Beaches in Tuscany, Part II – The Etruscan Coast
The part II of our guide about “Beaches in Tuscany” is dedicated to the the Etruscan Coast, the Costa degli Etruschi in Italian. The Etruscan Coast has rocks, reefs or pebbles and coarse sandy beaches. Some of them have bath establishments but the most of them are publics and free entrance.
In the part I of the guide, we talked about Versilia and Apuan Coast in the northern area of the region. We said that it is the right place for lovers of comfort and facilities of bath establishments.
Instead, if you prefer blue water and rocks, move down to south and choose the Etruscan Coast.
The main beaches of the Etruscan Coast
In the south of Livorno, along the coastal road called Romito, there are spectacular rocks overlooking the sea where you can rest lying on a flat rock, have a bath and go snorkeling.
Castiglioncello,popular holiday destination during 60’s for Italian jet set, is a tiny village surrounded by pine trees and many villas. The best spot for a bath is the Baia del Quercetano, an enchanting bay with shallow green blue water. Beautiful is the view from one of the two promontories that you can find on both sides of the bay.
The White Beaches in Vada
If, driving your car down to the south, you see a pure white Caribbean sandy beach, you are not dreaming. Moreover you are not in a tropical paradise. You are at White Beaches of Vada, Rosignano Marittimo.
The reason why the sand is so white is the baking soda coming from the close manufacturing plant. I would not recommend this place for a bath because the water looks clean and green but it is murky. Instead, could be nice to catch some sun if you are in the surroundings.
It is popular among locals and lovers of windsurf and kite surf because it is a windy spot where you can surf almost all year round. In Rosignano a touristic Marina welcome you if you are sailing on the Mediterranean Sea.
Vada and Marina di Cecina
Vada and Marina di Cecina have pebbles beaches and a beautiful pinewood. It is the perfect to rest and for people who love hiking, running or biking breathing the healthy salty breeze. Some beach clubs are available here.
Marina di Bibbona and Marina di Castagneto Carducci
Marina di Bibbona and Marina di Castagneto Carducci have long and wide beaches, and the water is clear and blue. Most of them are free entrance and wild. The region is also known for vineyards. You are in the birth land of the awarded Bolgheri Sassicaia wine and many other excellent Tuscan Reds.
The Natural Park of Rimigliano in San Vincenzo consists in 120 hectares of magnificent pinewood and 6 km (approx. 4 miles) of wild beaches protected by sand dunes and vegetation. Here, when you are bored of the sun, you can rest in the shadow of the woodland behind.
Gulf of Baratti
Gulf of Baratti is one of the gems of the Etruscan Coast and of the entire region. It is really enchanting, the sand is surprisingly reddish due to the iron residual of the extracting activities during the Etruscans Era. On the top of the hill that protects the gulf is the hamlet of Populonia, the unique Etruscan town in the history to be built on the seacoast. You can have a visit to the Archeological Park and discover something more about this culture.
Buca delle Fate in Populonia
Down to Populonia, Buca delle Fate, literally the “Fairy’s Hole”, is a rocky small bay that you can reach only walking along a glide path in the middle of splendid olive trees, spontaneous vegetation, holm oaks, rest of Etruscan graves, Mediterranean scrub and the small palm tree, the only palm that grow spontaneously in the Mediterranean area. We advice this small bay to lovers of hiking and wild landscapes.
Piombino is set on a promontory between the Gulf of Baratti and the Gulf of Follonica. It hosts the port for the Elba Island. Piombino has nice wild beaches just out of the town into the natural reserve of the Parco della Sterpaia, where locals usually go.
If you haven’t read yet the Part I, please have a look at Beaches of Tuscany, Part I – Versilia and the Apuan Coast.
Read also The Treasure Islands of Tuscany to know more about our beautiful Archipelago.
Finally, the third and last Part of our beaches in Tuscany guide will bring you in the Southern Maremma.
Sand Castle at White Beaches
Colored sun umbrella in Castiglioncello
Gulf of Baratti Beach