Castiglione della Pescaia - Maremma

The trails of Scarlino and Castiglione della Pescaia

Nature hikes through oases, beaches and historical evidence

One of the most interesting areas of Tuscany, between Follonica and Castiglione della Pescaglia, thanks to its beaches, tourism port at Punta Ala and the Etruscan monuments at Vetulonia. This area is also very interesting for its nature, with the State Natural Reserves of Tomoboli di Follonica and Scarlino, including the inlets of Cala Martina, Cala Francese and Cala Violina. The hinterland of Castiglione della Pescaia hosts one of the most important wetlands of the Tuscan coast: the Natural Reserve of Diaccia Bortona, where the small WWF Oasis of Marze is located. Beyond the historic centres of Castigllione della Pescaia, Vetulonia and Scarlino, the villages of Buriano and Tirli as well as isolated archeological monuments like the Roman villa of Puntone and the Etruscan necropoli of San Germano and Poggio Tondo are all worth visits.

From Molino dell'Ampio to Tirli

Trail on foot, horse or bike
 

A lovely itinerary for heading up to Tirli from the Ampio Valley which separates it from Vetulonia. The beginning is 1km north from the intersection towards Giuncarico. The ascent ends in a chestnut grove at the Hermitage of Sant'Anna.

 

From Scarlino to the necropolis at Poggio Tondo
Trail on foot, horse or bike - 12 km

Of great ecological and historical interest, this itinerary begins in front of the castle of Scarlino, crosses the chestnut groves and heads up towards Monte d'Alma. The descent heads to Fosso di Santa Lucia which continues to the Rigo Valley. It heads west along a wide gravel road to the Etruscan necropolis at Poggio Tondo.



From Marina di Grosseto to Castiglione della Pescaia
Trail on foot, horse or bike - 13 km
 

This level trail crosses the pine woods between Castiglione della Pescaia and Marina di Grosseto, heading along the marshlands of Diaccia Botrona. Don't miss the suggestive Casa Rossa (or Casa Ximenes), built between 1766-1768 to regulate the flow of water towards the sea. The trail can be interrupted at Diaccia Botrona: ask for information before departure.

 

From Gavorrano to Scarlino.
Trail on foot, horse or bike - 12 km

 

This pleasant itinerary follows the crest separating the Pecora Valley and the Rigo Valley. After crossing Monte Calvo and Poggio Palone, it heads north towards Scarlino.


From Scarlino to Tirli  
Trail on foot, horse or bike - 9 km
 

This is largely similar to the preceding trail. Once it arrives at the Rigo Valley it heads off the gravel road to the right and rises steeply to the panoramic village of Tirli.

 

From Scarlino to Portiglione
Trail on foot, horse or bike - 10 km

From the castle at Scarlino the trail crosses a chestnut grove, passing on the left the paths toward Poggio Tondo and Tirli, and heads up between Fosso Fedeli and Fosso dell'Uccelliera. From the foot of Monte di Muro it continues along the crest to Poggio Scodella where you can admire a beautiful view of the Tyrrhennian Sea and the Isle of Elba.



From Portiglione to Torre Civette and Punta Ala    
Trail on foot, horse or bike - 11 km
 

This itinerary, among the most classic of the Tuscan coast, follows the gravel road which passes the beaches of Cala Francese, Cala Martina, Cala Violina and Cala le Donne. From the camp grounds at the mouth of the Alma River a path runs between the street and the beach to Punta Ala.


From Torre Civete to Portiglione through the Val Martina    
Trail on foot, horse or bike - 9 km
 

Together with the previous itinerary, this itinerary creates a beautiful ring-path. It passes many farmhouses and small villages, through the woods of Poggio Moscatello with the Val Martina on the right. After it opens on to the sea, the path turns right at the feet of Poggio la Guardia. A gravel road and the provincial Collacchie road head back towards Portiglione.


From Val Martina to Cala Violina    
Trail on foot, horse or bike - 3.5 km
 

The shortest and most popular itinerary in this area can be reached by car from the provincial Collacchie road (follow indications for Cala Violina) and follows a gravel road.

 

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