Coastal nature reserves: Rimigliano and Sterpaia

Rimigliano Park or Sterpaia Park? Find out which you prefer!

Pineta e tramonto

Parco di Rimigliano

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Details

It is a Coastal Nature Reserve that runs along the coast for about 8 km. It is a protected area where you can occasionally catch a glimpse of squirrels running through the trees and in winter some wild boar foraging for food. You’re not allowed to pick flowers, even though in spring the pine grove is carpeted in beautiful pink cyclamens, and you cannot take away pine cones with you or wood pieces even if on the ground. There is a signposted trail for a walk or a run among the trees. There are also tables for picnics with family or friends and toilets with free showers. 

Distances from Santa Cecilia
About 5 km

Where to park

Parking is along the road on both sides, free in winter, metered in summer, but do not worry, go to the front desk of Santa Cecilia to collect the ticket to park for free and enjoy your time in the sun for as long as you want!

Pets allowed?
Yes

The beach and the Dog Beach

There is a long free public beach where there are no beach clubs, as it is part of the nature reserve. There is only one café (by entrance No. 4) called Lago Verde, with live music and a few market stalls. Here you can order  a sandwich or salad, drink coffee or beer, enjoy an apéritif on the beach or a delicious ice cream. You can also rent sun loungers and umbrellas to place wherever you like on the beach. It is a wide beach that offers a place for everyone even in summer, despite the crowds. You can also bring dogs to the beach, and if you prefer an area equipped for them as well, there is the nearby Dog Beach at the entrance of the nature reserve. The waters are shallow, so it is a beach suitable for children who can play safely, and if it gets too hot there is the pine grove immediately behind where you can find shelter from the sun for a nap. 

In autumn and spring, the beach is great for a long invigorating walk, a great outing for the entire family. 

Where to park

Parking is along the road on both sides, free in winter, metered in summer, but do not worry, go to the front desk of Santa Cecilia to collect the ticket to park for free and enjoy your time in the sun for as long as you want!

The gay friendly and naturist beach Nido dell’Aquila

Near the restaurant Locanda Oceano Mare there is the gay friendly free beach and the naturist beach Nido dell’Acquilat. A space dedicated to those who love freedom and prefer to experience nature in all its forms. 

Where to park

Parking is along the road on both sides, free in winter, metered in summer, but do not worry, go to the front desk of Santa Cecilia to collect the ticket to park for free and enjoy your time in the sun for as long as you want!

Parco della Sterpaia and the east coast

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Beaches

This nature reserve, located along the wide gulf between Piombino and Follonica is where the Mediterranean woodland finds full expression, with centuries-old oaks surrounded by a vast biodiversity of both animals and plants. The beach is just behind a set of dunes, the wtares are shallow and the crystal clear. You can choose the free public access beach or one of the many beach clubs there. There are parking lots by each entrance.

  • Località Perelli 1| For those who go to the beach with their four-legged friends, the Bagno Pascià Glam Dog Beach and the free beach are located here. 
  • Località Perelli 2 | Bagno La Capannina, for those who also like to be active at the beach. Here there is a pedal boat, canoe and Sup board rental.
  • Località Perelli 3 | Bagno Orizzonte plans beach games and offers live music. 
  • Località Carlappiano | Bagnoskiuma with sailing and jet ski school.
  • Località Parco Sterpaia | Free public access beach and sun lounger rental, we recommend an apéritif at Nano Verde, a chiringuito hidden in the pine grove.
  • Località Mortelliccio |Bagno Elia is wheelchair-accessible, and in the pine grove behind you can relax or have a picnic
  • Località Carbonifera| Beach clubs alternate with stretches of free public access beach, behind them the pine grove equipped with picnic tables.
  • Località Torremozza | There is a 16th century watchtower here, at that time the Saracens posed a great threat to the coast.  Bring your mask: you can snorkelin the remains of an ancient Roman road that creates a natural pool about 10 metres from the beach.

Distances from Santa Cecilia
About 20 km

Where to park

Take the SS1 Aurelia in the direction of Grosseto to the Vignale-Riotorto exit.

Pets allowed?
Yes, throughout the pine grove, from June to September on Perelli 1 Beach.

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