What to see in Castiglione della Pescaia and its surroundings
Our tips for discovering the most suggestive places in the Tuscan Maremma
The Tuscan Maremma is famous all over the world for its spectacular panoramas, small towns, dream beaches and crystal clear sea. An area that offers an infinite variety of opportunities, both for nature-loving travelers and for lovers of history and art.
Here we want to give you some advice on places to visit in Castiglione della Pescaia and its surroundings. What we are going to see are just a few of the many places that are worth seeing during your stay in the Tuscan Maremma.
Castiglione della Pescaia
Castiglione della Pescaia is an ancient village perched on Monte Petriccio, surrounded by walls and historic towers dating back to the fifteenth century. Halfway between the blue of the sea and the green of the hills, Castiglione has become over the years one of the most famous seaside resorts in the Tuscan Maremma, as well as one of the most loved, thanks to its beaches and pine forests.
In the historic center there are corners of ancient splendor, such as the suggestive canal, the Porta Urbica and the Church of San Giovanni dating back to the 16th century. However, the most fascinating place in the ancient part of Castiglione is the Castle: a 10th century fortification that dominates the whole town and its surroundings from the top of its promontory.
A few kilometers from Castiglione stands the famous Archaeological Area of Vetulonia, an ancient Etruscan city that has become an open-air museum of the remains of the settlements that over the centuries have followed one another in this area. Among the points of greatest interest are the Tomb of the Belvedere, the Tumulo della Pietrera and the Tumulo del Diavolino.
The list of attractions in Castiglione della Pescaia obviously cannot miss the beaches, among the most beautiful and unspoiled in the Tuscan Maremma.
Some of the most fascinating are certainly the Riva del Sole beach, Cala Violina, the Marze beach and the well-known Rocchette beach, a few meters from our campsite.
Less than half an hour from Castiglione della Pescaia lies the provincial capital, the beautiful and refined Grosseto.
The city is surrounded by ancient walls and the Medici ramparts, which once protected it from attacks by enemies, while today they frame its elegance. The first place to visit, once set foot in Grosseto, is the Cathedral of San Lorenzo: built from the 13th century by the same designer of the Siena Cathedral, Sozzo Rustichini. You can admire the portal, the sculptures on the south side and those inside the Cathedral.
A few steps from the Cathedral is Piazza Dante Alighieri, which overlooks Palazzo Aldobrandeschi and in the center of which is the statue of Leopold II. If you are interested in the archeology and art of the area, we recommend a visit to the Archaeological and Art Museum of the Maremma, located in Piazza Baccarini. Inside you will find Etruscan finds from the ancient city of Roselle, a few kilometers from Grosseto.
There are also numerous remains from Vetulonia and objects dating back to the 6th and 3rd centuries BC.
The city of Grosseto has its history particularly at heart, for this reason there are many places dedicated to archeology. Among these, the Garden of Archeology, where finds such as sarcophagi, marble basins and architectural elements are collected. Before leaving Grosseto, take some time to visit the Medici Fortress, built around the 16th century and perfectly preserved.
Follonica is one of the most famous places in the Tuscan Maremma, especially when it comes to the most beautiful beaches in the area. However, not everyone knows that Follonica is much more than that, which has a centuries-old experience in working iron and cast iron, which is a town of great history and culture.
Located between the promontory of Piombino and that of Punta Ala, Follonica enjoys a privileged position in the middle of a gulf with suggestive and breathtaking views. Its clear sandy beaches and transparent waters have made it famous in Italy and in the rest of the world, its accommodation capacity has earned it the nickname "Rimini of the Maremma".
It is a pleasure to discover Follonica and its beaches, take a walk in the pine forest or take part in an excursion by bike or on horseback within the green Mediterranean scrub. Just with a long walk you can get to one of the most beautiful and well-known beaches: Cala Violina. But as we said, Follonica is not just beach and sea. One of the best known events of the Tuscan Maremma is held right here. Let's talk about the Follonichese Carnival, which every year attracts thousands of visitors thanks to the parades and allegorical floats.
Siena needs no introduction, it is simply one of the most beautiful cities in Tuscany and all of Italy. Perhaps too often overshadowed by the majestic Florence, the Sienese capital knows how to give corners and moments of authentic amazement to visitors from all over the world. Just stroll through the streets of the center to "stumble" on a fascinating monument, an elegant building or a hidden and wonderful street.
The symbol of the city of Siena is certainly Piazza del Campo, one of the most well-known squares in the world, thanks also to the Palio held here twice a year. With a characteristic shell shape and its 9 segments, the square is dominated by the Torre del Mangia and represents the beating heart of Sienese social life. A visit inside the tower is a must, unless you suffer from vertigo. From the top, more than 80 meters high, you can enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the city, including the Duomo and the surrounding hills. Immediately after Piazza del Campo, the most famous and representative place in the city is the Duomo: the cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, with a characteristic black-white face and built in Romanesque-Gothic style. Siena Cathedral is a sight for the eyes, both from the outside and from the inside. An infinity of messages are hidden among its stones, between esoteric symbols and ancient religious stories. Important figures of Italian art have worked on its finishing, such as Michelangelo and Pinturicchio.
After a day walking between architectural and artistic beauties, you can dedicate yourself to discovering one of the greatest values of Tuscany: the kitchen. The Sienese hills are known at every corner of the earth for the goodness and quality of its products, including wines, oil and meat. Just enter one of the many taverns and trattorias to savor authentic Sienese cuisine in all its splendor. Among the dishes and specialties that should not be missing on your table, there are:
- the Cinta Senese (a type of wild boar)
- grilled meat
- wine (Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Montepulciano) Your dinner can only end with the most classic of the Sienese "desserts", cantucci with Vin Santo.