Punta Ala is one of the most exclusive locations in the Tuscan Maremma and the whole Tyrrhenian coast. In winter it has few inhabitants and in summer, however, it is very populated.

Punta Ala is a beautiful tourist destination in the Tuscan Maremma, located in the extreme part of the Gulf of Follonica – a fraction of the municipality of Castiglione della Pescaia – 45 kilometers from the capital Grosseto. Sailing headquarters par excellence (for years it was the base of the Luna Rossa team), Punta Ala is known above all for its port, the largest in the Maremma thanks to its 14 piers and 1200 meters of extension, with about 900 berths.

The “Marina” Port of Punta Ala at Sunset – Coast of the Tuscan Maremma (Photo by Geekr)

The port, admirably built, proposes a successful partnership between tourism and respect for the environment. Punta Ala is a green rocky spur, immersed in an expanse of fragrant scrub and in woods of cork oaks that cover the hilly slopes of its promontory. The coast is interspersed with frequent bays and suggestive inlets: from Torre Civette, which from the top of a rocky ridge dominates the mouth of the Alma, a long sandy beach stretches for kilometers framed by a dense pine forest, then near the promontory, between Punta Hidalgo and Cala di Pozzo, beach, rocks and pine forests mix. In front of Punta Hidalgo a series of rocks, the so-called “Porcellini”, one of which has the curious shape of a shark’s fin, is displayed. Not far away is the famous island, or rock, of the Sparrowhawk.

Villas, private gardens, luxury and unspoiled nature, silence and relaxation, inviolable privacy, make Punta Ala an exclusive and unique place on the Maremma coast.

Over the years Punta Ala, lives on memories of the past good weather, tourism in all its forms has been amplifying, making this beautiful location a beautiful place to admire and enjoy to the full. A simple village built on the sea, for the sea and tourism, Punta Ala finds its charm in combining a perfect tourist organization, with beach and hotel facilities of high level, tennis courts and swimming pools, equestrian sports, including polo, one of the largest golf courses in Europe, with sixty hectares of turf and manicured greens (18 holes), which winds under the shade of evergreens, perfectly inserted into the surrounding environment. You arrive in Punta Ala after 9 kilometers of road inserted in the Mediterranean Macchia.

The rock (or islet) of the Sparrowhawk

The Sparrowhawk of Punta Ala – Maremma (Photo by Lorenzo Capolupi)

Lo Sparviero is a rock facing Punta Ala, it reserves many wonders from a naturalistic point of view, both on the surface and in the still uncontaminated seabed. The islet, which is one of the main attractions of Punta Ala, is dominated by an ancient circular tower of uncertain date (Torre di Troia Vecchia or degli Appiani) and covered by a dense Mediterranean scrub. Several colonies of gulls nest throughout the area. With no tourist facilities and completely uninhabited, it is a highly sought-after destination especially in the summer season, when numerous boats reach the rock to give the opportunity, to those who wish, to climb and sunbathe, to dive into the transparent waters that surround it or to dive for underwater exploration.

The Origins of Punta Ala

Punta Ala Castle – Tuscan Maremma – (Photo by Mario Bellavite)

Punta Ala has no historical roots. In the mid-twentieth century, not only did it not have its current name, but there was not even a house or street in the area. It was called Punta Troia, then came Italo Balbo (well-known minister and general of the fascist regime) who, in one of his frequent flights from Tripoli to Italy, saw the town from above, fell in love with it and in 1932 bought the whole area, giving it a name of D’Annunzio. He renamed it with the name we all know – Punta Ala – and had the Nuova Torre della Troia restored on the promontory to live there (as well as clearing a large part of the territory and creating a provincial road). This fortification, created to replace the ruined Torre dello Sparviero on the islet in front of the promontory, was commissioned by Cosimo I de ‘Medici in 1560, then enlarged and incorporated into another building by the Grand Duke of Tuscany Pietro Leopoldo in 1788 and finally adapted to villa, as the residence of Italo Balbo.

Resources on Punta Ala

  • Punta Ala – Wikipedia presents the Maremma seaside resort, describes the monuments and places of interest.
  • Italo Balbo and Punta Ala – The biography of the fascist exponent and the story of the birth of Punta Ala.