A summer holiday in Tuscany often means enjoying sunny days at the seaside, immersed in the amazing Tuscan nature where you can combine fun and discovery. After a day spent at the beach, we suggest you to explore the old centre of the town where you’re staying in, visit the museums and squares, admire the monuments and taste some traditional products. The night-owls could also stop at the various pubs, cafes and clubs, open all night long. There's something for all tastes.
But how do you go about choosing the seaside destination that best suits you? Here are the highlights of the Tuscan coast from north to south.
This coastline is located in Northern Tuscany and boasts a unique landscape characterized by fine sandy beaches at a short distance from the rocks of the Apuan Alps, the majestic marble mountains. The result is a charming waterfront where you can alternate relaxing days at the beach with hiking in the mountains. This is a beautiful 20-kilometre-long sandy coast with bathing establishments and nautical centres, where you can practise watersports like surfing and windsurfing. During the warmest hours take shelter under the shady trees of the pinewoods.
In this area you can find the beaches of Marina di Carrara, Marina di Massa, Partaccia, Ronchi and Cinquale di Poveromo.
This area of Tuscany situated south of the Apuan Riviera is known for its endless sandy beaches and for its night-time entertainment in summer. The area boasts almost 25 kilometres of coastline and, from north to south, you will see Forte dei Marmi, Marina di Pietrasanta, Lido di Camaiore, Viareggio and Torre del Lago. As well as the Apuan Riviera, the Versilia has a varied landscape, too: no farther than 15 kilometres from the shoreline, there are the Apuan Alps and the hills that descend gradually down to the marshland of Lake Massaciuccoli, which is part of a natural reserve including the pinewood of Migliarino and the estate of San Rossore. In Versilia, you can find pinewoods, gay-friendly beaches, Liberty-style architecture and many other things that you can read in these posts: “Versilia off the beaten path: alternative things to do this summer” and “All the things you can do in Versilia this summer” .
The Pisan coast
The Pisan coast hosts Marina di Vecchiano north of the Arno River and Marina di Pisa, Tirrenia and Calambrone to the south.
Marina di Vecchiano is located in the Regional Natural Park of Migliarino San Rossore, Massaciuccoli. It is characterized by a huge beach that is partly free and partly equipped with modern facilities and resorts. It is an unspoiled coastline nestled among dunes of rare beauty.
Marina di Pisa was originally founded as a seaside resort in the second half of the 19th century (the local fishermen had previously inhabited the area). Tirrenia boasts wide and well-equipped sandy beaches, countless accommodation and leisure facilities well integrated into thesurrounding nature, perfect also for children.
Calambrone is located between Tirrenia and Livorno, in an area that in the Middle Ages was occupied by the Pisan Port, the great maritime stopover of the Maritime Republic of Pisa. Today, Calambrone features long, fine, sandy beaches, ideal for sunbathing and the breeze make it an attractive spot for sailing and windsurfing enthusiasts.
It is the stretch of coastline that goes from Livorno to Piombino. The coast boasts different kind of beaches, from the rocks shaped by the wind and the sea to white sandy coves. Here is a list of the most beautiful beaches.
This vast area is worth a visit not only for the wonderful beaches with crystal-clear water but also for the mixture of art, history, nature, and fine food and wine moving inland.
Those people who prefer to stay away from the crowd, might go north of Piombino, to Baratti and Populonia. The Gulf of Baratti is a magnificent place with golden dunes covered with pinewoods situated near one of the most important Etruscan necropolis in Tuscany. In Populonia, take the path that leads to Buca delle Fate, a little bay of rare beauty made of pebbles.
South of Piombino, you will find the beautiful Sterpaia Coastal Park, Follonica and the delightful Cala Violina, a public beach in the shape of a half-moon, featuring white sand and crystal-clear waters in a hidden cove. To reach it, you have to walk 20 minutes along a panoramic trail into nature.
The Maremma area of Tuscany offers thousands of opportunities: from the wildest coasts with isolated spots in the north of Maremma to the south with more services. Tourists here can find what they are looking for to relax and enjoy the sea. Maremma is a continuous succession of rocky coast with small isolated coves or long stretches of sandy beaches protected by lush pinewoods and wilderness areas. Here is a list of 10 beaches. The seaside offers fun for tourists of all ages: you can sail, rent a surfboard or a yacht, or even go water-skiing and scuba diving.
The Silver Coast
Among the many features of the Maremma coast there is also the special atmosphere of the Orbetello Lagoon and scenic beaches in unspoiled natural settings, such as the golden beaches of Feniglia and Giannella. This coast is called Costa D’Argento and lies next to the Argentario peninsula, where there is also the Natural Park of Maremma or Uccellina Park. Here there are the towns of Orbetello, Talamone and Capalbio, the Argentario peninsula with Porto Ercole and Porto S. Stefano, which are just a few of the beautiful places in this area.
The Tuscan Archipelago
We cannot talk about the Tuscan coast without mentioning the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago. Tuscany’s islands are, from the biggest to the smallest, Elba, Giglio, Capraia, Montecristo, Pianosa, Gorgona and Giannutri, all protected as part of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park.
Giglio, Pianosa and Giannutri can be reached by boat from Porto Santo Stefano, while Elba Island can be reached from Piombino and Capraia from Livorno. The vegetation of the National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago is Mediterranean, with its scents and colours; the flora and the fauna are lush and varied. The islands are very different from each other: some are for young tourists who want to have fun, while others are perfect for those seeking for nature and peace.