In the heart of the Tuscan Maremma, Castiglione della Pescaia is a place suitable for the most diverse needs of tourists who love the sea and nature. The town of about seven thousand inhabitants has origins dating back to the Etruscan-Roman period. Today, it has all the modern facilities and amenities to ensure a comfortable and relaxing stay. Its waterfront is renowned for its spectacular views and is one of the leading local haunts. The waterfront is the perfect spot for a morning walk, run or workout in the evening, and even after dinner. During the day, the beach clubs are well organized and offer their customers all the services they need. The evenings are transformed the area restaurants into clubs and late night eateries. With a walk along the promenade you can choose the place you like best to end your day.
The port of Castiglione della Pescaia
The final point along the promenade leads to the port. It is a natural channel created by the Bruna River before reaching the sea and creates a safe harbor for boats that are moored there. Here, you can find boats of all kinds from fish boats that are preparing to go to sea, to the most luxurious boats ready for excursions to amazing places. A tip: if you can, check out the port with the fish boats. Its here that a kind of small fish market is formed where you can find fresh fish like red mullet, sea bream, hake, sea bream and blue fish. Negotiating the price with the fishermen can bring home an amazing and of course, very fresh dinner.
The historic center of Castiglione della Pescaia
The medieval origins of Castiglione della Pescaia are particularly evident by visiting its old town. The stone walls of the building are the biggest giveaway. The entrance is through the Gate Urbica, which was reconstructed in 1608. Along the pathway of the fence, you can enjoy a stunning panoramic view. Defintely don’t miss a visit to the church of San Giovanni and its distinctive bell tower resting on a circular tower. In the church of St. John, the relics of the patron saint of Castiglione della Pescaia, St. William of Aquitaine, are preserved. Following the way of the Fortress can lead you to the most modern area of the town where you will find many shops.
The history of the castle of Castiglione della Pescaia
On top of the old town of Castiglione della Pescaia is the castle. It is a building, which dates back to the eighth century. It was a fortress built by the will of the Church of Rome. Later, under the domination of Pisa, it held the boundary wall with all the towers to help defend the city. In 1447, Alfonso of Aragon decided to construct two main towers and the structure remained in this way as the characteristic type of a castle. Over the years, the ownership of the castle has been passed through several hands including Piccolomini, from Siena to the Medici, then the Lorena. Finally, with the arrico of the Kingdom of Italy it became the property of the state. At the end of the nineteenth century, a grossetano architect, Lorenzo Porciatti, bought it to use as a home for the summer holidays.