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Etruscan Coast (Costa degli Etruschi)

We use to call "Etruscan Coast" the Upper Maremma and the Province of Livorno, in Tuscany (central Italy, on its western coast). Just in front of Tuscan Archipelago (Elba and other six smaller islands). Here lived ancient populations such as Etruscans and Romans, here were built medieval castles and villages, belonging to ancient noble families... here ruled the Medici family, the Appiani family, and Napoleon's sister.

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Itineraries to discover our territory and its history Baratti and Populonia: on a hill, just over the enchanting gulf of Baratti, Populonia was a very important Etruscan town, the only one to be built directly along the coast.
We recommend you to visit the archaeological park (it's possible to see both necropolis and acropolis) and the beautiful medieval castle of Populonia Alta.

Campiglia Marittima is a small village which was a miners' hometown in the past. It still retains its charming medieval look and atmosphere. Near Campiglia is possible to visit also the Archaeological and Mineralogical Park of San Silvestro and to walk along some trekking paths to discover a lovely Mediterranean wood, grown on pure limestone.

Castagneto Carducci and Bolgheri, you can reach the beautiful village of Bolgheri along the famous "Cypresses' boulevard", about which Giosue Carducci (an italian poet of the XIX century) wrote a famous poem. Nowadays this boulevard is a national monument. In the nearby countryside famous wines such as Sassicaia and Ornellaia are produced.
Very interesting are Castagneto and the Castle of Bolgheri, once dominated by the Della Gherardesca family.
In the surroundings lovely trekking paths are available for everybody.

Livorno and its Sanctuary, Montenero: Leghorn's historical center and the old "Venice quarter" where used to live merchants and sailors, are very well preserved. In town is also possible to visit the Liberty Lungomare (seaside boulevard) and some interesting fortresses, churches, museums.
On the nearby hills is the Montenero Church, a sanctuary dedicated to Saint Mary of Montenero, patron of Tuscany, famous for her miracles.

Piombino, main town of Val di Cornia, has a very well restored historical center, that holds precious monuments. Near Piombino is possible to visit the castle of Populonia and the Archaeological park of Baratti-Populonia.
On the Promontory of Piombino is also possible to walk along trekking seaside paths, with landscapes of astonishing beauty and the typical Mediterranean vegetation.

Rosignano Marittimo: ancient medieval hamlet where there is an interesting Archaeleogical Museum, a stunning view of the "spiagge bianche" and of the little, but very famous, sea town of Castiglioncello. In Castiglioncello worths a visit the recently restored and so called "forgotten museum".

Sassetta, very small medieval hamlet surrounded by chestnut trees and holm oak woods where are interesting trekking paths among ancient charcoal kilns. In the hamlet the Parish Church of Sant'Andrea preserves a reliquary crucifix made in rock crystal (XIV century).

Suvereto, a medieval village that still retains the atmosphere of its origin, coming out from stone buildings and stone roads, dominated by an ancient castle. In 2003 the village has been awarded with the "orange flag", a sign of quality given by the Italian Touring Club.
On the nearby hills are many trekking paths with secret landscapes to discover.


ISLAND OF ELBA
In spring or autumn, free from the chaos of summer, this enchanting island can show its older and true face. Lovely villages and charming landscapes to be visited on a coach or on foot (trekking avalaible).

Portoferraio is the main town of Elba Island. Here lived Napoleon in his ten-months exile, but he was not the only one to leave his traces. De Medici family left here an amazing heritage of architecture, which makes Portoferraio one of the most important "ideal fortresses" of the Italian Renaissance.

Rio Marina and Rio nell'Elba: here is possible to visit the disused iron mines, now Mineralogical Park and an interesting collection of minerals from the whole island. The historical centers are both lovely and well kept, nice to be seen in every season. Between the two villages is the Church of Saint Catherine, recently restored, with an interesting botanical garden.


THE NEARBY PROVINCE OF GROSSETO
Near Grosseto is recommended in Capalbio, the "Giardino dei Tarocchi" (Tarots' Garden), one of the most amazing contemporary art gardens, a many-coloured, sparkling place, full of magical surprises.
We also recommend Castiglione della Pescaia and the "Diaccia Botrona", a relic of the big swamps that covered the Maremma many decades ago, now a protected area where many kinds of birds are nesting.
Massa Marittima, small medieval town, very well preserved, where is possible to see buildings of the XIV century and old tower-houses. In its beautiful square there's the Romanesque cathedral dedicated to Saint Cerbone, where masterpieces by Giovanni Pisano and Duccio da Buoninsegna are preserved.




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