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Relaxation and water sports in the Castiglioncello sea

Surfing, diving and kitesurfing as well as a relaxing sea-side experience on the Tuscan coast, the birthplace of the Macchiaioli, between reefs and white beaches. Jewel of the Maremma coastline…

Surfing, diving and kitesurfing as well as a relaxing sea-side experience on the Tuscan coast, the birthplace of the Macchiaioli, between reefs and white beaches.

Jewel of the Maremma coastline and outpost standing guard at the entrance to the splendid Etruscan Coast, the village of Castiglioncello looks out over the sea between spectacular reefs, surrounded by vast hills of Mediterranean scrub; it is no coincidence that this beautiful place inspired the liveliest artistic movement of the 19th century: the Macchiaioli.

Thanks to its exclusive beauty, in the 1960s this area was also popular with famous celebrities such as Alberto Sordi and Marcello Mastroianni, and was also used as a film set for Vittorio Gassman’s film “Il Sorpasso”.

Il Castello Pasquini

Il Castello Pasquini

Even if you only find yourself near Livorno on your way to southern Maremma, you simply must turn your car along the coastal road that departs from Antignano: this is the old Via Aurelia, whose beautiful views over the coast will accompany you as you discover Castiglioncello, its enchanting surroundings and the many many ways to experience sea life.

Il Castello del Boccale

Il Castello del Boccale

At the very beginning of the coastal road you can see Calafuria Tower on your right; this spectacular outpost on the very edge of the sea defends the city of Livorno. The defensive system also includes the nearby Maroccone or Diavolo towers, today part of the Boccale Castle.

To fully appreciate its beauty, we recommend you climb down the cliffs next to Calafuria. These blocks of sandstone have been slowly eroded by the sea, making them smooth and easy to climb, the perfect way to reach the intense blue sea for a dip; these waters reflect on their surfaces beautiful views and hide an underwater world full of fascinating corners and biodiversity, a real paradise for enthusiasts of diving.

Under the Calafuria cliffs are numerous immersions sites accessible directly from land, and an association offers guided underwater tours.

Surfisti nella baia del Quercetano

Surfisti nella baia del Quercetano

Having arrived in Castiglioncello we can enjoy the classic sea-side life between refreshing dips, relaxing with a book under the sun umbrella or in the famous Marradi pinewood, aperitifs and excellent fish dinners in the restaurants that line its gracious town centre, from which you can see the rising of the 19th century Pasquini Castle; you can also have the chance to do the most famous of all water sports: surfing.

In the Quercetano Bay, near the centre and main free beach of Castiglioncello, form the perfect waves; the ideal place for surfers of an intermediary level but novices can find courses in the sea resort of the bay; also perfect for paddle boarding enthusiasts.

Le spiagge bianche di Rosignano Solvay e mare cristallino

Le spiagge bianche di Rosignano Solvay e mare cristallino

If water-based board-sports are more your thing, the renowned white beaches have the perfect conditions for kitesurfing and windsurfing. There are around four kilometres of sandy coasts, where the pure white sand creates a surprising contrast with the colour of the sea; you can find this area in Vada, just south of Castiglioncello. There is a range of sports that can be practiced here, suitable for all levels thanks to the various courses and instructors ready to start you off.

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kitesurf

Whether the idea is an active or relaxing holiday, Castiglioncello and its coast represent the perfect destination to satisfy all desires for sea, entertainment and fun.

What to see and do in Castiglioncello and the surrounding area:

  • Calafuria Tower: diving and sunset aperitif on the terraced bar next to the tower.
  • Boccale Castle: the castle is especially perfect for photographing on rough sea days.
  • Sonnino Castle: along the coast in Romito, admire the castle rising on the promontory overlooking the sea, which Baron Sidney Sonnino decided to make his home in the 19th
  • Castiglioncello town centre: enjoying an ice cream in the Marradi pinewood, shopping in boutiques, delicious fish-based breaks in the many restaurants, a delightful walk along the Alberto Sordi seafront.
  • Pasquini Castle: visit to the lovely surrounding park and participation in the many cultural and artistic events organised above all the summer.
  • Quercetano Bay: surfing and a traditional day at the sea, also perfect for children.
  • White beaches: kitesurf, windsurf, relaxing out-of-season walk with your four-legged friend (dedicated dog area on the beach even during the summer).

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Talamone, Tuscany: the fishermen’s village which today attracts kite-surfers from all over

A paradise for windsurf and kite-surf lovers, but also for those looking to spend long, relaxing days in the crystalline sea off the coast of the Tuscan Maremma. As small…

A paradise for windsurf and kite-surf lovers, but also for those looking to spend long, relaxing days in the crystalline sea off the coast of the Tuscan Maremma.

As small as it is gracious, the fishing town of Talamone, Italy rises on the rocky promontory dominating the gulf: on one side the splendour of Argentario  and on the other the natural treasures of the Maremma Park.
The historical town centre whose origins are rooted in Etruscan times and which has kept its medieval aspect is overseen by the Rocca Aldobrandesca: a 13th century fort which, in modern times, was used to gather volunteers to set off on Garibaldi’s Expedition of the Thousand.

La Rocca Aldobrandesca di Talamone

La Rocca Aldobrandesca di Talamone

The village is deliciously populated by little restaurants offering dishes of local maritime tradition and is surrounded by little bays embracing a crystal-clear sea; the perfect combination for relaxing weekends of good food, regenerating dips in the sea and aperitifs at sunset on the beach. Talamone is also home to the Laguna di Orbetello Aquarium, a museum of flora and fauna of the Lagoon and the Tartanet sea turtles centre.

The last piece of land to the south of the Maremma Regional Park , Talamone is right next door to kilometres and kilometres of flourishing nature, ideal for exciting treks on foot, by bike or on horseback. The natural park visitors’ centre is found in the aquarium.

Talamone

Talamone

But the outdoor activities for which Talamone is known are water-based and powered by sails. In fact, Talamone is one of the most famous hotspots in central Italy for sailing sports, from kitesurfing, to windsurfing, to sailing. In the bay to the south blow the sirocco, austro, libeccio, gregale and mistral winds, making activities possible almost all year round – an absolute paradise for windsurfers and kiters, while also being suitable for beginners and the merely curious.

Kitesurf

Kitesurf

Along the beach that coasts the provincial road leading to Talamone, novices can find schools offering courses and equipment hire; as well as sailing sports you can also try surfing and paddleboarding.

For days spent at the sea, with unforgettable sunsets and water sports, Talamone is the perfect destination.

What to see and do in Talamone, province of Grosseto, Italy:

  • The medieval village;
  • The Torre Aldobrandesca;
  • The Laguna di Orbetello Aquarium;
  • Aperitif at sunset in the Bagno delle Donne bay;
  • The pebble beach and crystalline waters next to Via dei Mille
  • Talamonaccio Etruscan temple;
  • The Maremma Regional Park

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Kite surf in the Maremma

The coastline from Punta Ala down to Monte Argentario is unique, apart from being beautiful it also has seasonal thermal winds that give passionate windsport people the ability to enjoy…

The coastline from Punta Ala down to Monte Argentario is unique, apart from being beautiful it also has seasonal thermal winds that give passionate windsport people the ability to enjoy the coastline in a different way. Kitesurfing is practiced up and down the coast. Grab a board and a kite and enjoy the ride.

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Kite Surfing In The Maremma from Punta Ala Trail Center on Vimeo.

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There are so many nice spots and things to see from the water, the whole coastline takes on another point of view.

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One of the kite beaches, PKS beach, has space and shallow water, it is a great place to learn kitesurfing in the morning.

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The beach is fully equipped with a rental station and storage facilities.

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Location

In high season there are specific locations or “exit channels” where you can kite or take lessons. The Kite beaches are located in Puntone, Castiglione della Pescaia and Marina Di Grosseto.

It’s Important to kite only where you are allowed, this respects other beach users and also the kite beaches are located where there is the best wind!

Kite Beach Fiumara

PKS Beach – Castiglione della Pescaia

Surf Relax – Puntone

The kite schools are open all year, just head on down to the beaches and take a lesson, rent equipment, or enjoy the beach atmosphere.

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Sailing The Coast Of Tuscany

Punta Ala lies on the coast of the lower part of Tuscany. The coastline is covered with small islands and rocky headlands, which stretch back inland to the hills behind….

Punta Ala lies on the coast of the lower part of Tuscany. The coastline is covered with small islands and rocky headlands, which stretch back inland to the hills behind. The great thing about the coastline of Punta Ala is it is possible to sail all year in all seasons.

Sailing is a year around sport and the coastline offers many ports and things to see from the sea, with some jewels of the offshore islands.

Sailing is a year around sport and the coastline offers many ports and things to see from the sea, with some jewels of the offshore islands.

Opena water.

Open water.

Spring

With sometimes strong winds and blue skies, the coast is for experienced and medium sailors alike. The key is to remember to enjoy the view of the coast, the ports are usually more quiet at this time of year.

Sailing off the point of Punta Ala a spring gusty day.

Sailing off the point of Punta Ala a spring gusty day.

Further down the coast one of the small islands gives a spectacular backdrop.

Further down the coast one of the small islands gives a spectacular backdrop.

Cruising out of the port in spring is a calm time, but the water and wind are still ready to be appreciated.

Cruising out of the port in spring is a calm time, but the water and wind are still ready to be appreciated.

Summer

The coast comes alive as yacht owners open up their sails and follow the gentle sea breezes that emanate from the north-west every day. It’s busy but worth the trip out on a boat, it’s warm so dive in whilst at Anchor!

The beaches invite users into the sea.

The beaches invite users into the sea.

Leaving or entering port in the summer, the hills of the Bandite radiate the last golden sunlight of the evening.

Leaving or entering port in the summer, the hills of the Bandite radiate the last golden sunlight of the evening.

Just across the water, Elba offers some protective coves and stunning scenery.

Just across the water, Elba offers some protective coves and stunning scenery.

Up high, the water is crystal clear below.

Up high, the water is crystal clear below.

On Giannutri, the water radiates a turquoise blue color.

On Giannutri, the water radiates a turquoise blue color.

Giglio is also a contrasting place in strong summer light as the hillside rises behind the main port town.

Giglio is also a contrasting place in strong summer light as the hillside rises behind the main port town.

Autumn

Winter time is coming meaning the last boat races of the year close to the coast as competitor look for the best winds.

Winter time is coming meaning the last boat races of the year close to the coast as competitor look for the best winds.

Sailing close to the "Sparviero" of the Troia off the port of Punta Ala, epic early evening sunsets

Sailing close to the “Sparviero” of the Troia off the port of Punta Ala, epic early evening sunsets

Bigger conditions require bigger boats.

Bigger conditions require bigger boats.

Late September winds and green hills off the coast looking back towards Punta Ala.

Late September winds and green hills off the coast looking back towards Punta Ala.

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