The beauty of our coast is perennial, and our beaches aren’t just for warm summer days! A crisp winter walk on the seashore is a sure-fire winner to blow away the winter blues, while in spring you can take in the wonderful colors of the local flowers in full bloom. Not to mention autumn, when the sunsets are pure magic. Discover the trails you can enjoy year-round below.
Hiking along the coast
Passeggiata del Marinaio
It is a simple, short walk, within everyone’s reach. Exit the hotel, then go down to the waterfront, turn right and follow the signs to the breakwater, which is entirely walkable. Waiting for you on arrival is the statue of the Sailor who, tall and imposing, looks at sea. Stop for a moment, perhaps sit on the rocks and breathe in deep the energy that comes from the sea breeze and the movement of the waves. Take your time and then take the reverse route home. If there are rough seas, the path is closed.
about 2 km round trip.
from Santa Cecilia.
Walking along the beach
If you like to walk on the beach barefoot, exit our hotel and walk for 150 m on the right to get to the beach. The beach stretches all the way up to the town of Donoratico but you can stop when you want and go back, you decide the length of the walk. The first part along the northern side of San Vincenzo to the beach club La Conchiglia is wild and unspoiled. It is a beautiful walk to do in spring and fall at sunset. In summer, we recommend doing it very early in the morning before the town wakes up, and the temperature gets too hot.
from Santa Cecilia.
Parco di Rimigliano
This is a marked trail within the park that runs from entrance #1 to #9. The path is unpaved but beaten, you can walk or run, paying attention to tree roots and a few stones here and there. Not recommended after a rainy day or in winter when it is very humid. Once you get to access n. 9, take a moment to look out to the sea, rest and gather energy for the return trip.
about 6 km round trip.
drive to Rimigliano and then park along the road (via della principessa) near access n. 1.
From Dog Beach to Torraccia
The trail starts from the Dog Beach along the southbound bike path on via della principessa, the first stretch is on tarmac. Near the first entrance of the Nature Reserve Parco di Rimigliano you can choose whether to enter the park and continue on the Percorso Verde trail or continue on the tarmac along the bike path. You go through the whole park up to entrance n. 9 near Ristorante Oceano Mare where you can stop for some refreshments! From this point onwards continue on the tarmac, walking past the trattoria Al Tramonto, straight to the Torraccia.
about 10 km round trip.
drive to Rimigliano and leave the car at the Dog Beach’s parking lot.
Baratti & Populonia
Caletta Ricchi Baratti
Near the Ristorante Demos, there is a short trail that runs along the north side of the gulf and leads to the Ricchi Baratti cove where you can swim, fish or simply relax in the sun. Follow the indications for Casa Saldarini, a dinosaur-inspired structure built in 1962 and Casa Esagono, a sustainable house built in 1957, both by the architect Vittorio Giorgini. The trail goes through the two houses and continues into the woods, it is suitable both on foot and by mountain bike. Along the way, nature opens up to the gulf and the views are spectacular. After 20 minutes or so, you’ll arrive at the Ricchi Baratti cove where you stop and relax. If you prefer a little shade instead, a pine grove backs the beach.
about 4 km round trip.
drive to the central parking in Baratti and leave the car here.
Via dei Cavalleggeri
From the Reciso parking lot follow the indications for Buca delle Fate, along the way you will find some Etruscan tombs. Before arriving at the beach, turn where the sign is and continue on the Via dei Cavalleggeri, along the entire promontory up to Cala Moresca (Piombino): this path overlooks the sea with unforgettable views. Follow path n. 302 towards Cala di San Quirico for a dip or for a photo of the sea with its spectacular colors. Continuing on, you’ll arrive at Cala del Lupo, a hidden corner of the cliff love by divers. You’ll know you’ve reached your destination (Calamoresca) when you spot a long stretch of sand. It is not a difficult trail, but you must be equipped with comfortable shoes and enough water. Doing the whole trail takes time and also a little training, but nothing prevents you from being able to do only a short stretch and then go back, it is still worth it! Not recommended on days when temperatures are particularly high.
about 25 km round trip.
drive to the Reciso parking lot in Populonia and leave your care there.