Right on the seaside (Picture 2), Castiglioncello is reknowned for being where the critics Digo Martelli and Maecenas used to meet Impressionist artists from Florence and for being the place where La Scuola di Castiglioncello began.
The centre of Castiglioncello is its Piazza della Vittoria where you can sit at Caffè Ginori over an ice-cream or snack on the shaded terrace. On a scorching day, from here you will want to head to the sandy beaches.
Near to the little town of Castiglioncello there are other places to visit and things to do such as the hill village Rosignano Marittimo (Picture 1). Its origins date back to the Lombard times. Lorenzo il Magnifico had a special attraction for this village for hunting in the surrounding area.
Another seaside resort with good sandy beaches is Vada. Heading south you will reach Marina di Cecina`s lively resort with hotels and restaurants on the waterfront. There is also a water-park Acqua at Via Tevere 25, open from June to August.
There are some little museums to visit in Villa Guerrazzi near Cecina. One of them is the Museo Archeologico Comunale (tel. 0586 26 08 37) and the Museo della Vita e del Lavoro which exhibits ancient agricultural machinery and bicycles.
The tourist information office is at the railway station (tel. 0586 75 48 90; Via Aurelia 632; open 9.30am-12.30pm, 4-6pm).