Just to the north of the mouth of the Artno, in the heart of the Migliarino San Rossore and Massaciuccoli Natural Park, lies Marina di Vecchiano with its sandy shores only a short distance from some of the most beautiful towns in Tuscany. The coastline extends over 4 kilometres of golden beach, running from the mouth of the Serchio up until the Torre del Lago Puccini.
This part of the coast, nestled safely between the Macchia di Migliarino, is one of the few stretches of Tuscan coastline that can still be said to be uncontaminated, immersed in a dune ecosystem of rare beauty.
The beach is largely free, while some parts are equipped with modern and hospitable facilities that have integrated well into the natural environment and offer a quiet and pleasant stay. Marina di Vecchiano is a brilliant destination for whoever is looking for a holiday that’ll bring them closer to nature without isolating them from city comforts.
The Macchia di Migliarino, preceded by soft dunes full of the typical vegetation you find in Mediterranean scrub, overlooks the beach, inviting you to stroll along and explore the secrets of its irresistible coast.
The breathtaking path close to the sea is ideal for walks or horse riding, allowing you to discover stone wall terraces and olives surrounded by incredible views no matter the season.
We recommend visiting the Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuccoli Natural Park, a protected oasis home to an incredible natural environment such as pine forests, marshes and sand dunes. The famous Torre del Lago Puccini stands only a short distance away, a hamlet of Viareggio and home to the composer Giacomo Puccini from which it takes its name.
Along the Vecchiano coast, adjacent to the mouth of the Serchio, is the Penisola dei Gabbiani. A crystal clear sea gently laps against the beach, naturally extending beyond that of San Giuliano Terme’s and is hugely popular with locals.
In the mountains, perched on a rock is the historic Gaetani Castle, later renamed to Lanfranchi in the 11th century and owned by the Agostini family, commonly known as the Hermitage of Santa Maria in Castello, which overlooks the entire plain below.