Castliglioncello is a short 1.5hr drive from Florence. It is a beautiful beach that offers a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of city living.
Location: South of Livorno, still in Tuscany! See it on the map here
How to get to Castiglioncello?
TRAIN: From Firenze Santa Maria Novella on Trenitalia change at Pisa and arrive at Castiglioncello, it takes about 1hr and a half.
COST: 10.80€ one way for an adult.
DRIVE: If you drive make sure your hotel has a parking spot – because there are limited parking in the area.
BEACH: Via Goldilonda is the street with a staircase that leads to the beach called BAGNO ROMA – the main beach
Which part of the beach is better? There are two sides to the beach – the paid section with beach umbrella’s and sand or the unpaid section with rocks.
1 Umbrella + 2 Chairs = 20€ – As always in Italy, try and negotiate, but expect this as the starting price.
Stay? If you’d like to get away for the weekend there are a few hotel/B&B options. I stayed at Pensione Bartoli which was a cute little B&B with seaside views of Castiglioncello. Breakfast was very simple – don’t expect much for gluten free options (only boiled eggs, ham, cheese and then pastries that weren’t GF) but the rooms were big and clean. Otherwise more cheaper/different options are available here.
Where to eat: For a nice dinner, casual and comfortable try the Enoteca Restaurant La Stazione. Otherwise for something more romantic check out Station Gallery. They are both on the same street but attract slightly different crowds.
Between 12-18€ for a main meal.
Drinks: Il Cardellino for a beautiful aperitivo over the water, as pictured below.
Overall? Castiglioncello is a cute little town just south of Florence. If you’re staying in Florence for a few weeks or are looking for a little get away to the beach, check it out