Hotels in Maremma
At the 12th-century Castello di Vicarello, hotelier and cookbook author Aurora Baccheschi Berti focuses on the rustic cuisine of Maremma, on Tuscany’s southwest coast.
The ancient Romans took to the thermal waters here, at Tuscany's mineral-rich Terme di Petriolo, not far from Siena, and today it's the cornerstone of a health-centered resort. The spa is a serious operation, staffed with a dozen-plus medical doctors, therapists, and dieticians.
The biggest draw is, naturally, the thermal pool—the temperature reaches a sweltering 100 degrees (don’t be put off by the egg-scented air, which comes from the water’s high sulfur content).
Down a narrow, winding road on the promontory’s southeastern tip stands the cliffside Il Pellicano Hotel, a sheltered hideaway that attracts a high-flying clientele (yes, that’s Bono by the pool).