Tuscany: Scarlino

Tuscany: Scarlino

 

Where is it: Italy, Tuscany. Province of Grosseto. Municipality Scarlino. Recommended period: September

Minimum stay: three days

What to do: Visit the historic village, the boat trip, relax by the sea, snorkel, see the beautiful beaches of the area such as Cala Violina

Where to stay: We recommend staying in Scarlino and then moving to see the various coves in the area.

Description: In Tuscany, without taking the ferry to an island you can enjoy an enchanting sea going to Cala Violina. It is a magnificent cove north of Castiglione della Pescaia. This beach is in my opinion the most beautiful of the whole coast. Fine white sand, crystal clear waters maintained by the fact that it is difficult to reach. The name comes from the sound that makes the sand when the beach is deserted and there is no noise of bathers. You can get there by taking the Collacchie state road at the exit of Castiglione della Pescaia in the direction of Follonica. Then you should use the navigator, entering as a keyword “parking Cala Violina”. You will reach a paid area, where you can park your car. Walking along a beautiful Mediterranean scrub for about half an hour, you will arrive at the most beautiful cove of the coast. It is advisable to go in September, when it is less hot and there are fewer tourists.  Facing the descent to the sea on a cool September day is less demanding than with the summer heat.

As you can see from the photos in Tuscany there are hardly beaches with such a transparency of sea water unless you go to the islands. Absolutely recommended even if getting there is quite tiring. In the Bandite di Scarlino nature reserve you will find Cala Violina and two other wonderful coves. In the evening it is nice to visit Castiglion della Pescaia, a characteristic and tourist village where you can go shopping.

Characteristic food: Cutting boards: typical of the  Maremma the platters of goat cheeses. Fossa cheese, Tuscan pecorino, ricotta and stracchino. Sausage croutons and cold cuts. Botttarga di Orbetello: dried mullet eggs seasoned with oil, lemon and pepper. It is also often used to season pasta. Panzanella maremmana: typical of this area, a poor but tasty dish consisting of stale bread, oil, salt, tomatoes and basil.  Tortelli maremmani: tortelli stuffed with spinach and ricotta seasoned with pork or veal.  Ciaffagnoni: crepes seasoned with sauce or pecorino cheese and lard.  Meat  and fish: in this area you can eat fresh fish given the proximity to the sea, and beef from the Maremma.  Necci with ricotta: a dessert similar to crepes, prepared with chestnut flour. Rolled around ricotta and sugar for shape reminiscent of Sicilian cannoli.

Low Cost: Double in bed and breakfast. Breakfast: included in the room price. Lunch: it is advisable to bring a packed lunch to be consumed in the pine forest in front of Cala Violina. Dinner: you can eat in the many cafes of Castiglion della Pescaia. Absolutely recommended a platter with sausages, cold cuts and cheeses.

Cost for two people: Room 90 euros per night. Breakfast included in the room price. Lunch: packed lunch on the beach. Dinner: cutting board for two people 25 euros.

 

Tuscany Scarlino

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