With a population of just over 3800, the picturesque town of Castiglioncello is such a delightful place to experience the ‘italian life’ and stay in contact with nature thanks to its cultural and naturalistic heritage. But is it really worth a visit? Certainly.

Located nearby Livorno, Castiglioncello is a village tucked in western Tuscany. With its strategic position next to the seaside, it is considered the most exclusive town on the suggestive Etruscan Coast. Beyond its timeless look, this village offers multiple ways of making your travel unforgettable and relaxing because of its sandy beaches, recurring cultural events and outstanding shows. Moreover, it is easily accessible by driving from Florence, Pisa, and Livorno.

Although small and touristy, Castiglioncello hosts many hidden spots, which will make your vacation unique and full of good times. Read our exclusive guide to find out what to visit, what to do, and how to get to the beautiful Castiglioncello.

Where is Castiglioncello in Italy?

Castiglioncello, formerly known as Castiglione Mondiglio, is a seaside village nestled next to Rosignano Marittimo, the northernmost municipality of the Tuscan Maremma.

It is located just 18 km south of Livorno and it dominates a small but majestic promontory, which is the last offshoot of the Livorno mountains (from the Italian ‘monti livornesi’). Moreover, Castiglioncello is also not too far from Pisa, which sits 46 km to the north. Among big cities, Florence is the most distant with more than 100 km to go through.

The Best 5 Things to Do and See in Castiglioncello

Here are the best things to do in this beautiful Tuscan village!

1. The City Center and Main Street

The historic center of Castiglioncello
Castiglioncello, City Center – “Panorama Castiglioncello Bandini (GR)” by Petitverdot: Matteo Vinattieri is licensed under CC BY 3.0.

Not to be missed, Castiglioncello’s historic center is an enchanting mix of past and future full of hidden alleys or tortuous roads. Here, you will find many important streets (primarily viale dei Medici, via della Pineta, or via Luigi Russo). Impossible, then, not to admire the enchanting Alberto Sordi shoreline (from italian ‘litorale’) and get lost along paths that embrace the promontory to savor the scents of the sea. Nearby numerous restaurants to taste made in Italy’s delicacies or local shops to buy souvenirs and clothing.

As dusk falls, the town transforms, with the setting sun painting the sky in hues of orange and pink, casting a warm glow over the terracotta rooftops. The gentle hum of the evening brings a new layer of charm to Castiglioncello, inviting you to explore its nighttime beauty, where the day’s hustle gives way to tranquil streets and the promise of unforgettable memories.

2. Pasquini Castle

The Pasquini Castle in Castiglioncello, surrounded by a park with trees, paths and fountains
The Pasquini Castle in Castiglioncello

Pasquini Castle, the majestic symbol of Castiglioncello, was built at the end of the 19th century under Barone Lazzaro Patrone. Nowadays, you can admire a huge building surrounded by tall pines and holm oaks. Inside, there are elegant rooms decorated in the Coppedè style. Just in 1980, this castle was sold to the Municipality of Rosignano, whose members contributed to its renovation and now hosts magnificent exhibitions, major conferences, and cultural events.

The revitalization of Pasquini Castle not only preserved its architectural grandeur but also infused it with new life, making it a pivotal place for artistic and intellectual gatherings. The castle’s gardens, once the private haven of nobility, have become a tranquil retreat for those seeking inspiration or a moment of peace. The juxtaposition of its historical essence with modern cultural dynamism offers visitors a unique, immersive experience that bridges the gap between the past and the present.

Official Website: N/A

Location: Piazza della Vittoria, 1, 57016 Castiglioncello LI

Telephone: +39 0586 754202

Reviews: 4.5/5

3. Pineta Marradi

Taking its name from the Tuscan poet Giovanni Marradi, the Pineta is a small corner of paradise overlooking the beautiful sea of ​​the promontory of Castiglioncello. This was one of the Macchiaioli’s favorite places to paint because of its quietness and charm. Nowadays, here you can find a beautiful view but also many shops, and a path for visitors, where you can spend your time relaxing, sunbathing or walking.

The allure of Pineta Marradi extends beyond its scenic vistas; it’s a vibrant hub of activity where the local culture and nature intertwine seamlessly. Whether it’s the cool shade provided by the towering pines or the gentle sea breeze that whispers through the air, every moment here is a gentle invitation to unwind and immerse oneself in the serene atmosphere. It’s not just a place to visit; it’s an experience to be cherished, offering a blend of leisure and beauty that captivates the heart of every traveler.

Italy Travel Secret

Did you know that in the Pinteta Marradi, there is an ancient chestnut grove? This unique feature adds a distinctive touch to the pine forest, as chestnut trees can be majestic, and the presence of a chestnut grove within a pine forest creates a variety of landscapes and biodiversity. In autumn, the chestnut grove might offer a unique display of colors when the chestnut leaves change color.

4. Lungomare Alberto Sordi

A tourist is descending the same stairs on which Alberto Sordi passed, in the pine forest in Castiglioncello
Stairs leading to the Alberto Sordi seafront (lungomare)

Overlooking the seaside area, Lungomare Alberto Sordi takes its name from the beloved actor Alberto Sordi. Here, we recommend you take a walk and admire the breathtaking view. By hiking, from here, you can discover suggestive cliffs, antique rocks, and an immense clear sea. Don’t forget to stop at those dreamy beaches and coves which will lead you to Punta Righini and its natural pools.

The journey along Lungomare Alberto Sordi it’s an adventure through nature’s masterpieces, where each turn reveals a new wonder. The harmonious blend of land and sea creates a symphony of natural beauty, inviting you to pause and soak in the tranquility. This path is not just for exploration but for rejuvenation, offering moments of solitude amidst the vastness of the sea and sky. It’s a place where memories are made, against the backdrop of stunning landscapes that stay with you long after your visit.

5. Enjoy the Beaches

The main beach of Castiglioncello, Baia del Quercetano
The main beach of Castiglioncello, Baia del Quercetano, can be crowded in summer

Castiglioncello, known throughout the world for being a seaside area, hosts wonderful beaches: from Baia del Quercetano to little and hidden coves. Moreover, let’s not forget Spiaggia Fortullino (artificial, made of boulders or stones and hardly frequented by tourists), Baia dell’Arancio (protected and clean, it is equipped with a refreshment area and has a pine forest) or Spiaggia I Pungenti (free but with prickly rocks and never too crowded).

Each beach offers its own unique charm, from secluded spots perfect for a tranquil day by the sea to lively shores bustling with activity. Whether you’re looking to bask in the sun, swim in crystal-clear waters, or explore marine life along the rocky coastlines, Castiglioncello’s beaches provide the perfect backdrop. The diversity of the coastline ensures that every visitor finds their slice of paradise, be it in the sun-drenched bays or the shaded retreats near the pine forests. This variety makes Castiglioncello a must-visit destination for beach lovers seeking both adventure and relaxation.

Best Hotels To Stay in Castiglioncello

While windy and much crowded (especially during summer), Castiglioncello offers many accommodation options from luxury hotels to budget-friendly B&B ideal for any kind of visitors’ necessity. Here’s our updated list of top stays in Castiglioncello.

Rented House Overlooking the Seaside

Overlooking sea view from the terrace in Villa Lina.
Photo Credit: Booking.com – Villa Lina

At Villa Lina you will live a real dream. Deeply appreciated by couples and really close to Garagolo Beach and Caletta Beach, the accommodation offers numerous accommodation options (single or double rooms) with parking and breakfast included. The main character of the scene is the Renaissance-style terrace where you can sunbathe and relax before exploring the city.

Location: 769 Via Aurelia, 57016 Castiglioncello, Italy

Stars: 4

Features: Ocean view, Pet friendly, Air conditioning

Reviews: 9.1/10

Centrally Located Apartments

Sunny day at the balcony of Appartamenti Fronte Mare with beautiful view of the sea.
Photo Credit: Booking.com – Centrally Located Apartments

At Appartamenti fronte mare you will have every comfort. A few minutes from the city center, this accommodation is equipped with a kitchen, bedrooms with TV and a private bathroom but also a wonderful view from its patio and its terrace. We recommend this option especially if you’re coming from Pisa airport because of its nearness to the latter.

Location: via di Portovecchio, 57016 Castiglioncello, Italy

Stars: 4

Features: Ocean view, Balcony, Air conditioning

Reviews: 9/10

Modern Hotel for Families

Big outdoor pool in Villaggio Mietta
Photo Credit: Booking.com – Villaggio Mietta

At Villaggio Mietta you will be able to relax completely. The latter offers rooms with free air-conditioning and a beautiful swimming pool on the outside.

Location: Via delle Tamerici 10, 57016 Castiglioncello, Italy

Stars: 3

Features: Outdoor swimming pool, Balcony, BBQ facilities

Reviews: 8.4/10

The Best Beaches in Castiglioncello

Among the most appreciated and top-rated beaches of Castiglioncello, we recommend Spiaggia di Libera Crepatura. It is located in the northern area of the Marina Cala dè Medici port. This beach is quite unique because it has an irregular shape and follows the flow of the coast.

Much more relaxing is Spiaggia Caletta. It has a semicircular shape and is made of sand and little pebbles. Located in the center of the town, it is much more crowded on weekends but it looks perfect for families who want to enjoy their trip with music, people, and fun.

Castiglioncello and The Cinema

Due to its beauty and its iconic sea, Castiglioncello was (throughout the 60s) a meeting point for directors and actors. Some of these, indeed, spent their holidays in the town, still little known at the time. Among these VIPs, it’s fundamental quoting: Alberto Sordi, Vittorio Gassman, and Ugo Tognazzi

Il Sorpasso and Other Movies

The main actors of the film "Il Sorpasso", partly shot in Castiglioncello
Jean-Louis Trintignant e Vittorio Gassman in the movie “Il Sorpasso”, partially set in Castiglioncello

Il Sorpasso (1962) is a famous movie, set also in Castiglioncello, with Vittorio Gassman. He plays the role of a Roman daredevil, traveling with a conscientious student. Here, the actor (next to other celebrities) goes up to the Tuscan coast and shows the bourgeois life of the Tyrrhenian coast. Produced by Dino Risi and Mario Cecchi Gori, it is still remembered as a classic in Italian cinema.

This town was the setting for many other films, like: Desideri d’estate (1964), La prima cosa bella (2009), La balia (1999).

Macchiaioli – The School of Castiglioncello

A painting by Giuseppe Abbati portrays the beach of Castiglioncello
“Marina a Castiglioncello” by Giuseppe Abbati, a Macchiaoli painter

The so-called ‘School of Castiglioncello’ was mostly active around the mid-19th century. It was a significantly important institution that gave its name to the group of artists known as Macchiaioli. According to historical experts, the Tuscan critic Diego Martinelli left Florence (after his father’s death) and reached Castiglioncello, where he was joined by Michele Tedesco and Telemaco Signorini to paint portraits and works in the ‘macchia‘ (“spot”) style.

The dense vegetation, the beauty of the Archipelago Islands, and the atmosphere were a source of inspiration for these painters. Surely, a famous 19th-century school that still presents (in many exhibits) the paintings depicting the wonderful landscapes of Castiglioncello.

How To Get To Castiglioncello?

The port of Castiglioncello at sunset, with fog.
Sunset in Castiglioncello

Located just about 1.20 hours from Florence and strictly close to the Tyrrhenian coast, Castiglioncello is a must-see destination for your next trip thanks to its proximity to the metropolitan Pisa, Siena, and Livorno. Getting there, indeed, is never too uncomfortable. You will be able to use both public transportation and rental cars. Once arrived, an astonishing landscape will light your eyes.

By car, from Florence, you can easily drive to Castiglioncello by following the SCG FI-PI-LI road and by taking the Vicarello exit. After that, you must go towards A1 highway and follow directions to Rosignano Marittimo. From Livorno, on the other hand, you can drive through the SS1 Aurelia (principal road) for about 20 minutes. We also recommend you go to Castiglioncello by flying to Rome or Florence and then by taking a train.

Nearby Attractions

Castiglioncello is, surely, a well-based town for those who are planning to visit nearby places (both culturally and relaxation oriented) like: Rosignano Marittimo, Livorno and the breathtaking Etruscan Coast.


A lady is crossing the bridge in an old district of Livorno
An old neighborhood of Livorno

Often underrated and used as a ‘transit point’ to more popular places, Livorno is a gem of Tuscany and it boasts a major port linking it to many major cities. It hosts marvels belonging to different eras: from Terrazza Mascagni (built after World War II) to Piazza della Repubblica, to Fortezza Vecchia/Fortezza Nuova.

Etruscan Coast

Characterized by the presence of a crystalline sea, green hills and an important wildlife heritage, the Etruscan Coast includes rural and secret villages ready to satisfy any visitor’s needs. Impossible, then, not to mention towns like Piombino, Bolgheri, Cecina or Castagneto Carducci or maritime areas like Golfo di Baratti, Val di Cornia beaches, or  San Vincenzo beaches.

Read more: Etruscan Cities in Tuscany – Ancient Roads to Temples & Tombs

Rosignano Marittimo

Rosignano Marittimo is such a historically relevant and medieval village, appreciated for its closeness to the shoreline and for its warm people. Located nearby Livorno, it is considered the perfect place for culture and traditions enthusiasts. Here, you will be able to visit bewildering spots: from Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista e Sant’Ilario to Torre dell’Orologio, to wide beaches (Spiaggia Lillatro, Spiaggia di Vada or Spiaggia Pietrabianca).


In conclusion, Castiglioncello encapsulates the essence of Tuscany’s coastal charm, where historic allure meets cinematic glamour. The enchanting city center, Pasquini Castle, and the influence of the Macchiaioli art movement create a rich cultural tapestry. From the scenic Lungomare Alberto Sordi to the tranquil Pineta Marradi, the town unveils breathtaking vistas. Diverse beaches, including the popular Baia del Quercetano, cater to varied preferences. Accommodations, such as the luxurious Villa Lina, promise a blend of elegance and comfort. With its proximity to Florence, Pisa, and Livorno, Castiglioncello beckons as an accessible gateway to Tuscany’s treasures—an idyllic haven for history, art, and coastal splendor.