campi Bisenzio
      Capraia e Limite
      Castelfiorentino
      Cerreto Guidi
      Certaldo
      Dicomano
      Empoli
      Fiesole
      Figline Valdarno
      Firenze
      Firenzuola
      Fucecchio
      Gambassi Terme
      Greve in Chianti
      Impruneta
      Incisa in Val d'Arno
      Lastra a Signa
      Londa
      Marradi
      Montaione
      Montelupo Fiorentino
      Montespertoli
      Palazzuolo sul Senio
      Pelago
      Pontassieve
      Reggello
      Rignano sull'Arno
      Rufina
      San Casciano in Val di Pesa
      San Godenzo
      San Piero a Sieve
      Scandicci
      Scarperia
      Sesto Fiorentino
      Signa
      Tavarnelle Val di Pesa
      Vaglia
      Vicchio
      Vinci

  • Grosseto
    • Arcidosso
      Campagnatico
      Capalbio
      Castel del Piano
      Castell'Azzara
      Castiglione della Pescaia
      Cinigiano
      Civitella Paganico
      Follonica
      Gavorrano
      Grosseto
      Isola del Giglio
      Magliano in Toscana
      Manciano
      Massa Marittima
      Monte Argentario
      Monterotondo Marittimo
      Montieri
      Orbetello
      Pitigliano
      Roccalbegna
      Roccastrada
      Santa Fiora
      Scansano
      Scarlino
      Seggiano
      Semproniano
      Sorano

  • Livorno
    • Bibbona
      Campiglia Marittima
      Campo nell'Elba
      Capoliveri
      Capraia Isola
      Castagneto Carducci
      Cecina
      Collesalvetti
      Livorno
      Marciana
      Marciana Marina
      Piombino
      Porto Azzurro
      Portoferraio
      Rio Marina
      Rio nell'Elba
      Rosignano Marittimo
      San Vincenzo
      Sassetta
      Suvereto

  • Lucca
    • Altopascio
      Bagni di Lucca
      Barga
      Borgo a Mozzano
      Camaiore
      Camporgiano
      Capannori
      Careggine
      Castelnuovo di Garfagnana
      Castiglione di Garfagnana
      Coreglia Antelminelli
      Fabbriche di Vallico
      Forte dei Marmi
      Fosciandora
      Gallicano
      Giuncugnano
      Lucca
      Massarosa
      Minucciano
      Molazzana
      Montecarlo
      Pescaglia
      Piazza al Serchio
      Pietrasanta
      Pieve Fosciana
      Porcari
      San Romano in Garfagnana
      Seravezza
      Sillano
      Stazzema
      Vagli Sotto
      Vergemoli
      Viareggio
      Villa Basilica
      Villa Collemandina

  • Massa-Carrara
    • Aulla
      Bagnone
      Carrara
      Casola in Lunigiana
      Comano
      Filattiera
      Fivizzano
      Fosdinovo
      Licciana Nardi
      Massa
      Montignoso
      Mulazzo
      Podenzana
      Pontremoli
      Tresana
      Villafranca in Lunigiana
      Zeri

  • Pisa
    • Bientina
      Buti
      Calci
      Calcinaia
      Capannoli
      Casale Marittimo
      Casciana Terme
      Cascina
      Castelfranco di Sotto
      Castellina Marittima
      Castelnuovo di Val di Cecina
      Chianni
      Crespina
      Fauglia
      Guardistallo
      Lajatico
      Lari
      Lorenzana
      Montecatini Val di Cecina
      Montescudaio
      Monteverdi Marittimo
      Montopoli in Val d'Arno
      Orciano Pisano
      Palaia
      Peccioli
      Pisa
      Pomarance
      Ponsacco
      Pontedera
      Riparbella
      San Giuliano Terme
      San Miniato
      Santa Croce sull'Arno
      Santa Luce
      Santa Maria a Monte
      Terricciola
      Vecchiano
      Vicopisano
      Volterra

  • Pistoia
    • Abetone
      Agliana
      Buggiano
      Chiesina Uzzanese
      Cutigliano
      Lamporecchio
      Larciano
      Marliana
      Massa e Cozzile
      Monsummano Terme
      Montale
      Montecatini-Terme
      Pescia
      Pieve a Nievole
      Pistoia
      Piteglio
      Ponte Buggianese
      Quarrata
      Sambuca Pistoiese
      San Marcello Pistoiese
      Serravalle Pistoiese
      Uzzano

  • Prato
    • Cantagallo
      Carmignano
      Montemurlo
      Poggio a Caiano
      Prato
      Vaiano
      Vernio

  • Siena
    • Abbadia San Salvatore
      Asciano
      Buonconvento
      Casole d'Elsa
      Castellina in Chianti
      Castelnuovo Berardenga
      Castiglione d'Orcia
      Cetona
      Chianciano Terme
      Chiusdino
      Chiusi
      Colle di Val d'Elsa
      Gaiole in Chianti
      Montalcino
      Montepulciano
      Monteriggioni
      Monteroni d'Arbia
      Monticiano
      Murlo
      Piancastagnaio
      Pienza
      Poggibonsi
      Radda in Chianti
      Radicofani
      Radicondoli
      Rapolano Terme
      San Casciano dei Bagni
      San Gimignano
      San Giovanni d'Asso
      San Quirico d'Orcia
      Sarteano
      Siena
      Sinalunga
      Sovicille
      Torrita di Siena
      Trequanda

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