US Airways, United and Air Canada offer one-stop flights from Reagan National and Washington Dulles to Rome, with mid-October fares currently starting at about $900 round-trip. Continental and United fly nonstop from Dulles starting at about $1,100.
Maremma is about a two-hour drive north of Rome. Trains leave several times daily from the Termini station in Rome to Orbetello, the capital city of Grossetto, and other towns throughout the area; go to www.trenitalia.com to book. Buses also leave frequently from the Grossetto train station to different destinations in Maremma; go to www.griforama.it.
Rooms starting about $840 a night.
Via Bengodi 2
Rooms in this lovely old villa start at $133 in low season and $140 in high.
Trattoria Da Maria
Eat everything. Entrees start at $25.
Ristorante Albergo Macchiascandona
Castiglione della Pescaia
Try the tortelli. Entrees start at $13.
Via Leopardi 9
The place for fish. Entrees start at about $12.
Maremma State Park
Alberese Visitor Center
Via del Bersagliere 7/9
Nature walks, wildlife refuge, beaches. Open daily 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Free.