balcony in front of Porta a Mare offers you the maybe most spectacular
panorama of the complete coast. At the bottom the level of Venturina,
in front of it crenelated Castelli on olive cultivated hills. On
the let the bay of Follonica, straight away the peninsula of Piombino
and the visible mountain crest of the island Elba and on the right
again the Mediterranean Sea with the gulf of Baratti.
A five km long
and straight alley of cypresses, the most beautiful and longest
of Tuscany, leads from Via Aurelia up to Bolgheri. The village,
which is built like a fort, half village and half-feudal princely
site of the earl Gherardesca, has its origin in the 16th until 18th
century. Due to its nearly unchanged building fabric since 200 years,
it is a real rarity. The Cabernet wine Sassicaia, which is of Bolgheri
and one of the best red wines of Italy, is a rarity and world-famous.
There are many beautiful beaches
along the Etruscan coast. Here are a few examples.
The charming village with a beach of the 19th century located on
a stone cape with pine groves and picturesque beaches was the address
of the high society for a long time and a booming artist colony.
The less charming Rosignano Solvay with its chemical industry is
nearly seamlessly in the south. Behind them, the Colline Metallifere
becomes less and losses ground for the Pineta (pine forests).
Although the Etruscans and Romans of Volterra had their harbour
here, this village appears like a retort compared to Castiglioncello.
However, it has many of the beautiful beaches far and wide: of fine
sand, sometimes nearly white coloured and uncongested in comparison
– excepted in July and August. The Pineta goes forward more
and more to the Mediterranean Sea in the south until Marina di Cecina
(8 km). You can even find cosy places between Molino a Fuoco and
Mazzanta – outside the summer turmoil.
Due to its strategic great position at the Cecina River this town
was a turntable between Roma, Pisa and Volterra already in former
times of the Etruscans and Romans. The town became charming when
the Aurelia (the former military road of the Romans), which rolls
through the city, was changed into a pedestrian zone. The Napoleon
chequerboard pattern of its streets and parks continues until the
rowed sunbed lines of the maritime appendage of the town Marina
di Cecina (3 km). Many hotels, campsites and an aqua park exist
between town, Pineta and beach.
The beaches here, southern from Cecina, are mostly uncongested (excepted
in midsummer). The beach is 4 km long and wide and is adorned by
a French fort of the 18th century. Dunes and Pineta go forward to
the south until San Vincenzo.
di Castagneto – Donoratico
It is more exclusive as Bibbona, more fine sandy and less shored
with free entry in the south part and near Antico Forte. The hiker
finds a nearly deserted landscape of dunes and pine groves, if he
walks along the Mediterranean Sea from Marina di Castagneto to the
Southern of Castagneto, the Colline
di Metallifere goes forward closer and closer to the cost and reaches
it at the needle eye of San Vincenzo.
The stronghold of beaches of the Etruscan Riviera let us guess that
there was once a fisher village, which was built up by the Pisans
with starting to build a coast tower. The former fisher harbour
became a lively yacht harbour. However, the main attraction is the
beach, which is around 5 km long. An excellent highway leads through
the pine zone of Parco di Rimigliano, behind which a kilometre wide
free accessible fine sand beach expands, to Populonia and Piombino
(ferry to Elba).