Cecina in Tuscany: a beautiful town and golden beaches along the Etruscan Coast
I’m sorry if you've arrived here searching for the chickpea flatbread "cecina", a Tuscan street food that you must try while here! (Anyway, have a look at Tuscanycious’ post about it). This article is indeed about Cecina, but we're talking about the town of the Etruscan Coast famous for being a great seaside location and also for its history. Between the two “cecina” there is a slight difference in pronunciation: the chickpea flatbread is cecìna, the place is Cècina.
Located at about 30 kilometres southeast of Livorno, Cecina was founded by a Roman consul called Albinus Caecina, a descendant of an ancient Etruscan family. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the territory suffered a long period of decline, which only finished when the Grand Duke Leopold II of Tuscany began to develop local agriculture. The town was totally destroyed during World War II, but after the reconstruction it became famous for its clear, deep blue waters and the wide golden beach as well for its hospitality.
What to see in Cecina
Cecina is a dynamic and lively tourist town and is considered one of the most important centres of the Tuscan coast. It is nestled between the countryside, the hills and the blue sea of the Etruscan Coast.
The Duomo of Cecina overlooks the church square and was built in 1851 by Grand Duke Leopold II. It is dedicated to SS. Joseph and Leopold and is one of the five parish churches of Cecina. The painter Vincenzo Lami made the decorations that adorn the walls.
The Etruscans and Romans artefacts on show at the Guerrazzi Museum and the Villa di San Vincenzino also makes for a great archaeological visit.
What to see in Marina di Cecina
Between the ancient centre of Cecina and its marina, there are about three kilometres of tree-lined avenue. During the last years, the village of Marina di Cecina has grown considerably, with many houses, shops and public places, beaches, sailing clubs, diving centres and there is also a place for nudists. Here you can find also many campsites naturally shaded by pine trees and a beautiful pinewood.
How to reach Cecina
From North: highway A12 Genoa - Livorno, exit at Rosignano Marittimo, follow the direction to Rome, continue on the Aurelia road SS1, take the exit Cecina Nord and follow the signs.
From Rome: take the highway A12 towards Civitavecchia, continue on the road SS 1 towards Grosseto, take the exit for Cecina South, and follow the signs.
There is a train station in Cecina on the railway Genoa-Rome.
The nearest airports are in Pisa (65 km) and Florence (130 km).