Via Roma 2
55025 Coreglia Antelminelli, Province of Lucca
Marina di Carrara | Forte dei Marmi | Pietrasanta | Camaiore | Viareggio
Distance from Colletto: 70 km
Time from Colletto with car: 1 h 15 min
The Versilia area is decidedly high end. It is famous for its summer night life, and therefore the height of the season is during the summer. Visitors at any other period will not see the Versilia at its fullest and many establishments actually close down at the end of September.
The beach in the Versilia is very wide and long – there is basically a kilometers-long beach that goes from Forte dei Marmi in the north to Viareggio in the south. Forte dei Marmi and Lido di Camaiore are the higher end areas, where most of the beach is taken over by deckchairs and umbrellas set up by bathing establishments that also provide changing rooms, showers, bars with snacks and pasta. You won’t find spiaggia libera or “free beach” along this track. Head toPietrasanta for one of those. The spiaggia libera is basically a part of the beach where you can arrive with your own umbrella, towels, cooler and sit down wherever you want without paying. If this is the sort of beach-going experience you want, then the Versilia really isn’t for you – head south toward Livorno and Grosseto (keep reading as we get to those beaches in a minute).
Marina di Pisa | Tirrenia | Calambrone
Distance from Colletto: 80 km
Time from Colletto with car: 1 h 20 min
As you head south, the beaches get shorter and more narrow. Many of them start having copses as well as stretches of actual woods right behind the beach.
The beaches on this stretch near Pisa tend to receive strong currents. The Marina di Pisa, however, is particularly adapt for families as the beach is protected from the open sea by large rock walls that have been piled to act as barriers making the beach-going experience much more pleasant.
Antignano | Quercianella | Castiglioncello | Vada di Rosignano Marittimo | Cecina | Marina di Bibbona | Castagneto Carducci | San Vincenzo | Riotorto-Piombino | Marciana Marina-La Fenicia
Distance from Colletto: 85 km
Time from Colletto with car: 1 h 30 min
This area includes some of the most popular beaches in all of Tuscany. From Antignano down toRosignano the waterfront is actually reef but this does not discourage anyone from spending the day at the sea. You actually climb on – make sure to bring water shoes or buy some from the many vendors – lay your towel, get some sun, then go snorkeling, then rest and get some more sun! Repeat as often as you like. The towns here all offer boardwalks with bars (cafes), gelato shops and restaurants as well as any beach paraphernalia you might have forgotten to bring along.Castiglioncello, Vada and Cecina are some of the easiest to reach with public transporation as the towns (and train station along the Pisa-Grosseto line) are on the coast or not far.
Follonica | Castiglione della Pescaia | Marina di Grosseto | Principina di Grosseto | Monte Argentario
Distance from Colletto: 200 km
Time from Colletto with car: 3 h
This area, also known as Maremma, is the most popular in Tuscany among Italians for the beachesand many foreigners have recently discovered the area. Many families tend to rent small apartments along the seacoast during the summer and basically transfer themselves here for the month of August.
You’ll find both long stretches of sandy beaches as well as some areas with reef, many spiagge libere as well as colonized areas with chairs and umbrellas. You can lay out and work on your tan or go exploring the outer reefs.
A short way south of Marina di Grosseto, the Marina di Alberese beach is quite busy but perfect for families. This is a long stretch of sandy and free beach with extensive woodland behind the beach.
To the north of Castiglione, the Cala Violina is a lovely beach at the end of a 15-minute walk along a woodland trail.
In this area, many of the parking lots are far from the beach and require a short 15-20 minute walk to the beach, all worth it from our “unbiased” point of view ;-).