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Summer in Tuscany

If you opt for Tuscany as the location for your summer holidays, you can take your pick of an extraordinary variety of natural and manmade settings, whether you are looking to stay by the sea, prefer relaxing in the rolling countryside and even if you choose to enjoy both. 

Family and social life in Versilia


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Anyone who is looking for sea and fun should head for Versilia, which offers the “historical” area of Pietrasanta, Forte dei Marmi, Seravezza and Stazzema  alongside resorts full of tourist facilities - Camaiore, Massarosa and Viareggio, adding up to almost 165 km of long, sandy beaches with shallow waters, ideal for the whole family. Versilia is the hub of society and nightlife, with a packed calendar of events and famous discos and clubs, but also the vast pine forests celebrated by Gabriele d'Annunzio, such as the parco della Versiliana at Marina di Pietrasanta.

History and nature on the Costa degli Etruschi

Completely different scenery, but no less captivating for that, can be found on the Costa degli Etruschi, where nature rules supreme, with its cypress trees so loved by the poet Carducci, vineyards and Etruscan ruins waiting to be discovered in the country towns.

White sandy beaches like those of San Vincenzo and Baratti alternate with the darker sands of Marina di Castagneto, Bibbona and Cecina, and cliffs sculpted by the wind, where the sea is deep and full of fish.

The charm of the Maremma


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The Maremma, Tuscany’s southernmost strip of coastline, is famous for its landscape and sparkling sea, golden beaches, shady pine woods and beautiful towns overlooking crystal clear waters, such as Capalbio, with its wild dunes, the small headland of Ansedonia and its fine sandy beach, the imposing mass of Argentario, the splendid headland that is home to the towns of Porto Ercole and Porto Santo Stefano, and Orbetello with its lagoon. Talamone, whose beaches are known to lovers of sailing sports (kite-surfing, wind-surfing) and its sheltered coves, is followed by the coast of the parco della Maremma and the pristine and unique stretch of Marina di Alberese, accessible only by land through the park (also by bicycle).

Once through Castiglione della Pescaia, with its sandy beach in front of the town, and Punta Ala, whose long beach is completely bordered by a beautiful pine forest, we reach the bay of Follonica with the stunning white beaches of Cala Martina and Cala Violina, which can be reached through a trail on foot, by bicycle or on horseback (and with a shuttle service in summer) through dense, beautiful Mediterranean scrubland.

Finally, we mustn’t forget the islands of the Tuscan archipelago. From the celebrated island of Elba to the wild Giannutri, famous for its seabed of rare beauty, and the island of Giglio filled with natural attractions.

It is difficult, however, to stay in Tuscany without falling for the charm of its countryside. More and more travellers are choosing to stay off the beaten track in the peace of an agriturismo in the countryside, recharging body and soul in peace and quiet, enjoying life at a slow pace, and savouring the genuine flavours that were believed lost.

If this is what you are looking for, Tuscany spoils you for choice: from the hills of Chianti, the soft, rolling countryside spanning the provinces of Florence, Siena and Arezzo, with its towns in which time has stood still, its flavours and breathtaking scenery, to the magic of the Crete Senesi, the picturesque landscape between Arezzo and Siena, known all over the world thanks to the films that continue to celebrate it.

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