In the Etruscan Maremma where the cultivated fields gradually give way to the Tyrrhenian coastline, there is the Tarquinian territory.
The Enchantment of the Present
The sloping hills with the pathways through olive groves and thick chestnut woods, are ideal itineraries for horse- or mountain-bike rides, trekking or for collecting mushrooms and asparagus. Along the way one can see villas, counry houses and farmhouses, some turned into counry guest-houses that give you the occasion to stay in a typical local atmosphere enjoying spectacular sunsets.
This area of more than 70.OOO acres was once a marshland and was reclaimed to become more fertile and beautiful than ever. To the north-west ther are the hills of Farnesiana, Turchina, Ancarano and Roccaccia with their vineyards and wheat that replaced tha cattle fields of the past, once governed by the expert butteri cowherds and shepherds.
Now, the folk festival of festa della Merca, held on the Roccaccia fields, brings the old tradition back to life, when cattle are branded at the local rodeo.