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Campeggio Naturista INSIEME

CAMPEGGIO NATURISTA INSIEME

4. The Region - Attractions

The enchanting Tuscany

The charm of Tuscany lies not only in its famous historic cities but especially in the enchanting landscape that this region has to offer. The landscape is characterized by rolling hills where vineyards and olive trees peacefully grow side by side, interspersed with vast sunflower fields and rustic farmhouses that form a picturesque scene. This is the place where one can get lost in nature, stroll along the rows of iconic cypress trees, or relax in the natural hot springs such as those in Saturnia, where the beneficial water is a source of well-being.

The Tuscan coastline is equally enchanting, with beaches like Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi welcoming visitors with their crystal-clear waters and golden sands, an ideal place for both relaxation and fun. But the province also has a rugged side. With stretches of rugged coastline, wild forests, and nature reserves where nature still reigns freely. The hinterland of Tuscany conceals these nature reserves and parks, including the Parco Regionale della Maremma and the Parco Regionale Migliarino, where one can admire the local flora and fauna in an untouched environment.

Tuscany is also a region of traditions and festivals, where the past is kept alive through historical events such as the Palio di Siena, a horse race with a lively and colorful background. The tradition is also reflected in the cuisine, with a gastronomic tradition that exalts the simplicity of the ingredients. Here, you can enjoy dishes such as the world-renowned Florentine steak or a simple but delicious panzanella. And let's not forget about the wine, with Tuscany being home to some of the best wines in the world, a true haven for wine lovers.

The magic of Tuscany is further enhanced by its cities, which carry a rich cultural and historical heritage. Cities like Florence, the heart of the Renaissance, where art and architecture go hand in hand, and Siena, known for its rich medieval history, are on the list of must-visit places. Pisa attracts people with its iconic leaning tower, while Lucca charms visitors with its well-preserved city walls and picturesque old town. Each city in Tuscany tells its own story and invites visitors to dive into its rich history and culture.

Costa Degli Etruschi (The Etruscan Coast)

Along the western perimeter of Tuscany extends an area rich in history and enchanting natural landscapes: the Etruscan Coast. This part of the region, nestled between the crystal-clear waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the green hills of the Tuscan countryside, offers a perfect combination of culture, history, and natural beauty. The table below provides an overview of all the tourist and cultural hotspots in the area:

WhatDistance to the campgroundExplanation
"Spiaggia naturista Calignaia""8 min.""Naturist beach on the rocks near the campsite"
"Castiglioncello""10 min.""Naturist beach on the rocks near the campsite"
"Bolgheri""30 min.""A picturesque village known for its wine production and charming narrow streets."
"Naturist beach Nido dell'aquila""45 min.""One of the most popular naturist beaches in Italy. Large sandy beach and very suitable for families."
"Sterpaia Coastal Park""50 min.""Part of the Parks of Val di Cornia; a beautiful natural area along the coast, ideal for nature lovers."
"Rimigliano Coastal Park""50 min.""Offers beautiful natural environments along the coast and is also part of the Parks of Val di Cornia."
"Archaeological Park of Baratti/Populonia""1 hour""An archaeological site where you can explore the rich Etruscan history, dating back to the 9th century BCE."
"Populonia Alta""1 hour""A small hilltop village overlooking the Gulf of Baratti, known as the only Etruscan coastal village."
"Island of Elba""1 hour""A beautiful island with lovely beaches and a rich history, including the period when Napoleon was exiled there. Accessible by ferry from Piombino."

Cultural activities

Below is an overview of possible cultural activities for our guests including distance and explanation.

What"Distance"Explanation
"Pisa""30 min."Pisa is globally renowned for its famous leaning tower, the 'Tower of Pisa.' This architectural landmark is just a part of the beautiful Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles). Besides the tower, you will also find the cathedral and the baptistery. However, Pisa has more to offer than just the tower; it is a charming city with a rich history, stunning architecture, and delightful cuisine.
"Lucca""45 min."Lucca is famous for its beautifully preserved medieval city walls. Within these walls, narrow cobblestone streets, historic squares, and breathtaking churches await to be discovered. Biking along the city walls and enjoying the green city park are popular activities in this charming city. Lucca offers an authentic Italian experience with a touch of history and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
"Volterra""60 min."Volterra is steeped in ancient charm. It is known for its well-preserved Etruscan and Roman remains, including the impressive Etruscan city walls and the Roman theater ruins. The medieval center of Volterra offers winding streets, atmospheric squares, and beautiful churches. What makes the city even more special is its rich history of alabaster craftsmanship, which you can explore in the many artisan shops and alabaster museums. Volterra offers an authentic journey back in time, with its historical treasures and panoramic views over the Tuscan countryside.
"Cinque Terre (La Spezia)""75 min."Cinque Terre, which means 'Five Lands', is a beautiful coastal area. This enchanting destination comprises five colorful villages perched on cliffs overlooking the sparkling Ligurian Sea. The villages, namely Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, are UNESCO World Heritage sites and offer a spectacular environment for hikers and nature lovers. Cinque Terre is known for its stunning coastal hiking trails, such as the famous Sentiero Azzurro (Blue Path), which connects the villages with each other.
"San Gimignano""1.5 hours"San Gimignano, also known as the 'Medieval Manhattan' because of its striking towers, is an enchanting city. It is globally renowned for its well-preserved medieval architecture. The historic center of San Gimignano is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with cobblestone streets, atmospheric squares, and beautiful churches to explore. A highlight of visiting San Gimignano is tasting the local ice cream, better known as 'gelato'. This city is famous for its delicious artisanal gelato, with a range of flavors to enjoy as you stroll through the charming streets.
"Florence""1.5 hours"Florence, the capital of Tuscany and the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, is a treasure trove of art, culture, and history. The city exudes unparalleled beauty and is renowned for its world-famous museums, including the Uffizi Gallery and the Galleria dell'Accademia, where you can admire masterpieces such as Michelangelo's David. The historic center of Florence, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is adorned with magnificent architecture, including the majestic Florence Cathedral (the Duomo), the Ponte Vecchio bridge, and the imposing Palazzo Vecchio.
"Sienna""2 hours"Siena is a magnificent city renowned for its medieval charm and breathtaking architecture. The central square, Piazza del Campo, is famous for its striking shell shape and the annual event, the Palio di Siena, an exciting horse race that is part of the city's culture. The Siena Cathedral, the Duomo di Siena, is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture with beautiful mosaics and sculptures. Stroll through the narrow streets and discover the city's rich history in the many historical buildings and museums. Siena is also a culinary destination, where you can enjoy delicious Tuscan dishes in traditional osterias and trattorias.

Culinary activities

On the mountain where our campground is located, you can discover a variety of restaurants offering a range of flavors. From pizzas to delicious fish and meat dishes, the dining options are diverse and cater to every taste. Every morning (from Monday to Saturday), there is a market in Livorno at Piazza Garibaldi and along Via Buontalenti. On Fridays, there is also a market at Via dei Pensieri and Via Allende.

Particularly beautiful is the city's largest market, the Mercato delle Vettovaglie, also known as the Mercato Centrale. The market runs from Monday to Saturday morning, located at Piazza Cavallotti. Thanks in part to its authentic Liberty-style building dating back to 1894, this is one of the most beautiful covered markets in all of Europe. Inside, you'll find more than 180 stalls offering fresh fish, meat, vegetables, fruit, cheese, bread, honey, olive oil, wine, and other local products.

In the surrounding villages, you'll also find numerous seafood restaurants where you can enjoy fresh catch from the Mediterranean Sea. Try local specialties such as seafood pasta, grilled fish, and squid dishes, and experience the authentic flavors of the Tuscan coast.

But the meat lover is also catered to. Tuscany is known, among other things, for the Pasta al Cinghiale (Pasta with Wild Boar) and the Bistecca Fiorentina (Florentine steak).

In Tuscany, you can enjoy a variety of culinary activities to explore the local cuisine. Here are some culinary experiences that our guests shouldn't miss:

  • Wine Tastings: Tuscany is globally renowned for its excellent wines, including Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, and Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Visit local vineyards and taste the diverse flavors of the region.
  • Cooking Classes: Learn the art of Tuscan cuisine by participating in cooking classes. You can learn how to make classic dishes such as pasta, ribollita, and tiramisu.
  • Market Visits: Explore the local markets, such as the Mercato Centrale in Livorno, where you can buy fresh ingredients and regional products. It's also a great place to try street food.
  • Truffle Hunts: Embark on a truffle hunt in the forest with an experienced truffle hunter and his trained dog. If you're lucky, you'll find this precious delicacy and have the chance to taste it in delicious dishes.
  • Olive Oil Tastings: Tuscany produces high-quality olive oil. Visit olive groves and learn about the production process, followed by a tasting of different oils.
  • Cheese Tastings: Explore the world of Tuscan cheeses such as Pecorino and ricotta. Visit cheese farms and sample the variety of flavors.
  • Gelato: Enjoy delicious Italian ice cream, called gelato, at a fantastic Gelateria nearby. Try different flavors, from classic vanilla to Tuscan specialties.

Sports Activities

  • Stand-up Paddleboarding (SUP): Explore the calm waters of Tuscany while standing on a paddleboard. Paddle along the coastline, in lakes, or even across rivers for a relaxing and enjoyable experience on the water.
  • Canoeing: Paddle your way through the picturesque waterways of Tuscany, such as the Arno and Serchio rivers.
  • Canyoning: For adventurous souls, canyoning is a great choice. Descend into the gorges of the Tuscan Apennines and experience the exciting interplay of rocks, water, and natural pools.
  • Whitewater Rafting: In the Apennines, you can participate in whitewater rafting adventures on the fast-flowing rivers.
  • Cycling: Tuscany is a paradise for cycling enthusiasts. Rent a bike and explore the scenic countryside roads and picturesque villages. There are also challenging mountain trails for mountain bikers.
  • Horseback Riding: Discover the Tuscan countryside on horseback. There are numerous stables and trails where you can enjoy relaxing rides and breathtaking landscapes.
  • Golf: Tuscany boasts several beautiful golf courses with stunning views of the countryside.
  • Climbing: The Apennines offer fantastic opportunities for rock climbing and bouldering. There are routes available for both beginners and experienced climbers.



Nature

Tuscany is not only a treasure trove of culture and culinary delights but also an enchanting destination for nature lovers. Here are some remarkable natural attractions in Tuscany:

ü  The forests near Quercianella offer a beautiful combination of Mediterranean vegetation and sea views. Here, you can hike in the shade of ancient trees.

ü  Val d'Orcia: This is a breathtaking landscape in the heart of Tuscany, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rolling hills, cypress-lined avenues, and historic villages such as Pienza and Montalcino make Val d'Orcia one of the most picturesque areas in Tuscany.

ü  The Apennines: Tuscany is bordered by the Apennines, a beautiful mountain range with numerous opportunities for hiking, mountain climbing, and adventurous activities. The Apennines also offer impressive panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes.

ü  Nature Reserves: Tuscany is home to several nature reserves and protected areas, such as the Parco Regionale della Maremma. Here, you can explore wild horses, marshes, and pristine coastlines.

ü  Thermal Baths and Hot Springs: Tuscany boasts natural hot springs and spas, such as the Terme di Saturnia in the Maremma region, where you can relax and enjoy the healing properties of the thermal water.

ü  Islands of the Tuscan Archipelago: The Tuscan Archipelago includes beautiful islands such as Elba, Giglio, and Capraia. Here, you can enjoy crystal-clear waters, hiking, snorkeling, and the natural beauty of the Mediterranean Sea.

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