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5 beaches for a perfect September in Tuscany
In September is easier to find beautiful beaches free from the crowd

Who said that summer ends in August? There are still many reasons to head for the beach in Tuscany in September! September is the perfect month to enjoy the charm and tranquillity of the sea and to discover new beaches that are too crowded to make the most of them in August. This is a journey to 5 of the best beaches along the Tuscan coast, where you can spend your time at events for all tastes and immersed in nature, surrounded by beautiful landscapes.

Marina di Pietrasanta, Versilia
Marina di Pietrasanta
Marina di Pietrasanta- Credit:  Graeme Maclean

Situated in northern Tuscany, in the Versilia area, this is one of the Blue Flag Tuscan beaches: it is awarded with an international recognition for the sea’s water quality and for other environmental factors (read more about it). What is very pleasant in this place is that nature has it all: a long sandy beach, a long, straightforward bike path, a pinewood and mountains just few kilometres inland (the Apuan Alps rise up no more than 15 km from the shoreline). Moreover, you can visit the interesting city of Pietrasanta, also known as “Little Athens”. Many art exhibitions all year round take place there because Pietrasanta is home to a dense concentration of artists who, so it’s very pleasant to walk around and find new art galleries and ateliers along the way.

Cala del Leone, Livorno
Cala del Leone
Cala del Leone- Credit:  Yeesha

Cala del Leone is a bay located along one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline between Livorno and Castiglioncello, along the road that continues down towards the Etruscan Coast. Its exact location is Romito, between Calignaia and the promontory of Torre del Romito, where a beautiful, fairytale-like castle stands. This cove is perfect for adventure lovers: you can reach the cove and its cliffs walking down a steep path that from the road leads down to the sea. This cove is popular with young people but not recommended for families with small children because it’s not easy to reach it. September is a special month to visit the cove because it's easier to find a spot in the car park along the road and a larger spot for your towel.

Sansone beach, Elba Island
Sansone bay
Sansone bay- Credit:  Serena Puosi

It is one of the beautiful beaches on Elba Island, a white pebble beach near Portoferraio that boasts crystal-clear water. It is very popular but unfortunately it's pretty small, plus it’s achievable along a dirt track, so giving up and going back due to lack of space isn’t a great experience. That's why it's better ton visit it off-season.

In addition to the beauty of its beaches, Elba offers many attractions and events like the historical re-enactment linked to Napoleon, who he lived there in exile for nine months, from May 4, 1814 to February 26, 1815. In September there are also the Elba Isola Musicale d’Europa and the Tuscany Walking Festival. The first is one of the most important musical events on the international classical and jazz music scene, the latter is one of the most important hiking festivals in Italy.

Cannelle beach, Giglio Island
Cannelle Beach
Cannelle Beach- Credit:  Fulvio Ghiringhello

The “Le Cannelle” beach can be reached on foot (in about 15 minutes) or by taxi from Giglio Porto. Get off the ferry and continue along the road until you reach a junction where you have to turn left. Beyond a hill, you’ll see the south-eastern coast of Giglio Island. The beach is characterized by white sand of fine quartz and crystal-clear water. It is an ideal place for children, too. The only flaw of this beach is that it’s very crowded because it’s close to the harbour, but in September this problem does not exist. Ferries leave from Porto Santo Stefano and reach Giglio Porto in one hour.

Collelungo beach, Grosseto

This is a wild paradise, nestled between rocky cliffs and golden sandy dunes and overlooked by the Tower of Collelungo, near Marina di Alberese, in the Maremma Nature Park. It is a long, wide stretch of fine, brown sand, with typical dune vegetation. Sometimes you can see some foxes strolling undisturbed on the sand. It is an ideal place for lovers of nature and tranquillity. You can reach it along two paths: start from the Visitors’ Centre and take the path "A2 Le Torri," of about 5.8 km; or reach the beach of Marina di Alberese and then walk for a few kilometres to the south.

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