The Regional Park of Maremma
is one of the most interesting and most visited protected areas in Tuscany
. Established in 1975, it covers 9800 hectares. It includes the plain at the mouth of the Ombrone
River, a beautiful pine forest and the limestone backbone of the Uccellina
, culminating in the 417 meters at Poggio Lecci. Covered with dense Mediterranean scrub and scattered with medieval towers, the hills of the Maremma Park host large and small mammals and bird colonies. There's also the presence of horses and cattle bred in Maremma.
Among the most interesting man-made monuments is the Abbey of St. Rabano
, founded by the Benedictines, fortified in 1321 in anticipation of the barbarian raids, and destroyed in the fifteenth century by the Sienese
The central zone of the protected area is reached by using the resources of the park which connect to the center of the Pratini Alberese with the village, from which you can walk along four marked routes. There are also everyday paths: the two paths of the Alberese wildlife-forest, the ring of Bocca d'Ombrone and the two paths of the slope of Talamone.