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Grosseto and Maremma Box: Le Macchie Alte

The natural thermal baths of Saturnia are a small paradise in the heart of the Maremma: a series of terraces made into pools containing sulphur, which invigorate travellers in these enchanting lands. Right here, on hills as yellow as the sun that are heated for most of the year, we find an agritourism, one of the very first to open in all of Italy, back in the late 1980s. A truly pioneering work, the one that the owner Giovanni put in place, a happy intuition that then paved the way for an infinity of other structures scattered throughout Tuscany, which were inspired by this model calibrated on the balance between nature and relaxation.

The Maremma hinterland and its landscapes, the nearby villages, including Montemerano, as well as the famous thermal waters, have made it possible to spread the culture of agritourism, to which Giovanni has added the production of some food and wine products for about twenty years. We have chosen one that is particularly representative of the Maremma: wild boar ragout. The tradition of Maremma cuisine dictates that it should be cooked in a certain way, respecting the long cooking times and, once at the table, savouring all its flavour, perhaps with a good glass of Morellino di Scansano. Wild boar farming is practised with the utmost respect for the environment, which includes vast wooded areas where these animals reproduce in large numbers. We are in the southernmost part of Tuscany, in the area most devoted to green and wild nature: close your eyes for a moment and open them again in the midst of a dreamlike panorama, where you can rediscover the ancient pleasure of relaxing, perhaps in front of a good dish of pasta with wild boar ragout.