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The Tuscan Coast

The Beaches of Tuscany

Many of those travelling around Tuscany organize, in many cases, their stay focusing on the central area of the region, the famous Chianti, the little hill towns or the marvellous panoramic roads sweeping across the region and devoting themselves mostly to the Tuscan “entroterra”.
However, when they are organizing an itinerary around Tuscany it is worth devoting some days to visit and enjoy the marvellous coast of the region dotted with beaches and stretches of real natural beauty.

The area of the Maremma in the province of Grosseto, an area of marshes, lacking attractions to tourists in former times, has established itself, as time went by, as one of the most visited areas of Tuscany, especially by nature lovers.
In the province of Grosseto, there are varied coastal towns such as the celebrated Marina di Grosseto, Principina a Mare or the delightful town of Castiglione della Pescaia. Another one of the most select towns on the grossetana coast is Punta Ala, a beautiful centre, very attractive to tourists which boasts a golf club which has turned into a meeting point of this sport lovers during holidays in the area.
Another singular town of the area is the beautiful Talamone, a costal walled town of great beauty, which is also the gate into the spectacular Parco Naturale della Maremma, a must-visit for nature lovers and sport enthusiasts as in the interior of the park they can go canoeing, horse riding or walking. The beaches of the area are the most beautiful of all Tuscany and in fact in the wintertime the number of visitors is restricted to keep the natural environment in the best possible way.
Besides, a beautiful coastal spot is Follonica, a little seaside town surrounded by pine woods in whose gulf there are precious beaches of white sand and minute coves which are worth enjoying.

Some of the most attractive beaches of the Tuscan coast are Spiaggia di Carbonífera, Spiaggia di Torre Mozza, Il Boschetto, la Polveriera, Cala Violita or Caseta Civinini. Undoubtedly those who have opted for the coast for their holidays in Tuscany should not miss the excursions to the islands of Elba, Giglio or Giannutri. From Porto Santo Stefano it is possible to take a ferry to both smaller islands. Giannutri is much smaller, while the island of Giglio is a pretty and little island of sandy beaches and lovely panoramic roads which literally take your breath away because of the spectacular sceneries its coast gives.
The historic island of Elba, of course, would be another destination which cannot be absent in a visit to the coast of Tuscany. Ferries from Piombino and Livorno operate this beautiful Mediterranean island whose history will be always linked to Napoleon Bonaparte.

One of the most beautiful beaches of the island is the “Innamorata”, a pretty inlet whose origin is attributed by legends to the tragic love between a nymph and a fisherman. The most visited town of Elba is Porto Azzurro, a spot which is worth visiting, going shopping in and enjoying its tourist life.
To the north of the region in the area of Livorno it is possible to enjoy the lovely coastal strip that stretches from adorable San Vincenzo to Etruscan Populonia, the last of the twelve towns founded by the Etruscans. Enjoying the vistas of the marvellous coast on a beach bordered by pines is a gift for all senses.
Now that summer is nearing as well as the moment to start organizing holidays, surely the Tuscan coast is an excellent choice.


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