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Beaches, marinas and nature reserves

The coast between Livorno and Piombino is a succession of famous resorts and well-maintained clean beaches, many of which have been awarded Europe's Blue Flag various times.

The coast road which leaves Livorno runs along a pretty pink cliff. The first spot along the way is Quercianella, a lovely town situated in the greenery of pines and Mediterranean scrub. Quercianella sits on a section of rock washed by a very clean sea, its sea bottom is very popular with skin divers and underwater fishing fans. The restaurants propose an excellent cuisine based on fish from local fishermen.

Castiglioncello
Is a famous vacation spot due to its charm and red cliffs hanging over the sea surrounded by a thick forest of pines. The beauty of Castiglioncello has long been celebrated by artists, writers and leading cultural figures; the landscapes immortalized by the Macchiaioli at the beginning of the 20th century are famous. Castiglioncello is currently a top notch beach resort, awarded the EU's Blue Flag; it offers beautiful beaches and beach concessions enclosed in sheltered bays. It is also the home of cultural events, dance festivals, literary awards and international conventions. The Cala De' Medici pleasure boat harbor, with space for 650 boats was built recently and sits in a strategic position in front of the islands of the Tuscan archipelago.
Here you can also visit the National Archeological Museum of Castiglioncello. At the beginning of last century more than 300 Etruscan and Roman tombs with a vast amount of objects were found here. The Museum exhibits a selection of materials from the necropolis.

Vada
Is a peaceful vacation spot known for its fine white sand beach and clean sea full of life, awarded the Blue Flag various times. The long beach, sheltered by a pine forest, offers beach concessions and long stretches of public beach. The fish-filled sea bottoms attract seawatching enthusiasts and fishermen.

Marina di Cecina
Is the largest beach resort on the Etruscan Coast. Marina di Cecina offers numerous beach concessions equipped for practicing all marine sports, with swimming, windsurf and sailing schools. The long wide sand beach is bordered by green Mediterranean plants and a large pine forest. Long stretches of empty beaches extend south of Cecina with a coastal pine forest crossed by bike paths and trails for horseback riding, but also with picnic tables and playgrounds.
The area called La Cinquantina is home to the Archeological Museum of Cecina, which contains an extensive collection of remains of the Etruscans from Volterra and the coastal cities.

Marina di Bibbona
Is a small but popular beach resort, awarded the EU's Blue Flag. The beach concessions are located around a 1700 fort which was built to defend the area from pirate raids. The sand beach is characterized by the presence of typical Mediterranean dunes with a splendid pine forest framing it in the background. There are long stretches of public beach in addition to the beach concessions.

Macchia della Magona
Is a protected area of 1600 hectares which extends over the hills behind Bibbona. It was once used as a reserve for wood. Today it is a pretty spot for nature and sports tourism: 50 km of trails which can be covered on foot, horseback or mountain bike, in the typical environment of the Tuscan scrub. Numerous animal species live in the Mediterranean vegetation including wild boar, roe deer, mouflons, foxes, porcupines and many others.

San Vincenzo
Is a modern town, with a wide range of accommodations and sports facilities and a pleasure boat harbor. The sand beach possesses beach concessions and stretches for many kilometers dotted with old watchtowers once used to defend against pirate raids. San Vincenzo also has a pleasure boat harbor with space for one hundred boats.

Rimigliano Park
Is located along the coast road leading from San Vincenzo to Piombino. It is a natural oasis characterized by sandy dunes covered with juniper, myrtle and mastic; behind the dunes open woods of holm oaks, cork oaks and cluster pines. The park is equipped with picnic areas, trails, signs on the plant and animal species present in the park and areas for watching animals as well as showers and restrooms. The beach is public, with fine, light sand and the sea is ideal for swimming.

The Gulf of Baratti
Opens at the end of the road, with its sand beaches and rocky inlets, surrounded by a lush, fragrant vegetation. Many sports can be practiced here and there are sailing and surf schools and a diving center.

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