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Fish Different on the Tuscan Coastline


Dive into the watery realm of marine biology and sustainable fishing as you board the authentic working boat of a veteran Tuscan fisherman. Set off as the sun rises over the breathtaking scenery of the Tyrrhenian sea and help retrieve the nets cast by your captain the day before. A marine biologist joins you to explain the underwater world off the Tuscan coast and you will be enthralled by the captain’s passionate belief in sustainable fishing methods. Inspect the day’s catch and learn how selection takes place. Devour the fresh bounty from the sea as lunch is prepared for you on board, and round out your fishing experience with a journey through the waves to visit spectacular caves, beaches and coves only reachable by boat.

Stories of modern day pirates

Your captain and partner on an exclusive fishing adventure is Paolo Fanciulli, highly respected Tuscan fisherman and environmentalist who has spent the past three decades battling to save sustainable fishing methods.  Paolo’s magnetic personality and abiding devotion to the fight against illegal trawling electrify his words and his lifelong fishing experience gives you insight into this man’s genuine respect for nature and the timeless culture of the Maremma fisherman.  You will skim across the sea, helping to retrieve nets, absorbing the philosophy of, “life begins at the bottom of the sea where there is no fish too rich nor too poor.” You will be astounded to discover that this humble man’s drive to protect and value the sea he loves gave rise to the realization of his dream, the development of a project called La Casa Dei Pesci, combining nature, art, environmental protection, sustainably caught fish and the best of Maremmano culture...

Your captain and partner on an exclusive fishing adventure is Paolo Fanciulli, highly respected Tuscan fisherman and environmentalist who has spent the past three decades battling to save sustainable fishing methods.  Paolo’s magnetic personality and abiding devotion to the fight against illegal trawling electrify his words and his lifelong fishing experience gives you insight into this man’s genuine respect for nature and the timeless culture of the Maremma fisherman.  You will skim across the sea, helping to retrieve nets, absorbing the philosophy of, “life begins at the bottom of the sea where there is no fish too rich nor too poor.” You will be astounded to discover that this humble man’s drive to protect and value the sea he loves gave rise to the realization of his dream, the development of a project called La Casa Dei Pesci, combining nature, art, environmental protection, sustainably caught fish and the best of Maremmano culture. 

As you gaze out over the crystal blue waters of the Tyrrhenian sea, Paolo will shock you with true stories of modern day pirates and the damage to the seabed and fish stocks caused by illegal trawling.  You will develop an immense respect for one man’s untiring efforts to protect not only the marine environment but also our human connection to nature. You will hear Paolo’s profound commitment to his crusade as he tells you simply, “the sea is for everyone.”  Feel the warmth of his genuine hospitality and his desire to spread a sensitivity for the sea and its wildlife, which was the force behind his initiative to create a unique fishing experience, which he calls “pescaturismo.” You will be surprised to learn that Paolo’s efforts to fight environmental crime have resulted in roughly fifty kilometers of coastline from Monte Argentario to Punta Ala currently being protected by a series of concrete bollards lowered onto the sea bed, preventing illegal and damaging trawling and encouraging a flourishing rebirth of marine flora and fauna.  Become an advocate for this important objective: creating a space of sustainability between nature and fishing, natural beauty and art, protection and usability and to “bring everyone to look into the sea and discover all the beauty that is invisible unless we put our heads under water.” 

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The sea beneath you and the sky overhead

Sensational natural beauty awaits you as you embark on your exclusive fishing experience on the Silver Coast of southwestern Tuscany.  You take to the water at the port of Talamone, with its romantic castle and evocative old town center rising above the marina. As your boat carries you out to sea, be sure to look back and take in the magnificent scenery of the Maremma Regional Park.  You will be awed by this perfect blend of sea, hills, mountains and ancient towns, all casting a rich glow of color, with turquoise blues from the water, soft natural silvers from the pure sandy beaches, edgy blacks from the rocky hillsides and lush greens from the tree covered mountains...

Sensational natural beauty awaits you as you embark on your exclusive fishing experience on the Silver Coast of southwestern Tuscany.  You take to the water at the port of Talamone, with its romantic castle and evocative old town center rising above the marina. As your boat carries you out to sea, be sure to look back and take in the magnificent scenery of the Maremma Regional Park.  You will be awed by this perfect blend of sea, hills, mountains and ancient towns, all casting a rich glow of color, with turquoise blues from the water, soft natural silvers from the pure sandy beaches, edgy blacks from the rocky hillsides and lush greens from the tree covered mountains. 

Connect with light in a completely new way as you witness the ever changing colors of the sea beneath you and the sky overhead, lit by the Tuscan sunlight that has inspired artists for centuries.  The drifting clouds leave their shadows on the rolling hills along the coast as the water goes from azure to emerald, turquoise to jade, giving you a clear view of rocks and sea life below. Cross your fingers and perhaps you will see local dolphins at play as you glide past the naturally formed maritime caves and inlets only visible from the sea.  You will hear about Maremma’s rich geology, and learn to spot the creamy colors of tufo stone in the hillsides, as well as the black rock that reminds you of the area’s prehistoric volcanic past and continuing thermal activity. Bond with your maritime environment by taking a dip in the cool clear waters and relish your 360° immersion in the fabulous natural beauty of the Costa D’Argento. 

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Haul in the nets

Rise with the sun for a uniquely Tuscan fishing experience.  Team up with an expert marine biologist and board Paolo Fanciulli’s fishing boat for a day filled with sea, sun, sustainably caught fish, an exquisitely fresh lunch and a trip on the waters with a sincerely passionate fishman.  No time is wasted, as you have coffee and breakfast onboard, heading straight out to sea to retrieve the nets Paolo cast the night before. Become a crew member as you haul in nets and release the catch, clean the fish and acquire the traditional skills of the local fishermen, seeing at first hand the variety of marine life that inhabits these waters...

Rise with the sun for a uniquely Tuscan fishing experience.  Team up with an expert marine biologist and board Paolo Fanciulli’s fishing boat for a day filled with sea, sun, sustainably caught fish, an exquisitely fresh lunch and a trip on the waters with a sincerely passionate fishman.  No time is wasted, as you have coffee and breakfast onboard, heading straight out to sea to retrieve the nets Paolo cast the night before. Become a crew member as you haul in nets and release the catch, clean the fish and acquire the traditional skills of the local fishermen, seeing at first hand the variety of marine life that inhabits these waters. 

Share a well earned lunch with the captain and his crew, dining on the freshest seafood possible, brought to the boat by your own efforts.  A simply glorious four course meal in true Maremma style is washed down with local wines and boisterous conversation with Paolo and your guide, expanding your understanding of the challenges facing sustainable fishing methods and environmental conservation in this region.  After lunch, reward your morning as a fisherman with a guided tour of the mysteriously alluring rugged marine caves formed by thousands of years of waves and go for a refreshing swim in the brilliant waters that many members of the local community are dedicated to defending and revitalising.  As you return to dry land, a gift of Paolo Fanciulli’s bottarga will be a delicious reminder of your incredible fishing experience off the coast of Tuscany and the riches of the sea.

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