Talamone

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Talamone from the top of the hill

Talamone is a town in Tuscany, on the west coast of central Italy, administratively a frazione of the comune of Orbetello, province of Grosseto, in the Tuscan Maremma.

Talamone is easily reached from Via Aurelia, and is about 25 km from Grosseto and 10 km from Orbetello.

Geography[edit]

View of the Tyrrenian Sea

The village lies on a rocky promontory, which lies on the southern border of the Maremma nature reserve, in a dominant position along the whole stretch of coast arriving at Mount Argentario.

The surrounding area is characterized by the presence of vegetation typical of Mediterranean scrub and long sandy beaches, lined by pine trees.

History[edit]

Walls of Talamone.

An ancient and flourishing city already during the Etruscan period, which saw a decisive battle in 225 BC between Roman and the Celtic hordes who were heading for Rome.

Talamone was razed to the ground by Sulla for the support that its citizens gave to Marius in his attempt to march against Rome after the return from his African exile.

Even Talamone as Orbetello, passed through the late Middle Ages without leaving any trace and similarly passed from (among the others) the Aldobrandeschi and the Republic of Siena, until in 1559 the territory was ceded to Spain and became part of the State of Presidi.

The port town was also a stage during Admiral Horatio Nelson’s expedition to Egypt in 1798, cited by Napoleon himself as "Tagliamon on the coast of Tuscany". The city's name is also linked to Giuseppe Garibaldi and his Expedition of the Thousand in 1860. In his route towards Sicily, he made a stop there to stock up on water and weapons.

Main sights[edit]

  • Church of Santa Maria Assunta
  • Church of Madonna delle Grazie
  • Vivarelli Mausoleum (Chapel of the cemetery)
  • Towns' Walls
  • Rocca Aldobrandesca
  • Torre di Capo d'Uomo
  • Torre delle Cannelle
  • Tower of Talamonaccio

Culture[edit]

The dock

On the outskirts of Talamone is the southern entrance to the Maremma Natural Park, from where are found some spectacular nature trails.

The local beach of Talamone has become a very popular area to practice the sport of kitesurfing.

In 2008, Talamone was one of the settings used for the James Bond film Quantum of Solace.

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Guerrini, Giuseppe (a cura di). Torri e castelli della provincia di Grosseto (Amministrazione Provinciale di Grosseto). Siena, Nuova Immagine Editrice, 1999.
  • Mazzolai, Aldo. Guida della Maremma. Percorsi tra arte e natura. Firenze, Le Lettere, 1997.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°33′18″N 11°07′58″E / 42.555056°N 11.132755°E / 42.555056; 11.132755