This area has everything to make you happy in every season: a wonderful sea, a clear sky, a mild climate, green fields and woods where walking or going for mushrooms is pure magic. Art, architecture, history and archaeology are everywhere, as well as traditions, folklore, town festivals and food and wine specialties.
Let’s start from Campiglia Marittima, where our story began many years ago: it’s a lovely medieval town, which for its convenient position was long disputed between the most influent families and towns of the area.
Around the half of the Seventeenth century its military strategic value began to decrease, but Campiglia kept living off agriculture – still flourishing in the area – and mining activities – which went on until the Twentieth century and is still well documented in San Silvestro Archaeological Mines Park.
After a walk to the Rocca of Campiglia, and a visit to a museum or an art gallery, there’s plenty of time for many genuine entertainments. Some examples? ApritiBorgo festival, which in August turns Campiglia into an open-air theatre, he feast of schiaccia campigliese (a typical crunchy pine nut cake) and in the village of Venturina Termethe CarciofoPride , a street festivalwhich celebrates artichokes, the most popular vegetable of the entire area.
Going downhill, you’ll meet the coast towns, the thermal baths and seaside resorts, as San Vincenzo and its many beaches, or Baratti, the gulf where nature and history merge, telling us about Etruscan civilization, their economic activities and their cult of the dead.
Look up, towards the tiny village of Populoniathen come: it’s time to visit Piombino, with its walls built by Leonardo Da Vinci and Piazza Bovio, the biggest natural square on the sea in Italy.Then you can go east along the coast, le visiting the beaches of Parco della Sterpaia,, Carbonifera and Torre Mozza.
Just a few chilometres and you’re in Follonica, loved by the younger ones for its nightlife, rich in witnesses of the human activities of the area: the modern Magma museum tells a long chapter of the history of italian steel industry.
Wherever you’ll decide to go, you won’t be missing the chance to discover something new, see, taste, rest and have fun!