Orbetello

Orbetello is situated in the middle of a beautiful coastal lagoon.


OrbetelloOrbetello is situated in the middle of a beautiful coastal lagoon. The small island where it stands is surrounded by the Levante and Ponente Lagoon, known respectively as the Tombolo della Feniglia and the Tombolo della Giannella, and offer visitors many kilometers of wonderful beaches.
Orbetello is a lively and busy town whose principal resource has always been fishing, in fact, local seafood recipes are widely considered to be the best in the Maremma. Today Orbetello has also become a popular tourist destination, thanks to the beauty of the surrounding sea and beaches, the splendid natural reserve, “Laguna di Orbetello” and the various comfortable and modern accomodations, including camp sites.
Visit OrbetelloRuins found in the area indicate that Orbetello was first settled by the Etruscans. It was then dominated by the Roman Empire, who renamed the city: Orvelus, Urva Tellus and later Urbis Tellus. Because of its particular geographical position, Orbetello has always been a desirable conquest, not only by noble Italian families, but by foreign states as well. After it passed from the Orsini family to Republic of Siena in 1555, it was occupied by the Spanish who declared it the capital of the ‘Stato dei Presidi’ and proceeded to build massive fortifications. After a long history of domination by various foriegn countries, including Austria, it finally joined to the Grand duchy of Tuscany, in 1815.
The town of Orbetello today demonstrates this amazing history with the varied but stunning monuments, which remain as testaments of the various occupations. The antique centre has obvious Roman, Italian, Spanish and Austrian influences, making it a place of significant historical and cultural beauty.
There are also many places of interest in the area surrounding Orbetello. The port of Talamone, a picturesque and unique fishing village situated on a rocky promontory, was built around a 15th century citadel, from which there are spectacular views of the coast and islands today. The modern and popular holiday resort, Ansedonia. Which is well known for its beauty and stunning archeological site of the ruins of the city of Cosa, an important Roman colony. And the “Tagliata Etrusca,” a canal cut in the rock near the Spacco della Regina. This canal, constucted in Etruscan times, holds a deep and mysterious cavern which seems almost mythological and is amazing to behold.

Discover Orbetello :
the Cathedral ,built upon the ruins of an Etruscan temple and renovated in 1375
Lungomare delle Crociere is a romantic promenade reminding the flights across the Atlantic in the thirties; La Rocca , built in the XII century.
The core of Orbetello historic centre is Corso Italia, the main road and meeting point of its inhabitants.

Natural Reserve of the Orbetello Lagoon
Natural Reserve of the Orbetello LagoonThe Natural Reserve of the Orbetello Lagoon is situated about twenty kilometres north of the Lake of Burano and it surrounds completely the town of Orbetello.

This Lagoon is again marshy but fresh water flows in it and all around you will see small islands made of lime.

Orbetello Lagoon us the second one in Italy, a WWF Oasis, is situated along one of the most important migratory routes.
An untouched environment made up by the lagoon, a sandy tombolo, with the maquis, a pine grove, cultivated fields, which hosts a rich fauna consisting of about 200 species of water fowls, with pink flamingos, ducks, herons, grebes and seagulls.

Orbetello : Natural Reserve of the Orbetello LagoonIn order to admire this splendid Oasis, the WWF organizes guided tours along the “nature paths” fitted out with observation spots and huts equipped with illustrative signs.


Oasi della Laguna: tel./fax 0564/870198
Casale Della Giannella: tel./fax 0564/820297


Orbetello: discover the surroundings

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Accommodations in the area


    • Castiglione della Pescaia (Grosseto)
    • 50 km from Orbetello

    Villa Roccamare

    Beautiful and characteristic villa with stone finishes located in the exclusive Roccamare area in Castiglione della Pescaia.
    Surrounded by the green of the pine forest and the total privacy with 2000 sqm park equipped with relaxation area and barbecue is located about 400 meters from the sea and has a private beach.

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    • Castiglione della Pescaia (Grosseto)
    • 56 km from Orbetello

    Villa Punta Ala

    Beautiful villa with swimming pool surrounded by greenery and tranquility of the exclusive tourist destination Punta Ala and small attic used as service personnel only 300 meters from the sea of Tuscany.
    This ideal solution for those who want to spend their holidays near the beautiful sea of Punta Ala with the comforts of an exclusive villa.

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    • Montepulciano (Siena)
    • 90 km from Orbetello

    Agriturismo le Caggiole

    Immersed in the verdant countryside around the noble town of Montepulciano, that boasts ancient Etruscan origins, Le Caggiole Estate is perfectly located for exploring Tuscany's most prized treasures.
    In a relaxing and cosy atmosphere uests are offered three comfortable, quiet double rooms with private bathrooms and two comfortable apartments for two persons and for small family groups.

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    • Castagneto Carducci (Livorno)
    • 95 km from Orbetello

    Podere Vignanova

    Podere Vignanova, little charming resort in Tuscany, in one of the more enchanting corners of the Etruscan coast, where vineyards with wines which are conquering the world.
    Surrounded by important vineyards in Castagneto hills the farm holding includes an old country house which hosts 4 comfortable flats and 4 delightful suites.

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    • Siena (Siena)
    • 99 km from Orbetello

    Agriturismo Marciano

    Agriturimo Marciano : an exlusive opportunity, two holidays at the place of only one. stay in the country and life downtown. Marciano is located near the walls of the Middle Age town of Siena.
    Five confortable double rooms and a suite with a beautiful sight on the Siena Duomo

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    • Colle Val D'Elsa (Siena)
    • 108 km from Orbetello

    La Pieve

    La Pieve, charming farmhouse located on the hills of Val d'Elsa, between Volterra and San Gimignano, along the Via Francigena, in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, with its luxuriant nature and rich history.
    Framed by olive trees and a wood, it fosters a direct dialogue with nature in complete relaxation where they contemplate and enjoy the stillness in private and unique spaces.

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    • Colle Val D'Elsa (Siena)
    • 110 km from Orbetello

    Relais della Rovere

    The Relais Della Rovere is a charming hotel created from the conversion of an ancient Benedictine abbey and a papal villa of the Renaissance period.
    Set in Colle Val d'Elsa, in the heart of the Chianti area, it is strategically located among Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and Volterra.

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 114 km from Orbetello

    Agriturismo Villa il Palagetto

    Agriturismo Villa il Palagetto located in the vicinity of the medieval centre of San Gimignano, nestled in the rolling hills of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside.
    Provides comfortable accommodation in 6 double bedrooms and two Suites

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 114 km from Orbetello

    B&B la Fornace di Racciano

    La Fornace di Racciano is a lovely Bed&Breakfast a short distance from the historical centre of medieval San Gimignano. It consists of a typical Tuscan country house surrounded by a large flowery garden.
    La Fornace di Racciano consists of seven comfortable rooms and four apartments, two of which are located in the ancient hamlet of Racciano.

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 117 km from Orbetello

    Agriturismo la Lucciolaia

    In the vicinity of the medieval centre of San Gimignano, nestled in the rolling hills of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside, Agriturismo La Lucciolaia is perfectly located for exploring Tuscany's most prized art towns.
    This ancient farmhouse has been recently renovated and divided into eleven double rooms and two Suites, where the magic atmosphere of past times is perfectly blended with modern comforts.

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