The Etruscan Coast

The Etruscan Coast includes, in addition to the magnificent natural area of Bolgheri, the beautiful coastal pine woods of Cecina and Donoratico; the wooded hills of Bibbona, Bolgheri and Monte Calvi, where Mediterranean vegetation alternates with beautiful chestnut woods.

 

Historical and cultural interest is centred on the medieval towns of Castagneto Carducci, Suvereto and Campiglia Marittima, with well-preserved defensive walls and forts.

 


In the Monte Calvi area, the remains of furnaces demonstrate the importance of the extraction of minerals and their working right back to Etruscan times.

 

Another particularly interesting location is the Piombino headland, which, at its Southern-most part, boasts remarkable natural and archeological features: the beautiful Baratti bay and Populonia necropolis. The ancient Populonia itself is the only Etruscan city born as a basis for sea trade and the working of metals extracted on the nearby island of Elba.

 

Also worthy of note are the various natural parks, such as San Vincenzo’s Parco di Rimigliano. This part of the coast is charmingly referred to as the "Costa degli Etruschi" (Etruscan Coast), and represents a unique chance to taste those elements which make Maremma both rough and sweet at the same time. The Costa degli Etruschi is an area where it is never difficult to find something to do, and whatever the season, there are always plenty of different ideas to choose from. In this corner of Tuscany the sea, nature, the arts and history all live harmoniously side by side.

 

Large beaches and endless cliffs scented with salt and wind, protected by a blanket of pine woods: it's a spot where the Mediterranean feels particularly alive.

 

Finally, what can we say about the local food and cuisine? Here you can genuinely experience the pleasure of searching for and discovering unique flavours. All along the Costa degli Etruschi you will meet the twins of Tuscan cuisine: meat and fish, reminding you of both the countryside and the sea, all interwoven in a centuries-old combination of strong traditions and deep-rooted habits.

 

Alongside the area's seafaring side, the ‘trattorie’ are still remain hugely popular, cult locations for tasting wild boar, evoking popular myth and traditions of hunting. The constant companion to the local food is of course, the prestigious local wines which find their roots in traditions which the entire world is re-discovering with ever-larger interest.

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