SAN VINCENZO AND RIMIGLIANO’S PARK
San Vincenzo the “ Etruscan Coast Pearl” once was a small fisher town, now is an important touristic center that involves new visitors every years from Italy and other foreign Countries.
The small town is suitable for man, quite and nice. The pedestrian area is full of shops, restaurants-pizzerias and coffee shops. Its strategic position allows to organize last-minute tours on the coast at Natural Park and at the wonderful Tuscan surroundings. It is particularly suitable for families with children because it has got a beautiful white sand that goes on for many kilometers and accomodates Bathing Establishments, mainly in the central area, equipped free beach with some “Punti Azzurri” where is possible to get assistance. The sea is blue and in the urban part not so deep while in the part of Rimigliano’ s Park the water, at the shore, it is a couple meters high. The Rimigliano’s Park is one of the most actractive place in the coast. It is a green strip extended for120 hectars with a splendid natural Pinewood with 6 kilometers of free beach and it is reachable also by bike through a bicycle path for few kilometers . A really unique setting with dirt paths going through the wild woods arriving directly on the sandy dunes covered by Junipers, Myrtle,Mastic, that slope gently towards the sea. Inside there are tables for lunch, showers, toilets, two refreshment stands, tool for gymnastic activities and wooden walkways that allow the disables access to the beach. The climate of San Vincenzo is mild even in the winter season , the air is clear and a light breeze that characterizes the coast, supporting the practise of many sea sports (boat trips, sailing, windsurf , diving, fishing). Ancient and important trade call, nowadays the “ Marina di San
Vincenzo”, equipped and spacious, it can accomodate hundred of berths. This area is comfortable:near to the beach and the town center with its shops. It is perfect for an evening walk with clothes shops, restaurants and live music clubs. If you want a relaxing time, you will be really excited walking along the pier where the “Statue of the Sailor” by Giampaolo Talani, presides the entrance of the Port..
BARATTI GULF, POPULONIA AND BUCA DELLE FATE COVE
The Baratti Gulf, in the municipality of Piombino, is a wonderful place to visit in every season.
It is named “the Caribbean Tuscany” , it is a corner in which nature and are together creating a timeless place . In the Etruscan Period, this Gulf was one of the most important port of the coast, now is a touristic, small port full of charm; for scuba divers and snorkeling, Baratti is a real tresure to be discovered!!!The wonderful beach of the Gulf is safeguarded behind from a pinewood and fields where in the summer season, children can run carelessly. Just turning his back at the Gulf, appears an open-space museum ! The Etruscan Necropolis , a part of the “Baratti and Populonia Archeological Park”. It covers about 80 hectars between Piombino and Baratti and it is one of the most important places of Etruscan Civilization. Situated at the top of the hill , directly on the sea, Populonia has got an unbelivable charm. The Middle -Age Walls, built as defence against Pirates and the “Rocca” built in the first half of XV century, enclose paved alleys of old stones, shops and restaurants and a private Museum with Etruscan and Roman archeological finds discovered in the area . A real Paradise overlooking a view that leaves you breathless. Finally, for those who love to walk, we suggest to visit the charming Buca delle Fate, a cove of steep cliffs with strange shapes drawn on the rocks by the elements of atmosphere. During your tour you will visit the graves in the underground chapels of the Etruscan Necropolis of Hellenistic period. Just going out the shady oaks forest, the view is wonderful on the foaming sea where silence dominates and the beauty of the landscape is exciting.
PIOMBINO historical center and PIAZZA BOVIO
Piombino is located in the final part of the Etruscan Coast and it is only 15 minutes driving from San Vincenzo. It has an important port for freight transport and touristic port to visit the Tuscan Archipelago. Certainly you will impress you the tour of its historical Center and Piazza Bovio , one of the most beautiful in Italy. Through the“Torrione” ( Big Tower) , the ancient gateway to the town dating back to 1200, you enter into the town and you will be impressed by the “Rivellino” a semicircular, military structure , built for defensive purposes. Then a small part of pedestrian road, where you can find many shops and restaurants : (Il Garibaldi innamorato, Taverna Boncompagni, Osteria Volturno) and where in the summer are organized some events that involves adults and children (Music Festivals, Theater Pieces,and children activities). At the end of the road rises the Palazzo Comunale ( Municipality Palace) and the “Torre dell’orologio” . There, you will be in the nicest Piombino place: the terrace of Piazza Bovio just restored . It was built on the top of a cliff overlooking the sea, it dominates the Canal that separates it from Elba Island . If the weather is clear you can see : Montecristo, Giglio, Capraia and Corsica islands. From Piazza Bovio is possible to see the old Port, used even today by fishermen to moor small boats and “Fonte dei Canali” (Canals Source) where the water flows from the snake -shaped heads, made by Nicola Pisano.
One of the valley’s most magnificent “comuni” is without a doubt Suvereto. Drawn by its unique history and artistic culture visitors find themselves immersed in the magical atmosphere of a medieval hamlet surrounded by beautiful countryside.
Campiglia Marittima features the typical medieval architecture characterising the ancient hamlets on the Costa degli Etruschi.
It is built on the twin peaks of Rocca and Poggiame with roads, lanes, narrow alleys and houses laid out in a series of semi-circles along the hill slopes.
A town suspended between thousand years of history and its busy present, with winding, paved streets leading to tiny churches, old workshops and museums.
The extremely mild climate favours the surrounding olive groves, vineyards and Mediterranean “macchia” producing fine wines and oil.
Castagneto Carducci and the routex of wines
A few kilometers from the sea, on the top of the hill over the valley, is situated the Medieval Village of CASTAGNETO CARDUCCI (1000 a.C). Perfectly preserved, the village is a maze of paved lanes with small artcraft shops and typical, characteristic restaurants. During the year some events : the ”International Festival of Music” or “Food Festival”as “Castagneto a Tavola”. Interesting is the visit of Carducci House where the Poet spent the years of his youth, before in Bolgheri, then in Castagneto or the dedicated Museum in “Palazzo Pretorio “(City Palace). There are some Churches , like San Lorenzo, SS. Crocifisso and the “Scala Santa” (Holy Stairway) in Salita San Lorenzo , an ancient and steep staircase with 83 steps . It is very panoramic and perfect to immortalize a wonderful landscape.
Before arriving to the village , near “ Zi’ Martino”Restaurant, turning on your left, you can drive the actractive “Route of wine”, called Bolgherese, that brings back to Cypress Boulevard in Bolgheri.
A very important territory that produces the BOLGHERI DOC WINE and other wines like SASSICAIA and ORNELLAIA recognized among the most famous wines in the world. The landscape is involving. One hand forests and hills,, other side the sea and farms with perfect vineyards, wine cellars like “Gualdo al Tasso”, “Ornellaia”, “Michele Satta”,”Gualdo al Melo” and a spectacular Villas surrounded by a rigoglious vegetation .Also the “ Extravergine Oil” produced in the local Farms has got a great importance for the economy of the village.
Bolgheri is a Medieval village situated at the top of a verdant hill full of important Vineyards (Ornellaia and Sassicaia are the most famous in the world) and olive groves, at the end of the well-known “Viale dei Cipressi” (Cypress Boulevard) , a 5 kilometers long road starting from the Church of San Guido (18th century).The Avenue shaded on both sides by a double row of Cypress trees, more than 2000, was immortalized by the Poet Giosuè Carducci who lived a long time in these places and he composed the famous “ode” “ Davanti a San Guido” (In front of San Guido). The village is a jewel perfectly preserved : you can admire the wonderful Walls, the massive Tower , the small Church of SS. Giacomo and Cristoforo and the 18th century palace of Gherardesca Family. Going in the village you can see a shaded, rustic square with benches and the nice Statue of “Nonna Lucia” whose Carducci was very fond. Here some doggerels to remember her: “Then on the thill-top from the cemetery, coming down the green path, again I seemed to see a figure neath the cipresses, very tall and very stately, dressed in black, my grandma Lucia”.
Now in the Bolgheri center are some shops , Wine-bars, Ice -cream store and many restaurants, where it is possible to taste typical products and wines of excellent quality. The most famous are: Osteria La Magona, La Taverna del Pittore e l’Uva Nera.
LIVORNO Toen of sea and MASCAGNI TERRACE
Driving by car il “Romito” an actractive road overlooking the sea where the “Livornesi” (inhabitants of Livorno) love sunbathing from April until October, you arrive in Livorno, a town built from Medici Family at the second half of XVI century, and whose they used the port for their Political and Commercial purposes. Leaving the area of the Port and driving along the coast , you reach Antignano with its eclectic villas dating back to 1930 and the “Accademia Navale”. Through the “Canali Medicei” (Medicei Canals) the sea penetrates deep into the town’s neighborhoods (Quartiere Venezia). In Livorno rise from the first decades of 1800′s the actual Bathing Establishments. Famous is the ancient Fortress and the Symbol of the town, the statue of “4 Mori” in the Piazza del Padiglione in front of the Port “Mediceo”.
The Mascagni Terrace is one of the most elegant and actractive places in Livorno, it was built in 1925 from the project by Enrico Salvais, it is located on the seafront close to Viale Italia. It’s a big
square bounded towards the sea by a sinuos balestrade with 4100 bollards. The floor is formed by a chessboard of 8700 square metres, composed by 34800 white and black tiles. Inside you can find also the “Palco della Musica” (Music Platform), a circular building which lodged concerts and events. Admiring it you can enjoy a very actractive view that allow you to gather the various blue shades from the sea to the sky and get excited in front of a dawn or a sunset. At last, on the North side of the square , the Aquarium , 3000 square metres surface with 33 basin lodging more than 2000 animals of 300 different kinds.
VOLTERRA the town of alabaster
To diversify your holidays, an excellent choice is to visit Volterra, 1 hours driving from San Vincenzo. It is lain down over a hill and dominates a landscape that intently moves the visitors.
A real jewel of art , it plunges its roots into 3000 years of history. The indiscussed historical tradition joins the splendid nature offering an impressive patrimony from morphology to the vegetation to the fauna.
In Volterra, history has left the sign with continuity from the etruscan period to 800′s with artistic and monumental Testimonies that you can see walking in the historical town center, but also visiting
the museums:The Etruscan Museum” Guarnacci”, the Civic Art Gallery,the Religious Art Museum, the Ecological -Museum of Alabaster and the Museum of Tortures.
Together with this monuments , you can find a uncontaminated landscape, a good quality of life and a product of artistic handicraft well-known wordwilde: the alabaster.
SAN GIMIGNANO and its TOWERS
In the countryside of Siena, a fixed visit is in San Gimignano, named also “ The Manhattan of Middle Age”the famous Medieval Village with beautiful Towers, in the heart of Tuscany Country , in province of Siena and declared from UNESCO “Heritage of Mankind”. Walking in the historical town center means to jump in the Middle-Age period and tasting how the town was more than 700 years ago.
San Gimignano has got the Walls of 200′s and it is acrossed by two main roads that come in two wonderful Squares. Today there are only 16 Towers existing in the heyday of the town: the most ancient is “Torre Rognosa”51 mt. high , but the biggest is “Torre del Podestà” or “Big Tower” (54 mt. high). San Gimignano was born in a populated Etruscan site confirmed by a lot of archeological tesimonies (especially Graves) in the surrounding . Probably the hill was picked for strategic reasons cause it dominates the area of Alta Val D’Elsa.