Marina di Bibbona is at the center of the Costa degli Etruschi, a long stretch of Tuscan coast that extends from Livorno to Piombino. A long expanse of uncontaminated beaches, protected oases, Mediterranean nature and medieval cities and villages.
If you are looking to relax and find nature, you will find it here. Very few other destinations in Tuscany will offer you such fantastic scenery. If, instead, you are seeking culture, sporting activities and itineraries off the beaten track, this is the place to be. You will be shocked by the sights you see and the routes you can follow on your exquisite vacation at Marina di Bibbona.
The Tuscan Archipelago
From Piombino or from Livorno, take a ferry boat to reach the world-famous Isola d’Elba. This is the largest of the islands of the Tuscan archipelago. A magnificent beach colored with Caribbean tonalities. There are sea depths that have a unique beauty. You can follow trekking pathways immersed in Mediterranean splendor. There are excursions in search of traces of Napolean who was exiled on the island in 1814. If you prefer, you can also organize a tour of other islands of the archipelago such as the wild animals on Capraia, Gorgona, Montecristo, Pianosa and Giglio.
The Wine & Olive Oil Way
The Costa degli Etruschi is known not only for its natural and cultural beauty. It is famous also for its extraordinarily abundant food-and-wine delights. Follow the route in search of the Terratico DOC of Bibbona. There are the wines of Montescudaio and the prestigious Sassicaia di Bolgheri. Accompanied by the wines of the coast, you can also try the superb olive oil of the region. There are cheeses, fruits and vegetables from the local area that have been grown under strict biological regulations.
The Macchia della Magona
A few kilometers from Marina di Bibbona you will find the Macchia della Magona. This is a biogenetic oasis among the most beautiful in all of Italy. It contains 1600 hectares of uncontaminated territory. Here you can go along 50 kilometers of itineraries perfect for trekking, mountain bikes and horseback riding. With your kids you will have the pleasure of immersing yourselves in the joy of the open air. Maybe you might also meet one of the inhabitants of the Macchia: roe deer, fawns, wild boar, badgers, squirrels, woodchucks and buzzards.
You just must fall in love with Bolgheri! It is fixed on a panoramic hillside and can be reached going along that famous thoroughfare of “high and genuine” cypresses that Carducci mentioned in his Davanti a San Guido poem. What is fascinating about this little agglomerate constructed with homes of stone is that it is so difficult to describe. It is adorned with geraniums and alleyways that lead you to beautiful landscapes filled with vineyards and olive trees. Visit the crafts shops where you can find every type of article. Then stop for a delicious lunch in one of the many restaurants. They serve local specialties. Drink a glass of delightful local fragrant wine.
This delightful small village dates back to 1000 AD. It is famous for its extraordinary postcard-like sights. The Italian poet, Giosuè Carducci, resided in the village. The paved alleyways and the natural terraces face a breathtaking view of the countryside. Modest crafts shops sell traditional goods. The restaurants serve Tuscan excellence from the land and sea. At the center of the village you will find the Casa Museo di Carducci where the poet lived a great part of his life.
Marina di Bibbona and the beaches in its vicinity—such as San Vincenzo, Vada and Cecina—for their exceptional beauty, have been awarded the Bandiera Blu of the European Union and the blue ribbon of the Italian Legambiente. Here the beaches are sandy and they slope gradually into the crystal-clear sea. The area is surrounded by thick bushes and many Mediterranean beautifully colored natural plants and fauna. There are also the typical sand bars and sand dunes of the Costa degli Etruschi.
The historical center of Bibbona dates back to the Etruscan age. Yet the first signs of human life in this area date back to the Villanovan age. Among the picturesque narrow lanes and alleys and modest piazza’s you will find stunning sights. Visit the eleventh-century Pieve di Sant’Ilario with its original trapezoid form. The Renaissance church of Santa Maria della Pietà is also very beautiful. It holds many important paintings and marble furnishings. If you manage to visit here between March and April, participate at the traditional celebrations, the historical procession and the Palio delle Botti.