Of that time that, starting from the North, I covered so many kilometers to get to look at the Tyrrhenian Sea in the eyes. It was not scheduled, but after visiting Arezzo and being dazzled by the charm of the Abbey of San Galgano, do you not want to cover those last 50 kilometers that separate you from the intense blue of the sea?
And so that morning, starting from Bologna (or rather, to be precise from Casalecchio di Reno, where I have been living for a few months now) I followed a long route in stages (one more improvised than the other) at the end of which I happily saw where to go to sea in Tuscany if, as in my case, the Romagna Riviera just does not go down (I do not want to) and if you are willing to grind some ‘road.
Actually, this wasn’t the only happy discovery of that day, because there was another one. But more than a novelty, I prefer to consider it as a confirmation. And that is that the beach, whatever the season, is always a happy landing place. More in spring, autumn and winter than in summer (and I already knew that, too. Let’s say that in summer the beaches become happy landing places for other reasons).
That day, after 250 round kilometers, I met two small gems of the Tuscan coast, whose fame and beauty were certainly not new to me, but until then I had not been able to taste them with my own eyes. I write about it thinking of how many this year, or for the next, will decide to organize their holidays in Tuscany in search of a happy landing.
Where to go by the sea in Tuscany: Follonica
I know that if you want to make a list of seaside resorts in Tuscany you would be spoiled for choice. The Tuscany that I had always lived, however, is different. I was used to considering only the villages perched, the hills covered with rows of vines, the city-monuments. In short, when I happened to think of Tuscany, or organize a trip out of town, the Tyrrhenian Sea did not appear among my cardinal points. I wonder why.
To land happily in Follonica, in the province of Grosseto, which, according to many, boasts one of the most beautiful and popular beaches in Tuscany in summer, has allowed me to change my mind. And to get passionate about another face of one of my favorite Italian regions.
The beach of Follonica, as it appeared to me on a late spring Saturday afternoon, is immense. Immense and extraordinarily solitary, as well as, in some ways, wonderfully melancholic. It may have been because of the closed exits of the holiday homes, it may have been because the voice of the seagulls was the only one to show up, it may have been the insistent rays of the sun as it began its descent towards sunset, but it seemed to me a poetic beach like few.
The stretch I walked, slightly outside the center of Follonica, was bordered by a strip of trees, like a sort of small urban forest. The soft sand under the shoes. The strong wind that padded the eardrums (excluding, as I mentioned, the cries of the seagulls. Those always arrive clear and distinct).
So, if you are looking for a place to go to the beach in Tuscany I recommend Follonica and its inviting beach. To live possibly a little ‘out of season, if you can.
Where to go by the sea in Tuscany: Castiglione della Pescaia
About twenty kilometres from Follonica, when there is not much left on the border with Lazio, there is Castiglione della Pescaia. His is another of the most beautiful beaches in Tuscany.
We are always in the province of Grosseto and Castiglione della Pescaia, in addition to being one of the pearls of the Tuscan coast, is also a precious village perched on a promontory (I could not miss a visit to an ancient village after a day spent visiting cities, abbeys and beaches!). You have to walk along the uphill streets of the Medieval Fortress to be fully rewarded by the view of the mirena and its smooth sea like a table that you can enjoy from the terrace of the lookout.
As in Follonica, also in Castiglione della Pescaia along the beaches there are stretches of free access to establishments with a fee.
As far as I’m concerned, I promise that these tips on where to go to the sea in Tuscany will be followed by others, because I have made my most serious intention to stop every now and then the role of the searcher for villages to follow a little ‘more’ the sea (which is then my element). And to return to these beaches again and again.