Oases and natural parks in Maremma

If you spend a few days in the Maremma region, you can have different kinds of holidays, not just the “seaside” and the “cultural” ones. Thanks to not just one but two WWF oases and a natural park, you can have a “nature immersion” holiday.

We start from Orbetello where we can find the WWF natural oasis, situated in the lagoon area. Inside the oasis (850 hectares of which 300 of brackish lagoon) you can observe different animal species: from flamingos to foxes, ospreys, great white herons, badgers and porcupines. The observation spots, several itineraries and the information/educational material that are made available to visitors make the oasis accessible to all those who want to discover something new about this fascinating world.
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open from 1st September to 30th April, free visits starting from Loc. Ceriolo, Saturday and Sunday from 9,30 to 1.30 pm. Closes at 3.30 pm.] 

North of Magliano, you will find the Maremma Natural Park, which extends for 15 miles along the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Tuscan Archipelago National Park. This park, which includes both hilly and flat areas, offers several itineraries that can be followed without the help of a guide (after buying a ticket at the visitors’ centre in Località Alberese). Trekking shoes and an anorak are recommended (the weather can be changeable). If you are visiting during the summer months, you should also bring some water and a hat. The park is open all year round.

Finally, you can visit the Burano Lake Nature Reserve: originally a shooting ground, it was turned into WWF’s first oasis (today there are over 100 of them). Located at the southern point of the Grosseto part of Maremma, in the Municipality of Capalbio, it extends between Ansedonia and the Chiarone river. Its symbol is the tower of Buranaccio; this, however, cannot be visited, as it is privately owned. An important characteristic of the oasis is that it acts as an important intersection for the wintering of migratory birds; it also hosts several sedentary species. Amongst the numerous species that can be observed in this oasis, you can find flamingos, wild ducks, grey herons, marsh harriers, ospreys, deers, porcupines, land turtles and many others.

To get to Burano Lake by car, you must take the Aurelia road from Grosseto, southbound, towards Rome; when you arrive at “Km 131” you turn at the junction for Capalbio Scalo and once you go past the level crossing on the left, follow directions for the WWF oasis.

If you are arriving by train, get off at Capalbio Scalo station, and you can reach the visitors’ centre by foot.