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Grosseto lies on the Tuscan coast of the area known as the Maremma.

Although the name Maremma is most commonly associated with the vast, formerly marshy, coastal area made fit for habitation only during the past couple of hundred years, the Maremma is in fact a large and diverse area covering parts of southwestern Tuscany and some of northern Latium.

Of the original structure, the cathedral retains decorative parts including the symbols of the Evangelists. The interior has a nave with two aisles, parted by cruciform pilasters.

The main artworks are a Font and the Madonna delle Grazie by Matteo di Giovanni (1470).

In Piazza delle Vettovaglie there is the historic food market.

The main attraction nearby is Castiglione della Pescaia, a very attractive town consisting of a fishing boat harbour dominated by a mediaeval castle.

It grew in importance over the years with the decline of the Etruscan cities of Rusell and Vetulonia.

The ruins of Rusell are about five miles from Grosseto, with cyclopean walls four miles in circumference and sulphur baths that were restored in the 19 C for medicinal purposes.

The building of a new line of walls by Francesco I de Medici in 1574, replacing those dating from the 12 -14 C, was part of his programme to make Grosseto a fortress protecting his southern border.