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
album Surroundings



Follonica is essentially a very pleasant and popular seaside resort, located at 40 kilometres northwest of Grosseto. Situated on the Gulf of Follonica (Golfo di Follonica), Follonica offers wonderful landscapes from Punta Ala in the south-east to Piombino in the Northwest and towards the sea, until Elba island.
Follonica is a popular tourist site during the summer, mostly visited by the Italians themselves. The city has been awarded the Bandiera Blu (Blue Flag) every year from 2000-2007 for the cleanliness of its beaches and seawater.
The imposing Chiesa di S. Leopoldo di Follonica was built in the third decade of the 19th century after a project by the well-known Florentine architect Carlo Reishammer (1806-1883). The church includes abundant elements in cast iron, like the big rose window in the façade, the apse, several pieces of the indoors furnishing, as well as the summit of the pretty bell-tower.

The name of Follonica has its origins in the word fulloni, which was the yell used in the past in the foundries set in the town. The story of the town is closely related to the iron manufacture, which was started by the Etruscan civilization.

The diverse and significant archaeological excavations made in Etruscan settlements from the 6th century BC ca., located in the areas of Rondelli and Val Petraia, reveal that the elaborated series of objects and adorns made from different metals found out belonged to populations who were ahead of their time in relation to a large part of those who were established in other areas of Etruria.
Most of those astonishing findings are currently hosted in highly interesting Archaeological Museum of Follonica.


Shopping in Follonica

When you arrive on Sunday in Podere Santa Pia, you could consider to do some shopping in Follonica.
The Coop is open all day.

Via Mario Chirici
58022 Follonica


Also in the Golf of Follonica, Torre Mozza is a beach which takes its name by the Saracen Tower watching over the wonderful dunes underneath. Torre Mozza is situated 4,5 km north from the center of Follonica.
Another exceptional excursion from Follonica is Punta Ala, only a few minutes by car taking Collacchie Road towards South direction.

Torre Mozza


Tuscany Beaches in Maremma | [1] From Principina a Mare to Piombino

Tuscany Beaches in Maremma | [2] From Principina a Mare to Ansedonia


Cicloturismo in Maremma | Etruschi e mare

Follonica (loc. puntone) - Scarlino - Gavorrano - Ravi - Caldana - Grilli - Bivi o Tirli - Cas tig lione della Pescaia - Pia n d’Alma - Follonica (loc. puntone

Biking tour in Tuscany Maremma | The Metalliferous Hills 73,7 km

Massa Marittima - Monterotondo - Montioni - Fattoria Marsiliana - Massa Marittima
Montioni Natural Reserve






Monte Argentario, sun coast
Travelling through the south of Tuscany, at the very edge of Maremma and the Tuscan region, searching through enchanted beaches, crystalline sea and sunshine to spend a summer weekend, or better still, a long holiday.
Exactly in the area of the Monte Argentario lies one of the most enthralling and interesting destinations. In a continuation of beaches, pine groves, and Mediterranean bush, archaeological finds and sea bottoms to be explored, as well as various tourist ports from which to take off for archipelago tours.
An area of strong natural charm, it extends from the municipality of Talamone, where one of the two visiting centres to enter the Uccellina park is, on to Ansedonia in a continuation of sandy beaches and small inlets almost concealed by the rocky jutting of cliffs overhanging the sea, passing through the tourist ports of Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole, on the Argentario promontory .
Northwards, in the Talamone area, a part of the coast is particular fascinating, under the ancient stronghold in the Cannone beach, where a jagged and rocky coast stands out. If on the other hand you prefer the sand, the ideal alternative is that of finding the long stretch of sandy beach of the Feniglia beach, or the various inlets along the whole coast of the Argentario mountain.
Following the road that leads to the Feniglia neck you can reach the powerful Monte Argentario, connected to the coast by two very thin sandy stretches: the necks of Feniglia and Giannella. At this point all you need to do is choose where you want to enjoy some sea. From Porto Santo Stefano you can reach, less than a ferry hour away, the isola del Giglio, one of the pearls of the Tuscan archipelago, or choose between the coves and creeks of the promontory itself.
If you continue towards the south, along the statale Aurelia, you will reach Ansedonia, a small pearl set into the high and jagged coast.

Tuscany | Monte Argentario

To Elba
Tuscany with its archipelago is a terribly fascinating destination for all sea lovers. In just less than a hour, on a ferry, you can reach the islands of the archipelago and tour around uneven terrains, discover beaches and bays, villages and ancient rocks.
There is also another way to get acquainted with the natural wonders of the archipelago and particularly of the isola d'Elba, observing the island form a different point of view, directly form the immensity of the sea and thus discover new corners, enchanting beaches and mysterious coves hidden in the rocky coast.
A week by sail boat to get to know the sea and discover its secrets, recognise the winds, taste the salt scent and falling asleep with the sweet rocking of the boat. It is also a way to escape the chaos and observe well known laces with new eyes.
The Jonas Association organises for the whole summer period mini cruises around the Elba island, the largest of the seven Tuscan islands. Seven days in which to discover in cui fine sandy beaches, caves and creeks, emerald coloured water and displays of indescribable charm.
On board of a 10 meter sloop (single mast sail boat), every week on Mondays (from July to September), a new journey around the Elba island to discover the sea, but also the fascination of the small towns of the island.
The starting and arrival point is Portoferraio, where the participants to each mini cruise, upon departure, define the stages and the itineraries: in the name of fun and sea. The itinerary generally means departing from Portoferrario, and then stopping int he most beautiful places in the island: the beach in Procchio; Marciana Marina with the picturesque sea village; the fascinating sea promenade in Porto Azzurro, Cavo, Capo d'Enfola and Nisporto.

Tuscany | Tuscan Archipelago National Park



Perfect holiday in Tuscany

Tuscany's Best-Kept Secret | Podere Santa Pia



Banfi, Castello di Poggio alle Mura,
view from Podere Santa Pia

Castello Colle Massari,
view from Podere Santa Pia

Cypresses in the Val d'Orcia


Cala Violina
Marina di Grosseto

Bandite di Scarlino

Scarlino, a small town in the province of Grosseto, encloses in its territory the area of the Bandite di Scarlino, protected ANPIL area: Protected Natural Area of Local interest. The area includes hills and coast, over 750 hectares, which extends from the «padule» of Scarlino until the Pian d'Alma Plains south.
The coast includes sandy beaches and creeks of rare beauty, hidden by the Mediterranean bush which almost reaches the sea. From Scarlino the coast articulates with beaches made up of various sizes of pebbles, small rock banks and sandy creeks such as cala Martina or cala Violina.
The creeks can only be reached on foot, by mountain bike, on horseback or by sea. Arriving at Scarlino you need to follow the road that runs past the new tourist harbour (currently under construction), until the parking of cala Felice. Here you will find parking spaces (the last place where you can leave your car) from which the first trail by land starts. To reach it you have to follow the cement road which after 200 metres leads you to the beginning of the trail.
The itinerary leads into the Mediterranean bush, which is particularly interesting in this area, made up of an alternating of Holm oak woods among more typical Mediterranean bush made up of local pine trees, Heather, Strawberry trees, Myrtle and Guelder roses. The sea also offers a beautiful natural spectacle, on the bottom Oceanic Poseidons, and the water there are various species of fish.

A small peculiarity. Along this trail, in a small glade inside the Mediterranean bush, a statue of Garibaldi rises. Historical memory tells us that Garibaldi, after the defeat he suffered, embarked precisely in this area to escape.
Along the trail, which offers the view over the Follonica gulf, the island of Elba and the Piombino coast, there are various access ways to the sea. You need less than an hour’s walk, around three kilometres and a half to reach Cala Martina and little more than an hour, around 4 kilometres and a half, to reach the totally white sandy beach of Cala Violina. This path can be walked, or taken on horseback or on a bicycle, in fact we recommend strong caution as the trail is used by «high speed» bikers.
Another access way to this coastal part, albeit less inspiring, is the trail that starts in Pian dell'Alma, where you can leave your car in paid parking and from there reach the Cala Violina beach in a short while, and then, continuing, all the other little creeks.

Tuscany | Scarlino