Leghorn has all the charm of a seaside town, but much more than just the sea. It’s the birthplace of well-known personalities such as the composer Pietro Mascagni, the painter Giovanni Fattori and the painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani. Its Etruscan coast enthrals visitors with its thousand-year-old history and breath-taking landscapes in the parks at Val di Cornia. The history of the ancient Etruscan people is framed by the undulating beauty of this coastal environment.
A stroll along Leghorn’s seafront is certainly worth the trip, with its elegant palazzi and romantic sunsets viewed from the evocative Terrazza Mascagni. Long beaches where you can unwind, and high cliffs perfect for diving into the sea, such as those at Romito. All of this accompanied by delicious cooking made with the freshest fish along with unique flavours like Leghorn’s ‘cacciucco’, or fish stew, and ‘ponce’, made with coffee, liqueur, rum and lemon.
Medieval villages, panoramic cycle ways in theChioma Valley, ancient thermal spas at Venturina, distinctive wines at Bolgheri: what else could you want?
Take a walk on the evocative chessboard at the Terrazza Mascagni
Go up the funicular railway to the picturesque Santuario della Madonna di Montenero. From here, you can enjoy the spectacular view over Leghorn and the sea
Take a stroll round the Venice district, with its canals and bridges, and the location for the local regatta dei Gozzi, a fisherman’s boat race
Explore the traces left by the Etruscan civilisation in the Archaeological Park at Baratti and Populonia
Sip a glass of Sassicaia, the fabulous wine much loved around the world
Go for a dip in the clear waters at the beach at La Conchiglia di San Vincenzo
Unwind at the Calidario thermal spa at Venturina; it has been known for its health-giving benefits since Etruscan times
Visit the museum in the house and park of the literary author, Giosuè Carducci at Castagneto Carducci
Lose yourself in the coves at Castiglioncello, choosing between sand and rocks
Go for a walk through the cypresses at Bolgheri, a charming, little Medieval village