Surroundings

Surroundings

 

The Bocca di Cecina campsite is located in a perfect and privileged position that allows campers easy and quick access to the Costa degli Etruschi  and Val di Cecina 

famous tourist centres, nature parks and protected areas, ancient medieval small villages and archaeological sites of national importance; it also gives the possibility to visit the most beautiful cities of art in Tuscany with unique cultural and eno-gastronomic itineraries.

The hinterland of Cecina offers natural scenery of rare beauty, green hills, small villages where time seems to have stopped, restaurants and wine cellars where it is possible to taste the traditional dishes of this extraordinary land.

The coast offers - besides the splendid sea - relaxing walks or cycling in the majestic secular pinewoods crossed by paths and lanes for walking or cycling which constitute an oasis of coolness in the summer heat and an explosion of Mediterranean colours and aromas.

Cecina

A rich, dynamic and vivacious tourist town, Cecina is one of the most important centres of the Tuscan coast, placed between the green countryside and hills and the blue sea of the Etruscan Coast, which make it a traditionally loved destination by tourists in Europe.

Distance from the campsite Bocca di Cecina Km 0,5

Guardistallo

With its ancient origins (2400 - 1800 BC) the village ofGuardistallo rises in a strategic position on a ridge dominating the whole valley at 278 meters altitude above sea level. Guardistallo – whose name comes from the Germanic words warda ("guard") and stall ("place") which probably means "place of guard" - with its unchanged medieval aspect, is a perfect destination for spending a relaxing evening drinking good wine or tasting the typical dishes offered by the many restaurants of this area; it is also possible to take part in parties and county festivals organized during the year especially in the summer season when the whole village is animated by hundreds of people in medieval costumes staging performances of an ancient local tradition.

Distance from the campsite Bocca di Cecina Km 10

Montescudaio

Just 10 minutes away by car from the campsite Bocca di Cecina, the villageMontescudaio is included in the  list of the most beautiful small villages of Italy

It dates back to the beginning of the 11th century when the Lords of the Gherardesca decided to build a Castle to protect his properties. The origin of the name is linked to "mons scuto rum" that in Latin means Mountain of the Shields or of the Squires. The medieval architecture is maintained intact and it is harmoniously complemented today with artisan shops and with characteristic places making it a pleasant and relaxing visit. Montescudaio is also famous for the production of a characteristic bread cooked strictly in wood-burning ovens.

Distance from the campsite Bocca di Cecina Km 10

Bibbona

Lying in the valley of the Cecina river, in an area of unique landscape beauty, Bibbona totally preserves the charm of a small ancient medieval village. Close to it,  you can find  theMacchia della Magona, a forest of more than 1600 hectares, rich in paths and natural tracks that connect it to the parks of Val di Cornia and the woody areas around Volterra. With its ancient enologic and culinary tradition Bibbona is placed along theStrada del Vino  (the Wine Trail), an exclusive itinerary that allows the tasting of the DOC wines (Registered Designation of Origin) of the area. The visitor will also find very long beaches and pinewoods in Bibbona, perfect for walking, cycling or horse-riding.

Distance from the campsite Bocca di Cecina Km 13

Casale Marittimo

Standing on the ruins of an Etruscan village of the 7th century BC Casale Marittimo  is located (differently from what it is suggested by its name) on a hill from where it silently and calmly dominates the underlying valley.

The village preserves its unchanged medieval structure; in the past it was said to be "the biggest, and healthiest castle of the whole Marquisate" thanks also to the sources of mineral waters springing out in the outskirts.

Visiting Casale is like jumping back in time: the narrow paved roads climb toward the fortress where the castle was and bend around it following the ancient profile in concentric rings along the impressive stone buildings. Casale is a small village to be savoured slowly, at sunset or in the evening, when its streets and its ramps are illuminated by a warm and evocative light,  perfect scenery for a walk in the middle of the summer enjoying cool weather and good food in its inns.

 

Distance from the campsite Bocca di Cecina  Km 14

Bolgheri

Enchanting and evocative medieval villageBolgheri was made immortal by the verses of Giosuè Carducci "the tall and sincere cypresses in Bolgheri go from St. Guido in a double row.... " in the poem "Davanti a San Guido" (In front of St. Guido). It is a real testimony of the Poet with his childhood house and the Oratory of St. Guido. The village is famous, not only for the unrivalled historical and cultural landscape beauties, but also for the famous red wines that are produced in the area. Walking in the evening among artisan’s shops and ancient inns illuminated by lamps and candles gives you a real feeling and savour of an ancient past, whose evidence is the  Conti della Gherardesca Castle , admirable example of elegant architecture of the 13th century.

Distance from the campsite Bocca di Cecina  Km 18

Volterra

The town of  Volterra, famous for quarrying and processing of alabaster, has preserved an extraordinary historical centre ofetruscan origin and numerous architectural and historical testimonies that make it one of the preferred destinations for a one day excursion, being very close to the campsite. Visitors can visit various museums and picture galleries, but also go for a relaxing walk on its paved roads, be tempted by the numerous typical restaurants with the best Tuscan cuisine and wines produced in that area; they can also visit the numerous artisan shops where alabaster is processed with ancient mastery  to produce artefacts in gorgeous forms and colours.

Distance from the campsite Bocca di Cecina  Km 43

Populonia

Populonia  was in ancient times one of the most important city-states of the Etruscans as well as the greatest centre of the Mediterranean area, specialized in the fusion and trade of the iron mined on the nearby Elba Island. Those ancient origins are greatly testified and can be appreciated visiting the Parco Archeologico di Baratti e Populonia.

In visiting this town, looking out over  the Gulf of Baratti, you can see the medieval walls and the Fortress, built for protection against pirate attacks , the Etruscan Museum, as well as the Monumental Etruscan Necropolis of St. Cerbone which is very close to the port.

Distance from the campsite Bocca di Cecina Km 49

S. Gimignano

Archaeological testimonies (Etruscan graves) make this authentic pearl of the Alta Val d’Elsa – straddling the Via Francigena - date back to the 3rd century BC. Due to the characteristic medieval architecture of its historical centre – which is still the same it was in the fourteenth century - San Gimignano  has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site 

If you want to get the purest essence of the ancient people of this rich and noble land and enjoy a day of incomparable historical, landscape and gourmet beauties, you must visit this small town lost in time with its famous fifteen medieval towers - that gave it the nickname Manhattan of the Middle Ages.

Distance from the campsite Bocca di Cecina  Km 73

Elba Island

Connected to the mainland by frequent ferry runs (info and timetableElba Island can be a pleasant diversion during your stay at the campsite. The island was already famous in ancient times for its iron and copper mines, which were among the most important of the Mediterranean area. That is why it was frequently colonized. In more recent times Elba was the place where the most famous man in  history,Napoleone Bonaparte, , went into exile and where it is still possible to see his two residences - Villa dei Mulini in Portoferraio and Villa San Martinoin the town outskirts  - where the emperor lived during his imprisonment.

The Elba Island is today an important tourist destination thanks to its beaches, its vivacious and coloured towns, its gastronomic tradition revealed in any possible specialty of fish, and to the possibility of diving into its extraordinary depths.

Distance from the campsite Bocca di Cecina  Km 88

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Cities of Art and Monumental Towns in Tuscany

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