The Etruscan Coast
Facing the Etruscan Coast, and in close contact with the Maremma wildlife and marine oasis, the Hermitage Hotel in Bibbona is an ideal starting point for a high quality, relaxing vacation surrounded by nature.
The breathtaking pine tree forests on the coasts of Cecina and Donoratico are only the first step in exploring the diversity that characterizes the area.
The splendor of the beaches and the islands of the Tuscan archipelago add to the natural beauty that distinguishes this region.
Theisle of Elba, the largest of these islands, has splendid inlets and renowned tourist attractions in the areas of Marina di Campo, Padulella and Capoliveri. In Portoferraio, the Villa dei Mulini reminds us of Napoleone Bonaparte's exile, whilst the shore of the Biodola is known for its extremely fine sand and clear depths.
A visit to the Wildlife Shelter of Bolgheri during the summer allows us to observe rare species of aquatic birds.
Close by, in Bibbona, lies the Macchia della Magona: a protected park spanning 1600 hectares, with numerous paths passable on foot or on a mountain bike.
The promontory of Piombino hosts the Archeological Park of Baratti and Populonia, an excavation site on the Etruscan civilization which exhibits its brilliant findings by means of modern multimedia technology. The route passes along the necropoli, taking us to the hills in front of the sea, an experience which definitely numbers amongst the most fascinating during a visit to Tuscany. Finally, the view of the Gulf of Baratti captivates numerous tourists, who in every season marvel at the enchanting panorama.
It is impossible to forget the visits to the medieval villages of Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci along the street Strada del Vino. There is a unique atmosphere of timelessness between the city walls and the fortified buildings, which is complimented by a glass of wine and some typical gastronomic specialties.
As a matter of fact, to the lovers of good food, the small restaurants in the Tuscan hills offer typical delicacies, which include fresh pasta, cold cuts, and mushroom based dishes that come with high-quality homemade olive oils. It is also possible to directly buy the regions' prized cheeses in the local stores.
If you are prepared to travel a couple extra kilometers, visiting Florence is a delightful experience which amply repays for the extra travel. Florence is a city filled with culture that tells its history through the numerous age-old monuments and museums. It was the capital of the Renaissance and the cradle of Italian art, some examples being the Galleria degli Uffizi, the Duomo and the magnificent palaces facing the Arno River, close to the Ponte Vecchio.