CASTIGLIONE DELLA PESCAIA
A characteristic seaside village perched on a promontory of the beautiful Maremman coast and undoubtedly one of the most important tourist destinations in Tuscany and beyond. Beaches, villages and nightlife make it a perfect place to spend the summer.
The village also stands out for the Aragonese castle, for the towers and for the walls that surround the town. This is the oldest part of the town with narrow streets that rise to the top of the promontory. From the castle, you can enjoy beautiful sunsets and an enviable view of the sea and surrounding countryside. Here you’ll find several palaces and churches that are worth a visit. The tomb of the writer Italo Calvino is also located in the town cemetery.
The main beach of Castiglione della Pescaia is located in front of the town, and is divided into two parts: Ponente and Levante (one towards Punta Ala and the other towards Marina di Grosseto). The most popular is Ponente, which is a mix of paid and free areas. Outside the town, the most famous beaches are Rocchette (to the north) and Marze (to the south). Many of the beaches in Castiglione della Pescaia are also suitable for snorkelling. Nearby is Cala Violina, considered the most beautiful beach in the Maremma.
About 20 kilometres from Castiglione is the hamlet of Vetulonia. Vetulonia was a very important Etruscan city, and an economic, artistic and political power. The city exploited the nearby metalliferous mines and then traded its jewellery by sea. The city lost its prestige in Roman times. Near the town, you can see impressive Etruscan tombs. The ancient walls of the inhabited centre are also still visible. For centuries, Vetulonia was a mythological city, in the sense that its existence was shrouded in mystery. Many believed the city had disappeared into thin air. Then, during the excavations carried out between 1840-1846 in nearby Cerveteri, a statue of Claudius was discovered depicting three divinities that represented the three most important Etruscan peoples: the people of Vulci, those of Tarquinia and those of Vetulonia. From there, it was understood that Vetulonia and “Colonna di Buriano” (the area where excavations had been carried out for some time) were one and the same.