Renting a villa near the Tuscany coast and Maremma gives you a unique perspective on this region. Its secluded sandy beaches rank among Italy’s best. Seafood usurps salami from top-billing in many celebrated restaurants.
Inland, in the hills of the Maremma, wild boar roam dense chestnut and oak woodland, occasionally emerging from the trees to cross deserted backroads. As well as scenic hill-towns and olive groves, you’ll discover vineyards producing red and white wines you don’t find back home.
This is why the Tuscany coast and Maremma — still “undiscovered” by many Europeans and North Americans — are popular with Italian vacationers in the know. Come here and you will get a genuinely local angle on your Tuscany holiday.
At Tuscany Now & More, we have 30 years’ experience matching guests to their perfect villa. Someone from our small team visits or stays in every villa we list and knows the Tuscany coast and Maremma area — this is why we keep our portfolio small. (And probably why the world’s leading luxury travel magazine says we’re Tuscany’s best villa company.)
All our villas on the Tuscany coast have air-conditioned bedrooms — which you’ll appreciate in the warm summer months — and a few have air-conditioning throughout. Every Tuscany Now & More villa has a private swimming pool, free use of our concierge service, for pre-trip arrangements and an emergency number available 24/7 while you are in-destination. Your concierge can arrange a private chef, daily maid service, or shopping delivered to your villa, and memorable experiences like Tuscan cookery classes in your holiday rental’s kitchen.
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Tuscany’s 250 miles of coastline stretches from flat, family-friendly sands and fashionable resorts in the north, to the rocky shores, remote dunes and fishing ports of Monte Argentario and the southern Maremma — “Tuscany for the cognoscenti”, The Guardian has called it.
Pre-Roman Etruscan heritage is preserved in the landscapes, museums and tombs of the Maremma, including at a UNESCO World Heritage Site near Tarquinia, in the neighbouring Lazio region. Newly upgraded roads make for straightforward daytrips inland to Siena, for the sights of the Campo, and medieval Volterra.
All of these — and many more fascinating places, first-rate wineries and spectacular panoramas — are within easy range of our luxury villas near the Tuscany Coast.
Art and architecture; gourmet food and wine; the stone streets and scenic lookouts of a hilltop town — these are the mainstays of any itinerary when you are at one of our luxury villas in Tuscany. Staying near the Tuscany coast and Maremma adds something extra to the mix: many of Tuscany’s best beaches.
Among the favourite beaches close to our coastal villas is the Tombolo di Feniglia. These 7km (4-mile) south-facing sands occupy a narrow strip of protected land connecting Porto Ercole and the Monte Argentario peninsula with Ansedonia. Here you can relax in the shade of the Maremma’s typical parasol pines and holm oaks. Behind the dunes, the Orbetello saltwater lagoon is a popular birdwatching spot, especially when migratory flamingos arrive each winter.
Perhaps the most famous of all Tuscany beaches, Cala Violina has transparent, turquoise waters and a feeling of total wilderness. The beach is within the Bandite di Scarlino nature reserve and enclosed by forest. Cala Violina is great for families, with shallow water and plenty of trees.
The Maremma is also natural spa country. At Saturnia, 800 litres of 37°C (99 F) water gurgle to the surface every second. You can soak outdoors in thermal waters at the Cascate del Mulino. At a photogenic spot beside an old mill, a waterfall tumbles into shallow, cobalt-blue pools.
The Tuscany Coast and Maremma region has a long history of human settlement. In the craggy hill-town of Pitigliano, centuries of Jewish heritage are preserved at La Piccola Gerusalemme, a living exhibition within the old ghetto. Remains include a ritual bath and kosher bakery cut from the volcanic bedrock which supports Pitigliano.
Outside town are the vie cave, sunken pathways cut in ancient times. Some are up to 20 metres deep, but just a few paces wide. Debate rages about what the Etruscans used them for — religious processions, drainage, moving livestock? You can walk along most impressive, the Via Cava di San Giuseppe, from the roadside.
Closer to the Tuscany coast, ramparts built by Medici Grand Dukes in the 1500s surround the old centre of Grosseto. Porto Ercole has Spanish coastal forts, and is the jumping-off point for scenic, rugged coastal hiking. Scansano served for centuries as the Maremma’s summer capital. Timeworn palaces from the 15th and 16th centuries line pretty, cobbled streets.
The Maremma is also the perfect base for exploring Tuscany’s most important archaeological sites. Roaming around Roselle, north-east of Grosseto, you can make out original Etruscan walls, brick houses from 7 centuries BC and a Roman amphitheatre, built after the Romans conquered in 294 BC.
Vetulonia, north-west of Grosseto, is another former Etruscan town. The museum has finds from Etruscan and Villanovan cultures. Ancient Vetulonia lies just outside the modern village, with several tombs in its necropolis.
Just across Tuscany’s southern border at Tarquinia, the Necropolis of Monterozzi-Calvaria has the greatest collection of painted ancient Etruscan tombs in Italy. Of around 200 Etruscan tombs known to be decorated in this way, 140 are in burial grounds on a ridge just outside town. Some perspective: the underground wall art here is around five times as old as the Sistine Chapel.
Seafood rules, of course. The coast’s best menus ebb and flow to the rhythm of the daily catch.
You will find ingredients like seppie (cuttlefish, whose ink is the key ingredient in riso nero, black risotto); totani (baby squid) and salty bottarga (tuna roe), often shaved onto pasta; and riccio (sea anemone, great with linguine). Menus often feature Mediterranean mackerel; octopus, anchovies and mullet; orata (sea bream) and amberjack, a meaty game fish. At lunch, it’s hard to beat a simple fritto misto, a lightly floured mixed fry of today’s catch). Cacciucco is the iconic seafood dish of Livorno. This spicy soup-stew is little like French bouillabaisse.
Saline, mineral notes in local wine Ansonica Costa dell’Argentario DOC partner seafood perfectly. This special dry white comes from grapes (at least 85% Ansonica) grown on the islands of Elba and Giglio, or on mainland southern Tuscany. Straw-yellow to amber in colour, it is delicate, slightly fruity with tropical, citrus aromas and hints of coastal herbs.
The wine town of Bolgheri is famous worldwide for Super-Tuscan wines like Sassicaia and Ornellaia. The coast and the hills behind it also hide many niche, under-the-radar Tuscan wines. Suvereto DOCG has a growing zone close to this “Super-Tuscan” wine mecca. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot find ideal terroir. This dry, warm wine is a deep ruby-red colour, with a nose of plums, blueberries and blackberries, plus hints of spices and cedar. Pair it with game including wild boar; roast meats; or a rustic Tuscan salami.
The Maremma’s most famous wine, Morellino di Scansano comes from wild, unspoilt terrain between hills covered in olive groves. Made with a minimum 85% Sangiovese grapes, it is also ruby-red in colour with violet and purple hues. The nose has hints of redcurrant berries, wild cherries, Mediterranean herbs and even liquorice. It, too, makes a perfect partner for wild boar — a staple ingredient on every menu when you dine in restaurants up in the hills close to our Maremma villas.
Every traveller is different, so there is no such thing as the “best” villa in Tuscany; only the best Tuscany coast and Maremma holiday rental for you. When you contact Tuscany Now & More, you will talk to someone who has stayed at the villa or villas which interest you. It’s our golden rule — and why we maintain a small, specialist portfolio of just 130 handpicked villas (or so).
Our Tuscany coast and Maremma villas are popular with return visitors looking for a new experience. If you’ve seen a Chianti sunset, met David’s gaze in Florence, and climbed Pisa’s tower, you still haven’t experienced all a villa in Tuscany offers. Not even close. At a villa in the Maremma, you can explore the rolling hills of the Morellino winelands and archaeological sites of the ancient Etruscans. Excellent beaches are on your doorstep.
Staying in the Maremma will connect you with small-town Tuscan life. Aside from Tuscany’s best beaches, this part of Tuscany is off the main tourist trail. You can stroll up the road for a cappuccino in the town square or to buy freshly baked bread each morning. Eat with the locals at the village trattoria. In the evenings, you can enjoy pre-dinner aperitif or a lively night in the town bar. You get a special view of Italy: the local angle.
If you have a passion for ancient history, this is the heartland of the Etruscan world (a.k.a. “Etruria”). This pre-Roman culture left important archaeological remains (Vetulonia, Populonia, Roselle) and museums stuffed with artefacts (Grosseto, Volterra). Outside Pitigliano, the Etruscans carved a network of vie cave (open-air passages) into the soft tufa rock. Their use? That — like much of Etruscan life — remains a mystery.
If you need to be right beside the sea, also check out our collection of beach villas in Tuscany. All our luxury beach villas also have private swimming pools, air-conditioned bedrooms (some are fully air-conditioned throughout), and free use of our renowned concierge service.
When to Visit the Tuscany Coast & Maremma
Spring temperatures are pleasant over most of Tuscany, including the coast and Maremma. Between late April and May, you should expect an average daytime high of 23℃ (73℉) and a low of 11℃ (51℉) overnight — a little cooler at higher altitudes in the Maremma hills.
Summer is high season. Daytime temperatures rise to an average high of 30℃ (86℉), with 17℃ (62℉) overnight typical. This is the ideal season for relaxing by your private pool; beaches and islands can be busy in midsummer, especially around Italian holidays in mid-August. Maremma backroads, however, are quiet at almost any time of year.
Cultural festivals happen outdoors all summer long, from the Palio di Siena horserace to lots of open-air music — from jazz to the Puccini Festival, with live opera beside the composer’s lakeside home.
Despite cooler temperatures, autumn and winter in Tuscany are still lots of fun. The sun shines most days, with an average daytime high of 13℃ (55℉) and a low of 4℃ (39℉) overnight. Low season means you can enjoy Tuscany’s cities at your own pace. You can easily find a table at celebrated restaurants around the Tuscany coast and Maremma, including Bistrot in Forte dei Marmi and Da Caino in Montemerano.
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Everyone renting a villa near the Tuscany coast and Maremma with Tuscany Now & More gets free use of our renowned concierge service. If you want shopping stocked in your fridge on arrival, or a private chef to cook dinner for a special occasion, just ask. Making your holiday lettings extra-special is all part of our service. While in Tuscany, our 24-hour ground staff are available by phone or WhatsApp.
Checking in & out
You should check in at your Tuscany coast holiday rental between 4pm and 7pm. We can accommodate different arrival times — just communicate your preference in advance to our office staff. On your arrival, the villa owner or caretaker will inspect the property with you, and demo appliances, equipment and utilities.
Check-out is 10am on the last day of your holiday rental. The villa owner or caretaker will arrive at 9am to settle any outstanding payments. If you want to depart earlier, just let us know in advance.
Both the luxury villa and your private swimming pool will be cleaned prior to your arrival. Some holiday villas near the Tuscany coast and Maremma have additional cleaning and pool/garden maintenance scheduled during the week. Maid service included with our vacation rentals involves cleaning and tidying, but does not cover making beds, kitchen cleaning, laundry or ironing. Extra services can be organised via our dedicated travel concierge team.
Bed linen & towels
Our Tuscany coast holiday rentals include bed linens, bathroom and swimming pool towels for the number of booked guests. These are provided weekly. Extra services and changes can be organised with our concierges.