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From rivers to beaches off the beaten path

5 ways to keep cool in Tuscany this summer

Ilaria Giannini English version of an article byIlaria Giannini

When visiting Tuscany during the summer's hottest months, the most important thing to consider is how to escape the heat! Here are five ideas to beat those heat waves and still enjoy Tuscany's remarkable beauties.

Go to the beach!
Beaches on Elba Island
Beaches on Elba Island - Credit: Costanza Giovannini

This is always your sure guarantee to keeping cool; since Tuscany boasts over 600 km of some of Italy’s most beautiful beaches, you'll find plenty of options to choose from. If you’re looking to avoid crowds, opt for some of the most hidden beaches like Remaiolo beach on Elba Island, a small corner of paradise reached by following a hiking trail from Capoliveri. Alternatively, head to Buca delle Fate on the Etruscan Coast, located between Piombino and Populonia and reached by hiking down a steep hill surrounded by typical Mediterranean scrub.

Water Parks
Cecina Acqua Village
Cecina Acqua Village

Cecina Acqua Village is a great choice for visitors traveling with kids or for those of you still young at heart! This is Tuscany’s largest water park and boasts over 3000 square meters of pools, slides and rafts. Come discover "Tropical Island," where kids can play in a wooden tree house and "Tropical Tree," featuring two amazing slides hiding under its leaves.

Head for the hills
Grotta del Vento
Grotta del Vento - Credit: H005

The Tuscan Amiata and Lunigiana mountains are dotted with woodlands and towns, areas where you’ll be sure to cool off in the shade. Want to plan a refreshing weekend in the Garfagnana? At Vergemoli you’ll get shivers descending 75 meters into the heart of the Alps in the Grotta del Vento, where the temperature is always 10 degrees Celsius. To warm up, finish off your day at the Festa della Birra in Castelnuovo Garfagnana (which runs from August 1-14).

Rivers of fun
Torrente Farma
Torrente Farma

If you’re not bored of nature yet, the Tuscan countryside has other surprises waiting for you in its rivers - a Tuscan summer classic. One of the most charming locations to take a dip is the Torrente Farma Nature Reserve in the Sienese area, found between Monticiano and Roccastrada. Here, you’ll find small waterfalls and natural swimming pools with cold, crystalline water.

Thermal baths
Saturnia - Mulino waterfalls
Saturnia - Mulino waterfalls - Credit: Goncalo Figuereido

When temperatures go down in the evening, outdoor thermal baths are a fantastic way to keep warm with friends or your romantic partner. Discover all of Tuscany’s thermal baths, from Saturnia to Petriolo.

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