Surroundings

 

Nearest cities 

Piombino has an ancient historical centre dating from the time in which it was the Etruscans' port near the area of Populonia. In the Middle Ages, it was an important port and even to this day, it is still one of the biggest ports in Italy. The ferries of the major shipping lines leave from Piombino to the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago (Elba is just 10km from the coast).

Castiglione della Pescaia is an ancient village overlooking the sea between Punta Ala and Marina di Grosseto. It is well positioned in that it offers daily excursions to the islands in the Tuscan archipelago. Castiglione della Pescaia boasts ancient origins: the first traces of a population in this area date back to about sixty thousand years ago whilst the first urban settlement is located in Vetulonia; the ancient city that the Etruscans founded near Lake Prile (that now no longer exists).
 
Massa Marittima is a town, set on a hill about 380 m above sea level. It is renowned for its mineral springs, mines of iron, mercury, lignite and copper, with foundries, ironworks and olive-oil mills. The town appeared in the early Middle Ages, the bishopric seat of Populonia being moved there around 1000 AD. After the initial domination of the Republic of Pisa, it became an independent comune in the 13th century. In the following century it was conquered by Siena, to which it belonged until it became part of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany in the mid-16th century.
 
 

 

Medieval towns 

Campiglia Marittima: a medieval village and also the location of our establishment: Podere tre Cipressi. The name comes from the fact the town was very close to the sea. The village is characterised by steep and narrow cobble-stoned streets that lead to the castle, which was recently restored.

Suvereto: the town's name derives from the Latin suber, which means cork. In fact, the town is surrounded by dense forests of cork. The area is also renowned for its vineyards. A guided tour upon request can be scheduled.

Castagneto Carducci: the town is located on the Etruscan coast and on the wine route. "Sassicaia" wine is produced here. The town is also famous for its long straight road surrounded by a double row of cypress trees. 

Modern Populonia: located within a small portion of the walled acropolis of a large ancient city, which covered the entire north end of Monte Massoncello, a promontory, its northern slopes down to the Bay of Baratti, and the shores of the bay, which was its port. The city was an industrial one, smelting copper ore brought from the Colline Metallifere, the "ore-bearing hills" inland, and iron ore from nearby Elba, In recognition of the area's importance to archaeology, a system of parks was created, the Parchi della Val di Cornia, with a key park being the Parco archeologico di Baratti e Populonia, the "Baratti and Populonia Archeological Park", which covers the hill with the acropolis and the entire Bay of Baratti and its shores.

 

Beaches on the east coast 

The area boasts the eco-label blue flag for its commitment to the coastal environment and water quality. There are many beautiful beach clubs along the coast such as those of Carlappiano, Perelli, Sterpaia, Mortelliccio, Carbonifera and Il Pino. These beach clubs cater for the disabled and some are dog-friendly. There are also free beaches in these areas. 

 

Other beaches worth visiting 

Golfo di Baratti: the panoramic Gulf of Baratti has a small tourist harbour, an impressive black and silver beach, dunes covered with myrtle and juniper bushes, a century-old pine wood and an Etruscan necropolis.
 
Buca delle Fate: is a beach located on the Baratti-Populonia coast overlooking the island of Elba. The view is breathtaking and the sea floor is crystal clear. The beach place can be reached along a steep path from the car park.
 
Cala Moresca: starting from Salivoli and from the parking lot above the Cala Moresca, you walk for about 1 km along a dirt road that gradually descends to the pebble beach of Fosso alle Canne. The scenery is breathtaking.
 
Parco di Rimigliano: consists of a dense forest of oak and pine trees, sloping down to a sandy shore. Continuing towards San Vincenzo, there is a nudist beach "Nido dell’Aquila". From a distance, the beach is marked by a big yellow kite with the inscription ANITA – FKK.
 
Cala Violina: is one of the most beautiful beaches of the Maremma and is composed of tiny grains of quartz with a crystal clear sea. It is located between Follonica and Punta Ala within the Natural Reserve of the Bandite di Scarlino.

 

 

Fun for the family  

Cavallino Matto: amusement park for the family in Marina di Donoratico. 

Il Giardino dei Tarocchi: is a sculpture garden based on the esoteric tarot created by the French artist Niki de Saint Phalle in Pescia Fiorentina, località Garavicchio, province of Grosseto.

Il Giardino Sospeso: the “Hanging Garden” Adventure Park is set among centuries-old oak trees in “Il Giardino” state forest at Riparbella (Pisa), where acrobatic courses through the treetops have been created and are open to all.

Parco Gallorose: wildlife centre in Cecina.

Acqua Village di Follonica: water park.

Acquario Mondo Marino: acquarium in Valpiana.

Acquario di Livorno: acquarium in Livorno.

 

Thermal baths of Val di Cornia 

The thermal baths consist of a large and impressive thermal pool of warm water at 36 °C known as "Il Calidario". There is also a thermal bath at Hotel delle Terme where the waters flow at 45 °C throughout the year. The spa centre "La Cerretta" at Sassetta lies within a biodynamic estate ringed by thick Mediterranean brush where the thermal waters are at a constant temperature of 49.6 °C.  

 

Nightlife 

Tartana in Marina di Scarlino 25 km away.
La Capannina in Castiglione della Pescaia 39 km away.
Disco Village in Follonica 18 km away.
Subway in Follonica 16 km away.
Cala Felice Club Beach in Puntone, Scarlino 25 km away.