Tuscany is a beautiful region in Italy, much famous throughout the world for its history, art, architecture, nature and cuisine, and the Tuscan Coast is simply amazing... flat sandy beaches and pretty resorts, backed by mountains and hosting historical remains, the island of Elba where Napoleon was exiled, all withing a holiday on the Tuscan Coast. Let us sink into its charm:
History on the Tuscan Coast is defined in many ways and takes you back to times of the Etruscan people and of Napoleon's influences. You will find from a holiday home on the Tuscan Coast, the Etruscan burial ground at Populonia, with the Necropolis of San Cerbone, the Acropolis area with Roman ruins. In the Parco Naturale della Maremma you can actually take a historical hike, meaning you can get to some abandoned watchtowers, and also see the amazing architecture in Orbetello. On the island of Elba, which is surely worth a visit on your holiday on the Tuscan Coast, there is the Forte Stella that is raised on a rock pedestal. The Tuscan Coast is a wonderful mix of sites.
The Versilia area on the Tuscan Coast is very well-known for its summer night life, and the beach here goes from Forte dei Marmi to Viareggio, and the beaches of Livorno and Grosseto are also amazing, and perfect for an escape by the sea. Heading towards south, the beaches get narrower and shorter, yet the Marina di Pisa for example is perfect for families. The beaches of Livorno are among the most popular, and overall, night life and various events are to be attended from a last minute holiday villa on the Tuscan Coast. On the island of Elba you can see Napoleon's old residences, from the time he was exiled here, the Palazzini dei Mulini and the Villa San Martino. Not far from the coast, heading a bit inland from a holiday park on the Tuscan Coast, you can get to great cities such as Florence and Pisa, even Siena, with various museums, art galleries, unique architecture and all sorts of cultural events. If you get the chance see the architecture of Orbetello from when it was under Spanish occupation.
Although Tuscany is famous for its vineyards, the Tuscan Coast is also a popular destination, with its wonderful beaches and seaside resorts, with the beautiful island of Elba. Castiglione della Pescaia is a beautfiul combination of a town and a seaside resort, and on the Elba island, from a holiday villa on the Tuscan Coast, you will find white sand beaches at Fetovaia and Cavoli. There is also the Parco Naturale della Maremma, which is a most stunning nature area that combines in a most divine way the sandy beaches with wonderful opportunities for hiking. The Monti dell'Uccellina is a coastal mountain range worth exploring on your holiday on the Tuscan Coast, and the bird life here is very impressive.
Tuscany has the highest number of thermal centers in the country, and though you may think that a holiday on the Tuscan Coast, by the sea, is more than enough pampering, you may wish to venture out into the world of therapeutic hot waters as well, just to see what it's about. One thing is for sure: you will not be disappointed in any way, and places like Siena and the Val d'Orcia offering a wide variety of choices for relaxation and wellness, will prove this to you. So will the Casciana Terme near Pisa, dating back to Roman times, the Terme di Saturnia, the Venturina which will combine the charms of the sea with the wild nature of Maremma. You know you deserve it, so why not go for it?
Being that you are by the sea on your holiday on the Tuscan Coast, you will surely get to enjoy various water sports, such as windsurfing, water-skiing, sailing, kayaking, canoeing and others, both in the resorts by the sea, and on the island of Elba. Then you can also opt for hiking and trekking on the many marked trails in the Parco Nturale della Maremma, which boasts as well a rich flora and fauna. Besides, there are still hoards of cattle roaming around in places in the mountains, with "cowboys" watching them. On the island of Elba you will find the best panorama of the Tuscan Coast, from the summit of Monte Capanne, which you can hike to, or take the Cabinovia open-air lift to. Go sightseeing in the beautiful cities in Tuscany, like Florence with its many museums, markets and fashion stores, Pisa, Siena and others. Tailor your holiday on the Tuscan Coast to your liking.
Besides the beautiful beaches on this part of Tuscany, a family holiday on the Tuscan Coast can also take you sightseeing in cities such as Florence with the Galleria del Uffizi, Pisa with its leaning tower and others. If you're on a family holiday on the Tuscan Coast for the beach, the ones at Livorno and Grosseto are perfect for families. The water here is clear and shallow, so the little ones can enjoy it at its best. Castiglione della Pescaia offers some amazing views of the Elba and Giglio islands. Orbetello is found in the middle of a lagoon with the same name, linked to Monte Argentario. As for water parks and theme parks, in Livorno you can get to the “Acquapark” at Cecina Mare, the Marina di Castagneto – Donoratico. There is also the Palio Marinaro rowing race in July, that is immensely interesting. Hiking in the Parco Naturale della Maremma, having a picnic among nature... family time is priceless.
Seafood is like an emblem of the Tuscan Coast, with ingredients like the seppie, baby squid or totani, riccio, a sea urchin that is just perfect with linguini pasta. Both on the Tuscan Coast and on Elba, fresh fish is simply amazing. The wines of the area are something not to be missed, the region is after all famous for them throughout the world. White wines go best with the seafood, but if you get the chance, sample the reds and rose as well. Pork, veal and mutton are also found as specialties of the area, seasoned with basil or oregano, or sage. You're in a heavenly place of taste here.Holiday with a pet on the Tuscan Coast
Tuscany is known to be one of the most dog-friendly regions in the country, and you can take Rover to the beach on the Tuscan Coast in some places, at least on some parts of the beach: Castiglione della Pescala, Orbetello, Grosetto, and others. Then you can also relax at a pet-friendly holiday home on the Tuscan Coast, or enjoy the fresh air of the National Park Maremma. The Tuscan Coast is a most welcoming place for all.Points of interest, a “must see” list on the Tuscan Coast:
Tuscany is a jewel on Italy's majestic crown of attractions, and a holiday on the Tuscan Coast will surely crown your adventures from up until now. Beautiful sandy beaches, mountains and historical cities, the island of Elba... the Tuscan Coast is a chaplet of rare beauties.
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