Via dell’asilo 2, San Vincenzo, Livorno • +39.0565.70.54.57 • info@santa-cecilia.it

Ci trovi anche al Podere L’Agave e all’Agave in Città

You can find us even at Podere L’Agave and at Agave in Città

Residenza Santa Cecilia

We’re right in the heart of Costa degli Etruschi, a truly special place where the Tuscan hills roll gently down to the sea. Our land is a corner of Tuscany that still has to be discovered by mass tourism: a treasure chest sprinkled with wonderful nature and bits of ancient history.

The Etruscan Coast is one of the few places in Italy which still has many kilometers of free and safe beaches thanks to lifeguards. Small gulfs and beaches breathtaking, alternate to wonderful panoramas and natural parks.

San Vincenzo is just a short way away from the most beautiful beaches in Tuscany. But the sea isn’t the only attraction. Anyone who wants to take a trip in history walking through the archaeological park of Populonia can see what the ancient Etruscans saw: the paths that twist through the woods glistening with iron slag and the blue sea of the Baratti Gulf and the ancient village of Populonia create a natural background. Gentle hills, the countryside crossed by the Strada del Vino, woods, shaded pine groves and wide beaches brushed by a crystal-clear sea: this is our land.

A short distance away there is the spa at Calidario near Venturina, well-known for its sulphuric spring waters where you can swim in the big lake or relax on the wellness trail.

For children and young adults there’s the amusement park at Donoratico, the zoo at Cecina, the terrarium with turtles at Massa Marittima and two water parks at Cecina and Follonica.

History, nature and trekking

Archeological Mines Park

The Archeological Mines Park of San Silvestro in Campiglia Marittima brings you into a magical world, going from the mines with a little yellow train until the Rocca of San Silvestro. It can be reached on foot, was built in the year 1000, and is surrounded by the scents of the Mediterranean scrub. The final show of this excursion is an extraordinary view of the whole Tuscan archipelago, from Giglio to Gorgona Islands.

Populonia

In the Gulf of Baratti there is the only Etruscan city which overlooks the sea. From the necropolis it goes up to Populonia with the remains of the Etruscan and Roman acropolis. Don’t miss the view from the medieval tower and a visit to the artisan shops including “il pellaio” which creates handmade sandals! For the more adventurous, from the Reciso’s parking, a path starts in the wood which ends at Buca delle Fate, an unspoiled cove where everything becomes magic! You can also reach this small bay by boat for a swim in the blue (Ormeggio Baratti’s rental) or for a dive to discover the underwater beauties (Marenea Diving).

Orti-Bottagone – WWF Oasis

In Parco della Sterpaia there is the WWF oasis of Orti-Bottagone, a walk in the natural reserve discovering more than 203 recorded species: flamingos, herons, hawks, porcupines and weasels and if you want to know the others…..just visit it! 😉

Ancient Villages and the Wine Road

Bolgheri

You can reach it by taking 5km of the famous Viale dei Cipressi from Carducci’s poem; there are many small restaurants, wine and artisan shops. Among the most famous there is Enoteca Tognoni for a wine tasting or on the Wine Road there are Osteria Magona and Osteria Caccia al Piano for a full dinner all “flab”!

Castagneto Carducci

A small medieval village on the hill behind Donoratico. Perfect to have an aperitif or a dinner with sea view. Don’t miss “Peperita” peppers, famous all over the world! To Il Cappelaccio for a “special” pizza or to Vecchio Frantoio for a dinner with view.

Campiglia Marittima

Besides the historic centre you can also visit the Rocca, an ancient manor that dominates the valley. Campiglia becomes the most magical place in August, with Apriti Borgo when the whole village turns into an outdoor stage with jugglers, fire eaters, ballets, music, magic shows, fairies and elves ….

Suvereto

Many restaurants and artisan shops like Diego Daddi who works leather and creates shoes in his laboratory. Many festivals organized during all the seasons: in November and December, the wild boar fest and the great party for New Year’s Eve with “Calici di Stelle”, in September the village turns into a playground of the past. In the surrounding countryside, there is il Giardino dei Semplici where they grow medicinal and aromatic plants to produce herbal teas, liqueurs, syrups…. We suggest a dinner at I’ Ciocio or Dal Cacini.

Piombino

Its historical centre and the beaches around it deserve a tour! From Piazza Bovio, on clear days, it seems possible to touch Elba Island. Enjoy also a visit to the Etruscan archaeological museum. To Rocchetta for a lunch or dinner with view or to Tiramestoli for a gluten free dinner (loc. Carbonifera).

Sensory and Multimedia Wine Museum

In Donoratico, at Casone Ugolino there is the Sensory and Multimedia Wine Museum of Bolgheri and the Tuscan Coast. The visit through the history of the wine is accompanied and illustrated by six lessons held by Prof. Attilio Scienza together with the major producers of the area that tell us about our territory. It’s also possible to taste and buy the best wines of the territory at the end of the visit.

It’s wonderful to walk… or to run!

The Etruscan Coast by feet

If you would like to relax, you can have a walk along the beach or, for a shorter way, you can reach the “Sailor” to breath a little bit of brackish air. For the more athletic, you can reach Rimigliano park or up to San Carlo and take a walk along the street to enjoy the many wonderful view from the top of the hill. From here starts the path “Il Corbezzolo” surrounded by pinewood between nature and wellness!
For the more passionate, don’t miss the way of “Cavalleggeri” from Baratti along all the promontory till Cala Moresca in Piombino.