Albarese | Parco Naturale delle Maremma


Colline Metallifere

la costa Toscana

Walking along the Tuscan coast

Crete Senesi

Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore



Montagnola Senese

         Walking in the Montagnola senese


Monte Amiata

         Walking on Monte Amiata





          Fonti di Siena



Val d'Elsa

Val d'orcia




          San Quirico d'Orcia


          Walking in the Val d'Orcia

Val di Chiana



Valle d'Ombrone








La Costa Toscana

Ansedonia, Torre e forte della Tagliata 01


The Tagliata Tower, or the Puccini Tower [1]

Toscana, Galleria di immagini  

The Tagliata Tower, or the Puccini Tower


Puccini 'also had his eye on a winter retreat: the ancient fort of Torre della Tagliata in a remote part of the Tuscan Maremma (' 1O metres from the sea, ... plenty of hunting and fishing, ... climate: Montecarlo, because it's sheltered by the hill of Ansedonia, ... altogether a real delight." By October 1919 he had completed the purchase and was able to move in after Christmas. Bur his delight was of short duration. Within a year he was inveighing against the desolation, the stink of the marshes, and, above all, the debilitating 'scirocco'. In 1922 he put the property up for sale.'[Julian Budden, Puccini: His Life And Works, New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. ]

The historical complex of the Tagliata Tower, or the Puccini Tower, is an historical landmark in this area and sits directly on the beach.
The composer Giacomo Puccini lived in this spanish tower during the last years of his life. He began writing the Turandot opera here.

Giacomo Puccini, an ardent hunter and fisherman (cacciatore e pescatore), loved the wild marsh land of the Maremma. In 1920 he bought the crumbling tower (torre franante) on the windblown beach and became friends with the men of the local Guardia di Finanza (a branch of the police), his only neighbors whose caserma (barracks) were next door.


Puccini died of complications of throat cancer treatment before completing Turandot, although he left dozens of pages of notes for its end. At its premiere at La Scala on April 25, 1926, a year and five months after his death, Toscanini put down his baton in the middle of Act III and said to the audience, “Here the opera ends because at this point the Maestro died.”

What lives on to this day is Turandot’s most famous aria, Nessun Dorma:

Nessun dorma! Nessun dorma!
Tu pure, o, Principessa nella tua fredda stanza,
guardi le stelle che tremano d'amore e di speranza.
Ma il mio mistero è chiuso in me,
il nome mio nessun saprà! …
Dilegua, o notte!
Tramontate, stelle! Tramontate, stelle!
All'alba vincerò! vincerò, vincerò!


Nobody shall sleep! Nobody shall sleep!
Even you, oh Princess, in your cold room,
watch the stars, that tremble with love and with hope.
But my secret is hidden within me, my name no one shall know...
Vanish, oh night! Set, stars! Set, stars!
At dawn, I will win! I will win! I will win![1]


  Torre Puccini
The Puccini Tower
[Photo Matteo Vinattieri]

Puccini composed in Torre del Lago his main operas, among which Tosca (1900), Madama Butterfly (1904), La Fanciulla del West (1910), La Rondine (1917) and Il Trittico (1918).
The Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago is the only one in the world dedicated to the composer Giacomo Puccini. It takes place every summer during the months of July and August.
A deep love lasting over thirty years linked Giacomo Puccini to the charming hamlet of Torre del Lago, which then was then renamed Torre del Lago Puccini to the pride of all its inhabitants.

Events in Tuscany | The Puccini Festival

Lago di Burano and Tombola di Feniglia | Walking in Tuscany, itineraries between sea and mountains

Tombolo di Feniglia


This protected area, the Tombola di Feniglia, is known for its long sandy beach lined with pines and protected lagoons for birds including herons, pink Flamingos and Corsican Seagulls.

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Riserva Naturale della Laguna di Orbetello (Grosseto) (it)

The best beaches in Italy | Tuscany Beaches in Maremma | From Principina a Mare to Ansedonia

Maremma's natural heritage |

Parco Regionale della Maremma | The Towers |


ature reserves and beaches | The Tuscan and Etruscan coast


Album Cosa | Galería fotográfica


Cosa07   Panorama con Torre della Tagliata (Torre Puccini) dal Porto di Cosa (GR)   Cosa10
Capitolium - front, Cosa  

La porta di Cosa


  Vista da Cosa verso la costa di Vulci
  Cosa08   Porto di Cosa (GR)

Map of Cosa, second century BCE


  Cosa, celle   Cosa, porta

Tuscan farmhouses | Podere Santa Pia


Vulci, Castello della Badia
The oasis Vulci extends along the river Fiora, where a water fall has originated a small lake, lago Pellicone, where it is possible to bathe.

From the sea in a pine wood on the borders of the Parco Naturale della Maremma


Marina di Albarese

The most famous part of the Maremma is the Parco Naturale della Maremma, otherwise known as the Parco dell'Uccellina

Principina a Mare

The Ombrone River located along the coast of Maremma Grossetana, where it flows into the Tyrrhenian Sea in Principina a Mare.

Maps available in Podere Santa Pia

Kompass 651 (2005), Maremma, Argentario, Grosseto, Isola del Gigilo 1 : 50 000.
Edizioni Multigraphic, Parco di Montioni - Alta Maremma 1 : 25 000.


[1] Foto daSailko, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license