Abbadia San Salvatore

Abbey of Sant'Antimo




Archipelago Toscano




Badia di Coltibuono

Bagni San Filippo

Bagno Vignoni

Barberino Val d'Elsa


Bolsena Lake


Brunello di Montalcino




Castel del Piano



Castellina in Chianti


Castelnuovo Bererdenga

Castiglioncello Bandini

Castiglione della Pescaia

Castiglione d'Orcia

Castiglion Fiorentino



Chinaciano Terme




Città di Castello

CivitÀ di Bagnoregio

Colle Val d'Elsa


Crete Senesi

Diaccia Botrona

Isola d'Elba



Gaiole in Chianti



Greve in Chianti


Lago Trasimeno

La Foce



Massa Marittima

Montagnola Senese


Monte Amiata

Monte Argentario





Monte Oliveto Maggiore








Parco Naturale della Maremma







Radda in Chianti



San Bruzio

San Casciano dei Bagni

San Galgano

San Gimignano

San Giovanni d'Asso

San Quirico d'Orcia


Santa Fiora














Tavernelle Val di Pesa

Torrita di Siena




Val d'Elsa

Val di Merse

Val d'Orcia

Valle d'Ombrone




Walking in Tuscany
Cicloturismo in Maremma | Etruschi e mare


Etruschi e mare [1]



album Surroundings

Cicling in the Tuscan Maremma | The Etruscans and the Sea (GR4)


The Etruscans and the Sea (GR4)
Follonica (loc. puntone) - Scarlino - Gavorrano - Ravi - Caldana - Grilli - Bivi o Tirli - Castiglione della Pescaia - Pian d’Alma - Follonica (loc. puntone)

8. The Etruscans and the Sea (GR4) - 63.6 km

Follonica (Loc.Puntone) km 0 - Scarlino Km 5 - Gavorrano Km 8,6 - Ravi Km 17 - Caldana Km 21.3 - Grilli Km 27 - Bivio Tirli Km 36,2 - Castiglione della Pescaia Km 43,1 - Pian D'Alma Km 58,4 - Follonica (Loc. Puntone) Km 63,6

Distance in kilometres: 63.6 km
Difference in altitude: 560 m
Type of road: tarred road
Bicycle: roadster or all-terrain
Difficulty: average - easy
NOTES: An itinerary of average difficulty and quite smooth-flowing. The most demanding stretch is the climb to Gavorrano and the ups and downs between Ravi and Caldana. The second part of the itinerary does not present any difficulty and one cycles past sites of great historical and archaeological interest like Vetulonia. A detour to the town of Castiglione della Pescaia is to be recommended and for the sea lovers a detour to Punta Ala and Cala Violina, that can be reached on foot.
Vetulonia is one of the twelve most important Etruscan cities. It was rediscovered at the end of the nineteenth century by archaeological research conducted by Isidoro Falchi.

From the site Puntone, easily reached from Follonica, one starts in the direction of Gavorrano and Scarlino on the provincial road S.P. 60 “Puntone”. One cycles on apparently flat ground uphill and after about 4 kilometres one arrives within sight of central Scarlino on top of a hill. One cycles across vineyards and olive groves for 5.2 kilometres turning then right towards Scarlino always on the S.P. 60. At the next crossing (6.1) one cycles straight on to Gavorrano Scalo past the Scarlino cemetery. After 2.5 kilometres one leaves the S.P. 60 and takes the S.P. 104 “Filare” towards Gavorrano on the right (8.6).

Pedalling for 2.5 kilometres one reaches a roundabout (11) where one turns right uphill in the direction of Gavorrano. At the next crossing one keeps to the right; the S.P. 82 stretches uphill towards the town past a large quarry and treating the cyclist to a beautiful view of the town, to be reached after about 2 kilometres (13.3). The road enters the town skirting its historical centre and one turns right following the road signs to Ravi, Caldana and Grosseto. The S.P. 82 leaves the town and shortly afterwards one cycles downhill (14.5) through the thick maquis, surrounded by lush vegetation. At the end of the descent (16.8) at a crossing one turns right and reaches the village of Ravi. Leaving the village one negotiates a steep descent 1 kilometre long to then cycle on in a continuous ups and downs towards Caldana (21.3). At the T-crossing in the town one turns left towards Grosseto. From Caldana one cycles decidedly downhill across vineyards and olive groves towards the plain. On reaching a T-crossing (25.1) one turns right taking the S.P. 152 in the direction of Grosseto. Cycling for 2 kilometres one reaches the hamlet of Grilli and before reaching a well-defined bend to the left one turns right (27.5) in the direction of Tirli and Castiglione della Pescaia on the S.P. 23 “Strette”. One gets past the crossroads leading to Vetulonia (recommended detour) cycling on a continuous and good for cycling on climb for about 7 kilometres and then downhill as far as the hamlet of Ampio, where the road to Tirli begins on the right. The itinerary continues gently downhill for about 400 metres as far as the crossroads on the right (36.6), dimly visible. The S.P. 23 continues straight on to Castiglione della Pescaia while the itinerary takes a turn on the right onto a bypath winding across farmlands and vineyards.

One keeps to the main track avoiding all the side turnings, passing by several farms (41.8) to then enter the urban area of Castiglione della Pescaia (43.1): one cycles straight on through the industrial area as far as a T-crossing (44.4) where one turns left reaching after 600 metres a large crossing (45): on the left it leads to the centre of Castiglione della Pescaia while the itinerary takes the uphill ramp right in front following the road signs to Follonica and Punta Ala. At the top of the climb of 5-600 metres one cycles decidedly downhill as far as a large roundabout (46.6) and turns right in the direction of Punta Ala and Follonica. Shortly afterwards one takes the S.P. 158 “delle Collacchie”. After about 7 kilometres the straight road starts leading uphill to a short tunnel (54.6) to continue downhill. Past the crossing (57.3) to Tirli (on the right) and Punta Ala (on the left) one cycles straight on passing by a refreshment stand (58.4) in Pian d’Alma. After 2 kilometres past the crossroads to Cala Violina on the left one reaches the descent towards Follonica and the locality Puntone, near the traffic lights where the itinerary comes to an end (63.6). [1]




Veduta di f Caldana, frazioni di f Gavorrano [2]




Area archeologica di Vetulonia


Vetulonia is a small village overlooking the Grosseto plain, which in Etruscan times was occupied by Lake Prile, a large lagoon communicating with the sea, on the opposite side of which was the Etruscan city of Roselle. The exact site of this ancient Etruscan city is a fairly recent discovery, the result of excavations carried out in the 19th century by Isidoro Falchi, a local doctor and amateur archaeologist, which led to the identification of the ancient city of Vetulonia with the village of Colonna di Buriano. 

The archaeological area of Vetulonia is located in the town of Castiglione della Pescaia territory, near the village of Vetulonia, and was largely brought to light by Isidoro Falchi, to whom is dedicated the Vetulonia museum.
The archaeological area of Vetulonia and very easy to reach.

Sito ufficiale di Musei di Maremma | Area archeologica di Vetulonia

Opening hours

• Area Archeologica di Costa Murata • Tombe Belvedere, Pietrera, Diavolino Opening times: Winter: from 8 to 17 Summer:10-19
Closed on Tuesday and Friday
• Area Costia dei Lippi • Tomba del Belvedere always open for information: Corpo di Guardia Mibact Via Case di Siena, Vetulonia Tel./Fax 0564 949587
• Area Archeologica Scavi Città (Comune di Castiglione della Pescaia)
Opening times: October - February: 10 - 16 March - May: 10 - 18 June - September: 10 - 14 e 16 - 20
Closed on Monday July- Agust open every days For information: Museo Archeologico di Vetulonia Tel./Fax 0564948058

Allegati Soprintendenza Archeologia della Toscana

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Indirizzo | Loc. Poggiarello Renzetti e Via Case di Siena - Vetulonia


PietreraDome   Testa femminile da stipe votiva di pantano presso vetulonia, III-II sec ac.   Cimasa di candelabro in bronzo, da vetulonia, 500-390 ac ca. 02
Exterior view of the dome of the Pietrera tomb (tumulo della Pietrera) Vetulonia.[4]   Female head of stipe votive bog at Vetulonia, III-II sec ac, Museo archeologico e d'arte della Maremma‎, Grosseto[5]


  Cornice in bronze candlestick, from Vetulonia, 500-390 ac., Museo archeologico e d'arte della Maremma‎, Grosseto[5]

Podere Santa Pia,

Holidays in Tuscany | Case vacanza in Toscana | Podere Santa Pia


Podere Santa Pia
Podere Santa Pia
Cala Violina   Caldana   Gavorrano
Cala Violina   Caldana   Gavorrano

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Cycling in Tuscany | Cycling tours in Southern Tuscany

Walking in Tuscany | A walk close to the sea, towards Cala Violina and Cala Martina

Here a detailed map with the instructions to hike to Cala Violina and Cala Martina, and where to park your car. There is also an alternative circular itinerary, the Anello Puntone di Scarlino Cala Violina, starting from Puntone di Scarlino, the small harbour that borders the Natufe Reserve. | Colline Metallifere | Reiseführer und interessante Informationen über das Eisenerzgebiet | pdf Download

Consorzio di Bonifica 6 Toscana Sud | Storia della Maremma |




Panorama di Vetulonia [3]


[1] Source: Cicloturismo Toscana | www.
[2] Foto LigaDue, licenziato in base ai termini della licenza Creative Commons Attribuzione-Condividi allo stesso modo 4.0 Internazionale
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[4] This illustration was made by louis-garden, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
[5] Foto da Sailko - Opera propria, rilasciato sotto i termini della GNU Free Documentation License.

Castiglione della Pescaia

  La Riserva Naturale della Diaccia Botrona e Castiglione della Pescaia   Scarlino

Castiglione della Pescaia

  Natural Reserve della Diaccia Botrona   Scarlino