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Grosseto

A town of southern Tuscany: 42°46N, 11°07E. Altitude: 10 m. Population in 2000: 72,600.

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On a dark, snowy December day: the main square with the Palazzo della Provincia

Grosseto is one of the smaller and more out‑of-the‑way provincial capitals of Italy. I've been there, but very briefly; so when a more definitive website eventually appears here, it still won't be very big. For now:


[image ALT: A stormy sea-coast with a large house on a rock, and several small reefs. It is a view of Grosseto, Tuscany (central Italy).]

If you are planning a trip to the area, you may find it useful to read the Dec. 31, 1996 and Jan. 1, 1997 entries of my diary, with 2 more photographs; for more complete and detailed general information on the town, you should see the websites in the navigation bar at the bottom of this page, of course.


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The thorough reader may be amused by the rather dismissive passage in George Dennis's Cities and Cemeteries of Etruria: no Etruscan tombs, and gee it's a clean pretty town to catch malaria in. Since Dennis's time, an understanding of mosquitoes has changed the malaria part of that.


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Page updated: 23 Aug 10