Want to spend a little while exploring great wine estates and combine that with an Italian beach vacation? Then try either the endless beaches and frontier wineries of the Maremma district in Tuscany or a mix of Piedmont and the Ligurian beaches.
The Maremma is known as the "new frontier" of Tuscan wine and produces some of the very best of Italian wines. It is also the home to Italy's only cowboys believe it or not and the biggest and best steaks in Italy!
Not only is the Maremma great for wine and cowboys but it has the best beaches in Tuscany too. In fact these beaches are so good they are considered to be amongst the best beaches in northern Italy.
This is one of the few places in northern Italy where you can still find wild and unspoilt beaches. A lot of the coast line of the Maremma is within National Park areas which means the coast has been preserved from much of the ugly development witnessed in so many other parts of the Mediterranean.
Anywhere along this coast you'll find great beaches - there must be close on one hundred beaches ranging from long wide stretches of sand to tiny little cove beaches lined with incredible pine forests.
The color of the sea meanders through every shade of brilliant blue and emarald green as the sun plays throughout the day upon the water's surface. The beaches too come in every shade, from golden yellow, through ivory to even some pitch black volcanic ones.
Some of Tuscany's best beaches are those near Baratti and a great idea is to try and stay at the delightful Poggio all'Agnello which has its own private beach in Baratti for guests.
The little island of Giglio, just off the Maremma coast of Tuscany, has some spectacular beaches. A number of them require a bit of a hike to get too but it is well worth the effort if you can make it otherwise get there by one of the many boats which leave from Giglio Porto.
Cala dell’Arenella and Caldane beach are without a doubt two of the most beautiful beaches in Tuscany but on the island there are a number of other beaches that are nearly as gorgeous so explore as much as possible.
Most of the hotels on the island are lousy. The only accommodation in Giglio that I can recommend are the Ammiriglio apartments.
When to Visit the Best Beaches in Tuscany?
During late July and August all the beaches of Tuscany including even the more remote ones of the Maremma get crowded. Best time to go therefore is June or early July, otherwise try the first week or two in September.
The Maremma Wine Route
On our site we feature some great wines from the Maremma district and one of the best of the wine estates in the region is that of Jacopo Biondi Santi. The Biondi Santi family is world famous for inventing Brunello di Montalcino and they are now producing incredible wines in the very unique terroir of the Maremma
There are many other lovely estates all over the area and the Locanda Terenzi (click for more), which itself is a working vineyard, in the heart of the area is our pick of places to stay in the district. Even better is the fact that they will be very happy to help you out with advice on other nearby estates to visit.
You could stay at the Locanda Terenzi and make the trip down to the nearby coast easily enough to explore the beaches but my advice would be to focus on the inland areas of the Maremma enjoying the wine and lovely old villages.
Follow this up with a week, if you have the time, dedicated to the coast.
Oh and don't forget to try the steak - the bistecca alla fiorentina is the most famous cut.
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