Mare toscano a Castiglioncello

Exploring the Tuscan Coast

An itinerary from Livorno to Punta Ala

There are large numbers of campgrounds along the Tuscan coast, all of them worth exploring. After leaving Versilia, head towards the Etruscan coastline near Maremma. This is the best place to start exploring the region. Follow the Aurelia and admire the bright sea, with its coves, long beaches, pine forests and ancient history.
 
In Livorno stop at the Terrazza Mascagni and admire the view of the sea and the islands all the way to Corsica. Head down to Antignano and the town of Quercianella, which is hidden away in the pines. From here to Piombino, the area is rich in history and full of beautiful sites. Castiglioncello is an Etruscan village where you can enjoy a Blue Flag beach (a European award), with little streets, gardens, a big pine forest and small coves and harbors. Rosignano Marittima and Vada are famous for their white beaches. The area continues on towards Cecina, where the swimming is great and the services also. Head inland to Bolgheri to discover the cypress lined roads and Carducci's home.
 
San Vincenzo is where the heart of the Etruscan Coast really begins. After the wilderness of the Parco di Rimigliano stop and visit the Gulf of Baratti, a magnificent bay with pine trees and only a very few houses, with shiny grey sand. This thousand year old harbor still has vestiges of its mining past. The ancient harbor became famous in 1908 when one of the most important etruscan necropolises in Tuscany was found here, where you can see sepulchers from 900-300 BC.  

Above Baratti is Populonia, with its castle, the ancient acropolis, famous already in the Iron Age (900BC), one of the twelve most important cities in Etruria, and the only one on the sea. Populonia has thirty year round residents, but 2500 years ago it had 40,000 and was one of the main ports in the Mediterranean. Visit the Buca delle Fate, a wonderful bay worth visiting which gets its name from the Etruscan tombs in the rocks. 
 
Next head towards Piombino which is known for its harbor and its metallurgy. This is Maremma, a fascinating area, and perfect for outdoor holidays thanks to the beauty of the sea, its inland areas and the quality of its services. The beach services here haven't ruined the wilderness of this area. Visit Scarlino with its famous Cala Martina (where Garibaldi came to after escaping from Rome, and where he caught a boat to Porto Venere) and Cala Violina, leading on to Punta Ala and Le Rocchette and Castiglion della Pescaia. After Piombino, visit Follonica. The sun on the sea is blindingly beautiful, and it illuminates the green trees, blue water, and Follonica in the distance with its industrial heart. Punta Ala is the next stop, one of the most famous areas along the Tyrennian coast.
 
Castiglion della Pescaia, is perhaps one of the best known beach areas in Maremma, with its splendid pine forests and beaches, as well as its busy harbor. The urban center is organized around the castle, as was typical in Medieval times, and it lies along the Bruna river. Vetulonia is also worth visiting with its large Etruscan necropolis. To get to the Parco Naturale della Maremma head towards Alberese. This is famous for its Maremma horses and its rare plants, unspoilt shoreline and hillside views of the islands. Heading south on the Aurelia we head towards the Argentario. Getting close to the islands is exciting - this is known as the Silver Coast, with the sparkling sands of the Tomboli di Orbetello, Giannella and Feniglia. 
 
Try not to miss a visit to Elba Island with its fabulous campgrounds, ancient history, white beaches and the clear waters of Portoferraio and Ghiaie, as well as the cliffs of Monte Capanne.It's not hard to imagine why Jason and his argonauts wanted to land here. 
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