“Castiglione della Pescaia” is an evocative medieval town, today home to 7359 people. The town rises on a headland along the “Maremma’s” coastline and its origins have been traced back to the Roman/Etruscan period.
This town, through the years, has been awarded multiple times by leading italian environmentalist associations (Legambiente) and tourist organizations (Touring Club) as one of the most relevant touristic spots along the “Tirreno’s” coastline. In fact, the area is characterized by many beautiful and clean beaches (Blu Flags).
“Castiglione della Pescaia” represents also an ideal starting point for those interested in visiting beautiful natural reserves like the “Parco della Diaccia Botrona” and the “Parco della Maremma” as well for those interested in visiting interesting Etruscan and Roman archeological sites like Roselle, Vetulonia and Populonia.
Just a few kilometers outside the town center, it is possible to find la “Casa Rossa” (Red House) which is the entry point to the “Daccia Botrona’s” natural reserve; this natural reserve includes the last remaining parts of the swamp, which originally covered most of the “Maremma’s” area.
Traveling along the road which connects “Castiglione della Pescaia” and “Marina di Grosseto” you will find the “Pineta del Tombolo” which covers over 10km of the coastline between the two towns.
Not far from the town center, it is possible to find large and well-known beaches like “Le Rocchette”, “Punta Ala” and the most renowned “Cala Violina”; the latter is considered by “Legambiente” as one of the nicest beaches in Italy. “Cala Violina” is reachable only on foot or by bike and by horse, crossing a path wrapped in the local type of vegetation called “Macchia Mediterranea”.
Thanks to the small ferries that leave daily from Castiglione’s harbor it is possible to visit three nearby islands: Elba, Giglio and Giannutri. Visiting these islands by ferry will allow you not only to see some marvelous beaches, but also to visit some historically reach towns along the coastline.
Castiglione della Pescaia - Historical Center
While visiting “Castiglione” it will be also possible to stroll around the narrow streets within the medieval walls of the city, which together make up for “Castiglione’s” historical center. The castle, which is located on the upper part of the medieval town, enjoys a unique and unforgettable view on the sea.
Cala Violina Beach
The beach of “Cala Violina” is famous for its white sand and the pristine water. The name of the beach (“Cala Violina” can be translated as “Violins’ beach”) originates from the sound that the sand produces, when walked upon, which resembles the sounds of the violin. This peculiarity is a result of the unique chemical composition of the sand’s grains. Another unique trait of this beach is the presence, in its waters, of a particular type of seaweed called “Posidonia Oceanica”. This strain of seaweed is known as the “healer of the seas” as it releases great quantities of oxygen in the waters while also helping to protect the coastline from the erosion.