Coast & Islands

The coast of the Tuscan Maremma is the large stretch of coastline that goes from Rosignano Marittimo to beyond the Argentario Promontory. A long coastal stretch, which affects the Maremma Livornese and Grossetana, bathed by the Tyrrhenian Sea, one of the most beautiful and cleanest seas in Italy, formed by hundreds of kilometers of beaches, isolated coves, extensive pine forests of stone pine (with the characteristic shape of umbrella), well-equipped bathing establishments and numerous campsites. The various localities present in the more than250 kilometers of Maremma coast have over time become privileged destinations for important personalities from the world of entertainment, sport and politics. A notoriety, that of the Maremma coast, conquered in the field, thanks to the numerous Blue Flagsrecognized every year by the FEE – Foundation for Environmental Education (Foundation for Environmental Education) to the beaches of the Maremma, thus making Tuscany one of the most awarded regions in Italy. In the Maremma Grossetanathe prestigious blue flags 2013 were assigned to Follonica, Castiglione della Pescaia, Grosseto (Marina di Grosseto and Principina a Mare) and Monte Argentario. In the Maremma LivorneseCosta degli Etruschi – the 2013 blue flags were assigned to Rosignano Marittimo (Castiglioncello and Vada), Marina di Bibbona, Castagneto Carducci, Cecina (Gorette and Marina di Cecina), Piombino (Sterpaia Natural Park) and San Vincenzo .

Le Formiche di Grosseto

In the sea between the Giglio and the coast of the Uccellina Park, an archipelago of rocks emerges, the Formiche di Grosseto. There are three uninhabited limestone islets, included in the Tuscan Archipelago: Formica Grande, Formica Piccola and Formica III. On Formica Grande, surrounded by dangerous shallows, there is an automatic lighthouse.

The Tuscan Archipelago National Park

An extraordinary mosaic of uncontaminated scenery unites the seven islands (and some smaller islets including the Formiche di Grosseto) protected in the Tuscan Archipelago National Park: Elba, Gorgona, Montecristo, Pianosa, Capraia, Giannutri and Giglio. A trip to this sea is a real odyssey in the Tuscan Maremma: there is no single connection that leads from island to island, but for each one you have to follow a different route. Like seven pearls in the Tyrrhenian Sea, each island is unrepeatable, it will be a discovery in its own right and will hold unique surprises: monuments of art and history, natural beauties, breathtaking landscapes, all immersed in primitive and enchanted vegetation, typical of the Mediterranean scrub . Even in the encounter between land and sea, the seven islands maintain their own physiognomy and originality, each being of different geological origin: rocky or sandy, high or low, gray or black, yellow, red, thecoasts (composed of spectacular cliffs and beautiful caves) characterize the character of each island. The sea that encloses and unites them is part of the Sanctuary for Mediterranean Marine Mammals – Pelagos Sanctuary– an international marine protected area of 87 500 km2, established in 1999 thanks to an agreement between Italy, the Principality of Monaco and France, with which the three countries undertake to protect the marine mammals and their natural habitat.