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Castiglioncello Beach

Castiglioncello and the dolce vita

A pearl of the beautiful Etruscan Coast

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When one thinks about Tuscany the image that soon comes to mind is associated to its scenic countryside landscapes, with beautiful waving hills wonderfully adorned by cypress trees and olive groves. Tuscany’s coastline, however, is incredibly beautiful and really offers wonderful seaside destinations and beaches all along its route, especially on its southern part, from Punta Ala, passing through the Natural Park of Maremma with the beautiful Talamone, up to the wonderful Mount Argentario and its amazing waters.

View over Castiglioncello
View over Castiglioncello - Credit: Elena Nacci

About 15 km south from Livorno, on the beautiful Etruscan Coast, stands one of the most charming and suggestive seaside destinations in Tuscany, Castiglioncello, the Perla del Tirreno - Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea. With its beautiful pine woods and steep cliffs overlooking the sea, Castiglioncello boasts a unique location and a suggestive panorama. It sprawls over several small bays with clear waters, some with sand, most with pebbles, and all crammed with boats and beach resorts. The walk stretching along the sea coast, from Punta Righini to the Porto Turistico of Rosignano, passing through the lovely Pineta Marradi pine wood, is the best way to enjoy a great time, breathing the scented sea breeze while admiring the view over the deep blue sea.

View from Pineta Marradi
View from Pineta Marradi - Credit: Elena Nacci

Thanks to its beauty, Castiglioncello has always inspired painters, artists, and writers. Celebrated by the famous Macchiaioli painters, still today it represents an important center for artistic, literary and scientific events which are being held at the wonderful Castello Pasquini. Castiglioncello became very popular during the 60s of the last century, as many famous personalities of the time, from actors and directors to politicians, chose Castiglioncello as their holiday destination. Great Italian actors like Alberto Sordi, Marcello Mastroianni, and Vittorio Gassman are amongst them. Sordi and Mastroianni had their own beautiful villa right facing the stupendous Baia del Quercetano, one of the most extraordinary and scenic beaches of all Tuscany! Mastroianni and friends used to meet at the club delle Quattro Gomme Lisce, a mechanic’s workshop that is still there and still displays the photographs of the time with these great representatives of Italian Cinema.

Baia del Quercetano
Baia del Quercetano - Credit: Elena Nacci

During those years of the dolce vita, Castiglioncello became the set for filming the great movie Il Sorpasso by Dino Risi, with Vittorio Gassman and Jean-Louis Trintignant as main actors. In the film, the two protagonists embark on a journey by car from Rome along the waving Via Aurelia road, that will lead them towards Tuscany and Castiglioncello. They always drive very fast, and during the umpteenth reckless overtaking the car will collide with a truck… Castiglioncello is the ideal holiday destination for all looking for a very relaxing and quiet holiday; it’s perfect for families. With the exception of August, the place is never overcrowded. Summer is now over in Tuscany, but the weather is still pleasant as are the temperatures. You can still enjoy a fantastic swim!

This article was written by Elena Nacci.