Castiglione della Pescaia: A must do!

Castiglion della Pescaia is the perfect sea side town to visit if you have a young family...

Castiglione della Pescaia is a bit like Cortona-on-the-sea with slightly less panache. It is an extremely quaint town, dating back to the Etruscans and historically a fishing port, situated between blue sea and green hills. It is just 159 km from Cortona (1hr 30 mins to 2hrs driving) and makes for a wonderful weekend break or even a day trip.
The sandy beaches with water at (adult) knee level make it ideal for young families and one can choose from any number of hotels or well organised and well run camping sites.  There are free beaches as well as paying ones and along the lungomare one can find paying beaches with restaurants open for a basic (or depending which one you choose) an excellent lunch. It is one of the principle summer tourist destinations for both Italian and foreign tourists, and perhaps best avoided from mid-July to end August, unless you are young, footloose and fancy free! 
It is renowned for its beautiful beaches along which you can walk for miles and has various nature reserves in the vicinity of great beauty and ornithological interest – Parco dell’Uccellina in Albarese and the Diaccia Botrona - in which flamingos take up their summer residence!
Nearby towns of interest are Vetulonia, one of the most important Etruscan cities where one can visit the necropolis and archaeological museum; Tirli which is renowned for its rustic and genuine cuisine; Buriano with its Medieval castle and spectacular panoramic view of the Maremma and Punta Ala, a luxurious tourist resort – largely frequented by the rich and/or famous – with a marina said to have some of the most avant-garde equipment in the whole of the Mediterranean.
Castiglione della Pescaia itself is surrounded by a port, a part of which is still used for traditional fishing boats bringing in their daily catch – which is great to watch - but these days it is also used to moor private yachts and boats, many of which can be chartered during the summer months for trips around the Argentario, the islands of Elba, Giglio, Monte Cristo, Giannutri, Capraia, Pianosa and the harbours of Punta Ala, Talamone, Marina di Grosseto, Santo Stefano, Cala Galera and Ercole.
The town’s historical main high street and piazzas are somewhat dominated by restaurants, but still very pretty and atmospheric. Walking up to visit the Rocca (or Castle) which dates back to the 15th century, leads you through quiet and peaceful alley ways with enormous charm.  The Church of San Giovanni Battista with its characteristic bell tower is something else to visit, as is the port with its many magnificent boats.
Castiglione della Pescaia is also strong on food and wines. Excellent wines are produced in the area, as are a variety of different cheeses and cured meats.  Fresh fish is on all menus and wild boar is a traditional dish as are Tortelli alla Maremmana.
Definitely worth a visit if you are hankering for sun, sea and sand.
Team, 30/06/2021 11:57:11

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