The Etruscan Coast
The road of the wine of the Etruscan Coast
The main area of the Etruscan Coast is in the central part of the coast and includes, apart the wonderful naturalistic oasis of Bolgheri, beatiful pine-woods along the coast of Cecina and Donoratico, the woody hills of Bibbona, Bolgheri and Monte Calvi - where you ma find the Mediterranean vegetation interspersed with chestnut trees.
The historical and cultural importance lies in the Medieval villages of Castagneto Carducci, Suverto e Campiglia Marittima, that still keep important traces of walls and stoned buildings. We have also evidences -thanks to some ancient ovens- that in the area of Monte Calvi there was a great activity of mineral extraction and working.
Another centre of interest is the area of Piombino promontory. In the Northern part of the area there are many naturalistic and archaeological traces: the wonderful gulf of Baratti and the necropolis of Populonia, the ancient Polulonia, the only Etruscan town grown as a maritime commercial base and a centre of working of extract metal in the Isle of Elba.
To note also the several Naturalistic Parks, such as the Park of Rimigliano in S. Vincenzo. This strip of coast called Etruscan Coast is a unique chance to taste every piece that make Maremma a land sweet and bitter.
The Etruscan Coast is an area where you may chose what to do in any season. For this reason, it is different. Here, throughout the year, it is holiday and desire to discover. In this part of Tuscany sea, nature, art and history live harmoniously together.
You may find many "souls" here: first of all a "marine" soul that reflects the crystalline nature of its sea-waters -from intense blue to emerald green. Large and long shores, reefs that smell of saline and wind, sheltered by large pine-woods. This is a corner of Mediterranean still alive.
Then the "nature" soul: a varied and rich environment that you may experience and discover numerous parks and protected areas, enjoying with care, botanic oasis, wildlife shelters, "home" of rare and protected species, a rich vegetation of big pine-woods and woods that hug the hills. Eventually, the "lazy and yellow-orange" soul of the country, with its smells, crossed by the Wine Road, where grown nobles vineyards and silver olive-trees, that make this land famous all over the world.
Finally, what about the gastronomy flavours in cooking? Warning: you really will experience the pleasure to search and discover unique tastes. Along the Etruscan Coast indeed you may get both the two souls of the Tuscan cooking: fish and meet, country and saline waters. Everything tightened in a centenary chained hug, with strong traditions and fixed customs.
Near the marine tradition there are also local restaurant typical for the cooking of wild boar and its hunting, with the flavour of local wines that the whole world is so interest in its origin and taste.
Marina di Bibbona
From the Colline Metallifere, in the Pisa inland until the great island of the Tuscan archipelago: the island of Elba. This is the territory of the Wine road Costa degli Etruschi which unfolds mostly through the province of Livorno and the area of the Montescudaio Doc, in the Pisa inland.
Along this trail some of the most exclusive and refined vines of Italian and Tuscan production are cultivated. These are the lands that give origin to wines such as Ornellaia and Sassicaia, the wine invented by Mario Incisa della Rocchetta or the Guado al Tasso (Bolgheri Doc), not forgetting the production areas of Elba, Montescudaio and Val di Cornia.
A trail that unwinds, as many other wine roads, through areas concealing small and great artistic and naturalistic marvels: medieval villages, historical castles, parks and a wonderful sea, that of the Elba island.
The wine road Costa degli Etruschi divides into four production areas: Bolgheri Doc, which extends from the medieval village of Bolgheri towards Castagneto Carducci through the animal oasis of Bolgheri, recognised as wetland of International interest.
The Elba Doc area extends throughout the surface of the island in the Tuscan archipelago, and the vines that produce the Aleatico wine or the vin santo Occhio di Pernice are grown there.
The territory of the Montescudaio Doc extends from Cecina to reach the Pisa inland until Guardistallo, Casale Marittimo, Montescudaio to return then to the Livorno coast in Bibbona.
Finally the production area Val di Cornia Doc includes the area between Suvereto, through Campiglia Marittima and Piombino.
One of the Costa degli Etruschi’s most popular holiday resorts, it grew up around an 18th century fort built on the coast to protect against attacks by pirates.
A long, wide sandy beach, sculpted here and there by sand dunes and Mediterranean scrub tombolos, runs between the sea and a splendid thick pine and juniper wood..
"Punto Azzurro" serviced public beaches alternate with paid-entry equipped beaches. Sport, fun and relaxation here are all the ingredients for a holiday to suit everyone’s needs.
Sport, fun and relax are the ingredients for a holiday to suit everyone's needs.
Bolgheri is located on a little height at the end of the famous Cypresses Boulevard that stretches from San Guido; the villageis surrounded by woods, plenty of Mediterranean vegetation and a well-tilled plain.
Bolgheri is linked to Castagneto, - its borough - through "Via Bolgherese", a wonderful boulevard become famous as the "Wine Road" for its production of rare wines.
Through a mighty arch of a castle you will get into the old village.
Indoors, among its ancient lanes and squares, little "shops" spring up, where you may buy the typical products of the area and taste the natural local speciality.
Between 1838 and 1848 Giosuè Carducci lived in Bolgheri, chanted it in its lines and this village became known all over the world.
This small country climbed slightly on the hill, whose historical roots go back to 1492 and come to the present day almost without spoiling the whole and the meaning of living in this lovely town.
It arrives in the central square, from which a slope leading into the important historical: the Pieve di San Ilario, XII century.
Some are part of crafts, demonstrations that sink roots in the recent rural past, pageants underlie this village an infinite charm over time.
Il Cavallino Matto
The territory of Casale Marittimo is rich of archaeological finds testifying its ancient origins, like the Etruscan necropolis and other sepulchres equipped by fine funerary dowries dating back to the same time so that testifying the presence of this rich civilization in the territory, who settled down in Casale Marittimo for its richness of water springs and minerals.
Very interesting is also the ancient Church entitled to Saint Andrew, recently restored and transformed so to host the Municipal offices of Casale Marittimo.
The stone-made facade shows its original features and, on the main portal, a bass-relief made by Alberto Sparapani, portraying "Saint Andrew". The interior of the church shows a wooden roof covered by painted trusses and it rich of numerous frescoes painted by Stefano Ghezzani.
Particularly interesting are also the Our Lady of the Graces Chapel, that was built in the XVIII-th century and it still saves today a copy of an original plate painted by some artist from Siena, and the Saint Sebastian Church, that was built on a pre-existing oratory and restored by using original materials coming from a Roman villa.
The Saint Sebastian Church still saves today a rare wooden sculpture by Giovanni Maria Tacci, dating back to the XVI-century and portraying a "Wounded Christ held by some Angels", whereas some of the finest art works belonging to the ancient building are saved today in the "Museum of Holy Art of Volterra", among them a painting portraying an "Our Lady with the Child between the Saints Sebastian and Rocco".
The Cavallino Matto (the crazy horse) is the biggest fun park in Tuscany. It’s situated in the pinewoods which line the beaches of the Tyrrhenian sea at Marina di Donoratico (in the province of Livorno
It is usually open from March to October.
Inside the park there are a large number of attractions of which a boat trip equipped with water cannons called “La Baia dei Bucanieri”, one 3D cinema, a wild mouse, a trip on wooden logs, all capable of satisfying the family on holiday along the Tuscany coast and for those who want to spend an afternoon of amusement and enjoyment.
There is also a restaurant, bar, self service, pizza restaurant and picnic areas.
Acqua Village Cecina is a water fun park situated in Cecina, open every day from June until September, from 10 am until 6 pm.
The parks main attractions are the slides: the Kamikaze, the Twister, the Anaconda and the Surfing Hill. There are also trampolines, a football soap pitch, a human football table pitch. To complete all of this the swimming pool with waves, where you can practice water gym, the Laguna relax and a large hydro-massage bath.
There are many green areas, used for sunbathing; thanks to the garden umbrellas and wooden pagodas it’s possible to enjoy comfortable relaxing moments in the shade.
For younger children, the park offers a variety of entertainment activities, a children's swimming pool and outdoor play, organized in a dedicated area.
There is a restaurant, a self service restaurant and a snack bar within the water fun park. It is also possible to lunch with packed-lunch in the equipped picnic areas.
The park is also equipped with changing rooms, lockers, a photo-point and a bazaar (general store) to buy souvenirs.