The Etruscan Coast stretches from Livorno to Piombino, offering spectacular coves and unspoilt sandy beaches. Apart from its lush nature and the clear waters, this coastal area is very popular due to the invaluable heritage of the Etruscan people and the Cornia Valley Parks, where tall trees in the woods alternate to seascapes.
Among them, Rimigliano park is definitely worth a mention. Located right opposite the Park Albatros, it is accessible via cycle and pedestrian paths. The reserve includes 6 km of beaches, clear waters, quiet paths in the woods and a breathtaking view of Elba island!
If you go to the Park Albatros and enjoy the water park, you probably would like to know what beaches in the surrounding area are well worth a visit…
This is a small bay located near Baratti, in the heart of the Etruscan coast. Here there are no beach umbrellas, no kiosks and no golden sand but the beach is pebbly and rocky with a nice wind mitigating the heat and crystal clear waters. This place is ideal for those looking for spending some time away from the bustle on an unspoilt beach.
The legend says that a young fisherman reached this bay while looking for sirens and got caught and locked up by one of them. Later he was saved by a dolphin, who turned a drop into a pearl and donated it to the sirens.
Let’s now move on to the popular Gulf of Baratti and its crystalline water, reddish sand and wildlife. The colour of the sand comes from residuals from the processing of iron back to the Etruscan period, as here was taking place the whole “industrial” production at the time.
Talking about the beach, the shallow water makes this place safe for kids and ideal for the whole family. Relax and have lunch under the pine trees, you will love it!
The small and sheltered Gulf of Calamoresca hosts a fully equipped beach, a bar, restaurant and toilets available for the guests. Like many other beaches along the Etruscan coast, Calamoresca boasts golden sand, transparent sea and some small boats in the shallow end.
Let’s go a little south, towards the Maremma, to reach one of the most beautiful beaches on the Tuscan coast. Here at Cala Violina the finest sand enhances the landscape and makes the water crystal clear. The cove is comprised in a natural reserve. It takes a short walk in the woods to reach the beach, a pure must-see!
If you have spent enough time on the beach and the sun is still up, why don’t you explore the perched villages in the hinterland and taste some local delicacy?
Among the most beautiful villages in Italy there is Suvereto: medieval streets, stone houses and buildings nestled in the nature of Cornia Valley. The surrounding countryside gave locals the opportunity to develop a long history of wine and olive oil production. Make sure you try some!
If you love panoramic views surrounded by nature, you will love Sassetta, a small village nestled in green, in a territory of hunters and lumberjacks. You are going to love having a stroll here and then relaxing at the lovely thermal hot springs spontaneously flowing from this land.
Bolgheri is a true gem in the area, well known for being a characteristic village where locals produce great wine, which is very popular all over the world. The charming tour across this area starts even before passing through the city walls, along Cypress avenue. This up and downhill road is lined with high cypresses leading the way towards the town center.
This is a perfect location for a romantic dinner date, a Supertuscan wine tasting or a lovely night stroll in the village center.
It’s now time to talk about the many archeological sites in the area, which are considered among the most important Etruscan ones and can undoubtedly be called an open-air museum.
Populonia is the only town built by Etruscan people on the seaside and the Acropolis dominates the Gulf of Baratti, offering a breathtaking view!
Another highlight of the site is definitely represented by the tombs! It could seem a bit gruesome but the cairn graves and aedicula tombs recount the characteristics of the Etruscan civilisation.
Now we just would like to tell you more about the best local recipes and not-to-be-missed typical products you can taste during your stay at Park Albatros.
Olive oil and wine are two of the main typical delicacies in this area, as in the rest of Tuscany. Here the great taste is given by the lush ground and the seaside climate.
Do you know what is the unique feature of the wines in this area? It’s the blend of different vines, which creates their unmistakable taste. (Find out more here)
These lands produce an abundance of these products, so we recommend you to try them in the local restaurants or during your day trips to the surrounding villages.
The purple artichoke, with its ovoid-shape, it’s especially delicious when preserved in oil: artichokes are defoliated, washed and soaked in water with lemon and bread pieces. Later they are blanched for a few minutes, then dried and put in jars with olive oil, some calamint and peppercorns. This delicacy will be ready to taste in a couple of months.
What is so special about the Cornia Valley melon? It’s more sugary than other types and from the pollination of its flower comes a very special honey!
Last but not least, we would like to mention the “marroni” chestnuts, coming from the many chestnut trees along the coastal countryside.
Marroni are used to make tasty brown jelly and creamy marmelade you can try during the Chestnut Festival!