We'd like to think of ourselves as rather savvy when it comes to Italy, having married in Tuscany and having visited a dozen times throughout the last decade. But when a friend recommended we visit the Maremma region during our 10th anniversary trip to Tuscany this past autumn, we were intrigued. Maremma? Seen it on maps, never really paid it much mind.
Names like Pitigliano, Sorano and Manciano don’t usually roll off the tip of one’s tongue when talking Tuscan hill towns. Same goes for wines and cuisine from Maremma.
But that's what motivated us to visit – unknown, hidden, maybe even a little bit wild.
Check out the audio slideshow below to find out what we found: a grape festival, trademark hill towns, terrific food and wine. We're almost afraid to say too much. When you find something this peaceful, this untouched, you think, “I might just keep this one for myself.”
Special thanks goes to Juilio Detto for introducing us to his home region, the Commune of Manciano for putting us up at La Rocca dei Briganti agriturismo, and La Filanda Restaurant for welcoming us into their kitchen with our cameras and endless questions.