Castiglione della Pescaia (“Castiglioni” for locals) is a pittoresque coastal village located in a very strategic position: on a hilltop, near the estuary of Bruna river, that has been transformed into an harbour. So people who lived there were safe from the diseases of the surrounding wetlands (an area has been preserved after reclamation and is now the “Diaccia Botrona” natural reserve) and could safely trade in goods.
Its name comes from the word “castello” (castle) that is still there, on the very hill top. The castle is easy to recognize, as its walls are huge. The bell tower of San Giovanni Battista‘s Church has been built upon one of the castle’s towers.
Around the castle there are several stone alleys. Here every house is well maintained and decorated, which makes this village a popular destination specially during summertime.
Crystal water beaches nearby are sandy and easy to reach, surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation and pine trees.
Characteristic village + stunning beaches may sound like the perfect mix, but keep in mind that this area can get very crowded during summertime!