Orbetello

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Orbetello
Comune di Orbetello
The windmill on the lagoon of Orbetello.
The windmill on the lagoon of Orbetello.
Location of Orbetello
CountryItaly
RegionTuscany
ProvinceGrosseto (GR)
FrazioniAlbinia, Ansedonia, Fonteblanda, Giannella, Talamone
Government
 • MayorAltero Matteoli (since 2006-05-29)
Area
 • Total226.8 km2 (87.6 sq mi)
Elevation
3 m (10 ft)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[2]
 • Total14,744
 • Density65/km2 (170/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Orbetellani
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
58010, 58015
Dialing code0564
Patron saintSaint Blaise
Saint dayfebruary 3
Websitewww.comune.orbetello.gr.it

Orbetello is a town and commune in the province of Grosseto (Tuscany), Italy. It is about 35 km (22 mi) south of Grosseto, on a lagoon, which is an important Natural Reserve.

The main gate of Orbetello.

History[change | change source]

Orbetello was an ancient Etruscan village, which in 280 BC went under the control of the Romans, who had founded their colony of Cosa.

In the Middle Ages it was controlled by the Aldobrandeschi family, who held it until the 14th century, when it was bought by the city of Orvieto. After some years, Orbetello was captured by the Sienese Republic. In the mid-16th century it was part of the Spanish puppet State of Presides, becoming its capital. Later it was under the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and, from the late 19th century, the new Kingdom of Italy.

In 1927-1933, Italo Balbo's "air cruises" started from Orbetello's lagoon.

Important monuments and places[change | change source]

  • The city walls (5th century BC).
  • Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, built over an Etruscan-Roman temple and half re-built in 1375.
  • The Spanish Forte delle Saline, in the frazione of Albinia.
  • Remains of the Roman city of Cosa in the frazione of Ansedonia.
  • Ruins of the Monastery of Sant'Angelo.


  1. "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.