Capalbio, more than just sea
Capalbio is a renowned Tuscan sea resort, which fortunately has not yet been crowded with tourists; it’s the perfect place, then, for spending a relaxing vacation amidst the silent and enchanting nature of Maremma.
Capalbio, concentric and round-shaped as a typical medieval village with the main central tower and the external protecting walls, reminds of the old times, when the surrounding landscape of Maremma was anything but a welcoming place.
The typical beaches of this side of Tuscany, where the wild nature of Maremma melts into sea creating a landscape of rare beauty (like Chiarone beach, one of the most famous of the coastline in the province of Grosseto) come up by the side of salty and lake stretches of water, like Buriano and San Floriano lakes, which are natural protected areas for thier varied biodiversity.
The garden of Tarots
One of the most renowned and interesting attractions of Capalbio is the Garden of Tarots by the artist Niki de Saint-Phalle, a thematic and sculpture park inspired to the more famous Parc Guell of Antoni Gaudì in Barcelona. The twenty-two monumental and coloured sculptures, based on the esoteric tarots, are made of reinforced concrete and covered with mirrors and ceramic mosaics; they can be walked through along the suite profile of the hills where the park has been built on.
Capalbio is also renowned for the Capalbio Cinema International Short Film Festival, which for twenty years now has been a long awaited event taking place in varied location of and close to the village. It’s an international exhibition dedicated to Italian and foreign art film which was created by Michelangelo Antonioni in 1994.
How to get there
Car is by far the easiest and most useful mean of transport both for getting there and around Capalbio: the Aurelia highway connecting Livorno, Piombino and Rosignano to Rome throughout Maremma passes just through the villlage. In Capalbio there’s a rail station for local destinations only; to reach other destinations, there’s a train station in Orbetello, easily reachable by bus also.