Talamone, a Maremma village between sea and history
Talamone is a small coastal village of Maremma part of the municipality of Orbetello. Very ancient hamlet, was etruscan before and then roman, during the Middle Ages was governed by the Aldobrandeschi until it was conquered by Siena in the 14th century. The history of the city include two particularly significant events: the first one was an important battle between Romans and Celts in 225 B.C.; the second episode is connected with Garibaldi and the Expedition of the Thousand that stopped here in 1860 to make supplies before going in the south of Italy.
What to do in Talamone
First of all, we have to talk about the sea. Talamone is a very popular seaside resort. Specifically, the Bay of Talamone is particularly appreciated by who love the sailing sports. If you are siete passionate about windsurf, sailing and kitesurf, this is the right place for you.
The Parco della Maremma
Not far from Talamone there is one of accesses to the Parco della Maremma. It’s a vast protected area that extends north of the village for about 100 square kilometers. Mostly occupied by the Mountains of Uccellina, the park encloses various ecosystems and also some archaeological sites that document the presence of man since prehistoric times.
Official Web site
The fortress is the most important building of the hamlet. Built by the Aldobrandeschi but then rebuilt by Siena (end of the 16th century), it is an excellent point of sight on the sea. The fortress has a rectangular structure with four corner towers, one of which, the one further north, bigger than the other.
Acquario della laguna di Orbetello
The Aquarium is dedicated to the various aspects of the nearby lagoon of Orbetello. In addition to various insights on the complex ecosystem and wildlife of this lagoon, are also on display numerous traditional instruments used by fishermen in the area.
Address: via Nizza 24
Opening hours: saturday and sunday 9.00-13.00
Tickets: regular 3 euro; reduced (children 6-14 years old) 2 euro; free until 6 years
Temple and Tower of Talamonaccio
At the opposite end of the Bay of Talamone (on the east side) are a short distance from each other an ancient Etruscan Temple (in ruins) and a lookout tower. From this temple (4th century B.C.) come the famous fronton depicting the history of the “seven against Thebes” that is now preserved in Orbetello.
How to get to Talamone
By car: take the SS1 Aurelia till the exit Fonteblanda/Talamone
By train: there is a train station colled Talamone hat is actually located in the near village of Fonteblanda