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Grosseto: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening

Among the cities located in southern Tuscany, Grosseto stands out for being one of the oldest but also one of the most beautiful: the historic center is in fact entirely enclosed within a wall dating back to the twelfth century and almost intact up to the present day (very few other Italian cities have this characteristic: among the most famous Bergamo, Lucca, Ferrara). In addition to the walls and fortifications scattered around the city perimeter, however, Grosseto is also rich in other monuments and places of interest, including churches, medieval palaces and villas with splendid gardens that make it an ideal destination to discover on the occasion of a weekend away. Here what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening in Grosseto.



Index

  1. 10 things to see in Grosseto in a weekend
  2. What to see in Grosseto in one day: recommended itinerary
  3. Where to eat in Grosseto: the best restaurants
  4. What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Grosseto
  5. Plan your stay in Grosseto: info and useful tips
  6. User questions and comments

10 things to see in Grosseto in a weekend

1 - Cathedral of San Lorenzo

Also known as the Cathedral of Grosseto, the Cathedral of San Lorenzo it is the main place of worship in the city, located right in Piazza Dante (the most important town square). Built in the place where the Pieve di Santa Maria once stood, the church was built towards the beginning of the 1300s and then underwent Renaissance and Baroque revisions and modifications over time (the latest changes date back to the mid-1800s). The external facade is characterized by a two-tone white-red color and from Gothic-style forms, including a large rose window in the upper central part. Inside, however, the Cathedral has a Latin cross plant, with three naves divided between them by pillars and cross vaults. The Mascioni pipe organ and the baptismal font, located in the left aisle, are very beautiful



  • starting from the Municipality, you can get there on foot in less than a minute. From the train station instead it takes 15 minutes passing through via Mameli, via Matteotti and finally Corso Carducci - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • Free

2 - Church of San Pietro

If the Cathedral is the most important church in the city, the Church of San Pietro it is instead the oldest place of worship in all of Grosseto. Positioned along Corso Carducci, where the ancient Via Aurelia once ran, this church seems to date back to the eighth century, despite having undergone structural changes and interventions until around 1600. The external part, bare and with very simple architectural lines, it is characterized by few elements including four bas-reliefs datable between the Byzantine period and the late Middle Ages (one of which represents a palmette plant motif). The interiors, on the other hand, are quite bare, since the original Romanesque elements were lost during the various renovations. However, the single-nave environment still conveys a feeling of grandeur and austerity.

  • from the town it is just 2 minutes walk. From the station instead it is just over 10 minutes following via Mameli and then via Matteotti - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • Free

3 - Walls of Grosseto

One of the most famous attractions in the city of Grosseto is undoubtedly the beautiful walls that enclose the historic center. It is nothing less than one of the best examples of perfectly preserved walls still present in Italy (the most primitive part was built in the th century). The walls of Grosseto have a very characteristic hexagonal shape, wanted by the De 'Medici family, who, having taken control of the city from the Sienese, commissioned the engineer Baldassari Lanci to design the new walls, which will later be enlarged again with the coming of the Lorraine to power.



  • the walls surround the historic center and are therefore easily visible as soon as you arrive in the city - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • Free

4 - Church and Piazza di San Francesco

Another religious building among the best known in Grosseto is the Church of San Francesco, consecrated in 1289 when the Franciscans took possession of the building, rebuilt in place of an ancient church dedicated to San Fortunato. Outside the church has a small rose window and a lunette above the door in which a fresco of Saints Francis of Assisi and Lorenzo by Carducci is represented. Inside, however, characterized by the presence of a single nave, there is a beautiful Wooden crucifix attributed to the expert hand of Duccio di Boninsegna. If you have time, also visit the nearby convent with its beautiful cloister, as well as the square of the same name, overlooked by the old city hospital.

  • in fact, it separates you from the Municipality just under 3 minutes on foot, from the Station instead you arrive in just over 10 minutes following the signs for the center - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • Free

5 - Cassero del Sale

In addition to the walls and the many places of worship, Grosseto is also known for the historic buildings that teem with the urban fabric. One of these is the Cassero del Sale (or Cassero Senese): built in the th century near the Porta Vecchia, this palace it served as a collection and distribution point for salt which was extracted from the nearby coast. The extraction of salt was in fact favored by the mild and scarcely rainy climate typical of these places. Today, the building looks like a rectangular-shaped building, divided into two floors and further subsections.



  • starting from the station it is necessary to follow via Matteotti for about 15 minutes; from the town hall instead it takes only 2 minutes, walking along via Ricasoli - Get directions
  • always accessible. Unfortunately, much of the building has now become a private home, for this reason, it is not possible to visit it inside but it is necessary to observe it from the outside, in particular from the small but picturesque Piazza del Sale.

6 - Teatro degli Industri

The Teatro degli Industri is the historic theater of the city of Grosseto: dating back to 1819 (when the hall housed just over 500 people), it was rebuilt several times due to continuous changes of ownership, as well as a serious flood, which occurred in the mid-1900s. Today the theater is on two levels and the main facade, covered with white plaster, is characterized by three entrance doors with round arches and pilasters. Finally returned to its original glory, the Teatro degli Industri in recent years it has resumed its function as a cultural meeting point for the city, with particular attention paid to theatrical prose.

  • a few steps from the Municipality, it is just a 2-minute walk following via Manin and then turning onto via Mazzini. From the station, however, we advise you to head towards the center along via Matteotti and then take via Mazzini (about 14 minutes on foot) - Get directions
  • always accessible. It is possible to visit the theater from the outside, but also inside, limiting itself to the entrance area.

7 - Piazza Dante and Monument to Canapone

Piazza Dante it is the real heart of the city of Grosseto, as well as the main square overlooked by many illustrious buildings (including the city Cathedral itself, but also the Town Hall and Palazzo Aldobrandeschi). Also known by the locals as Piazza delle Catene, the square has a curious trapezoidal shape built between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. If the southern / western side is characterized by the presence of a beautiful loggia that now serves as a pedestrian passage, the center of the square instead houses the famous Monument to Canapone: this monument (allegory of Maremma struck by malaria), dedicated to Grand Duke Leopold II of Lorraine and made of white marble, it stands exactly on the spot where an old well once stood which supplied water to the houses in the historic center.

  • starting from the Municipality, you can get there on foot in less than a minute. From the train station instead it takes 15 minutes passing through via Mameli, via Matteotti and finally Corso Carducci - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • Free

8 - Palazzo Aldobrandeschi

Also in Piazza Dante, there is also Palazzo Aldobrandeschi or Palazzo della Provincia. It is about a building built by the architect Porciatti in the early 1900s, following the demolition of a pre-existing building. From the outside, you can already see theinspiration from the typical style of the Sienese Middle Ages (such as the use of travertine and bricks) with the addition of more neo-Gothic elements (evident above all in the choice of decorative elements). The interior also reflects the same style: the only exception is the stone staircase (a sort of dark gray sandstone) which is the result of a twentieth-century restoration.

  • just follow the signs for the center. From the Municipality it can be reached in one minute, from the Station in 15 minutes on foot - Get directions
  • only on special occasions it is possible to visit the palace and its rooms. Just look at it from the square, from which you can still see the most characteristic architectural elements.

9 - Archaeological Park of Roselle

If you want to discover a slightly different aspect of the city of Grosseto and its surroundings, not far from the city center is the Archaeological Park of Roselle: the area includes the remains of what was once the ancient Etruscan city of Roselle, conquered by the Romans and subsequently abandoned until 1700 due to malaria which hit hard many areas of the Maremma. Today the Archaeological Park contains some really interesting and significant testimonies of past ages, including the Cyclopean walls (a 3km long perimeter of walls), the Roman Amphitheater (dating back to the st century AD) and the Domus dei Mosaici from the late Republican age, as well as the remains of several thermal complexes reserved for the wealthier classes .

  • we advise you to move with your car, the park is in fact located about 10 km north of Grosseto, between the Ombrone valley and the Grosseto Maremma, on the shore of Lake Prile. Walking along the Via Senese you will get there in no time, about 17 minutes - Get directions
  • every day, from 10:15 to 18:00
  • admission costs € 5,00 per person
  • From Grosseto: Taste of Maremma Wine Tour

10 - The Ants of Grosseto

Finally, if you are looking for a perfect destination for a trip out of town, we recommend that you consider the Formiche di Grosseto: these three small islets, about 15 nautical miles from the coast, are in fact the favorite destination for lovers of scuba diving, but also by bird watchers, as many species of water birds nest there. If you want nothing more than to take refuge in the tranquility and beauty of nature, these islands could be an excellent solution not too far from Grosseto. A visit to the Lighthouse of the Ants is highly recommended, located on the largest island.

  • there is no real line of ferries or boats. We advise you to ask for information at the various diving centers scattered between Marina di Grosseto, Porto Santo Stefano and Talomone that guarantee private transport - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • it depends on the diving center in question.

What to see in Grosseto in one day: recommended itinerary

Grosseto is an ideal destination for spending a weekend out of town in Tuscany, surrounded by the scents and colors of the Maremma and the charm of historic buildings. That's why below we propose a itinerary to be completed in Grosseto in a single day, so that you can better explore the city and then also take time to visit the neighboring towns.

Morning: Our itinerary starts from outside the city walls and especially from the surroundings of the Grosseto train station. In fact, along the road that leads to the historic center you will find the Syracuse pastry shop, an excellent bar / pastry shop where you can stop for breakfast. Then we proceed to the historic center and, passing through Porta Nuova, we finally reach the very famous ones Walls of Grosseto. Proceeding to the left you will quickly reach la Church of San Francesco and the beautiful Square of the same name, while retracing your steps and turning right you will arrive in a few minutes at the Church of St. Peter, located in Corso Carducci. After a short visit to the two religious buildings, we suggest you walk along the city walls until you reach the Teatro degli Industri, the city's cultural center, and then head towards the Piazza Dante, where the beautiful is located Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Monument to Canapone and Aldobrandeschi Palace.

Afternoon: Since it is time for lunch, we strongly suggest you stop at the exceptional Osteria enoteca Dante, located right in the main square. After eating, you have the opportunity to take the car and move outside the city, heading towards or towards the sea (in this case, reach Marina di Grosseto, from where you can organize an excursion to the Ants) or towards Archaeological Park of Roselle, retracing the past history of the area.

Evening: On your return to the city, don't forget to take a quick trip to the Cassero del Sale and to the nearby square, where the distribution of salt throughout the Maremma was once managed. There is also a small restaurant nearby: we are talking about the Locanda Porta Vecchia, specializing in fish dishes and traditional specialties ... You can't miss it!

One day itinerary at a glance

  • Breakfast at Pasticceria Siracusa - Get directions
  • Walls of Grosseto - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
  • Church and Piazza di San Francesco - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
  • Church of San Pietro - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
  • Teatro degli Industri (open to the public)
  • Piazza Dante, Monument to Canapone, Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Palazzo Aldobrandeschi - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
  • Lunch at Osteria enoteca Dante - Get directions
  • Roselle Archaeological Park - opening hours: every day, from 10.15 to 18.00 - ticket price: full € 5,00
  • or trip to the Formiche di Grosseto - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: may vary according to the diving center
  • Cassero del Sale and Piazza del Sale (open to the public)
  • Dinner at Locanda Porta Vecchia - Get directions

Where to eat in Grosseto: the best restaurants

  • Blackwood: pub suitable for a quick but tasty meal, with a highly refined wine list and intimate setting
    Average price per person: € 10,00 / 15,00
    Address and contacts: via Cesare Battisti, 42 / A (Get directions) / tel: (+39) 328 577 1165
  • Locanda De 'Medici: restaurant with a wide choice of Tuscan specialties and local wines
    Average price per person: € 25,00
    Address and contacts: piazza del Popolo, 5 (Get directions) / tel: (+39) 0564 410744
  • The Magic Bean: farmhouse restaurant just outside the city, specializing in Tuscan cuisine
    Average price per person: € 30,00
    Address and contacts: Strada Provinciale dello Sbirro, 90 (Get directions) / tel: (+39) 0564 402542
  • Osteria enoteca Dante: traditional tavern in the city center
    Average price per person: € 20,00
    Address and contacts: piazza Dante (Get directions) / tel: (+39) 327 866 3122
  • Locanda Porta Vecchia: restaurant near the center specialized in fish and traditional Tuscan cuisine
    Average price per person: € 35,00
    Address and contacts: piazza dei Maniscalchi, 5 (Get directions) / tel: (+39) 0564 21383

What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Grosseto

Grosseto is a city full of proposals both during the day and when the sun goes down: the city is in fact known for the vast choice of evening activities ranging from the more traditional wine bars, to clubs and discos where you can go wild all night. The main nightlife areas are concentrated mostly in the historic center area and, in particular, near piazza Martiri d'Istria but also along via Aurelia you can easily come across pubs and clubs (some of them with live music) where you can have a drink with friends. If you have your own means of transport, however, you can choose to leave the city walls to head to the nearby seaside resorts (for example, in Follonica) where there are discos overlooking the beach. We have selected three proposals to spend an unforgettable evening in Grosseto.

The best pubs, clubs and discos

  • Fufluns wine shop: wine shop in the heart of the city, with a wide choice of wines and high-level cuisine (on Thursday evenings there are live music shows)
    Address: via Garibaldi, 38 / A (Get directions) / Facebook page
  • Four Roses nightclub: cult disco of the place, suitable for those who love to romp and dance until late at night
    Address: via Giannutri, 3 (Get directions)
  • Blacksun: discopub with live music shows and a wide selection of craft beers
    Address: via Della Dogana, Punta Ala (Get directions) / Facebook page

Plan your stay in Grosseto: info and useful tips

  • By car it can be easily reached, starting from the main Italian cities. Florence (149 km), Livorno (135 km), Siena (75 km), Assisi (195 km), Rome (189 km), Perugia (174 km), L'Aquila (268 km), San Marino (267 km) , Ancona (300 km), Bologna (240 km). By train, the Grosseto station is located on the Pisa-Piombino and Siena-Grosseto railway lines, and is also well connected daily with the stations of the main Italian cities. By plane, the city is served by its own airport, used for both freight and passenger traffic, although connections are not as frequent. For this reason, we recommend that you land at Rome Fiumicino airport (172 km away) or Pisa airport (155 km away). In both cases, it will then be necessary to reach the railway station of the two cities (via shuttle service just outside the terminals), from which to take a train towards Grosseto.
  • Getting around: to visit it at its best, we advise you to forget the car and walk around the historic center, enjoying the beauty of the buildings and the atmosphere that seems to have remained intact from the medieval period.
  • Where to park: since the historic center of Grosseto is practically all inclusive in the ZTL area, the best option is to leave your car in the car park of the hotel or structure where you are staying, and then explore the city on foot. In the event that this is not possible, you will need to leave your car in one of the car parks located around the walls of Grosseto, such as the small one in via Manetti or the larger one in the Market (Get directions), both with an hourly rate of € 0,60 per hour. Alternatively, there is also the Amiata covered parking (Get directions) in via Caduti di Nassirya. In this case, the rate is € 0,70 per hour.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room -
  • What to see in the surroundings: Follonica (47 km), Terme di Saturnia (55 km), Montalcino (56 km), Elba Island (134 km with daily ferries departing from Piombino starting from € 30,00 per person), Isola del Giglio ( 74 km with daily ferries departing from Porto Santo Stefano starting from € 25,00 per person), Orbetello (44 km), Siena (75 km), Tarquinia (91 km), Chianciano Terme (95 km), Montepulciano (93 km), Viterbo (123 km), Lake Bolsena (116 km), Arezzo (139 km)
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