Costa degli etruschi
The ideal itinerary for those who love to live an extraordinary and original experience in close contact with nature.
A 300 km route which crosses Tuscany from North to South, along its fantastic coastline. You will touch places of considerable summery tourist importance, thanks to its renowned beaches, parks and natural reserves, enchanting and varied landscapes without excluding the possibility of being able to taste a great variety of local products of the innumerable farms that will be found along the way.
Marina di Massa – Marina di Pisa (50 km)
The first stage begins with a very impressive view, on one side the view from the intense blue of the sea water and on the other the great chain of the Apuan Alps, which from the coast rises up to 2000 meters above sea level.
Along the coast cycle path you can easily reach Viareggio, a very popular place among the summer vacationers. In the southern part of the city the cycle path continues along the coast but immersed in the greenery of the natural reserve of Marina di Levante. In Torre del Lago we recommend stopping for a visit to the house which is now a museum, on the shore of the lake where the maestro Giacomo Puccini lived and composed his magnificent works.
Returning along the coast you enter the Regional Park of Migliarino, San Rossore and Massaciuccoli to reach Pisa. The stop in Piazza dei Miracoli will make you appreciate the secrets of the Leaning Tower, Duomo and Baptistery. Then you will continue up to Marina di Pisa where the first leg ends. There is Hotel accommodation with the possibility of relaxing on the beach or having a drink at sunset on the beachfront.
Marina di Pisa – Cecina (70 km)
You leave Marina di Pisa in the morning and along the bike path which continues along the coast you arrive in Livorno. Founded by the Medici, it is destined to be the most important port of Tuscany. Not to be missed the historic district of Venice, the Fortresses and do not forget to shop in the colourful Local Market.
From here on for about twenty kilometres the coast changes, there will be no more sandy beaches to keep you company but rather a rocky panorama overlooking the sea with evocative views of the Tuscan archipelago. Once in Castiglioncello the coast becomes sandy again, acquiring a tropical appearance near the town of Vada.
The last part of the itinerary will lead you to Marina di Cecina where you can have a relaxing evening on the beach or savouring the fresh local fish in the many local restaurants.
Marina di Cecina – Baratti (55km)
After breakfast at the hotel, the day begins with a pleasant ride inside the Tomboli di Cecina Nature Reserve. From here a detour to the inside allows you to reach Bolgheri, a beautiful historic village where a stop is absolutely recommended.
Continue along a pleasant, unpaved quiet road where you will have the chance to meet some of the most prestigious international wineries on the way. Once you have passed Donoratico you will also find San Vincenzo and from there you will arrive directly in the Gulf of Baratti where the third stage ends.
Baratti – Castiglione della Pescaia (45 km)
Along the Costal Park of the Sterpaia you reach Torre Mozza. Here there is the most curious building symbol of the coast of Tuscany, the tower that gives the name to the town. It is a building dating back to the fifteenth century that even today watches over the long south coast.
Beyond Follonica, after a few kilometres you reach the Puntone di Scarlino. From there on it is undoubtedly worthy of a stop for a dip in one of the most evocative coves of Tuscany, Cala Violina. Continuing the itinerary you arrive at Punta Ala, and from there a wide beach and clear crystal water will accompany you to Castiglione della Pescaia where the fourth leg of our journey ends.
Booking in a hotel.
Castiglione della Pescaia - Talamone (55 km)
Leaving again from Castiglione della Pescaia, we head towards Marina di Grosseto and from there a short detour leads to the centre of Grosseto.
After a visit to the southernmost city of Tuscany, our itinerary continues in the Maremma Natural Park, also called dell'uccellina.
Albarese can be considered the gateway to the natural park, and with its visitor centre offers various routes leading inside the Park.
After passing this natural oasis, continuing southwards, you will reach Talamone where the day will end. Accommodation in hotel.
Talamone – Porto Santo Stefano – Porto Ercole - Orbetello (55 km)
Last stage of our journey but not any less spectacular. Leaving Talomone behind, we continue slightly inland in the heart of the Maremma countryside. You will thus have the chance to discover the original land of the buttari, the Italian cowboys.
Near the promontory of Monte Argentario, you return again to the coast, where you have to cross the WWF Oasis to reach Porto Santo Stefano and then Porto Ercole. Two county towns that absolutely deserve a visit.
Our itinerary will end in the town of Orbetello, after almost 350 kilometres of a pleasant adventure which started 6 days before.
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