Etruscan Coast

Etruscan Coast

In terms of territory, the Etruscan Coast incorporates the entire province of Livorno in Tuscany.

The name "Etruscan Coast" (or even Etruscan Riviera) derives from the ancient settlements of this mysterious population near the Baratti Gulf, in Populonia. These small town centres were founded with the intention of extracting ferrous materials which were plentiful in these areas. To this day, it is still possible to visit the Etruscan necropolis and other minor settlements in the Archaeological Park of Baratti and Populonia.

The Etruscan Coast is soaked by the clear Mediterranean sea, whose beauty attracts thousands of tourists to its beaches every year:
Castiglioncello, Quercianella, Rosignano, Vada, Cecina, Bibbona, Marina di Castagneto, San Vincenzo, Baratti and Piombino.
From this last location it is possible to catch a fast ferry and visit the Island of Elba with its magnificent natural sea life.

In addition to its beaches, the Etruscan Coast is characterised above all by its nature, thanks to protected areas, natural oases and natural parks occupying 20% of the area. Particularly worthy of a mention is the Bolgheri W.W.F Oasis.

Another popular attraction of the Etruscan Coast are the rich food and wine offerings, a direct result of the territory's particular features: fresh seafood combined with products from the land and forest. To name a few, the renowned "Chianina", a breed of bird, cheeses and fragrance oils.

The "Strada del Vino" or "Wine Road" which crosses through the territory of the Etruscan Coast is of no less interest, and wines such as Bolgheri Doc, Sassicaia and Ornellaia add a touch of excellence to an already rich and varied selection of food and wine.
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