Costa degli Etruschi – a very special place

We’re right in the heart of Costa degli Etruschi, in Val di Cornia, a truly special place where the Tuscan hills roll gently down to the sea.
Our land is a corner of Tuscany that still has to be discovered by mass tourism: a treasure chest sprinkled with wonderful nature and bits of ancient history.
Cultivated fields, olive groves and vineyards alternate with woods of chestnut, holm and red oak, wild fruit and Mediterranean brush with the characteristic smells of honeysuckle, myrtle, juniper and rosemary. The micro-climate has warm summers, which are always breezy and never damp, and temperate winters without ice and snow, drier during the day and damper at night.

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photo credits: Hermann Hammer

San Vincenzo is just a short way away from the most beautiful beaches in Tuscany. But the sea isn’t the only attraction. Anyone who wants to take a trip in history walking through the archaeological park of Populonia can see what the ancient Etruscans saw: the paths that twist through the woods glistening with iron slag and the blue sea of the Baratti Gulf and the ancient village of Populonia create a natural background.

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photo credits: Hermann Hammer

For anyone wanting to extend the range of their excursions we’re at the centre of a huge area of great artistic and cultural interest. Apart from the park of Populonia and Baratti, just a few kilometres away you can find the archaeological mines park of San Silvestro, and Siena, Volterra, Pisa, San Gimignano, Roselle and San Galgano (famous for the legend of the sword stuck in the stone). A short distance away there is the spa at Calidario near Venturina, well-known for its sulphuric spring waters where you can swim in the big lake or relax on the wellness trail.

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There are many wineries between Castagneto Carducci and Suvereto along the wine route, and they can satisfy every taste: the spectacular Moretti cellars at Suvereto that were recently created by the famous architect Botta are counterbalanced by the simplicity of the Sassicaia cellars of the Marquis Incisa della Rocchetta in Bolgheri. Between the two extremes there’s a huge number of producers of wines famous in all the world that we’d be happy to introduce you to: the historic Grattamacco and the marvellous, multi-award winning wines from TUA RITA in Suvereto, but also young, small-scale producers that certainly deserve a visit and a tasting.
For children and young adults there’s the amusement park at Donoratico, the zoo at Cecina, the terrarium with turtles at Massa Marittima and two water parks at Cecina and Follonica.
You can go horse-riding on the beach, in the pine woods or on the hills; you can take bike or walking trips, deep in nature and surrounded by enchanted landscapes, suspended between the hills and the sea.