(La Perla)


Castiglioncello (called "the Pearl" of the Etruscan Riviera) is a summer community on the Tyrrhenian Sea just south of Pisa, in the Comune of Rosignano Marittimo, province of Livorno. Besides clear blue sea and sandy beaches with dramatic rocky outcroppings, the area is conveniently located close to some of Italy's most outstanding historical and cultural treasures. Nearby is Volterra, a magical city whose Etruscan origins date to the 8th century B.C. Today with its narrow medieval streets and stunning Medici square, it is home to the most expert Italian artisans in the crafting of sculptured alabaster. Two hours away is Siena, with its exquisite Duomo and Piazza of the Palio. A short distance up the coast are the mountains of marble -- Massa Carrara -- from which Michelangelo ordered his 'raw stock.' Visits to Florence, its Duomo, Campanile and Loggia, its famous painting museums and shops filled with beautifully handcrafted leather goods and jewelry, can be done in a day. Venice and Rome and the coastal areas of Cinque Terre and Rapallo are not far. The region's Tuscan food is excellent and local markets are an oasis for fresh vegetables and fruits, virgin olive oil, luscious cheeses, and other delicacies of the region.


Baia Quercetano, Castiglioncello





Castiglioncello's pineta

Tuscan hills




Firenze - Pontevecchio

Siena - Piazza del Campo

Liguria - Cinque Terre

Rome - the Spanish Steps

Venezia - the pigeons of St. Mark Square