Biancane – Geological Natural Park

Tuscany apart from being rich in beaches and hills also hides a huge quantity of active geological features where the volcanic activity of the distant past is still visible with…

Tuscany apart from being rich in beaches and hills also hides a huge quantity of active geological features where the volcanic activity of the distant past is still visible with traces on the surface, none more clearer than in Monterotondo Marittimo.

The view from Montetondo back to Punta Ala.

The view from Montetondo back to Punta Ala.

Where It is

About one hour from Punta Ala the hills of Monterotondo are visible to the whole area, characterised in the middle of the wilderness by some cooling towers, where 20 percent of the Energy used in Tuscany is generated.

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The Area

Monterotondo is built on the rocky hills referred to as the “Colline Metallifere,” this is a reference to the high quality of minerals that are contained within the rocks and that have been mined for thousands of years.

The Biancane is an interesting formation as on the surface it is possible to see water and steam bubbling to the surface the and the resultant formations that form in those conditions.

Water bubbles from the ground with the steam.

Water bubbles from the ground with the steam.

Steam pipes take the water to the power plant.

Steam pipes take the water to the power plant.

The natural Laguna, with tsteam rising from it.

The natural Laguna, with tsteam rising from it.

Steam rises from teh rocks and sulphur is deposited on the surface.

Steam rises from teh rocks and sulphur is deposited on the surface.

Steam vents are found across the area.

Steam vents are found across the area.

The path and steam vents are clearly visible with the cooling tower in the back ground.

The path and steam vents are clearly visible with the cooling tower in the back ground.

Steam rises from the ground with Monterotondo very close, the locals live with the natural resorces.

Steam rises from the ground with Monterotondo very close, the locals live with the natural resorces.

A  Geological Walk

The main part of “Le Biancane,” involves walking around the features ont eh side of the hill. With 2 hours at a very easy going pace it is possible to explore the well sign posted routes and take in the really quite special location.

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The area includes springs of hot water, boil mud pits and steam rising from the rock formations.

The road up to the Biancane.

The road up to the Biancane.

Hot water is channeled down the hill.

Hot water is channeled down the hill.

The path up the hill takes people through the field of volcanic features.

The path up the hill takes people through the field of volcanic features.

The minerals are clearly visible on the surface of the rocks.

The minerals are clearly visible on the surface of the rocks.

The path takes tourists around the hill to better viewing areas.

The path takes tourists around the hill to better viewing areas.

A view next to the surgente.

A view next to the surgente.

The Biancane area with the hills in the back gorund across to Montioni.

The Biancane area with the hills in the back gorund across to Montioni.

The visible mineral deposits and view across to the bay of Follonica with the power station also visible.

The visible mineral deposits and view across to the bay of Follonica with the power station also visible.

Looking down across the Biancane with multiple steam vents rising.

Looking down across the Biancane with multiple steam vents rising.

The Town

“Le Biancane,” is located on the out skirts of the town of Monterotondo. There are many industrial style buildings around that all are dedicated to the natural features where hot water and steam mix.

The parking and associated power station building.

The parking and associated power station building.

The power station is close to the town.

The power station is close to the town, its hard to not know here where energy comes from and the importance in the life cycle of the town.

Conclusion

Fundamentally Tuscany is not just beach and sea it is also rock and mountains, which contain by that of their volcanic creation a significant amount of other features that when explored are a great part of any time in the Maremma.

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Scarlino – Views to the Sea

The Castle of Scarlino

The Castle of Scarlino

The castle sits proudly above the town on top of a rock outcrop.

The castle sits proudly above the town on top of a rock outcrop.

The views across the hillsides towards Gavorrano.

The views across the hillsides towards Gavorrano.

The area around the castle has been restored and is acessible easily on smooth pathes.

The area around the castle has been restored and is accessible easily on smooth paths.

Looking across the valey towards Massamaritima.

Looking across the valley towards Massa Marittima.

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The castle is surrounded by fortifications.

The castle is surrounded by fortifications.

looking across the bay towards Follonica and Piombino.

looking across the bay towards Follonica and Piombino.

Garibaldi, the founder of the moderne Italian Union, looks over the centre sqaure.

Garibaldi, the founder of the modern Italian Union, looks over the center square.

The forest is close by.

The forest is close by.

From the town to the sea.

From the town to the sea.

A mediveal feel with archways and views across the countryside.

A medieval feel with archways and views across the countryside.

Elba sits proudly in the background.

Elba sits proudly in the background.

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The main street is dotted with various small local shops tha tare open in teh evening in the summer.

The main street is dotted with various small local shops tha tare open in teh evening in the summer.

A typical street in Scarlino.

A typical street in Scarlino.

Monte stella sits close by.

Monte Stella sits close by.

The centre of Scarlino village has plenty of reminders of history.

The center of Scarlino village has plenty of reminders of history.

The importnace of the rocks is evident as the road cuts through a mineral outcrop.

The importance of the rocks is evident as the road cuts through a mineral outcrop.

A famous artist has his garden in the centre with many sculputres.

A famous artist has his garden in the center with many sculptures.

The church in the centre fits with the style of the area.

The church in the center fits with the style of the area.

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The commune of Scarlino.

The Comune of Scarlino.

The streets are steep and characteristic.

The streets are steep and characteristic.

Small walkways allow you to get around the village in evry direction in.

Small walkways allow you to get around the village in every direction in.

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This is one of the best spots to sit and take in the view and appreciate the location.

This is one of the best spots to sit and take in the view and appreciate the location.

The external buildings of the old part of the town rise high upwards and dominate the landscape.

The external buildings of the old part of the town rise high upwards and dominate the landscape.

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It is possible to walk around the whole town on the walled sections.

It is possible to walk around the whole town in the walled sections.

The church tower.

The church tower.

A reseraunt that looks over the valley below.

A restaurant that looks over the valley below.

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One of the old gateways into the town.

One of the old gateways into the town.

In the centre of the town is a very large old olive tree.

In the center of the town is a very large old olive tree.

The street where to park that leads upto the town center and the local police station.

The street where to park that leads up to the town center and the local police station.

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Restaurant La terra di Nello

Target: meat Type: groups, family, couple, kids, outside dining, real Tuscan Maremma feeling Products: pasta, special selected highest quality cuts of meat. Fiorentina Steak cooked on the fire Special Menu: Florentine steaks, high-quality wines Typical…

  • Target: meat
  • Type: groups, family, couple, kids, outside dining, real Tuscan Maremma feeling
  • Products: pasta, special selected highest quality cuts of meat. Fiorentina Steak cooked on the fire
  • Special Menu: Florentine steaks, high-quality wines
  • Typical dish: Florentine steak and tartare
  • Price Range: €45 – €60 per head
  • Opening Times: every day in summer – 19:00 – 00:00. Sunday Lunches
La Terra di Nello, the garden

La Terra di Nello, the garden

La Terra di Nello, tagliere Toscano

La Terra di Nello, main dishes

La Terra di Nello, main dishes

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