A Weekend at the Sea: Maremma, Isola di Giglio, and Lower Tuscany
Maremma and Lower Tuscany
Warm sunshine, fresh breezes, and great company were plentiful this past weekend as twenty-six JFRC students attended the Maremma study trip. Escaping to the south, students enjoyed the authentic, but less frequented region of Tuscany where natural thermal springs run strong and the most colorful sunsets settle over the Tyrrhenian Sea. With a rich and timeless history of ancient Etruscan roots, students learned about Etuscan influences and followed stories about powerful Tuscan families, specifically the Medici family.
Students were led by Associate Dean of Students Cindy Bomben and Student Life Assistants Anna Springer and Chandni Patel through several of the small towns that make up this underexplored area of Toscana. In Capalbio, after climbing to the top of the 12th century Tower to grab a view of traditional Tuscan landscapes on one side and the sea on the other, students explored the circular streets that wrapped entirely around Capalbio. En route to Orbetello, students and staff stopped at an archeological museum to visit the ancient settlement of Cosa, where Etruscans were defeated by Romans in 273 BC. While in Orbetello, new tastes were also discovered after trying a variety of fresh fish caught and prepared locally.
Absorbed by the sea, Saturday was spent studying Porto Santo Stefano and Giglio Island. Strolling around the port city, hiking to visit Giglio Castello and swimming in the sea were some of the activities of the day. As with every Italian tradition, especially in Tuscany, a large meal to bring the day to a beautiful end was included in the day’s activities.
On the final day of traveling through Maremma, students visited the small town of Saturnia - population of only 280. Although small in size, the beauty and uniqueness of Saturnia impressed each student. All were able to relax in the rare and naturally healing thermal springs of le Cascatelle, located outdoors and tucked away between Tuscan hills. After experiencing the outdoor springs, students spent the afternoon in thermal pools connected to the hot springs of Saturnia. Continuing the tradition of ending a great day with a great meal and great wine, students participated in a wine tasting at the Terenzi family vineyards in Scansano enjoying the rich red wine of Morellino di Scansano.