You would think that a place whose name includes the adjective “marittima” or maritime would be on the beach. Think again. Civitella Marittima on the map actually shows up as a fraction of Civitella Paganico, a comune that also includes Pari, Paganico and Petriolo (as well as other places that do not begin with “P”).
Civitella is a small town (population circa 400) and an exit on the Siena-Grosseto superstrada. This location makes it convenient for visits to Siena, Pienza, and Montalcino; the beauties of the Monte Amiata area, and the whole of Maremma. It’s about 50 minutes’ drive to the coast where you can enjoy the beach at Castiglione della Pescaia or Marina di Grosseto, or drive further south to the natural park at Alberese.
We went there recently for dinner with friends and took a few pictures around the town, which looks like a typical town of the Maremma.
Where to stay in the area of Civitella Paganico
There’s a list of hotels and agriturismo‘s on the official website which happens to be beautifully designed.
Stay at our friend Gloria’s little Casina di Rosa, recently restored and with the best hosts you can imagine.
The Locanda nel Cassero comes highly recommended and also has a slow food restaurant.