Costa Degli Etruschi (Etruscan Coast) : a Tuscan beach paradise
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Etruscan Coast
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Costa Degli Etruschi in brief

 

Visit Costa Degli Etruschi for fine white sand beaches, water sports, Etruscan history, fresh seafood, world-renowned wines and amazing scenery.

Location:

Tuscany, western Italy

Nearest airport:

Pisa

Key resorts & areas:

Livorno, Quercianella, Castiglioncello, Rosignano Solvay, Vada, Cecina Marina, Marina Di Bibbona, Marina Di Castagneto-Donoratico, San Vincenzo, Piombino

Major sights & activities:

Diving, sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, surfing, Livorno Aquarium, Castello Pasquini, Val di Cornia archaeological and nature parks

Best time to go

June to September; August is the peak season

Did you know?

Over 20% of the Costa Degli Etruschi is made up of parks, reserves and other protected areas, giving you an idea of the wonderful scenery to be found in the region.

 

Beach holidays in Costa Degli Etruschi

 

Also referred to as the Etruscan Coast, Costa Degli Etruschi is one of the most popular regions of scenic Tuscany thanks to its combination of beautiful beaches, historical attractions, and wonderful food and wine.

The area includes the province of Livorno and encompasses several fantastic beach holiday destinations, each offering a different experience. With more than 90 km of coastline and beaches, Costa Degli Etruschi has something for everyone.

Some of the main destinations include:

 

Livorno

Livorno is a popular cruise port and the second largest city in Tuscany. The nearby beaches range from accessible, busy stretches of sand to small, rocky beaches that still have their charms.

Surfers will want to head to Tre Ponti and Spiaggia Roma, while beaches for more general use include Scoglio della Ballerina (a scenic rocky beach), Spiaggia della Tamarice (named for a local tamarind tree) and the pebble beach of Miramare. Livorno itself has plenty of attractions for day trippers, including the canals of Little Venice, the Natural History Museum and the 16th century Fortezza Nuova.

 

Quercianella

Located to the south of Livorno and nestled in some pine woods, Quercianella is a particularly popular spot for diving and snorkelling thanks to its beautiful waters.

The beach of Quercianella is located by the marina and has all the facilities you might need, with the northern part of the beach being especially safe for children thanks to the shallow saltwater pool there. Other beaches include Chioma, a pebbled beach situated to the north of the Chioma River, and Rogiolo, which can be found south of Sonnino.

 

Castiglioncello

Referred to as the Pearl of the Tyrrhenian, Castiglioncello features sheer red cliffs backing on to pretty beaches, secluded coves and pine woods.

Beaches here include the sand and pebble beach of Fortullino and the bathing beaches of Quercetano and the Bay of Castiglioncello. The Macchiaioli group of Italian artists used to frequent Castiglioncello a lot, giving you some notion of the natural beauty of the area.



Rosignano Solvay

The village of Rosignano Solvay boasts large white beaches and amazing sea views. It’s particularly ideal for families considering a beach holiday to Tuscany.

The Spiagge Bianche is a 4 km stretch of white sand that’s well worth visiting, while Lillatro beach offers plenty of opportunities for watersports such as sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing.

 

Vada

Vada is famed for its gorgeous white sand beaches, of which it has around 5 km. Situated close to Rosignano Marittimo, Vada has been awarded the Blue Flag for the quality of its beaches.

The Vada Central Beach is one of the white sand beaches here and has very shallow water suitable for children, while La Mazzanta has darker sand and is located close to some pine woods where you’ll find a shady picnic area. La Mazzanta is also popular for diving due to the profusion of marine life in its waters.

 

Cecina Marina

Cecina Marina is characterised by its ancient pine forest and long sandy beaches. Spiaggia di Cecina Sud is a unique black sand beach, while Le Gorette is a wide sandy beach with some gravel.

There are several swimming and sailing schools in the area, along with a clay pigeon shooting range and facilities for cycling and horse riding, making for a particularly active beach holiday.

 

Marina Di Bibbona

Also sometimes referred to as Marina del Forte, Marina Di Bibbona is named after an 18th century fort built in the area and features the pine woods characteristic of Tuscany, along with some excellent beaches.

These include the wide central beach of Marina Di Bibbona, as well as Spiaggia dei Tomboli, which is backed by a 5 km cycle path. Spiaggia Gineprino has a protected dune area due to the biodiversity here.

 

Marina Di Castagneto-Donoratico

Marina Di Castagneto-Donoratico has fine sandy beaches ideal for sunbathers, along with areas of natural interest for those who want to see the local flora and fauna.

Seggio beach is on the Bolgheri canal and has a marshy area where you can find sea daffodil flowers. Spiaggia dei Pianetti has areas of public beach to the north and south, with bathing spots in the middle.

 

San Vincenzo

Located in the Val di Cornia area that’s famous for its wines, nature parks and archaeological sites, San Vincenzo is an excellent destination for couples in particular and has 11 km of beaches.

The central beach is a white sand beach stretching to the north and south of the marina, while the Spiaggia di Rimigliano features dunes and beach plants such as sea daffodils and juniper.

 

Piombino

Located to the far south of the Costa Degli Etruschi, Piombino has an interesting old town and several beaches to enjoy.

These include the Baratti red sand beach, the Cala Moresca beach - which is ideal for excursions to nearby sites of natural interest - and the beaches of the east coast, which are characterised by their very pale and fine sand. 

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