TUSCAN COAST

THE TUSCAN COAST

The great privilege of Tuscany is its exclusive location that combines the fairy-tale countryside with the amazing 350 km seacoast. The north and the south parts of the coast are full of amazing vacation destinations, towns, beaches and incredible ports. Versilia, Forte dei Marmi, Viareggio, Livorno, Pisa, Castiglioncello in the north part of the coast and Punta Ala and Grosseto in the south are just some of the best vacation destinations on the Tuscan coast. The marvellous islands of the Tyrrhenian Sea such as Elba, Capraia, Giglio can be reached only in 30 minutes by ferry.      

The Tuscan coast offers a variety of beaches that can satisfy all tastes: from golden sandy beaches to beautiful rocky seaside. Most of these places propose, in addition to the sea life, many opportunities to enjoy free time by doing activities like yachting, horse riding and cycling. Along the whole coast many harbours, ports and elite yacht clubs are awaiting for the sail lovers. The central streets of Viareggio, Forte di Marmi and San Vincenzo are just a paradise for those who love shopping in the elegant and exclusive ambient. The Tuscan coast amazes even after dinner when numerous clubs, disco, night bars give the chance to appreciate the genuine Italian “dolce vita”. It is not a case that a lot of Italian celebrities choose Tuscan coast as a place for vacation.          

Buying an elegant house, an exclusive villa or a modern penthouse by the sea can be your best choice for staying on the Tuscan cost. Living close to the sea in a prestigious castle, traditional farmhouse or a country house is a unique and unforgettable experience.    

The most exquisite italian cuisines can be served along the coast, in fact the Tuscan Coast has its very own and original way to cook seafood.

Suggested Restaurants:

On the north coast:
  • Forte dei Marmi offers a delightful array of restaurants for fine dining along the sea coast. A traditional restaurant that we suggest is L’Osteria del Mare (http://www.osteriadelmareforte.it/), born in 1998 and ideally situated on the beach.
  • Trattoria Buonamico (http://www.trattoriabuonamico.com/viareggio/). Is the oldest seafood restaurant in Viareggio. The specialty of the house is the baby cuttlefish with polenta and the cacciucco.
  • The restaurant Osteria dei Cavalieri (http://www.osteriacavalieri.pisa.it/en/home.php) has a central position in the city of Pisa. The dishes and menus of the Osteria are made with the perfect balance between innovation and tradition combined with a remarkable choice from a winecellar rich in discoveries and grand classics.
On the south coast:
  • iIn the center of Punta Ala, is the restaurant Miramare, (http://www.ristorantemiramare.info) inside the hotel Miramare. The menu is dedicated to those who love sea food mixed with the traditional from the region.
  • If you want to try the traditional way of Grosseto, you should go to the Gli Attortellati (http://www.gliattortellati.com/) and try the Menu of the house, where you can taste the most traditional plates of the area.

Suggested Hotels:

On the north coast:
On the south coast:
  • Situated in the elegant port of Punta Ala, this 5 star hotel called the Baglioni Hotel Cala del Porto (http://www.baglionihotels.com/category/punta-ala-en/) offers an unparalleled view that you can admire the beautiful bay dominated by Elba Island and with a distant view of Corsica from the terraces.
  • Grand Hotel Bastiani (http://www.hotelbastiani.com/it/) is a 4 star hotel that has been in operation for nearly one hundred years and is the most important hotel in the city of Grosseto.

Sports Facilities:

On the north coast:
  • For the sports Enthusiasts, the coast offers many private tennis clubs. It seems that Forte dei Marmi is the Italian city with the largest number of fields per sq km. The Tennis Corner Club di Forte dei Marmi (http://tenniscornerclub.it) is a well known option to try.
  • Another amazing golf club is the Versilia Golf Resort (http://www.versiliagolfresort.com/) where you can find a hotel, restaurant and the 18 hole course set in a vast open space, among thick woods, sand bunkers, large fairways and water hazards.
On the south coast:
  • Golf Club Punta Ala (http://www.golfpuntaala.it/) began its activity in the spring of the year 1964. The golf course is located in a panoramic area with amazing sea views and iis one of the most beautiful golf courses in Tuscany and Italy.

Annual Festivals in the area:

Various events take place on the coast during the year: from the most famous ones, like the Viareggio Carnival and the Puccini Festival, to various kinds of activities, like promotional exhibitions, cultural meetings, music events and concerts, art and antique exhibitions.

On the north coast:
  • On of the most known events on the coast is the Flea Market: Forte Dei Marmi is a shoppers’ paradise! Anyway, apart from the exclusive boutiques, there is a famous flea market that opens every Wednesday from 8am to 2.30pm in Piazza Macroni near the city center. During the summer this market is open even on Sundays.
  • Fair of Sant’Ermete: every August 28 Forte dei Marmi celebrates its patron saint with stalls scattered between downtown and the waterfront, shops open until midnight, cultural events and music. The event concludes with a fireworks show on the pier.
  • Festival Pucciniano: The annual summer festival in Torre del Lago, Lucca, is dedicated to the operas of Puccini. You can also visit the villa where the use to live.
  • Carnevale di Viareggio: Without a doubt, Tuscany’s most rowdy but good-natured “politicised” carnival.
On the south coast:
  • The Festa di San Lorenzo is a traditional procession in honor of the Patron Saint Lorenzo on August 10, in the streets of the historic center of Grosseto . The parade is followed by “Butteri” (local cowboys) and the event ends in the Cathedral with the blessing of the bishop.
  • On February and March the Maremma MTB Cup annual international mountain bike competition through the narrow streets of the historic centers of Massa Marittima, Grosseto and Arcidosso, along the docks of Porto Santo Stefano and within the Maremma countryside.
  • Il Gavitello d’Argento – Yacht Club Challenge Trophy Bruno Calandriello is a regatta that happens in May, for club teams organized by the Yacht Club Punta Ala. The name derives from the historic President of the club, a known Italian and successful owner. Bruno Calandriello has been an icon of Italian sailing: in addition to founding the new headquarters of the Yacht Club Punta Ala in 1995.

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