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Just off the Tyrrhenian Sea lies an exclusive fishing experience waiting for you along the Tuscan coast. This is the Lagoon of Orbetello.
A protected WWF Oasis, Orbetello is a biodiverse paradise drawing international bird watchers to discover the pink flamingos, egrets, herons, and osprey who stalk prey in these shallow waters.
With Italy on the Fly as your guide you can join them and pursue the prizes that lurk below the surface.
Hunting the powerful mediterranean sea bass in these waters is an unforgettable experience. They are big and strong with aggressive takes on the surface. Stalking these fish from the boat on the 27 square kilometres (over 10 square miles) is challenging and technical on the fly but very rewarding. If the wind is up or luck is against us, we can also spin cast with lures for a change of tactic. The real beauty of this experience is you will be among the very few anglers experiencing this dream as these waters are off limits to other recreational fishermen.
We access the lagoon by the grace of The Pescatori di Orbetello, a fishermen trust that was granted exclusive rights to this water in the 14th Century when humble fishermen saved the life of the Pope after a shipwreck in 1376. Through many generations they have tightly managed these waters using only ancient traditional methods ensuring that the natural stocks of sea bass, bream and mullet along with eels, crabs, and shrimp thrive in harmony with the ecosystem. It is a remarkable story of sustainability and remains of primary importance to the local economy. The Pescatori di Orbetello are notoriously resistant to granting fishing rights to outsiders so we feel fortunate to have earned an access agreement and relish our time guiding on the massive lagoon.
We stay on one of the oldest historic Tuscan farms run by the same family since 1830 and located very close to the lagoon. This place of rare beauty is what dreams of Tuscany are made of: A vast 200 hectares (500 acres) of vineyards, olive groves, fruit trees and eucalyptus stands enveloping ivy-covered stone farmhouses and manicured grounds all framed by low green hills and views toward the sea from the lovely pool. It is truly spectacular.
The restaurant at the farm makes everything by hand from the bounty of the surrounding land. You will enjoy freshly made pasta along with award-winning cheese from the farm, crisp seasonal salad picked that day, plus meat and fish that come directly from the community. Another restaurant we love to share is perched right on the lagoon and is run by The Pescatori di Orbetello. They serve up freshly caught, simply prepared fish dishes inspired by traditional classics. When paired with a glass of world renowned local wine and a view of the waterfront, these humble fishermen create an experience that reaches close to the divine.
If you like wine, clearly you are in legendary territory here. Connoisseurs and casual drinkers are equally at home in Tuscany with cult vineyards bordering table wineries all making absolutely delicious reds and whites that you will want to ship home by the caseload. There are simply very few places on earth that combine authentic food, fabulous wine, majestic scenery and fantastic fishing in such a delightful way as this region of Italy.
If you take a break from fishing, Tuscany offers endless excursions from Orbetello starting with exploring the historic village itself. The central old town is dedicated to walking instead of driving, so wandering the narrow streets within the ancient walls to discover local shops, little cafes, and historic old squares is a safe and charming adventure. After a little shopping and a gelato (or aperitivo), you’ll never want to leave. Heading further afield can land you in Rome or Florence in under two hours, or hit a beautiful beach for a classic Mediterranean day of salt and sea on a lounge chair.
EUROPEAN AND INTERCONTINENTAL FLIGHTS
Rome (Fiumicino - FCO)
Also known as "Leonardo Da Vinci"
Distance from our base in Orbetello: 1 hour 20 minutes by car
Rome (Ciampino - CIA)
Also known as "G.B. Pastine"
Distance from our base in Orbetello: 1 hour 30 minutes by car
Pisa (Galileo Galilei - PSA)
Also known as "Galileo Galilei"
Distance from our base in Orbetello: 1 hour 50 minutes by car
Shuttles and transfers from these airports and other locations in central Italy available on request.