Florence and the coast
If you lust for sea, beach and sunbathing, near Florence, on the Tuscan coast, you may find what you are looking for. The Tuscan coast offers something for everyone. Crazy nightlife or relax on the beach? Wild nature or bathing establishment? Depending on the kind of holiday that you are dreaming for, in Tuscany you may choose Versilia, Etruscan Coast or Maremma, the three main regions that compose the Tuscan Coast.
The coast offers different landscapes such as the long sandy beaches of Versilia and Etruscan Coast, the wild, uncontaminated nature of Maremma, the rocky promontory of the Monte Argentario, and the crystalline sea of the islands of the archipelago. Very few regions can boast the same variety of landscapes and natural environments as this area.
Versilia and its nightlife
From the villas to the museums, from sandy beaches to crazy nightlife Versilia is the favourite destination for young people and, in general, for anyone that loves a fashionable lifestyle made of shopping, cultural entertainments, elegant restaurant and glamourous nightlife. Versilia is definitely a place to catch sun and to be seen. In the evening you may enjoy a walk on the promenade with hotels, restaurants and discos looking over the sea. Dont miss a night at La Capannina - a historical night club in Forte dei Marmi -, at Twiga - the most glamourous club -, or at Beach Club - bathing establishment, restaurant and club for each moment of the day. The beach in Versilia is very wide and long and goes from Marina di Massa to Torre del Lago. From Viareggio to Forte dei Marmi the coast is studded with bathing establishments that provide deckchairs and umbrellas, changing rooms, showers, bars with snacks and restaurants. Here you won't find a free beach. So, if you prefer this kind of beach, surely less expensive, its better for you to head south toward Livorno and Grosseto.
Etruscan Coast for families
Heading south to the Etruscan coast, the beaches get shorter and more narrow. This part of the coast is particularly suitable for families as the beach is protected from the open sea by large rock walls. Furthermore there are a lot of services for families with children. For example, your children will love AcquaVillage, a waterpark in Cecina, where they will surely enjoy among pools, slides and many other attractions. Marina di Pisa, Quercianella, Castiglioncello, Vada, Cecina, Marina di Bibbona, Castagneto Carducci, San Vincenzo are some vivacious and gracious towns along this coast. They offer boardwalks with bars, ice cream parlours and restaurants.
In front of the Etruscan Coast, the Tuscan Archipelago is the largest protected sea area in Europe, with a great variety of habitats, that hosts a wide range of species. From the beaches of Elba to the rocky cliffs of Capraia, a myriad of vegetable and animal species lives in this fascinating natural environment.
Maremma and its wild nature
The most southern part of the Tuscan coast is called Maremma. This area is very popular among Italians and foreigners. Families rent small apartments along the seacoast during the summer and move here for the month of August. There are many positive aspects in this part of the coast: the sea is clean and clear, there are long sandy beaches as well as some areas with reef, free beaches and bathing establishment. In short, a wide variety of possibilities. And, above all, here the nature is the most uncontaminated of all Tuscany. The Maremma Regional Park is located in the province of Grosseto. It is definitely worth visiting! It features a chain of hills that roll towards the sea with sandy beaches and cliffs, surrounded by marshes and pine groves. It covers 25 km of coast from the mouth of the Ombrone river to Talamone. Here you may enjoy wild nature discovering aromatic herbs, plants and animals.