Castiglione della Pescaia’s true treasures are its many beaches, which are all easy to reach and enjoy. The beach right in front of the town is mainly covered in fine sand, and the water is shallow and safe. In the immediate vicinity are other famous, picturesque beaches, with either sand or rocks.
Cala Violina is a picturesque little cove in the part of Maremma near Grosseto, right in the heart of the Bandite di Scarlino Nature Reserve. The cove, which is rather small, is nestled between two promontories and features fine white sand and crystal-clear water. The unique trait that lends it its name (“Violin Cove”) is the noise that the sand makes when you walk over it, if there is no background noise. This effect is best heard in low season, since the place gets very crowded on the weekends or in the summer. But this shouldn’t dampen your curiosity, since the cove is well sheltered from the cold northern winds, and you can enjoy a sunny day here even in the winter.
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Spiaggia delle Rocchette is about seven kilometers from Castiglione della Pescaia, near the small town of Rocchette on Maremma’s Tyrrhenian coast. Covered in soft golden sand and surrounded by a wild and beautiful landscape, it is one of the most famous beaches on the whole shoreline. It is hundreds of meters long, and edged with dark red, craggy rocks. Though there are plenty of establishments that rent sunbeds and umbrellas, there are also long stretches of open beach. The water is beautiful, sapphire-colored and amazingly clear, with a gently sloping, sandy bottom that’s perfect for wading and swimming. It can be reached on foot from Rocchette by taking a path that ends at the rocks by the water, then walking on towards the promontory: on the other side of it is the beach.
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