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Castiglioncello: pretty seaside town in Tuscany you will love

All you need to know about Castiglioncello, a pretty seaside town in Tuscany perfect for seaside relaxation.

Castiglioncello is a pretty seaside village in Tuscany, popular with Italian especially as a pleasant coastal retreat.

The town is on a stretch of beautiful rocky coast and has clean waters that make it perfect if you like swimming and snorkeling.

The town is mostly a modern seaside resort however it has a pretty Castle, Castello Pasquini, that has a beautiful park and is the seat of summer music and theatrical events.

Castiglioncello is a summer town, a place people come to relax and unwind.

My family have been coming to Castiglioncello for generations: these are the many reasons that keep us coming back!

Fun fact! Castiglioncello was extremely popular int the Italian cinema world and saw some illustrious guests. Alberto Sordi and Nino Manfredi are only two of the many fans the city has and even bought beautiful villas in the area that locals are very happy to point out to you! The movie ‘Il Sorpasso’ was filmed here.

The best things to do in Castiglioncello

Enjoy the beautiful beach at Quercetano

Castiglioncello is a seaside resort and there is no better place to enjoy the beach here that coming down to the sandy stretch of Quercetano.

When I say ‘coming down’, I really mean it: Quercetano beach is at the end of a long and steep cliff with hundreds of steps!

The climb up and then up is tiring and makes the beach unsuitable for toddlers (you will never get a stroller or much equipment up these steps!) or anyone with mobility issues however, it is beautiful!

If you are happy to get there, you will be rewarded with beautiful sands, clean waters and several beach clubs as well as the free beach, perfect for long days at the beach.

Stairs down to Quercetano Bay, Castiglioncello, Italy
View from the top of the coast and the beach of the village of Castiglioncello

Sunbathe and swim at Miramare

On the opposite site of town from Quercetano, you find a different sea access, a beautful and rocky stretch of coast with several nice beach clubs perfect for sunbathing and swimming.

Here there is little sand and the sea floor is mostly rocky, yet easy to access. Part has shallow waters, good for small kids (bring water shoes) and sunbathing, while other parts have deeper waters that are best for swimming.

The waters here are clear and you can easy go snorkeling. Beach clubs and cafes offering light meals and snack abound: book early as these is a place with recurring clients and good spots sell out fast!

Walk to la Baracchina

Castiglioncello has lovely lungomare popular for sunset walks and to catch views of the sea in stormy weather especially.

The walks leads you to a restaurant and club called ‘la baracchina’ which is a local landmark and indeed, its position is special and the view over the sea and this rocky stretch wonderful.

Lungomare walks in Castiglioncello, Italy
Sunset on the Coast of Castiglioncello in Tuscany, Italy

Enjoy Castiglioncello’s Pineta Marradi

Castiglioncello has a lovely pineta, aka a large green area in the shade of pine trees.

Pineta is the place where kids especially gather in the afernoon and the evening: here you have playgrounds for the kids, a tennis club, crazy golf and open air cinema in the summer.

Sip aperitivo ‘in piazza’

Of course Castiglioncello has a piazza with an elegant cafe where to sip aperitivo!

The town is not exceptionally glamorous so it is not a place where you would feel out of place in shorts and t-shirts however, the piazza is where you can have fun dress up.

The terrace here doesn’t have sea views but it is the place to be if you want old style charm (and meet everyone in town!_

Castello Pasquini

Castello Pasquini (Pasquini Castle) is the historical landmark in Castiglioncello and was built between 1889 and 1891 in traditional Tuscan style.

The castle is beautiful and imposing and it has a nice park that is lovely to cool down in summer and hosts regular events. You can find the program here.

Good to know! While Castello Pasquini is not ancient, the Medici tower a little farther up the road is. The Medici tower dates from the XVI century and served as the Southernmost defence post for the Capitanate of Livorno. While not currently open to the public, it is nevertheless a nice landmarks that adds charm to this pretty yet mostly modern seaside town.

Where to stay in Castiglioncello

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Castiglioncello has several hotels and rental apartments perfect for short and long stays. Some worth considering are:

Hotel Tirreno, pretty hotel mixing modern comfort and old world charm, well located close to the lungomare.

Albergo Pensione Bartoli, welcoming hotel in the village, close to both the piazza and the sea, pet friendly.

Hotel Leopoldo, pretty hotel with a homely feel in a nice green street close to the seafront. Big rooms available for bigger families.

I hope you enjoyed this quick overview of Castiglioncello and put it on the map for you a place for sea and sun relaxation!

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Marta Correale is an Italian mama of two. Born and raised in Rome, Marta has a passion for travel and especially enjoys showing off Italy to her kids, who are growing up to love it as much as she does! A classics graduate, teacher of Italian as a second language and family travel blogger, Marta launched Mama Loves Italy as a way to inspire, support and help curious visitors to make the most of a trip to Italy and learn about Italian culture on the way.