Etruscan Coast, white beaches and hills

November 15, 2013

Wrapped between the white beaches of the Maremma coast and the hills of Livorno, the Etruscan Coast extends from Livorno to Piombino and includes four hinterland villages, the characteristic Collesalvetti, Sassetta, Suvereto and Campiglia Marittima. Its name came from the presence of Etruscan tombs visible in the Archaeological Park of Baratti and Populonia, in the Gulf of Baratti, and between San Vincenzo and Piombino. The Etruscan Coast includes the areas of archaeological and natural Parks of Val di Cornia and the Coastal Parks of Rimigliano and Sterpaia.

The best route to discover the wonders of the Etruscan Coast can only start from the north and precisely from Livorno, a crossroads of peoples and cultures, home to artists and tourist land of ancient traditions. After that, you will meet the pleasant Quercianella and Castiglioncello, with their lush pine forests and the spectacular cliffs near the Ligurian Sea. Continuing south to the Gulf of Baratti, the coast suddenly becomes low and sandy with beaches generally golden in color except for the stretch between Rosignano Solvay and Vada, where the picturesque white beaches lie.

The Gulf of Baratti is a small unspoiled glimpse just a short walk from Piombino, on the coastal stretch which continues towards Grosseto. It’s a great destination for anyone who wants to appreciate a corner of the world where nature, history and art come together, creating a timeless place. Piombino closes this route providing, as well as a very nice old town, a magnificent natural terrace with views over the Island of Elba from the rocky spur of Piazza Bovio.

The most characteristic among the countries of the interior is Campiglia Marittima: lying on top of a hill, it overlooks the sea and the surrounding countryside offering pleasant views. The medieval village, where there is an old times atmosphere, is an ancient castle which still can be accessed through the three historic openings inserted in the walls. At the highest point of the village, you can admire the Rocca di Campiglia, dating from the tenth century.

Finally, the nature: the Etruscan Coast preserves a rich environment with many botanical oasis, wildlife refuges, forests and pine forests. The prestigious Wine Route crosses the country, rich in vineyards and olive groves of excellent quality.

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