A sand so fine that it squeaks like a violin when you walk on it - hence the name "Cala Violina" (Violin Bay). Cala Violina is an insider tip among tourists and one of the most popular beaches among locals. To reach it, you have to walk about 1.5 kilometers from the parking lot. But the effort is worth it: the path leads through the middle of a nature reserve.
Address: Loc. Pian d’Alma, 58020 Scarlino/Grosseto, look at the indication "Cala Violina" on the roaed direction Castiglione d. Pescaia
Between Follonica and Puntone
South of the town of Follonica, a single long sandy beach leads to the town of Puntone. A pine forest separates the road from the beach and provides shade during the hot midday hours. It's best to drive to Follonica first, follow the signs to "Punta Ala", drive a little along the road past the pine forest and park your car in one of the parking spaces there. From there, footpaths lead through the pine trees to the beach.
Address: Via delle Collacchie, 58022 Follonica
Castiglione della Pescaia
One of the few places that manages the balancing act between a busy tourist destination and an authentic Tuscan village. The old town on the hill is really picturesque and great for a stroll; It also forms a very beautiful backdrop when swimming down on the beach. In the evening it is worth strolling through the lower part of the city with its numerous restaurants and ice cream parlors.
Address: Lungomare di Levante, 58043 Castiglione della Pescaia
Maremma Natural Park
Tuscan-style safari is available in the “Parco Naturale della Maremma”. Already on the drive to the parking lot you encounter foxes, wild boars and free-roaming cattle and horses. To explore the nature reserve in more detail, it is best to choose one of the hiking trails that lead through the park. You can find out exactly where the trails start at the bar near the parking lot on the beach. You can also swim in the “Parco Naturale della Maremma”.
Address: Strada del Mare, 58100 Alberese/Grosseto
On the highest mountain in the Maremma, Monte Amiata, there is a picture that is completely untypical of Tuscany: chestnuts and beeches instead of cypresses and pine trees and cool mountain air instead of summer heat. In winter you can even go skiing here. The 29 km long “Anello dell’Amiata” circular path leads around the summit and is ideal for a two-day hike; Otherwise you can of course only walk part of the way. A particular highlight are the two springs that rise along the circular route; Here you can take a break and refresh your water supplies.
Start the Tour at „Madonna del Camicione“, Strada Provinciale Macinaie, 58033 Castel del Piano.
Baratti and Populonia Archaeological Park
The Etruscans were the rulers of ancient Tuscany until their territories were conquered from the 5th century BC. were gradually conquered by the Romans. In the “Parco Arceologico di Baratti e Populonia” you get an insight into this past advanced culture. Populonia was one of the most important Etruscan cities, largely thanks to the port where iron ore from the island of Elba was unloaded. What is particularly impressive in the archaeological park are the necropolises, the elaborately built necropolises of the Etruscans that are more than two and a half millennia old.
Address: Loc. Baratti 60, 57025 Piombino
Gavorrano Mining Museum
Until the 1980s, mining was the most important industry in Gavorrano, after all, the town is located on the last foothills of the "Colline Metallifere" (Iron Hills). In the “Parco Minerario Naturalistico” you can visit the disused mine. You can see, among other things, the old shafts, winding towers and a limestone quarry. We recommend the guided tours through the mine, which are also offered in English.
Address: Loc. I Bagnetti, 58023 Gavorrano
The square "Piazza Garibaldi" with the cathedral "San Cerbone" is the heart of Massa Marittima and one of the most beautiful squares in all of Tuscany. The pedestrian zone “Corso della Libertà” is a wonderful place to stroll, drink espresso and eat ice cream. But the fortress is also worth seeing: a long staircase leads to it through the middle of the beautiful old town. Once at the top, you can see the impressive arch that connects the two defensive towers. Towers and battlements can be visited for a small entrance fee. And from up there you can enjoy a wonderfully wide view of the sea.
Access to the fortress via Via Moncini, 58024 Massa Marittima
Abbey of San Galgano
A church without a roof and a sword stuck in the rock: There are many legends surrounding the monastery ruins of San Galgano, for example that of a spoiled knight's son who supposedly found God here and rammed his sword into the stone to confirm his change of heart should have. The roof, on the other hand, collapsed quite simply after a lightning strike. In any case, the church and the small chapel with the sword are curiosities that you have to see with your own eyes.
Address: Località San Galgano 167, 53012 Chiusdino
The provincial capital Grosseto is one of the few cities in Italy whose walls are still completely preserved. The wall ring has remained practically unchanged since the Medici in the 16th century. You can walk completely around the old town on the old battlements. The archaeological museum "Museo archeologico e d'arte della Maremma" is also worth a visit: you can relive the history of the Maremma using finds from prehistoric times through the Etruscans, Romans and the Middle Ages to modern times.
Address of the museum: Piazza A. Baccarini 3, 58100 Grosseto