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San Vincenzo
San Vincenzo
Sand dunes, Mediterranean scrub and crystal-clear sea on the Etruscan coast

San Vincenzo is located right in the heart of the Etruscan Coast, an area that ranges from Livorno up to the headland in Piombino. The golden beaches that characterize the landscape of San Vincenzo stretch along a cobalt-colored sea. The nearby thick and shady pine forest is crossed by multiple paths that area ideal for walking, cycling and horseriding. San Vincenzo, which has been a blue flag for many years, combines natural beauty with generous hospitality, making it an excellent tourist destination.

San Vincenzo has been inhabited since ancient times; even the Etruscans recognised the place’s strategic importance. Its proximity to Populonia, at the time known as the very powerful Lucumonia, made it a particularly attractive location thanks to its abundance of mineral deposits and extensive forests. Between the 9th and 5th centuries BC San Vincenzo was therefore able to become an industrial and commercial hotspot thanks to its mining facilities.

 

The sea is undoubtedly the town’s primary attraction, framed by a gorgeous beach whose fine, golden sand extends for miles; there are various bathing establishments and large stretches of beach are equipped with Blue Points, where you can ask for services and assistance.

In addition to the historic Tower of San Vincenzo, the coast is lined with impressive fortifications and lookouts which would have once been used to defend the coast from pirate attacks.

San Vincenzo’s touristic port, which was once a trading port, now offers quality services for yachting enthusiasts.

The Rimigliano Natural Reserve is an oasis of flora and fauna situated directly on the sea. Founded in 1973 with an area of about 120 hectares, the Park is one of the most breathtaking places on the coast and is both easily accessible and a thrilling adventure.

Between San Vincenzo and the Gulf of Baratti, you’ll find beautiful sea lillies and sandy dunes covered with junipers, myrtle and mastic, while woods of holm oaks and corks and the thick pine forest lap the beach . In the park you’ll be able to spot animals such as red squirrels, dormice, wild rabbits, weasels, foxes and birds such as pheasants, bluetits, jays and green woodpeckers.

San Vincenzo also offers a wide variety of watersports: there’s no shortage of options for swimming, fishing, scuba diving, sailing, water skiing and windsurfing. There are also sports fields and athletics tracks, two sports halls for basketball and volleyball, a velodrome and an airfield.

Around the general San Vincenzo area you’ll come across medieval towns such as Suvereto and Campiglia Marittima, archeological parks and the thermal baths of Venturina – all places that make San Vincenzo an ideal base for discovering the jewels of the Etruscan Coast, characterized by the intensity of nature and the strength of its colors and the imprint of a millenary history, has to offer.

Don't miss the small hamlet of San Carlo at the foot of Mount Calvi and Mount Coronato, only 5km from the town’s centre and the sea. It was once a mining village but is now a hilly neighborhood from which you can gaze over the coast’s beauty.

The Tuscany on Festival is held each year in mid-August. Musical events, cabaret, bands and DJs bring generations together with musical rhythm in Piazza Unità d’Italia, accompanied by the classic fireworks that light up the entire coast.

Having been inhabited in ancient times, first by the Etruscans and then by the Romans, San Vincenzo is now a welcoming little town that also offers the chance to try excellent quality wines, being the very San Vincenzo that is crossed by the prestigious Etruscan Coast’s Wine Route.

 

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