Top things to do in Grosseto
Between the provincial capitals of Tuscany, Grosseto is not among the most famous for tourism. In our view, however, the Maremma chief town worth a visit.
The small historic center of Grosseto, enclosed within the Medici walls, contains several architectural treasures and many interesting museums.
Let’s try to draw up a list of 10 things to see in Grosseto.
Chiesa di San Francesco (church of Saint Francis)
The church of Saint Francis is located in the square of San Francesco, instead of an earlier Benedictine building. The curch (13th century) has a sober facade is opened from portal, embellished with a fresco in the Lunette, and a rose window. The Interior, with a nave, preserves a crucifix on panel (about 1285) of uncertain attribution (hypothesis: Duccio di Buoninsegna, Maestro di Badia a Isola and Guido di Graziano).
Museo archeologico e d’arte della Maremma (Museum of archaeology and art of the Maremma)
The museum is located in Piazza Baccarini 3, in the building that was once the court. The exhibition is divided into five sections (40 halls), It traces the history of the Maremma from prehistoric to modern times through archaeological remains and works of art. Very important is the section dedicated to the ancient Etruscan town of Roselle that was founded during the iron age.
June-September: Tuesday-Friday: 10.00-18.00; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 10.00-13.00 e 17.00-20.00
October-Marcho: Tuesday-Friday: 9.00-14.00; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 10.00-13.00 e 16.00-19.00
April-May: Tuesday-Friday: 9.30-16.00; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 10.00-13.00 e 16.00-19.00
Closed on: Monday, 25 December, 1sy January and 1st May.
Tickets: regular 5 euros; reduced 2,50 euros
Museo Diocesano di Arte Sacra (Diocesan Museum of sacred art)
The Museo d’Arte Sacra is located on the top floor of the building that also houses the archaeological museum. The collection is composed mainly by works from the churches of the Diocese of Grosseto.
Among these: Giudizio Universale (13th century) attributed to Guido da Siena and Madonna delle Ciliege (Madonna of cherries) (half of 15th century) made by Stefano di Giovanni also known as “II Sassetta“.
Chiesa di San Pietro (church of Saint Peter)
Located in Corso Carducci, the main street of the city centre, the church of Saint Peter is the oldest of Grosseto. Although it has been extensively remodeled over the centuries and surrounded by new buildings, the church (romanesque style) still retains some of its original features.
Duomo di San Lorenzo (the cathedral)
Started in 1294, the Duomo was completed in the 15th century before being rebuilt on several occasions. It has romanesque and gothic elements. The masonry consists of bands of white marble alternated with bands of red thinner marble. The Interior, Latin cross with three naves, contains some interesting works as the stoup (1506), the baptismal font (1470) and the altar of the Madonna delle Grazie.
Piazza Dante Alighieri (Dante Alighieri Square)
To the right of the Cathedral and contiguous with its square opens Piazza Dante Alighieri. At the center of the square stands a statue in honor of Leopold II and alla around there are many beautiful buildins with their collonades.
Also known as Palazzo della Provincia, Palazzo Aldobrandeschi stands in the place of the old Palazzo del Podestà. In fact, although it is in neo-Gothinc style with reference to medieval Siena, this building was built between 1900 and 1903.
The walls of Grosseto
The first walls were built during the rule of Siena, later, when Grosseto became part of the Granducato di Toscana (Grand Duchy of Tuscany) (16th century), the walls were rebuilt and moderinzed by Grand Duke Francesco I de’ Medici. At that time the walls were equipped with six corner bastions, one of which, on the East Side, is occupied by a Fort that incorporate the old sienese castle.
A further change occurred in the nineteenth century when the walls, now without a real military function, were adapted in order to accommodate avenues and public gardens. Today you can walk along the full length of the walls which measures just under three kilometres.
Museo di storia naturale della Maremma (Natural history museum of Maremma)
The Museum is designed as a meeting place between scientific community and general public. Through the long exhibition, on two floors, and thanks to the educational activities proposed, the museum explores issues related to natural habitats and the natural world in general.
16 september-14 june: Tuesday-Friday 9.00–13.00; Saturday9.00–13.00 e 16.00–20.00; Sunday and Holidays 16.00–20.00
15 june-15 semptember: Tuesday-Friday 9.00–13.00; Saturday: 10.00-13.00 e 17.00-20.00; Sunday and Holidays 17.00-20.00
Closed on Monday
Tickets: regular 5 euro; reduced 3 euro; schools 2 euro; families 12 euro
La Fortezza Medicea (The Medici Fortress)
The fortress is made up of several buildings constructed during the 16th century around the Sienese Castle (1344-1345).
The complex occupies one of the bastions on the eastern side of the city walls. This pentagonal fortress has two bastions facing the city, it’s clear that this structure was designed as a defence also against internal attacks.