Val Di Cecina

The Val di Cecina of Tuscany extends from the coast, where the town of Cecina (see picture)  and other tourist resorts are located, as far as the famous hill top town of Volterra, perched on a rocky spur at 500 m. The Cecina Valley is still today among the most remote areas in Tuscany and well of the beaten track for tourists. The Valley extends along the River Cecina in the Provinces of Pisa, Livorno, Grosseto and Siena.
Marina di Cecina deserves to be seen: the crystal clear and intensely blue sea laps the long sandy beach edged with green Mediterranean scrub; behind the dunes there is a wonderful ancient pinewood which is full of wide open spaces and is ideal for taking a stroll, cycling or horse-riding. The beach itself is a mix of traditional private establishments and public areas.
The Val di Cecina is hilly in the hinterland but mostly flat near the mouth of the Cecina River. It is quite famous for the steep ravines, known as Balze di Volterra, which are found near Volterra.
The area is also rich in geothermal activity including geysers, hot pools and steam outlets in the area around the village of Larderello near Pomarance.
The area is rich in history and boasts a unique artistic and archaeological heritage. This area of Tuscany has inspired many writers, poets and painters; most of the works of art from the Etruscan, Roman, Mediaeval and Renaissance periods are to be found in Volterra which the cultural centre of the beautiful Upper Cecina Valley.



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Il Papero  a Riparbella

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