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The Etruscan Coast with kids

The best beaches for a family holiday by the sea

A sea with every shade between blue and emerald green, whose uncontaminated beauty has won the Blue Flag award multiple times. From Livorno to Piombino a string of incredible places unfold down the coast: Castiglioncello, Rosignano, Vada, Cecina, Bibbona, Marina di Castagneto, San Vincenzo and Piombino. This is the Etruscan Coast.

A long pinewood, where you can relax and play with your kids, runs the length of the coast, attracting anyone who loves outdoor vacations.

Quercetano Beach in Castiglioncello
Quercetano Beach in Castiglioncello - Credit: Gabriele Roberti

Castiglioncello is a godsend for families with children, with its enclosed beaches and little bays making it easy to keep an eye on your young ones. Bathing resorts are equipped with everything you need to make your visit comfortable, and then there is the clean air, clean sea and the extraordinary pinewood behind you, besides a mini-golf course, childrens' rides and lots of other fun and games.

Vada - Credit: Pablo Tenorio

Vada has a white beach some five kilometres long, with the finest white sand and a crystal-blue sea. Ideal for the whole family, free beaches sit side by side with bathing resorts, where you can rent parasols and deckchairs.

Marina di Bibbona, Marina di Cecina, Marina di Castagneto and San Vincenzo are also well-suited to children of any age, and to those who love watersports. Costumes, masks and flippers are available for a refreshing dive below the surface, while surfing, windsurfing, sailing and stand-up paddle races take place. There is also the omnipresent pinewood for a pleasant walk in the shade. At Marina di Cecina, meanwhile, you find the Tomboli di Cecina Nature Reserve: a 15 kilometre-long stretch of some of Italy's most beautiful woodland, extending inland from the sea, where numerous trails on foot, bicycle or horseback are on offer.

Continuing south to the Sterpaia Natural Park, in the area around Piombino, you will find beaches in a natural oasis of nearly 300 hectares among dunes and woods, perfect for a relaxing holiday close to nature.

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