|Sandro Vanucci leads the group past the Colosseum-|
|-and the Roman Forum|
Today hundreds of horsemen, bikers and trekkers left Rome for a 230 km. voyage of rediscovery: they are traveling along the ancient Roman road, Via Clodia, north from Rome, through the Lazio countryside.
|Via Clodia route from Rome to Grosseto|
|traffic under my windows on May 8th|
|Cavalieri del 8 Maggio celebrate Vetralla's Wedding of the Trees|
|lunch stop at Lake Martignano|
Arrival in the Tuscan provincial town of Grosseto is expected on Sunday, May 18th, as the climax of “Passione Maremma-Food and Wine Shire” festival where over 100 producers will celebrate the area’s fine food products, wine and handicrafts.
For 2,000 years the Via Clodia was a major road connecting the towns of Etruria. Then,with the defeat of the Etruscans by the Romans it was abandoned in favor of the Via Cassia and Via Aurelia.
|1581 map of ancient Etruria|
Until about 60 years ago the area between Montalto di Castro and Grosseto were under the shadow of malaria and the area was known as “Maremma Amara”.
|wild boar thrive in Maremma|
Things have certainly changed in the past half century, for now the coast and hinterland are sought after holiday destinations, blessed with pristine beaches, nature reserves, hill towns and genuine food and wine.
|bruschette to begin a feast in Maremma|
|Etruscan necropolis of Norchia, in Vetralla|
For a full schedule see the event's website Passione Maremma.
For expert information on Maremma in English, I can highly recommend my colleagues Elisa and Donna who live there:
-guest blog by Elisa Scarton Detti