Principina a Mare

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Principina a Mare
View of the Tower of Trappola
View of the Tower of Trappola
Principina a Mare is located in Italy
Principina a Mare
Principina a Mare
Location of Principina a Mare in Italy
Coordinates: 42°41′53″N 11°00′14″E / 42.69806°N 11.00389°E / 42.69806; 11.00389Coordinates: 42°41′53″N 11°00′14″E / 42.69806°N 11.00389°E / 42.69806; 11.00389
Country  Italy
Region  Tuscany
Province Grosseto (GR)
Comune Grosseto
Elevation 3 m (10 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 262
Demonym(s) Principinesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 58100
Dialing code 0564

Principina a Mare (Italian: [printʃiˈpiːna a mˈmaːre]) is an Italian seaside resort, a frazione of the comune of Grosseto, in the province of the same name.


The centre, less populated during winter, is mainly made up of houses of holidaymakers, hotels and a campsite. It is frequented due to its closeness to the mouth of the Ombrone river and to the Natural Park of Maremma. The largest number of tourists is registered in the months of July and August, the highest peaks being in the weeks around Ferragosto. The main touristic flux comes from the northern regions, such as Lombardy and Veneto, asides from centre-eastern Tuscany. Relevant is the presence of overseas tourists, mainly coming from the Netherlands, Austria, Germany and Switzerland; which however choose more the months of June and September.

The coast south of Principina a Mare is characterized by wild beaches, which penetrate into the still marshy territories towards the Ombrone. This area, called Padule della Trappola, extends around the Tower of Trappola, a medieval fortification put to use for harvesting salt from some salt works now disappeared. Not far away stands the Chapel of Santa Maria della Trappola, whilst the Strillaie Chapel has its position on the outside of the marshy area, inside a farm situated near the Strada della Trappola, in proximity to the Principina a Mare crossing.

The marshy area of the Trappola is ideal for birdwatching due to the large number of marshy birds which come to hibernate in this area. Recently a new itinerary P1 has been opened which crosses part of the area positioned inside the borders of the Natural Park of Maremma.


  • Marcella Parisi, Grosseto dentro e fuori porta. L'emozione e il pensiero (Associazione Archeologica Maremmana), Siena, C&P Adver Effigi, 2001.

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