Breath-taking Beaches Of The Tuscan Coastline
Whether you go on holiday to relax and do nothing at all or whether you like to see and do as much as possible, going to the beach is near the top of everyone’s list of things to do. The beauty of the seaside is that you can lounge around all day in the sun or you can be more active and get involved in some beach side activities; either way the beach is a great place for any holiday goer.
One of the great things about renting a villa in Tuscany is that the majority of locations are outside of the city and so have easy access to the beach. Villas close to Grosseto, Pisa and Livorno will all be in close vicinity to the coast and so they offer the perfect Tuscan retreat for your fun filled beach break. However, with such a beautiful coastline, it’s hard to know where best to base yourself so here are a few opulent options. If you just can’t choose then why not hire and car and spend a day at each of them?
Viareggio – Viareggio is located on the north-west coast of Italy and is just to the north of Pisa. This typical Italian beach is likely to be populated by families and young trendy types and is the perfect place to grab a gelato and relax. It is one of the most popular beaches on the Tuscan coast so it might be advisable to get there earlier in the day to secure an umbrella or lounger. Failing that, just find a reasonable spot, lay down your towel and soak up all this beach has to offer.
Monte Argentario – This beach possesses a more secluded and exclusive atmosphere but still with a family orientated feel. It is situated on a little island just off the coast near Orbetello and is only reachable via three narrow strips of land but does have easy road access. Be sure to check out the Carla Piccola cove; with its rocky landscape and clear blue water, it offers an excellent spot for a bit of snorkelling.
Marina di Alberese – This four mile long beach is probably one to take a romantic walk along more than one to sit in one place all day. Although you will come across the odd group of sunbathers, the coastline here offers a lot more for the nature lover than the tanning enthusiast. It is also a good idea to take a little picnic with you as there is not much in the way of beach bars and snack shacks; the nearest town of Alberese will offer some traditional Tuscan bites for you to sample though. Also, keep an eye out for the sudden appearance of shelters made of driftwood as this means you are entering nudist territory.
San Vincenzo - The town of San Vincenzo can be found half way between Livorno and Grosseto and is steeped in history. It has been occupied since prehistoric times and as well as being an important territory for the Etruscans, it was where the Romans built one of their most major roads. Its beautiful beach is about six miles long, is lined with white sand and overlooked by a magnificent pine tree forest. It is great place to experience a piece of Tuscan history away from the hustle and bustle of other tourist packed beaches.