The Upper Maremma is the northernmost territory of the Maremma, which extends into the provinces of Livorno and Pisa, starting from Rosignano Marittimo up to the Val di Cornia near Piombino. The great poet Dante identified its beginning from the course of the Cecina river.
In past centuries it was a marshy and barren area. Today, thanks to the reclamation of Grand Duke Leopold II at the beginning of the nineteenth century, the Upper Maremma has become a cozy territory, famous for its excellent wines (Bolgheri and Val di Cornia above all ), the beaches, the pine forests of the Etruscan Coast and the villages overlooking the sea on the rolling hills.
In terms of landscape, the views of the Alta Maremma offer photographers a fantastic mix of sea, rural landscape, and historic villages. The hills are just a few kilometers from the sea, and you can photograph a splendid sunset over the sea with a vineyard, an olive tree, or the architecture of a village in the foreground.
They are the places where I was born and where I still live. I love traveling the country roads with my bicycle, and every time I discover a tree, a vineyard, a cottage, or a landscape to photograph. Since it's close to my house, I can go back there in the best months, when the light is magical, and the landscape has fantastic colors.
Just as it is magnificent to get lost in the labyrinth of narrow streets of villages such as Casale Marittimo, Castagneto Carducci, Montescudaio, Suvereto, and Campiglia Marittima or in the beauty of the Mediterranean vegetation and the dunes of the Tombolo di Cecina Nature Reserve with its centenarian pines or that of the Coastal park of Rimigliano between San Vincenzo and Baratti.