Fancy a weekend by the sea in Tuscany?
DISCOVER THE BEST BEACHES AND ALL THE ATTRACTIONS OF THE GULF OF FOLLONICA.
This is one of the most beautiful locations in the entire region, a wide inlet that opens into a crescent-shape in the Alta Maremma, between the provinces of Grosseto and Livorno and bordered by Piombino (to the north) and Punta Ala (to the south).
“A highly attractive naturalistic setting located between the Colline Metallifere and the Tyrrhenian Sea, facing the Island of Elba.”
A stretch of coastline where you can spend a weekend by the sea in Tuscany in total relaxation, immersed in a setting surrounded by lush pine forests, wide sandy beaches and a high-quality sea, awarded the FEE Blue Flag.
The Gulf of Follonica includes stretches of sea in the municipalities of Piombino, Follonica, Scarlino and Castiglione della Pescaia, including other towns that don’t have direct access to the sea, such as Massa Marittima and Gavorrano.
Where can you go for two days by the sea in Tuscany?
LET’S FIND OUT ABOUT THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES IN THE GULF OF FOLLONICA:
6.5 km from Follonica, to the south. Wild and alluring, it has pebbles on the beach and in the water. The sea is crystal clear and pristine all year round. It is located in the Natural Reserve of Scarlino and can be reached on foot or by bike. In addition to the breathtaking natural setting, it is also a place of great historical interest – it was from here that Giuseppe Garibaldi, pursued by the papal guards, boarded a fishing boat to reach Portovenere on 2 September 1849. An event commemorated with a half-bust that can be seen on the path leading to the beach;
Is south of Follonica, just over 8 km away, within the Nature Reserve of Scarlino. It is one of the best-known beaches in the area and so called because its sand, made up of tiny quartz grains, makes a rustling sound similar to a violin chord when trodden on.
It can be reached by following a small marked path through a wood. The beach is small and very pretty. Since 2021, the number of beach-goers has been capped to avoid overcrowding. Currently, no more than 700 people can access it per day.
The sea is crystal clear and pristine, while Mediterranean scrubland surrounds the entire area all the way down to the beach.
There are wooden picnic tables and benches in the nearby pine wood;
Is about 8 km north of Follonica, inside the Sterpaia Nature Park. Sand dunes and pine woods, providing a welcome respite in hotter periods, line the beach where bathing establishments are alternated with areas with free access. It is particularly suitable for families with children as just a few metres from the shore, there is a rocky outcrop that creates a natural pool. This slows the currents providing an area where children can play in calm, safe waters and also, spot bream, mullet and other types of fish;
Is a just over 9 km from Follonica, heading north. It is the perfect beach in Tuscany for families with children because it has white sand and shallow waters. It is in the Sterpaia Nature Park, with fine sand dunes and a centuries-old pine forest. The stretch of sea in front of it is crystal clear with an artificial reef a few metres from the shore that is home to numerous species of fish;
THE TOMBOLO DI PUNTA ALA COASTLINE:
It is 20 km from Follonica but much easier to reach because it is connected by road. The coastline runs from Capo Civinini to Punta Hidalgo. There are both bathing establishments and sections of beach with free access here. The white sandy beach slopes gently into the sea, while the water is clean and sheltered from currents. The perfect place for families with excellent services and beautiful scenery.
Where can you spend a weekend in Tuscany?
The Gulf of Follonica is located in the Alta Maremma, in an area of unspoilt land, strong contrasts and particularly fascinating colours. Its protected areas, including the Bandite di Scarlino Nature Reserve, Montioni forest, Sterpaia Park and the magnificent Maremma Park, have virtually remained unchanged over time, protecting incredible places which you can explore on horseback, in a carriage or a canoe, along the Ombrone River, for example.
IT IS THE IDEAL LOCATION FOR ENJOYING A WEEKEND EXPLORING OLD TOWNS OR INTERESTING ATTRACTIONS AND MUSEUMS:
116 km south of Follonica. It has been voted one of the most beautiful towns in Italy and also awarded an Orange flag by the Italian Touring Club as a recognition of quality. It is nicknamed “Little Jerusalem” because it has been home to a large Jewish community since the 16th century. Take time to visit: Orsini Palace, Medici Aqueduct, Jewish Ghetto, Archaeological Museum of Etruscan Civilisation;
137 km south of Follonica. With Fortezza Orsini, Via Cave di Sorano, Belvedere and the rock settlement of San Rocco;
The village of Sorano is impressive with its Etruscan necropolis, the Vie Cave, the ancient village with the cathedral, historic buildings and the Rocca. Sovana is a must-see destination;
To explore on foot or by bike where time slows down so you can enjoy unique experiences to the full;
In the heart of the Grosseto Metalliferous Hills National Park (‘Colline Metallifere Grossetane’). A fascinating medieval gem with the Cathedral of San Cerbone, the façade of the Palazzo del Podestà decorated with coats of arms and the former Church of San Pietro all’Orto;
ROCCA DI FRASSINELLO AND PETRA:
We are in Tuscany, of course. Wine is taken very seriously here and the amazing cellars of Rocca di Frassinello and Petra are a fine example of this, avant-garde architectural wonders as well as ambassadors of age-old traditions and taste.
Where to stay by the sea in Tuscany:
THE SENSE EXPERIENCE RESORT
In this heaven on earth, nestled in the picturesque Gulf of Follonica, lies The Sense Experience Resort, a magical place in which to relax and from where to set off to discover the most beautiful beaches in Tuscany.
The resort, which looks out over a private beach, is immersed in a natural 5-hectare park not far from the lovely Torre Mozza area. The park, in which it is located, is filled with plants and ancient trees, surrounded by beautiful sand dunes which have been redeveloped and preserved.
The goal of The Sense is to offer its guests a fully immersive experience in contact with nature. From the materials chosen for the interiors to the flavours of the local products presented in the dishes, everything is focused on creating a wonderful experience that makes an emotional connection with the surrounding area.
“You can regenerate in this destination and spend a luxurious and memorable holiday featuring wellness, relaxation and nature, in a magical setting that encompasses many different stories and places.”
Our attentive staff are here to welcome and look after you in the luxury sea view suites with a selection of macarons and a bottle of Champagne.
To experience the area at its best and relax within the hotel facilities, The Sense has created an offer that will allow you to spend a dream holiday by the sea in Tuscany at unbeatable prices.
The “Romantic weekend in Tuscany with Jacuzzi in your room” special rate is designed to allow all couples to experience an unforgettable weekend.
The ideal place for a romantic getaway in one of the two suites with jacuzzi: the Two Bedroom sea view suite with Jacuzzi, with a private garden with sun loungers, or the Junior Suite sea view with jacuzzi in the room.
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