Maremma is best place for cycling, culinary experience and enjoying the beautiful countryside. I've been cycling a lot in various European countries - as a young driver in Mallorca in Spain, later in Florence and all over Italy down to Sicily. With my bike I drove a lot also in France - from the Cote d´Azur up to Mont Ventoux, a mystical mountain, where also one of the Tour de France etape takes place.
I know the entire coast from Ventimiglia in north to Calabria in south. And also Sicily. But nowhere it is more beautiful on bike than in Maremma, the southernmost part of Tuscany. It covers 5 000 m2 kilometers and is very sparsely populated. The beauty of the landscape cannot be surpassed. Wide sunflower fields, pines and Zipressen, olive trees and vineyards as far as the eye can see. Embedded in gentle hills. Whether near the coast or inland. I lived in the city of Grosseto for a few years - 300 days of sunshine, hardly any rain, little traffic. I still remember Christmas day 2014 when I drove to Castiglione della Pescaia in cycling shorts and short sleeve jersey. At 20 degrees. Yes, that also occurs there.
The variety of possibilities for a bike tour is special. A trip to the Monte Argentario with the incredible view of the sea is just as special as a tour in the hills around to the 1 700 meter high Monte Amiata, a volcano that went extinct millions of years ago. For both you need to be in good physical shape, especially in summer when the thermometer climbs to over 30 degrees in the early morning.
I have been to Cinigiano very often. I will never forget my trips to Montalcino, the home of Brunello. Anyone who visits the Maremma once comes back again.
From culinary point of view, Maremma is one of the best areas in Italy and is famous for several typical local dishes. The Tortelli Maremmani, for example, are well known delicious dumplings filled with ricotta and spinach. With so much nature around, wild mushroom dishes are a must. Anyone who has eaten tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms will do it again and again. Countless wild boars "gingiale" live in the forests of Maremma. Therefore, dishes of this species are among the most popular. From ragout to pasta. The Bistecca alla Fiorentina is not only known in Italy. It comes from the white Maremma cow which never lives in mass breeding but under the open sky.
Maremma is also known for two types of wine. The Brunello di Montalcino became one of the world's most famous wines in the last few decades known for its supreme quality. It is extremely popular in the US. The Morellino di Scansano is one of the most popular Italian wines.
There are also star and award-winning restaurants in the Maremma. However, to eat and drink superbly, it is enough to visit any of the local trattoria.