This is the coastline running south from Pisa. It is known as being less commercialized and offering better value for money than the northern coastline of Versilia.
There are numerous Blue Flag beaches, some are edged by pinewoods, there are nature reserves, soft sandy beaches offering quiet and relaxation as well as busier ones. There are rocky beaches too offering the benefits for snorkelling. Travel inland and this is farming country where we offer a number of wonderful agritourismo, these are working farms where they have converted barns and outbuildings into holiday accommodation. Some provide restaurant facilities whilst others and more often, provide self catering.
Travelling further south we enter the Tuscan region of Maremma. Again we have a wide range of wonderful and differing types of beaches as well as many farms, but we also have some extraordinary historical towns such as Grosetto, which along with Lucca and Bergamo are the only three cities to still have a totally intact wall. Maremma is home to the Italian Cowboys, known as Butteri. Local legend has it that in 1911 Buffalo Bill and his travelling troupe of American cowboys invited the butteri to a rodeo in Rome. Much to Bill’s surprise, the Americans were beaten soundly by their Tuscan counterparts. But the Americans have their own version of the story...
The Etruscan Coast is obviously named after the Etruscans who made this area their home. It’s not know where the Etruscans originated from, but they were highly intelligent people building towns high up providing a wide clear vista to protect against marauding enemies. Eventually the Romans came and the Etruscans were integrated into the people of Rome.
There are many Etruscan signs, such as the tombs of Etruscans at Pitigliano. Some of these are used as cellars today to store wine.
Got a Passion for Tuscany?
If you’re looking for an excellent Tuscan holiday, why not choose the The Etruscan Coast / Maremma in Tuscany, Italy?