Talamone is a small tourist port with a great history.
It stands on a rocky promontory on the southern border of the Maremma Regional Park.
Legend has it that the name of Talamone comes directly from the Greek hero Telamone. It is said that Telamon has landed here on the way back from Calabria and is buried right under the Rocca.
Its origins date back to the Etruscan era although some findings state that it was already inhabited in prehistoric times.
In 1356 Talamone became the commercial port of Florence.
In 1557 it became part of the State of Presidia.
In 1815 Garibaldi made a stop in Talamone, during the expedition of the thousand, to stock up on arms and food.
The Aldobrandesca fortress
The medieval fortress of the Aldobrandeschi is located at the highest point and dominates the town. From up here the spectacle of the cliff below is amazing! Especially on rough sea days.
Leave the car at the port and walk along the road that goes up to the right. From the top of the Bagno delle Donne stairs, the path starts, overlooking the sea, which reaches the Rocca.
Continuing you will arrive at the lighthouse and continuing to descend you will return to the port. Talamone is all here! The town is made up of narrow streets and stairways. A small pearl enclosed in a shell of rocks!
From Talamone, looking towards the coast you will notice a small mountainous promontory: the Talamonaccio, on the summit there is a coastal tower, which was also part of the State of the Presidia.
But the place that deserves a visit are the ruins of the Etruscan Temple of Talamonaccio from which comes the splendid Frontone of Talamone representing the myth of the Seven against Thebes, which you can see exposed in Orbetello.
You will have to go back to Fonteblanda (the town before Talamone): just popped up on the S.S. Aurelia in the direction of Rome, go up the narrow road that climbs up the mound. You will come to a clearing: the road continues but you park here and take the unpaved path. Of the Etruscan temple one can still see the bases of some columns and the remains of the sacred area. Pare was destroyed by fire in the first century B.C.
Sports and nature
The particular characteristics of the Gulf of Talamone are low water almost everywhere, which facilitates the maneuvers of anchoring the boats and the thermal wind that makes it a place of excellence for sailing sports. The Fertilia beach is a place for international kitesurfing competitions.
The other two beaches of Talamone (the Bagno delle Donne and the Cannone beach) are instead located just below the inhabited area and are small and rocky, with clear and deep waters perfect for snorkeling.
In Talamone, in via Nizza, there is a small aquarium (9 tanks) which is also a sea turtle recovery center. In the summer it also becomes a visitor and ticket center of the Maremma Regional Park.
From Talamone 3 routes are accessible:
T1 Punta del Corvo, 4 km between scrubland and Mediterranean scrub.
T2 Cannelle, 9 km, cysts, rosemary and a thick bush and then descend towards the sea.
T3 Poggio Raso, 16 km, dense vegetation and the presence of caves.
In winter the aquarium is closed but visits to the Park are allowed freely (without a guide) upon the issuance of the ticket that will be issued to you either at the ticket office in Alberese or even online, downloading it to your smartphone; the price of the admission ticket is 10 euros.
Here is the link to buy the ticket: www.parco-maremma.it
The beaches of Talamone
There are three main beaches of Talamone:
- La Fertilia
- The Cannon Beach
- The women's bathroom
Read the article The beaches of Talamone to discover them!