From the square of Poggio Cavallo, you can hike to the river, and to the waterfalls at the Steccaia Dam. It is an artificial bridge built in the nineteenth century to divert the river towards Grosseto.

Here the river waters gently flow past the slopes of Poggio Cavallo. When the river runs dry in the summer, you can cross it walking along the crest of the dam. This is one of the antique technology artefacts that shaped the history of Maremma: the Steccaia dam and Tura bridge, along with their sluice system, made it possible to reclaim the swamp area around Grosseto and fertilise the fields in the Maremma Grossetana, the portion of Maremma around Grosseto. This is where the waters of the Ombrone River were diverted inland and to the Ximenes Red House in Castiglione della Pescaia.

This used to be a popular swimming spot back in the day, and is a favourite crossing and drinking spot for many wildlife species, especially roe deer.


Poggio Cavallo is located right at the extreme end of Maremma, on a raised hill that likely offered healthier air and protection from river floods. Nowadays, the Ombrone River is one of the cleanest rivers in Italy.

The dam is within walking distance from the farm, just a few hundred metres on foot walking through fields planted with olive trees and admiring numerous species of herb plants. It is not uncommon to encounter wild boars and roe deer, as the area is situated at the edge of the Ombrone River park and very close to the Natural Park of Uccellina (Maremma Park). Around the river bends there are numerous pebble beaches, ideal for a picnic, sunbathing or relaxing near the water. On the other side of the dam, a cycle path runs along the river bank up to the city of Grosseto.

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