The ancient Etruscan village of Castiglioncello, situated on a small promontory, is nicknamed the “pearl of the Tyrrhenian” because of its red rocks dotting the cliffs hanging over the water, the hidden bays and the transparent water of its beaches. From here, you can hike the “Anello delle Spianate,” a ring route along the ridge with a panoramic view of the Livorno coast and Pisan plains.
The ports of Bibbona, Cecina and Castagneto Carducci all boast beaches of fine sand, Mediterranean scrub and relaxing pine groves. In particular, the Tomboli di Cecina Nature Reserve includes a 5-kilometre long trail leading from Marina di Cecina to Marina di Bibbona. The Baratti Gulf and its archeological park are close by now: the ancient Etruscan town of Populonia was the main port for handling the minerals extracted on the Isola d’Elba. Near the medieval village that sits atop a hill, you can walk the Via dei Cavalleggeri, a trail ordered by Cosimo I de’ Medici for defense purposes that leads to unspoilt coves like Buca delle Fate.
The sea is crystal-clear all along the Etruscan Coast, with alternating sandy beaches and steep cliffs up to Piombino, where you can stroll through the medieval centre and down to the old port, surrounded by the aromas of the restaurants and the smell of the sea.