Thanks to the long and very beautiful coastline that stretches up the north-western coast of Italy, Tuscany is home to a plethora of stunning sandy beaches and the array of atmospheric seaside towns that come with them. Choosing between culture and history and relaxing on the beach can be difficult, but who says you have to compromise one or the other? Spend mornings browsing museums and galleries or hiking through the spectacular countryside, keeping your eyes peeled for any Wildlife of Tuscany all the while before retreating to a sandy haven nearby for an afternoon with your feet up and your favourite book. Tuscany provides a holiday that can do both and is particularly well-suited to large groups who may want different things out of their holiday. Here at Quality Villas, we’ve taken a closer look at some of many fantastic seaside towns located in the region, providing inspiration for anyone hoping to stay in our luxury holiday villas in Tuscany
Porto Santo Stefano
Monte Argentario is a picturesque peninsula that connects to the Maremma region by three strips of land. This provides easy access to many of the islands in the Tuscan Archipelago, including Giglio and Giannutri, making it the destination of choice for those hoping to do some island-hopping in Tuscany. Porto Santo Stefano is often credited as being the most important town within the region with its appealing nature attracting tourists from far and wide alongside an impressive seafaring history. The town is overlooked by a spectacular Spanish Fortress, the Fortezza Spagnola, which has an exhibition on local history as well as fantastic views over the town and out to sea.
Castiglione della Pescaia
A scenic seaside resort situated in Grosseto, this town boasts splendid views of the islands of Elba and Giglio. With an abundance of unspoilt landscapes that extend as far as the eye can see, excellent food, fine wines and an endless list of things to see and do, it may come as no surprise that Castiglione della Pescaia made it to our list of top seaside towns in Tuscany. In addition, the wealth of gorgeous beaches are just a stone’s throw away from the bustling streets, with other more secluded and intimate bays situated on the outskirts. Our favourite beaches include Punta Ala, Rochette and Marze.
As fun to visit as it is to say, Bibbona encapsulates all it is to be a small Tuscan town full of history and surrounded by natural beauty. The cobbled streets wind around the old castle and can be explored at a leisurely place as you take in one historically significant and architecturally impressive building to the next. There’s so much to see and do that will tell you about a time gone by and how the people of Bibbona once lived, but this international tourist destination certainly hasn’t been left in the past. The seaside town is well-equipped for those also looking for fun and relaxation and has a variety of water sports for those seeking a little adventure.
The town that welcomes you onto Elba Island, Portoferraio will feature in many of the ‘Best Town’ lists in Livorno, Tuscany and beyond. Those looking to dance the night away will be pleased to hear that there is a lively nightlife with some fabulous bars and clubs located all over the town centre. As the deep sea divers amongst you may already be aware, the island itself is home to some fantastic scuba diving, making Portoferraio the perfect base for anyone looking to plunge into the world under the sea. There are any number of gorgeous beaches for you to relax on here, with some of the more notable including Enfola, Rivercina and Sansone.
Located in the heart of Northern Tuscany, there are a wealth of beautiful beaches found along this stretch of coast, making it one of the most popular beach towns in Tuscany. The old walled city is divided into a network of 24 hamlets, each having a different view of mountains, hills and sea to the next. There are some fantastic events that take place here throughout the year, including Palio Dei Rione, whereby the hamlets compete against each other in singing, dancing and sporting competitions before coming together as a city to celebrate into the night. Camaiore is located in Versilia, a region that is renowned for its production of olive oil and wine, both of which should be sampled during your holiday.
Renowned for its marble and bronze workshops, Pietrasanta is often referred to as “The Little Athens of Italy” thanks to its popularity with several international artists. The quaint medieval town has lots to see and do, including a collection of awe-inspiring art galleries, fascinating museums and traditional churches, yet you are never more than two miles away from a stretch of luxurious golden sand and a dip in the Mediterranean Sea. In the evening, take a casual stroll to the Piazza Del Duomo and enjoy a drink alfresco as you sit back, relax and experience the laidback lifestyle of those who live and holiday here.
One of the few towns in Tuscany, Italy and beyond that can claim to be located amidst a pretty Mediterranean pine forest, Tirrenia is well-known for its many golden sandy beaches. There’s plenty for those that like to get active during their holidays, with an array of watersports, beach games and field sports to choose from, the latter of which can be enjoyed under the cooling shade of the pine trees. Take a gentle bike ride through the forest and appreciate the unique flower and fauna that surrounds you, for as one of Italy’s last remaining dune environments, many of the animals and plants here are protected. There is a lively evening scene, with plenty of fantastic restaurants, bars and clubs for you to choose from.
That concludes our guide to seven of our favourite beach towns in Tuscany. That said, this is just a taste of what awaits your next holiday to this beautiful part of the world and there is a number of other coastal resorts to choose from, so if you require any help in choosing a holiday that is best suited to your wants, needs and desires, don’t hesitate to contact the friendly team here at Quality Villas who would be more than happy to help. To explore more of Tuscany, perhaps off the beaten track, check out our recent blog post, 11 Hidden Gems in Tuscany.
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