The territory of Calcinaia has always been an important crossroads behind Pisa. Today it’s still a key point of intersection for auto traffic, but at one time it was for river traffic, too. Specifically, this was a period when the area had an important role controlling the commercial traffic in the Arno basin. A testament to the town’s connection to the river is the Regata Storica sull'Arno (Historic Regatta on the Arno) held in May, in honor of the patron saint Ubaldesca Taccini. The historic districts of La nave, Montecchio and Oltrarno all participate. The competition re-enacts the centuries-old activity of the ferrymen, who transported sand, brick and wood from Calcinaia to the port of Livorno.
Calcinaia’s large Arno bay also makes up one of the most important competition “fields” for national and international fishing for sport. In the surrounding area, on the banks of an artificial lake, you’ll find the Greenlandia playground, ideal for children and families.