There’s no doubt, the Maremma is to be explored. Probably its modest roots are what render this land an essential place; at first glance it can seem a bit bleak, yet a place offering interesting glimpses. Even when you least expect it.
Throw open your map and head out to the countryside!
We are located in Magliano in Tuscany, just outside the city walls.
Getting to Magliano is easy; the territory is generous in terms of road signs. Actually, you’ll find a brown tourist “San Bruzio” sign just outside the beautiful village. Just 100 meters later, on the left, even if you get distracted, you can’t miss this archeological site. We are in the 11th Century and San Bruzio or “San Tiburzio,” as it was called, is one of the Maremma’s finest Roman monuments. Its ruins, through which today the Sun shines, the wind and rain blow uninterrupted as a testimony of an ancient church, a very important religious center, in which a monastery was born and developed. Begun around 1000 AD by Benedictine monks and finished near the end of the 12th Century, a part of the presbytery remains intact: the apse, the two transept wings and the octagonal lantern which hosted the dome, of which there is no trace, just as not a trace is left of the nave, the vertical segment of a Latin cross layout.
What remains of this monastery is immersed in the countryside typical to the Maremma. Lines of olive trees frame it; the hay bales all around fill the air with that typically summer fragrance. There is a parking lot out front; kids can run freely - as the street, with its dangers, is far away; your dog can enjoy moments of total independence, and you, if you bring a blanket and a good bottle of wine, could enjoy an excellent aperitif, maybe even at sunset when the low light, shining through the dome, offers such magical and evocative colors.