The Carbonifera beach is 5 km from the center of Follonica, takes its name from the nineteenth-century tower that still dominates the beach; this tower was a commercial port and marked the end point of the railway where the coal from the mines of the interior reached the sea. You can leave the car in a large equipped parking area and reach the beach on foot. The beach is made of light and fine sand, behind which are the characteristic coastal dunes shaded by pine trees. La Carbonifera is part of the Parco Costiero della Sterpaia. You will find free beaches and bathing establishments. the bottom is low, therefore suitable for children.
The Torre Mozza beach is 3 km from the center of Follonica, a beautiful beach guarded by an ancient tower dating back to the 1500's, which was designed to detect possible Saracen raids. The beach is well visited in the summer, so it can be scarce in the months of July and August with the parking lots. There are beach resorts and free beaches. Also this beach is part of the Parco Costiero della Sterpaia. About thirty meters from the shore, about a meter under the water, you can see a cliff that runs hundreds of meters parallel to the coast; Some identify this cliff with a piece of the old Via Aurelia, this may just be a legend, but with snorkel and mask you can observe the diversity of the marine fauna here.
Coastal village with many shops and beach promenade. Free beach but also beach resorts with umbrellas and beach chairs. There are numerous certificates that Follonica receives each year as a testimony to the quality of its sea, coast, environment and services. In the beach "Mamai Beach" dogs are allowed. The pine forest is ideal for the midday siesta.
Coming from Bagno di Gavorrano towards the sea, you will come to an intersection where you can only turn left or right (directly opposite the port). Here you turn right towards Follonica. When the pine forest begins, a little further to the left you will see a sign with informations. You can park further ahead on the right side. The parking is chargeable. This beach is ideal if you do not want to spend the whole day at sea but only a few hours, because there are no sanitary facilities on this stretch of beach. The harbor in Puntone, Marina di Scarlino, is also worth a nice walk.
Beautiful bay with coarse, white sand, only to reach on foot in about 20 minutes. Turn left in Puntone towards Punta Ala, after a few kilometers there is a sign "Cala Violina" on the right side. Here you turn right and drive to the pay parking. From here you will go by foot. If you are an avid snorkeler, come here at your expense. As the beach is no longer an insider tip, I recommend to be there as early as possible, the parking lots are quickly occupied.
Beach in front of Punta Ala. The beach is a few kilometers long and ideal with children, because the water is only slowly getting deep. A few hundred meters further, there is also a dog beach. There is also a lido with a restaurant and bar, where you can eat a ice cream or drink a cappuccino. The restaurant is open from the end of May to September.
Beautiful beach between Castiglione della Pescaia and Punta Ala. Is well signposted.
Castiglione della Pescaia
Beautiful harbor town with daily fish market. Beach along the promenade with many beach resorts (but also free beach), bars and restaurants. The small center of Castiglione is within easy walking distance and invites you to drink coffee or ice cream. Near the village of Castiglione in the direction of Marina di Grosseto are also beautiful beaches.
Marina di Alberese
Marina di Alberese, a famous beach getaway that will leave you with many fond memories. Marina is within the Park of the Maremma and easy to reach. But considering the limited amount of parking and thus number of cars allowed all the way to the beach, the easiest solution is to park at Alberese, then head to the beach with the shuttle. If you want you can also take a bike at the Visitors Center at Alberese and reach the beach with the bicycle, away a total of about 8 km. The ride on the bus will give you a glimpse to the slow nature of the area and admire the horses and cattle herds in the first part of the park. If you're lucky, you might even see a fox or wild boar. Arrived on the beach don't stop at the first section you find of free beach, but walk along the beach heading south. There are fewer people on the beach here. The beach at Marina di Alberese, made of fine, golden sand and with many small huts constructed of white washed tree branches and trunks (make sure to take an extra towel to use these huts to create natural areas of shade for you to rest under) will be your daydream. The sea with its clear crystal reflections, the natural wilderness of the coast and the natural beauty of this pace... all are the ingredients for a day off that offer peace and quiet to your soul and mind.