Coastline from Livorno
For over 90 uninterrupted kilometres, clear water shading from emerald green to deepest blue washes the coast, the water quality and services provided by the coastal resorts have been awarded the European Union's Blue Flag.
A line of splendid resorts stretches from Livorno to Piombino - Castiglioncello, Quercianella, Rosignano, Vada, Cecina, Bibbona, Marina di Castagneto and San Vincenzo.
Beaches of pale sand, like those at San Vincenzo and Baratti, alternate with the darker sands of Marina di Castagneto, Bibbona and Cecina, and wind-sculpted rocky shores where the water is deep and teeming with fish. Well-equipped marinas provide plenty of opportunities for yachting.
Quercianella is an enchanting resort with quiet charm set amid pinewoods and Mediterranean scrub overlooking the sea on the rocky coast south of Livorno.
The bathing establishments are equipped with modern facilities for holidays and water sports.
Here, the sea breaks over the rocks and shingle beaches of coves surrounded by greenery and scuba divers and snorkellers explore the seabed. Surfing is popular all year round, and the little harbour offers safe mooring for boats.
Originally an Etruscan village, Castiglioncello stands on a small headland at the foot of the Livorno hills. "The pearl of the Tyrrhenian", this well-known holiday resort has a charm all its own. Sheer red cliffs, sheltered bays, bathing beaches and coves washed by crystal clear water and a shady pinewood – Castiglioncello’s beauty has inspired artists, painters, writers and poets.
Celebrated by painters of the Macchiaioli school, favoured by many literary and artistic personalities, it is an important centre for artistic and scientific events. Every year cultural events, dance seasons, literary and philosophical awards and international conferences are held at Castello Pasquini. Important cultural initiatives take place at Diego Martelli Art Centre and at the Communication Centre.Castiglioncello has been awarded a blue flag by the Europe an Union and is also a centre for sports - water-sports, tennis and golf can be enjoyed there, while Chioma attracts divers from all over the world. The shady pinewood, its air laden with woodland scents, is an inviting place for relaxing walks. A wide choice of accommodation offers old-fashioned hospitality and high-quality cuisine can be found in numerous restaurants where fresh-caught fish is served.
To the north the long pine forest, occupied by some campsites, divides the road from the sea. A good access point, just before the town, is in "Le Gorette", where there is also a convenient parking area. Walk through the pine forest to a wide beach, of fine and dark gravel, partly defended by "brushes", that is, protective banks in stone !! that prevent marine erosion. In the town of Cecina Mare the beach is a line of sand, about twenty meters wide. The town winds along a beautiful stretch of coast, with numerous services that reach right down to the beach. An Acquapark completes the attractions. To the south of the town continues the pine forest, with an absolutely free beach, unfortunately subject to strong erosion. Over the past 50 years, the beach has regressed by about 70 meters, then lowered in some places by over a meter. It is easy to see it by walking along the shoreline and observing the high step formed between the pine forest and the beach. Despite these difficulties, at some point close to the pine forest the rare sea lily still flowers.
Cecina is the seaside resort between Livorno and Follonica. In Marina di Cecina (because the real city is its own it extends a little more inland) you will find a whole series of tourist facilities, such as restaurants, pubs, shops, ice cream parlors. At Gorette, in the evening the beach turns into a very scenic disco on the sea.