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The name Scarlino comes from the Gothic word “scherlin,” meaning “torch-light procession,” and points to the role played by the town’s lighthouse in the Roman port of Scabris (today’s Puntone port.)

Recent archeological digs in the Puntone area unearthed an important Etruscan necropolis and burial mound, signs of early settlements dating back to the 6th and 7th centuries BCE. Perched on top of a hill, Scarlino functioned as a defensive stronghold for the Aldobrandeschi family, who fortified the area with a castle that still dominates the town’s landscape.

Today, Scarlino is a modern industrial center home to the beautiful Puntone marina, a harbor that blends effortlessly into the beauty of the surrounding landscape, allowing you to delight in the perfect mix of scenery, wildlife and history.

Be sure not to miss the stretches of untouched coastline, home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Tuscany, such as Cala Violina and Cala Martina. Here, away from the bustle of residential areas, you’ll find expanses of spectacular Mediterranean scrub. Don’t miss the Oasis for the Protection of Fauna of the Scarlino Ridge and the Poggio Spedaletto Nature Reserve. 

The hills, wooded with chestnut trees and holm oaks, are perfect for adventures in the quiet Maremma countryside, just a few kilometers from the Etruscan settlements at Vetulonia and Roselle. The Scarlino area is also renowned for the quality of its agriculture and traditional local products, such as olive oil and chestnuts.

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