Guide de Routard
The sea, to the west, is about an hour twenty minutes’ drive away. Along the old road which winds its way across refreshing woodland, youl will come across the “PONTE DELLA PIA”, the bridge crossed by Pia dei Tolomei on the way to her exile in Maremma, “SAN GALGANO”, the roofless abbey, and the nearby “MONTESIEPI”, a little medieval chapel where the legendary “Sword in the Stone” is kept. One could also deviate a little from the main road to visit “MASSA MARITTIMA”, a delightful medieval town with a beautiful cathedral. This road will take you to the coast at “FOLLONICA”, a little town with no particular attraction, but with clean sea very suitable for children and several bathing establishments and beach facilities; if you go north you can reach the “GOLFO DI BARATTI” and visit the ancient village of “POPULONIA” high up overlooking the sea and its archaeological site of Etruscan tombs. Otherwise you could board a ferry in “PIOMBINO” and cross over to the splendid island of “ELBA”.
If from “FOLLONICA” you go south you will find the famous “PUNTA ALA”.
You could also reach the coast to the south of Siena if you drive along the “SIENA-GROSSETO” highway and you will reach “CASTIGLIONE DELLA PESCAIA”, a holiday resort equipped with numerous bathing establishments and beach facilities; the fortress of “TALAMONE”; the “Marina”(by-the-sea) of “ALBERESE” right on the heart of the “MAREMMA” coast, with the “PARCO DELL’UCCELLINA”, a still wild natural park very suited for pleasant walks on foot or on horseback and the “ARGENTARIO” headland with “PORTO SANTO STEFANO” from where the ferries to the beautiful “GIGLIO” island leave.