The town centre and history of Grosseto, Italy

From its ancient bastions to exciting night-life, this hub of the Tuscan Maremma offers a jam-packed day out from shopping and culture to beaches and evening entertainment. Nestling within its…

From its ancient bastions to exciting night-life, this hub of the Tuscan Maremma offers a jam-packed day out from shopping and culture to beaches and evening entertainment.

Nestling within its ancient medieval walls, Grosseto in Italy is the largest and most important city in the Maremma – a bastion of cultural interest and shopping. Located just a few kilometres from Castiglione della Pescaia and the coast, you can easily take in the best of the historical city centre in a day.

Il corso di Grosseto

Il corso di Grosseto

Starting at Porta Nuova we follow Corso Carducci: the main road of the centre, the city’s shopping high street lined with shops and legendary businesses all the way to Piazza Dante, better known by its rather evocative name of Piazza delle Catene (Square of Chains).

One side of the square is elegantly bordered by porticos that guide the gaze towards Palazzo Aldobrandeschi, headquarters of the Province, and the nave of the Duomo di San Lorenzo. The latter is the city’s most important monument: with its white and pink marble façade it stands out gracefully against the background. In the centre of the square, the statue of Grand Duke Leopoldo II di Lorena commemorates the reclamation of the area and the eradication of malaria in 1846.

Il Cassero Senese

Il Cassero Senese

Apart from Corso Carducci, all other roads leading away from the square lead to the Grosseto’s night-life hub: numerous restaurants and pizzerias line Via Ricasoli and Via San Martino, while cafes, pubs and lounge bars can be found in Piazza Mensini and Piazza del Sale. From Piazza del Sale you can climb up the ancient walls and wander along the perimeter and the bastions or descending, walk along an underground passage that opens out onto the famous gardens of Via Ximenes, tragically linked to the bombings of Easter Monday 1943 during World War Two.

You cannot miss a visit to Cassero Senese. This imposing fortification along the walls -located in the Bastione Fortezza – is home to exhibitions, artistic expositions and festivals.

Weather permitting, you can embark on a number of outdoor experiences in the area surrounding Grosseto: the Roselle archaeological area takes you on a journey to the most ancient history of the area while the Parco Naturale della Maremma stretches out for hectares along the coast and is equally ideal whether you desire relaxation or crave adventure.

Alternatively, the Maremà and Aurelia Antica shopping centres just outside Grosseto, Italy offer shade and something to do on rainy days.

What to do in Grosseto: culture, entertainment and events

  • Museum of Archaeology and Art of the Maremma – Piazza Beccarini, 3
  • Maremma Natural History Museum – Strada Corsini, 5
  • Church of S. Francesco + Garden of Archaeology– Piazza San Francesco, 2
  • Teatro degli Industri – Via G. Mazzini, 89
  • Teatro Moderno – Via Tripoli, 33
  • FAQ – live club, live music
  • Local market – every Thursday in the streets of the city centre
  • Fiera del Madonnino – fair in late April, Loc. Madonnino (Braccagni)

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