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Grosseto is the official capital of the same name province in Tuscany and an unofficial capital of the Maremma region. The population of this city is about seventy thousand.

The history of Grosetto is closely connected with the name of Medici, who were the most powerful family of the Italian Renaissance. This name is not only well-known in Tuscany, but also it has a great importance for the world culture and politics in general. Monumental walls, which were built around the old center by their order, have remained intact in memory of them.

Grosseto's image has kept features of the distant Middle Ages. The Cathedral of San Lorenzo is located on central Dante Square (Piazza Dante). It was built on the place of a demolished Roman fortress in 1294. The cathedral is an excellent example of Italian Gothic. You can't help admiring its facade, coated with alternating stripes of pink and white marble. The old building was restored in 1855.

Not far from the Cathedral you can find the Provincial Government Palace, which was built in 1900.

There is one more attraction to visit in Grosetto. It is a Franciscan church of the XIII century. Here it's worth drawing your attention to the crucifix as well as to the remains of the ancient XIV century frescoes.

The monument to Leopold II is located on the central square. It was built as the acknowledgement of his implementation of the Maremma bog drainage program. Land amelioration had a great impact on industrial development as drainage not only allowed to open up new lands, but also rescued local residents from the constant threat of malaria. Leopold is portrayed trampling on a snake as a symbol of the conquered disease.

While in Grosseto, you should definitely visit the Archaeological and Art Museum of Maremma (Museo Archeologico e d'Arte della Maremma), which is located on Beccarini Square (Piazza Beccarini). It possesses the most significant collection of the Etruscan artifacts in the province.


The Festival of the Thrush in Montalcino 2012
The festival of the thrush or Sagra del Tordo is held in the old Tuscan town of Montalcino on the last October weekend. Thousands of tourists go to Montalcino while the festival. If you want to see the festival of the thrush, you should take care of accommodation in Montalcino in advance. It’s better to come a bit earlier for the festival. On the day of the competition, you will have to leave your car far away in the valley and walk a couple of kilometers up. Don’t forget to ask your landlords to help you buy tickets for the ceremonial dinner and the tournament.
Tuscany: Gastronomic Festivals in October
Towns and villages of Tuscany hold various gastronomic festivals regularly from May to October. These events are dedicated to some product or dish typical for this area. Usually such festivals are organized on days-off. Sometimes they last for a couple of weekends. Fairs are often combined with diverse entertainment program. The October of 2011 offers a number of gastronomic events in Tuscany.
Tarot Garden
The Tarot garden as a work of art is a combination of landscape design, sculpture and architecture. The garden is located on the southern slope of the Garavicchio hill in the Tuscan Maremma, a few kilometers away from the town of Capalbio. The Franko-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle created it.