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- The history of the urban form of Castiglioncello has in the building of this pedestrian promenade (as far as I understand around 1935) one of its happiest chapters. The promenade starts from the area of the "Ausonia" cove - which gave its name to the current bathing facility - which on the other hand is one of the most scarred of the town, being reduced to a sequence of concrete piers that have erased all traces of the former sandy shore: then the promenade proceeds towards the promontory called "Punta Righini". It is closed upstream by the fences of the villas which, built from the end of the nineteenth century, today almost completely occupy the promontory, and on the other side it faces the cliff, which by its size protects the waterfront from the waves of winter storms.
Being facing south, the promenade is warm in winter and can be quite hot in summer. A refreshing dive in the nearby sea is always possible, but you have to cross the cliff on foot. The cliff, consisting of Miocene conglomerates and limestones, for a considerable stretch is quite low and filled with quiet pools of sea water occasionally renewed by the storms. As far as I understand, this unusual form of the cliff is because from here in the first half of the twentieth century large amounts of boulders for the piers of the Livorno port were extracted.
The promenade is named after Alberto Sordi, a well-known Italian actor, who together with other movie stars attended Castiglioncello, especially in the 1960s.
Further along, the actual promenade ceases and the path along the coast is possible (as it must have been in the first stretch before 1935) only by walking on the cliff. However, the path in this case is facilitated by a narrow concrete strip that covers the pipe of the former sewer drain of the town.
We say "former" because since the 1980s this pipe has been decommissioned, and the sewers no longer end up in the sea of "Punta Righini", but in the municipal sewage treatment plant. It's thus possible today to fully enjoy the almost Caribbean scenery of the yellowish cliffs surrounded by an intense blue sea.
Of course you have to accept the very rough surface of the cliffs (which also makes it difficult to place an umbrella), and the lack of any swimming facilities.Written 2 June 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- It's a beautiful place where you can eat fresh fried fish called PARANZA
with fried potatoes and fresh salads
We were there for sunset
With a light appetizers and pasta with fish
Italian wine in glass
Fresh Water, ice cream and at the end an original coffe called PÒNCEWritten 12 July 2017This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This place above the railway station and easily accessible form the village is at first imposing. it is set in nice gardens with a cafe (closed when I visited) but it lacks atmosphere. It too was closed and it was not clear if you could visit. Worth a strolll through the gardens to see and to venture up the entrance flight of steps to get the view.Written 7 September 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Nice enough if you want a sun lounger and parasol for the beach - all of the other bagni’s we visited said they were fully booked. €30 for two for 3 hours which seemed a little pricey, the drinks were also expensive and they didn’t accept card. The beach is also very rocky, so for anyone planning to visit Castiglioncello bring swim shoes otherwise it’s very awkward and painful to get in the sea.
They also placed us on two loungers infront of the cafe area so the relaxing atmosphere was somewhat ruined by two other English girls seated behind us who talked incessantly and so loudly; they were obviously under the impression that no one else in the vicinity could understand them - a word of advice if you ever see this, no one who’s relaxing on the beach wants to hear you talking about when you had to get a drain taken out at hospital, that you’re allergic to tuna and your ex boyfriend from Leicester who blocked you on Instagram (If I was him I’d block you 🙄)Written 26 August 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Lovely park to wander around during the day or in the evening, with a good bar and ice cream place. There are a few activities for children.Written 20 July 2015This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Paulo was our contact from the states and he was incredibly helpful! We felt so welcomed and enjoyed Bagni Etruria the whole day! The plus about being there is we could rent umbrellas, chairs, and have delicious food to order from the restaurant. All was reasonably price too. It was delightful day being with other families and a very happy atmosphere! A great day trip from Florence!Written 16 July 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The place is amazing but you can have the same beautiful view from the nearby bridge without having a terrible gin tonic.
Please, be rid of it.Written 23 July 2016This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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