Chiara’s Tuscany beach guide: here we are, finally Summer!! ESTATE, Italians love going to the beach. Italy being a peninsula it comes naturally for its people to love the coasts and the sea life
At Chiara’s Tuscany we have a list of our favourite places: a mix between private (Bagni) and public , free access beaches (Spiagge Libere). For private beaches you pay to have access to the private bar, restaurant and toilets together with your sun umbrella and deck chairs; you may choose a day access or for the entire summer season, as many Italians do.
This our list of the places we love:
Spiaggia di Baratti : Within the Maremma area (Alta Maremma) this gorgeous beach is located in the Baratti Gulf (Golfo di Baratti). Originally an Etruscan port, it’s a “must-see” location for Etruscan history lovers. It seems it also was the place for Etruscan furnaces and still now, the beach and the sea bring back black debris from the unique Etruscan pottery mix. Here you can find “Bagni” and well as public beaches open to everybody. Very nice is Bagni Baratti Beach perfect for swimming and relaxing. The place is really cool, with attention to details, eco -friendly furnishings, a trendy bar with aperitifs and live music to enjoy the sunset. In addition, reefs for snorkeling.
For free beaches, try to avoid weekends as parking can be challenging and the narrow beaches get too crowded. Do not miss the Etruscan Populonia town nearby.
Marina di Alberese : Situated within the natural reserve Parco della Maremma, it has kilometers of white fine sand running along the beautiful wild Pineta. You will walk for half an hour, water to your calves, before reaching high waters
Cala Violina: Hidden beach within the wild area called Le Bandite di Scarlino (where hunting is forbidden), it is necessary a long walk before reaching this little “ angolo di Paradiso” -Paradise corner but it is really worth the effort! Crystal clear water, super fine sand and a place for sea and wild nature lovers. Not suitable for small children or people who needs shade and refreshments
Le Marze: Still in the Maremma area, Le Marze is a beautiful large and long beach where is possible to walk along the sea for hours. Not too secluded, it is possible to park in the vicinity and for children too is a lovely place to play safely in the water
Follonica & Castiglione della Pescaia : near Grosseto you can find these two very different locations. The first is ideal for family with small children, and you ‘ll find all you need: from all kind of shops, to supermarkets and pharmacies. While Follonica is a small sea town with people living here all year around, Castiglione is a charming fishermen village with a lovely small centre with elegant shops and restaurants mainly living during the summer time. Both have modern equipped beaches but lately the new renovated Bagni in Follonica appear to attract more people than ever for the wider beaches and clear sea.
Marina di Bibbona & Cecina: Near Livorno (a seaside town with very few beaches but stunning rocks) Bibbona and Cecina are two family-oriented places of Etruscan origins with nice beaches and a lovely “pineta”. Part of the Etruscan Coast, La Costa degli Etruschi, both locations are characterized by deep sea waters as soon as you walk in . Perfect if you love swimming. A good choice between private Bagni and free open beaches along the beautiful Pineta. Plenty of places for children to play and lovely towns all around to visit if you are not keen in spending the entire day at the beach.
For reasons which are close to my heart, I would recommend Bagni Rina in Marina di Cecina: one of the oldest equipped beaches here and the place where, starting from my grandmother, generations of women in my family spent the best summer times ever. I can’t say it is the trendiest or most elegant place on the Coast, but its “vintage” flavour is what makes it stand out on the crowd. The beach has exactly the same design as it appears in my granny’s pictures from 1950; moreover, summer friends, now living all over the world, have chosen this beach as their friend & family reunion spot. Here, surrounded by the funniest local characters of the coast, you’ll find people from all possible backgrounds who, year after year, come back even only for a few days, just to meet and have a full day of chitchat update on each other lives. A very unique thing indeed.
NB: Cecina’s characteristic dark pebble beach is not ideal if you love walking along the sea as it is a bit painful… but think of it as natural foot massage included in the holiday ! Great location for yoga lovers (la pineta) bikers and runners .
Forte dei Marmi:
Nothing to do with and adventurous vacation here, however, if you are with your family and need relax, comfort and fancy delicious spaghetti alle scoglio , seafood pasta, while watching the sea, well you’ll love here! Many nice Bagni with restaurant to choose from!