Walks in time: the archaeological enchantment of Roselle

Roselle: walks in an archaeological site unknown to most. A dip into the past just 20 minutes from the sea of Castiglione della Pescaia. “A wilderness of rocks and thickets —…

Roselle: walks in an archaeological site unknown to most. A dip into the past just 20 minutes from the sea of Castiglione della Pescaia.

“A wilderness of rocks and thickets — the haunt of the fox and wild boar, of the serpent and lizard — visited by none but the herdsman or shepherd…” George Dennis, the 19th-century British diplomat and scholar, thus described the little town of Roselle while visiting the Maremma area.

Roselle is still a place of wild, timeless enchantment enriched by the historical interest of the nearby Archaeological Area (MiBAC). Managed by the Polo Museale della Toscana, the site is easy to reach, just a few kilometres from Grosseto along the state road to Siena.

Roselle, Archaeological Area

Roselle, Archaeological Area

The path winds through the park for around two kilometres revealing the remains of civilisations that have roamed these lands from Prehistoric times: the tours guided by experts of the area and the excursions available should be on the bucket list of any archaeological lover. The traces of settled civilisations date back to the 7th century BC: the hills of Roselle and Vetulonia dominated the valley from a strategic position, where the presence of the River Ombrone was an opportunity for trade with the Val d’Orcia and the hinterland of Etruria.

Roselle, area archeologica

Roselle, area archeologica

From its high position, Roselle has born witness to many important changes. Where the valley now extends out, once there were waters and lagoons: Lake Prile today is just a memory; subject to drainage works, merely a reflection of the waters remains in the memory of Roselle.

L'area archeologica vista dall'alto

L’area archeologica vista dall’alto

Yet there are many traces of an even more remote past: the main museum complex and the terrace walls that can be walked along are tangible signs of when the area was one of the most important Etruscan cities. Wandering along the top of these ancient constructions, our view extends over the countryside and the panorama: a gift for visitors who find themselves suddenly transported back in time and history, far from today’s frenetic world under a sky that seems to still belong to times gone by.

Roselle, area archeologica

Roselle, area archeologica

Colonised in Imperial times, the Romans left an important legacy to Roselle: in fact, the oldest thermal baths complex in the Maremma area can be found right here. But the Medieval period marked a moment of abandonment. The Diocese was moved to Grosseto, and Roselle was transformed, day by day, into the archaeological site that it is today.

Particolare di una pavimentazione

Particolare di una pavimentazione

At the end of your walk through time and nature, you can spend a pleasant evening in the nearby Cava di Roselle; this abandoned quarry is home to a beautiful garden that hosts parties and events – from the terrace you can enjoy a breath-taking view over the Maremma area.

Archaeological area 

Open daily following each season schedule. For information: 0564-402403 / +39 335-1450361

Cava di Roselle

For information: +39 348-4800409 / info@cavaroselle.net

Where to sleep

Puntala Camp & Resort

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Sassetta: nature, thermal waters and relaxation.

A story of stone and thermal waters in the very heart of the Val di Cornia. Sassetta is to be discovered wandering around the village and a soaking in the…

A story of stone and thermal waters in the very heart of the Val di Cornia. Sassetta is to be discovered wandering around the village and a soaking in the well-being.

Leaving the seaside horizons from San Vicenzo behind us, our eyes move onto the infinite view of the green rolling hills that represent the true soul of the Maremma area. Sassetta is right there, overlooking the valley, immersed in the silence of a Tuscany that has maintained the pace of a time gone by; that slow, wild pace reflecting a candid, peaceful relationship between man and nature.

Sassetta: vista panoramica del borgo

Sassetta: vista panoramica del borgo

Once in Sassetta, the sea is a distant memory, about a 20-minute car journey from the coast of San Vincenzo and Marina di Castagneto Carducci, and visitors are met with a completely different atmosphere. New surroundings, both wholesome and beautiful.

As fascinating and relaxing on the surface as it is rich and active underground: in Sassetta they extract red marble, a stone that sculptors and masons have used over the ages to decorate churches, homes and buildings, as well as the very roads of the village. You can admire the various nuances of red through to pink as you wander among the stone houses, the enchanting homes of times gone by.

Uno dei primi scorci appena entrati nel borgo di Sassetta.

Uno dei primi scorci appena entrati nel borgo di Sassetta.

The marble hills of Sassetta preserve an ancient history, which can be traced through the many ammonites, fossil shells of invertebrates dating back to the Cretaceous era.

But the bowels of this land have not only given birth to prestigious red marble: the subsoil boils and brings heat to the surface through thermal water sources. After an interesting visit of the historical centre, there is nothing better than a regenerating bath in these waters, which have been renowned over the years for their relaxing effect on one’s well-being.

Relax e natura alle terme

Relax e natura alle terme

Not far from the village, just ten or so minutes by car, nestled in the uncontaminated nature of the Poggio Neri Park, you can find the “La Cerreta” thermal resort and agricultural farm in a single biodynamic organism. A place far from the frenetic rhythms of daily life, where you can satisfy the senses: abandoning yourself to the calming thermal waters and sampling wholesome products, regenerating yourself in contact with nature and its calming landscapes, experiencing first-hand the life of a farm and its animals.

A summary of what to do in Sassetta:

  • Wander the streets of the village and enjoy its views;
  • Visit the Church of Sant’Andrea Apostolo and the permanent exhibition of holy art;
  • Visit the Museo del Bosco and follow the botanical path and the Coal Road – path 102 around the nearby Mount Bufalaio;
  • Admire the art of Sassetta through the tracks that wind around the historical centre and the woodland, through the works of the various editions of the Simposio di Scultura;

Go on excursions in the forest park, Poggio Neri: the blooming natural area that skims Sassetta, characterized by the presence of the chestnut tree, is crossed by trekking paths and bridleways.

Trekking path, download gpx

Useful informations;

Terme di Sassetta

Comune di Sassetta

Where to sleep: Puntala Camp & resort

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