Castiglione della Pescaia is one of the jewels of the Maremma. With its ancient fortress overlooking the blue water of the Tyrrhenian sea, it’s one the most scenic of Tuscany’s coastal towns. Located in an area of long beaches and beautiful pine groves, it’s the ideal destination for anyone wanting a more low-key holiday surrounded by nature.
Perfect for a Summer family holiday, Castiglione della Pescaia has clear, safe water and relaxed resorts, but we think it also makes a romantic destination for couples. If you visit out of season you’ll find tranquility, old-world charm, and some impressive sunsets. It’s located 45 km. from the town of Grosseto in the southern part of Tuscany, the Maremma.
Castiglione della Pescaia – A castle over the clear blue sea
The name speaks for itself: a castle (castiglione) and a fishing port (pescaia). The castle, today a private residence, was built by the Republic of Pisa, that used the fishing port of Castiglione as a key element in its defence system along the Tyrrhenian coast. It was then enlarged in the 15th century.
If you take Via del Recinto, walk along the Medieval walls up to the old town and enjoy the spectacular view of the coast. You can visit the Church of Saint John with its quirky bell tower, then walk back along the photogenic Via della Fortezza to the modern part of town. Here you’ll find the towns attractive little boutique shops, hotels and restaurants.
Summer holidays in Castiglione della Pescaia
The sea here has some of the cleanest water in the whole of Tuscany (and italy). It’s a popular resort, good for families of all ages, and couples who might want to visit out of season to soak up the romantic atmosphere. It’s also a good destination for fans of sailing, kitesurfing or wake-boarding.
The beaches are with all the comforts you’d expect; deck chairs, loungers, umbrellas, and bars. And there’re also some ‘spiagge libere‘, beaches that are free to use. They’re nicely kept and very safe for kids. The coast from Castiglione della Pescaia to Marina di Grosseto boasts some of the best beaches in Tuscany.
Bear in mind that Castiglione della Pescaia has less nightlife compared to some resorts in Versilia, in northern Tuscany. Though it’s quieter, it’s still lively, with some lovely cafes and chic restaurants. In the new part of town you’ll also find great boutique shops. The seafront is the perfect place for a stroll and gets lively in the evening.
If you’re planning a Summer holiday in this part of the world, check out our favourite coastal towns in Tuscany.
Castiglione della Pescaia and its surrounding area
The pine grove “Il Tombolo” is a real blessing in the summer months. Starting in Castiglione della Pescaia it reaches as far as Principina a Mare. It’s perfect for peaceful walks or bike rides where you can enjoy the cool air and the fresh fragrance of the pine groves.
If you want to see something a bit out of the way, and unique of this part of the world, walk to the Nature Reserve Diaccia Botrona. This area is what’s left of the ancient marshland that once covered most of the Maremma. It used to be infested with malaria. Doesn’t sound attractive? You’re wrong! There are plenty of wildlife and plants to enjoy, beautiful colours (especially in autumn, or in late afternoon in summer). For bird watching, winter is your best bet. The marshland has its charm too.
For a bit of Summer sightseeing, drive up to the lovely town of Massa Marittima, 40 km. north of Castiglione della Pescaia.