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TERRITORY
 
The territory of the Tuscan Maremma is considered one of the most striking and original of the Italian peninsula, and Castiglione della Pescaia possesses the most distinctive and significant aspects of the Maremma landscape. The Diaccia Botrona Natural Reserve is a marshland, the remains of the ancient Lake Prile’s vast wetland, where a rich birdlife lives and reproduces. The Casa Rossa (Red House), which was built in the 18th century by engineer Leonardo Ximenes for the reclamation of the Maremma initiated by Grand Duke Leopold II of Lorraine, still dominates the marshes and houses the Diaccia Botrona Multimedia Museum.

North and south of the town are lush forests of pine; the accessible part to the south is called Pineta di Selene (Pinewood of the Moon) and offers gym equipment and picnic areas. To the north there is another small pine forest the entrance to which is near the Riva del Sole village. In both directions there are cycling paths adjacent to the n° 158 “Collacchie” provincial road which skirts the pine forests.

The typical Mediterranean vegetation covers the hills of the hinterland where there are three small villages of ancient origin with a renowned culinary tradition: Buriano, Tirli (about 400 meters above sea level), where one can cool off during the hot summer days, and Vetulonia, once an Etruscan capital, which now houses the Archaeological Museum dedicated to Isidoro Falchi and is an important archaeological site.

Overlooking a beautiful bay, the suburb of Punta Ala is a top-level international resort, with a modern marina and exclusive accommodation. The area has wide beaches and shady pine forests along the road leading to the hamlet. Here it is possible to play golf on an 18-hole course in a scenic area overlooking the sea. In 1999 Punta Ala saw the launch of Luna Rossa, which for many years made it its base, and has a solid sailing tradition.

Castiglione della Pescaia was nominated in 2014 "European City of Sport": this prestigious award has resulted in a series of cultural and sporting events scheduled in the spring season. Among them are National and International level competitions, such as the UCI PARA-CYCLING WORLDCUP in 2014, or the arrival of the 6th stage of the Giro d’Italia and the Soling World Championship in 2015.



BEACHES

Along the coastline stretch wide beaches of soft sand, interrupted at times by rocky cliffs and bordered by pinewoods and Mediterranean scrub.

Thanks to the quality of services offered, and the characteristics of the seabed which is suitable even for small children, the beaches of Castiglione have been certified "baby friendly" by the National Association of Pediatricians who awarded the village the Green Flag since the very year in which this recognition was established. For years, the Municipality of Castiglione  has also received top honours for the quality of its waters and the protection of the environment, including the Blue Flag and the 5 Sails. In 2014 and 2015 it ranked first in the  "most beautiful sea of ​​Italy" Blue Guide of Legambiente and Touring Club of Italy, thanks to its compliance with strict criteria regarding the quality of the services offered, the initiatives for sustainable tourism and many more.

The central beaches can be reached on foot directly from various parts of the town; for the disabled, there are many access points especially on the recently renovated eastern seafront. For  our four legged friends there are two Bau Beaches of about 300 meters each, accessible throughout the year, one of which is located just after the exit of the town towards Grosseto, and the other in the  Punta Ala suburb in the  Civinini House area.

The eastern beach covers a coastal stretch of about 10 kms between Castiglione and Marina di Grosseto to the south. Characterized by large beaches protected in part by  rocky barriers, and offering bathing facilities, it also offers plenty of free access areas that run uninterrupted from the last houses of the town to the boundaries of the municipality at Le Marze and beyond. This stretch of beach is very popular with wind and kite-surfers, who color the sea and sky with their sails on windy days.

The western beach starts just after the harbour on the river Bruna, which runs through the village, and arrives at the promontory of Capezzòlo, where it is interrupted by  a small rocky outcrop. This beach is characterized by the adjacent town waterfront, which during the summer hosts street markets and various other events. Along this stretch there are numerous bathing facilities, bars, restaurants and a children's playground.

After Capezzòlo  the beach continues uninterrupted, with ample free access areas, for about 6 km up to the area of ​​Rocchette. Bathing facilities here are not numerous and are particularly nice and more secluded, suitable for those seeking peace and quiet. Further ahead is the beach of Rocchette dominated by the 12th century castle, situated on its eponymous promontory. This beach is famous for its clear waters where many practice snorkeling at the base of the cliff.

The beach of Punta Ala stretches from the suburb to the mouth of the small river Alma, at the Castiglione town limits. Surrounded by greenery, completely sandy and with top-end bathing facilities, the beach also offers ample free access stretches and overlooks a beautiful quiet bay, often hosting regattas with sailboats from the nearby marina. At dusk one can enjoy beautiful and romantic sunsets, with a view stretching beyond the  islets of Sparviero (the Hawk) and Cerboli all the way to  Elba.
 
 
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