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Castiglione della Pescaia

Castiglione della Pescaia is a well known bathing centre on the coast near Grosseto in Maremma.

Castiglione della PescaiaCastiglione della Pescaia is a well known bathing centre on the coast near Grosseto. Of Roman origin, it might correspond to ancient Salebru, the centre cited by Roman itinerary sources. The medieval village developed around the castle on top of the hill, while the modern part developed along the coast. In the tenth century it underwent Pisa's domination, and it was in that period that the first big scarp-based tower was built on the hill top.

Later on the village was encircled by walls, fortified by turrets and towers. In 1447 Alfonso d'Aragona, the king of Naples, ordered to raise the two towers and, when two storeys were added to be used as residences, the building finally looked like a real castle. After the d'Aragona, Castiglione was dominated by the Piccolomini from Siena, who remained there for about a century, then by the Medici for 178 years and by the Lorena for 120 years, until Italy became a kingdom and the castle, by then a State property, was completely neglected. Towards the end of the nineteenth century an architect from Grosseto, Lorenzo Porciatti, bought it from the State, restored it and went to live there in summer or during hunting season. Now it belongs to private people. Castiglione della Pescaia is situated on the hills overlooking the mouth of the river Bruna, north west of Grosseto .
The most ancient discoveries about the settlement dating back to the Roman Republic consist of a series of buildings in an area called the Paduline. Photos taken from airplanes reveal vast built-up areas, perhaps ancient Salebru, a centre about which there's no documentary evidence in the Middle Ages.

In the tenth century Ottone 1st from Saxonia granted Pisa the control of the coast, from Porto Ercole to the mouth of the Arno. That's why Castiglione underwent Pisa's domination. To that period dates back the first big scarp-based tower. The village, however, was actually dominated by the Lambardi from the nearby centre of Buriano, in conflict with the Sant'Antimo Abbots who claimed its possession. It was only in the thirteenth century that Castiglione became a free commune. Two centuries later, following the demographic and commercial decline, the inhabitants abandoned the lower part of the village and settled round the castle, which was fortified. In 1446 the village was occupied by the d'Aragona and was given by Eleonora di Toledo to Cosimo I dei Medici as her dowry.

Near Castiglione della Pescaia there are two places that testify the reclamation made by the Lorena: the Casa Rossa and the ponte Giorgini. Giorgini was a mathematician who was commissioned (1827) by Leopoldo II di Lorena to solve the century-old problem of the marshy areas. According to the scientist, malarial fever was caused by the mixing of fresh and salt waters. He had the marshy areas divided into five basins corresponding to the major valleys, to favour their natural drainage. In 1827 was built, over the river Bruna, the three-span bridge with sluice-gates opening towards the sea. Few years later was begun the excavation of a diversion channel connecting the Ombrone to the mouth of the Bruna, through a place called Bucacce, then a second diversion channel was excavated, the course of which closely followed the ancient navigable channel. Pre-industrial societies considered beaches as areas of secondary importance, as they could be neither farmed nor used for pasture. There people could only pick up the brushwood brought by the sea to use it as firewood or just catch some fish, and it was onto beaches that fishermen used to drag their small boats. We can say that the usage of beaches began to change in the nineteenth century, when people began to go on holiday, but the real changement took place in the twenty years between the first and the second world war. When not only few people but big masses began to have more free time and learned to enjoy bathing and sunbathing, beaches became places where people loved spending most of their free time. When the request for beaches suddenly got stronger, they began to be equipped: there one could find not only places where to eat and drink, music and sports facilities, dancing and skating courses, hotels and parking areas, but also all those elements that are said of primary urbanization. This is a process that began in the 30's and has continued until our days since the end of the war. Also the beaches of Castiglione della Pescaia have undergone this process and now summer tourism is one of the major resources of the village. From a naturalistic point of view, Castiglione offers many different situations in a limited area: the sea, which is the predominant natural element, is subject to violent storms, with winds blowing mainly from north-east and west in summer and from south-east and south-west in winter. The scythe-shaped beaches, one of which makes up the sea-front of Castiglione and stretches as far as Punta Capezzolo, while the other stretches as far as Le Marze, are examples of balance between the sea currents and the winds, also thanks to the regular moving of the filling material coming out of the mouth of the river Bruna. The pine-wood completes the variegated frame of the coast, while the green of the Mediterranean bush colours the hills behind the village.
Castle of  Castiglione della PescaiaThe marsh of the Diaccia Botrona is what is left of a wider marshy area; there, in different times, was built an artificial water system to reclaim a great part of the plain between Castiglione and Grosseto. From a geological point of view, it's very interesting to analyse how the Big Stone cropping out along the Panoramic Drive was formed .
Its formation, in fact, goes back to the Oligocene (thirty million years ago) and consists of sandstone layers, which have acquired the same characteristics of turbidites owing to their sedimentary structures.At Castiglione della Pescaia, sunk under water but very near the coast, there are rocky sandstone reefs which run parallel to the coast and contain the remnants of ancient iron-processing. These sandstones (San Vincenzo sandstones) are examples of rocks containing documents of human industry. The abundance of the iron scoriae is due to the enormous excavation of iron ore at Elba island. The ore was brought onto the continent beaches facing the island for a first processing. Nowadays the smelting losses, then left on the beaches, appear alloyed to the sandy sediments by the hardening process (diagenesis) that has changed loose sand into sandstones. The fact that these rocks are usually under sea-level, except at low tide, seems to show that the average sea level has risen by about one metre in the course of the 2,000-2,200 years since most of those materials accumulated. Most of the processing of the iron ore from Elba, in fact, goes back to the period of the Punic wars. This sort of sediment is interesting not only because it contains elements of human industry "in the rock" but also because it makes it possible for us to value and document how much the average sea level has risen in the last two thousand years.

Castiglione della Pescaia: discover the surroundings

Accommodations in the area

    • Castiglione della Pescaia (Grosseto)
    • 5 km from Castiglione della Pescaia

    Villa Roccamare Castiglione della Pescaia 12 beds

    Beautiful and characteristic villa with stone finishes located in the exclusive Roccamare area in Castiglione della Pescaia.
    Surrounded by the green of the pine forest and the total privacy with 2000 sqm park equipped with relaxation area and barbecue is located about 400 meters from the sea and has a private beach.

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    • Castiglione della Pescaia (Grosseto)
    • 12 km from Castiglione della Pescaia

    Villa Punta Ala 9 beds pool

    Beautiful villa with swimming pool surrounded by greenery and tranquility of the exclusive tourist destination Punta Ala and small attic used as service personnel only 300 meters from the sea of Tuscany.
    This ideal solution for those who want to spend their holidays near the beautiful sea of Punta Ala with the comforts of an exclusive villa.

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    • Siena (Siena)
    • 71 km from Castiglione della Pescaia

    Agriturismo Marciano

    Agriturimo Marciano : an exlusive opportunity, two holidays at the place of only one. stay in the country and life downtown. Marciano is located near the walls of the Middle Age town of Siena.
    Five confortable double rooms and a suite with a beautiful sight on the Siena Duomo

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    • Colle Val D'Elsa (Siena)
    • 73 km from Castiglione della Pescaia

    La Pieve

    La Pieve, charming farmhouse located on the hills of Val d'Elsa, between Volterra and San Gimignano, along the Via Francigena, in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, with its luxuriant nature and rich history.
    Framed by olive trees and a wood, it fosters a direct dialogue with nature in complete relaxation where they contemplate and enjoy the stillness in private and unique spaces.

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 78 km from Castiglione della Pescaia

    Agriturismo Villa il Palagetto

    Agriturismo Villa il Palagetto located in the vicinity of the medieval centre of San Gimignano, nestled in the rolling hills of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside.
    Provides comfortable accommodation in 6 double bedrooms and two Suites

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 81 km from Castiglione della Pescaia

    Agriturismo la Lucciolaia

    In the vicinity of the medieval centre of San Gimignano, nestled in the rolling hills of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside, Agriturismo La Lucciolaia is perfectly located for exploring Tuscany's most prized art towns.
    This ancient farmhouse has been recently renovated and divided into eleven double rooms and two Suites, where the magic atmosphere of past times is perfectly blended with modern comforts.

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 83 km from Castiglione della Pescaia

    Agriturismo Cesani

    Azienda Agricola Biologica Cesani is an organic farm nestled in the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, in the tiny country hamlet of Pancole, 6 km to the medieval town of San Gimignano.
    Azienda Agricola Biologica Cesani is an organic farm nestled in the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, in the tiny country hamlet of Pancole, 6 km to the medieval town of San Gimignano.

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    • Montepulciano (Siena)
    • 85 km from Castiglione della Pescaia

    Agriturismo le Caggiole

    Immersed in the verdant countryside around the noble town of Montepulciano, that boasts ancient Etruscan origins, Le Caggiole Estate is perfectly located for exploring Tuscany's most prized treasures.
    In a relaxing and cosy atmosphere uests are offered three comfortable, quiet double rooms with private bathrooms and two comfortable apartments for two persons and for small family groups.

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    • Greve in Chianti (Florence)
    • 99 km from Castiglione della Pescaia

    Villa Chianti 7 beds

    Villa Chianti is a private villa for rent in Chianti area with pool and garden that can accommodate up to 7 people.
    An oasis of peace and tranquility with views of the Chianti valleys not far from the main tourist attractions of Tuscany.

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    • Firenze (Florence)
    • 112 km from Castiglione della Pescaia

    Marignolle relais & charme

    The charming Marignolle Relais & Charme, nestled the hills of Florence, is the ideal solution for those who want a place of excellence and relaxation and love peace and privacy without the amenities of a luxury hotel.
    Marignolle Relais & Charme is especially appreciated by travelers looking for style and tradition by offering deluxe rooms or junior suites in a refined, with superior comforts and impeccable services that make this relais an excellence of Florence.

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    • Cortona (Arezzo)
    • 114 km from Castiglione della Pescaia

    Rocca di Pierle

    Set within the green hills of Tuscany, a few kilometers away from the old Etruscan town of Cortona farmhouse Rocca di Pierle is the perfect place to find peace and tranquility in contact with the pace of nature.
    Completely renovated Tuscan farmhouse with 3 rustic-style apartments. For groups possibilities to rent the whole villa.

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    • Bagno a Ripoli (Florence)
    • 114 km from Castiglione della Pescaia

    Villa Valdarno 12 beds

    Villa Valdarno is a typical Tuscan farmhouse located in a secluded and peaceful area in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, among vineyards and olive groves, and enjoys a privileged panoramic view of the Florentine Valdarno.
    The ideal solution for groups of friends or acquaintances who wish to spend their holidays in Tuscany with the comforts of a detached villa with swimming pool and large garden.

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    • Viareggio (Lucca)
    • 129 km from Castiglione della Pescaia

    Villa Torre del Lago 5 beds

    Typical Tuscan farmhouse for rent in Torre del Lago, Massaciuccoli area with 3 bedrooms and 5 beds, just 1 km from the Tuscany coast.
    Ideal solution for small groups or families looking for a villa for rent not far from the sea in a context of absolute privacy.

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    • Massarosa (Lucca)
    • 130 km from Castiglione della Pescaia

    Stone Farmhouse Massarosa 8 beds pool

    Stone farmhouse in typical Tuscan style skilfully and elegantly renovated in a dominant position on the hills of Massarosa with spectacular views that reach the sea of Tuscany. The farmhouse has a swimming pool with whirlpool.
    Perfect solution for those that search the real authentic Tuscany staying in the hills but not far from the Versilia sea.

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    • Lucca (Lucca)
    • 131 km from Castiglione della Pescaia

    Historic Villa Lucca 12 beds pool

    Historic villa 14 km from the center of Lucca immersed in the green of the Tuscan vineyards and olive groves, it has a private swimming pool and a large park.
    Set on 350 square meters in a dominant position offers a unique view of the hills of Tuscany.

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