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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Tuscany's Delightful Seaside Towns

Torre Matilde and the Marina of Lucca.Torre Matilde and the Marina of Lucca. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Giovanni Balboni

As the birthplace of the Renaissance, and a place that is associated with the Florentine masters, such as Leonardo and Michelangelo, you might not think that beaches and seaside towns are the things that help make it one of the best regions in Italy. But in Tuscany, villas dot the landscape both in the interior and along the coastal areas and this type of accommodation makes it much easier to be able to stay in peaceful luxury, while not being limited to staying in one city for your entire visit. While you are in the area, you should take a tour of the beachside towns and enjoy the different atmosphere each offers. Be sure to visit Viareggio, Baratti, and Elba before returning to your villa.

Viareggio - While you are considering which of the beaches you want to visit in Tuscany, villas are the best accommodation from which to orient yourself for a day trip to the shore. Viareggio is located in northern Tuscany on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is the main town in the Province of Lucca in an area known as the 'Tuscan Riviera'. With a history that dates back to the ancient times and Middle Ages, and a rich heritage of literature and industry, Viareggio is not simply a beachside resort. There are lovely sands and open stretches of beachfront where you can rent a lounge chair and relax, but it is also interesting in and of itself. The town will give you plenty to do and see when you want a chance to be outside, but not directly on the beach.
Baratti - In Tuscany, villas are available almost everywhere, which is a great thing, since this small village has only about 15 inhabitants and is more of an ideal retreat than a resort. In the province of Livorno, Baratti has Etruscan origins and is basically a little cove below the promontory of Populonia. With waters that stay calm almost all the time, a bit of history above in the shape of the Etruscan ruins and a medieval fortress nearby, it is ideal for relaxing in a secluded and stunning locale.
Elba - Everyone knows the link between Napoleon and Elba, which is located about 20 kilometres off the coast of Tuscany. Villas are often available on the island itself, but a quick trip across on a boat will give you more flexibility while still having access to the mainland. As the third largest island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, after Sicily and Sardinia, Elba boasts a thriving community of over 30,000 inhabitants and a range of stunning scenery. From the perfect beaches, to rocky promenades to the mountains in the interior, it is a wonder that Napoleon decided not to stay.
Giovanni Balboni works for To Tuscany, who specialise in finding the perfect Tuscany villas as well as selected villas in Umbria and Puglia. To Tuscany is proud of their villas and their reputation. Each property is personally selected and visited by our representatives to ensure we offer only the best in the region.

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