Where to take in the beauty of the Etruscan Coast
The region around Pisa is one of the most beautiful in Italy. Beautiful beaches and historic cities dominate the field on the Tuscan Mediterranean coast. Enchanting country hotels in Tuscany offer a relaxing retreat for a unique week’s trip.
Starting from Pisa, this is a tour that runs along the Tuscan coast from Pisa to Grosseto. The ideal starting point is Pisa – Galileo’s birthplace. The Aeroporto Galileo Galilei is reached from many British airports. Three days is the perfect time to explore Pisa and Livorno. In Pisa, numerous attractions are waiting to be discovered – beyond the obligatory visit to the Leaning Tower. Essential monuments include the Baptistery, the Cathedral of Santa Maria and a stroll to the Piazza dei Cavalieri.
Another highlight is the Botanical Garden, the oldest in the world dating back to 1543. The port city of Livorno has a lot to offer too as one of Italy’s major freight and commercial harbours. The historic downtown is home to numerous churches and synagogues, such as the Duomo of San Francesco di Assisi and the Temple of the Dutch-German Congregation. Very interesting are the Vecchia and Nuova fortresses. The Tuscan city is known for its fresh fish and delicious delicacies.
There are many charming accommodations in the region around Pisa and Livorno. An idyllic haven, the Grand Hotel Bonanno is a design hotel in the heart of Pisa boasting a roof terrace with views of the Leaning Tower. The wellness center and large pool guarantee pure relaxation. If you prefer the Tuscan country style, we recommend the Pratello Country Resort. A picturesque villa hotel with beautiful family apartments and a large pool, this place guarantees a refreshing end to a hot summers day.
From Pisa, continue towards Piombino, about an hour’s drive south. Schedule in three days for this part of the trip too. The picturesque harbor town entrances visitors with its narrow streets, the Tuscan architecture and the harbor promenade. The ideal starting point for unforgettable day trips. Compulsory program is to visit the ancient city of Populonia, situated on a hill with a view of the Gulf of Baratti and the island of Elba. The Gulf of Baratti has a beautiful beach, made for a dip in the hot Tuscan summer. Situated on one of the numerous hills, hiding the picturesque village of Campiglia Marittima, a jewel of the Etruscan Coast. The view extends to the sea and could not be nicer. Small authentic shops and ice cream shops line the narrow streets of the small and ancient village. For shopping, don’t miss the weekly markets. One of the biggest is the market of Cecina, which takes place every Tuesday. Take a car ferry from Piombino to Elba – a journey of about an hour. A paradise for divers! The main town of Portoferraio invites you to explore, as well as the summer residence of Napoleon and the many enchanted mountain villages.
The Etruscan Coast offers countless hotels, to round off a stylish visit to the area. The Tombolo Talasso is a luxury and wellness temple, situated directly on the beach. The modern rooms provide spectacular sea views. Anyone looking for a retreat for a few days on the island of Elba, pick the Relais Delle Picchiaie. Located in a Mediterranean park, it has unforgettable and unique panoramic views of the island and a relaxing spa.
Grand finale of this tour is the Tuscan town of Grosseto. The historic city center is to explore the sights and shopping treats. You should also go to the ramparts and neo-gothic Palace of Dante. A trip to Marina di Grosseto is also well worth it.
In this area, check into traditional and homely hotels like the Fattoria San Lorenzo for a perfect end to your trip. Located in the Maremma sleep in stylishly renovated apartments in historic farmhouses. Or choose the Marine Hotel Terme Leopoldo II with serene atmosphere and excellent service. There could hardly be a more relaxing location to write the last chapter of your holiday.
Guest article by Escapio.com