Secret seaside: Parco Naturale della Maremma


One of my favourite stretches of unspoilt Italian coastline lies within the Maremma – a long coastal swathe in southern Tuscany that for centuries was a malarial swamp populated only by a few hardy fishermen and the local cattle rangers known as butteri. The Medici began draining the marshes in the 18th century, but the […]


Tuscany without tears


At the onset of their tempestuous affair in 1962, Richard Burton and Liz Taylor escaped from the set of Cleopatra in Rome, dodged the paparazzi (as well as their respective spouses) and headed up the coast to Monte Argentario. They considered that this unspoilt seaside enclave on the Tuscan coast was the ideal place for […]