The starting point for a holiday in Tuscany
The Residence is the ideal place for a holiday in Tuscany Etruscan Coast. It is within easy reach of most of the important cities of art and folklore in the region.
is a highly renowned hilly region, located between Florence and Siena to the west of the river Arno. It is a famous wine-growing region where wine is produced and enjoyed world-wide. This area is characterised by rolling green hills that offer beautiful countryside with vineyards, olive groves and patches of forest of rare beauty. There are many small villages and farms thus making it a very popular tourist destination (also due to its proximity to the beautiful cities of Florence and Siena). It is worth visiting Greve in Chianti, Panzano and Castellina in Chianti.
is a small town in the Tuscan province of Siena, which is located on a hill overlooking the valley of the river Orcia. Originally it was called “Castle Corsignano” and later was changed to Pienza by Pope Pius II Piccolomini (Pienza means city of Pius.) During the fifteenth century, under the wishes of Pope Pius II Piccolomini, the main buildings and the Cathedral were built. The whole village is very pretty and a very pleasant place to visit, especially the Cathedral, the Diocesan Museum and the Palazzo Piccolomini. You can also visit the Park Artistico and the Natural and Cultural Park of Val d’Orcia.
is located in the comune of Castagneto Carducci, a few kilometres north-west of the capital and lies in the Province of Livorno in Italy, on the foothills of the Colline Metallifere, south of Bibbona.The quaint village grew around the medieval castle (extensively remodelled over the centuries) that is located on a small hill that can be reached via the scenic Viale dei Cipressi, a 5 kilometre stretch that begins in the valley, on the via Aurelia, just before the eighteenth century Oratorio di San Guido – made famous by the poems of Giosuè Carducci in the poem Davanti a San Guido (1874). In addition, in the middle of the village there is the cemetery where his grandmother was buried. Not far from the village, on a hill located at about 400 metres above sea level, lies the ancient fortified centre of Castiglioncello di Bolgheri, with the church of San Bernardo.
is a medieval village in the province of Siena, located on a hill over the Val d’Elsa. It was originally the site of an Etruscan village, but its greatest development occurred in the medieval period when there was a thriving artistic activity of which the works can still be seen today. This town had the honour of hosting the famous poet Dante Alighieri, Ambassador of the Guelph League in Tuscany. San Gimignano has retained almost intact its fourteenth century structure and is characterised by the presence of 15 magnificent towers, from the beautiful Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Cisterna. You can admire the Palazzo del Podesta, the Town Hall, the Church of St. Augustine and the pentagonal fortress demolished by the Medici in the sixteenth century. San Gimignano is also famous for its wine: Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
is a town in the province of Lucca, which is located on the coast of Versilia, a famous tourist region that is located between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Apuan Alps. It is one of the most popular seaside resorts in Tuscany and many establishments have retained their original characteristics. The town is renowned for its carnival that is celebrated with a procession of beautiful floats and masked parades.
is the capital of the Tuscany region and is famous worldwide for its priceless art treasures. In this city lived formidable artists such as Giotto, Masaccio, Donatello, Michelangelo and Leonardo. Their works are collected in many museums in the city. There are beautiful buildings such as the Cathedral, the Baptistery, Santa Maria Novella, Palazzo Pitti, Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio and famous museums such as the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia Gallery.
is one of the main towns of Tuscany and is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It has beautiful monuments and works of art from some of the greatest artists that have ever existed. It is well worth paying a visit to Piazza del Campo where the famous horse race (Palio) takes place and a short distance from that is the Duomo di Siena.
The sea of the Costa degli Etruschi is about 5 km from the Residence. White sandy beaches such as those of San Vincenzo and Baratti alternate with the darker sandy shores of Marina di Castagneto, Bibbona and Cecina. There is over 90 km of beach to choose from.
The sea is renowed for its clear blue waters and has been awarded the European Union Blue Flag for the quality of its waters and provision of services.
Stretching from Livorno to Piombino, there are many splendid places to visit: Castiglioncello, Quercianella, Rosignano, Vada, Cecina, Bibbona, Marina di Castagneto, San Vincenzo.
Great opportunities exist for fishing and sailing due to the well-equipped marinas.
The Residence offers its guests the opportunity to take advantage of umbrellas / chairs / loungers on the beach areas “The Barcaccina”.
The Gulf of Baratti
The Gulf of Baratti is beautiful all year round, but during the months of June and September, when there are fewer tourists, the Gulf is an ideal destination for those seeking extraordinary unspoiled views and crystal clear water.
The Sea of the East Coast
The East coast, which is the stretch of coast from Piombino to Follonica, is characterised by fine white sand, sea water that gently slopes away from the edge (particularly suitable for families with children), and shady pinewoods which allow, during the warmer months, to find a sheltered spot for picnics and naps in the shade.
The town is a splendid medieval village whose origins date back to before the year 1000. Situated on the slopes of the hills overlooking the Costa degli Etruschi and set in the green valley of the River Cornia, it is a true jewel, rich in history and art. Suvereto is a must to see.
Situated on a hill overlooking the sea and the surrounding countryside, Campiglia Marittima is one of the loveliest old hill towns on the Costa degli Etruschi. In the heart of the Val di Cornia where ancient traditions live on, remains bearing witness to the Etruscan, Roman and medieval civilisations can be found.
The Archaeological Park of Baratti and Populonia
The park stretches over 80 hectares between the slopes of the promontory of Piombino and the Gulf of Baratti. The Park includes a significant part of the ancient town of Populonia, a unique Etruscan settlement built directly on the sea.
Rimigliano Nature Reserve
The Rimigliano Nature Reserve, with its uncontaminated and protected environment, is an inviting oasis of flora and fauna situated right next to the sea – an ideal place for peaceful walks. The park extends from the southern part of the San Vincenzo area to the border of Piombino (near the Torraccia area, from the name of the coastal watchtower).
Coastal Park of Sterpaia
Here we have a rare and highly-prized humid forest, which is typical of the landscape of the ancient coast of the Maremma. A magical place where the visitor can wander among centuries-old oaks, finally reaching the sandy dunes and the sea itself. The Sterpaia Park stretches along the Livornese Tyrrhenian coast, in the wide gulf between Piombino and Follonica.