At Marina di Bibbona, the dense pinewood stretching down to the beach and the clear sea is an inviting spot for walking, cycling or horse riding at any time of the year.
All kinds of Mediterranean vegetation, as well as a biogenetic oasis, are to be found in the “Macchia della Magona”, a splendid protected area that can be explored by following a network of marked paths and trails.
Many holiday farms in the countryside full of olive trees, vineyards and fruit trees offer hospitality and comfortable accommodation.
The fruits of nature and advanced agricultural practices provide the ingredients for the flavourful cooking of this area. Following the Costa degli Etruschi Wine Route, which passes through Bibbona, is a delightful way to discover the fine DOC wines of the area.
Bibbona was built on a low hill and was already known in ancient times before it became an Etruscan settlement. It still preserves the typical layout of an old inhabited fortress.
In the old town, where characteristic narrow alleys run into little medieval squares, the lovely 11th century church of San Ilario is of particular interest. Santa Maria della Pietà, a renaissance church built in the shape of a Greek cross at the end of the 15th century, is situated right at the entrance to the town.
The medieval Old Town Hall symbolises the town’s rich civic history, which is preserved in the Council’s historical archives.
Emotional events such as the Procession and the Cask "Palio", which hearken back to folklore and historical traditions, are provided a truly striking setting in the village.
Marina di Bibbona
One of the Costa degli Etruschi’s most popular holiday resorts, it grew up around an 18th century fort built on the coast to protect against attacks by pirates.
A long, wide sandy beach, sculpted here and there by sand dunes and Mediterranean scrub tombolos, runs between the sea and a splendid thick pine and juniper wood. "Punto Azzurro" serviced public beaches alternate with paid-entry equipped beaches.
Sport, fun and relaxation here are all the ingredients for a holiday to suit everyone’s needs.
Hotels, boarding houses, apartments, campsites and holiday residences offer a friendly welcome and efficient service. A variety of delicious fish dishes can be enjoyed in local restaurants.
Among the quality wines to be found along the Costa degli Etruschi, Bibbona’s DOC "Terratico di Bibbona" stands alongside those of Bolgheri, Montescudaio and Val di Cornia.
As the Wine Route winds through the splendid Tuscan countryside, it also offers an opportunity to discover other local products such as extra-virgin olive oil, cheeses, fruits and vegetables – often produced biologically – and taste the area’s specialities.
Dishes from the countryside and from the seaside make for a rich and varied gastronomic delight.
Beef from the "Chianina" breed, raised by traditional methods in the Bibbona area, is known and appreciated all over the world for its strictly controlled high quality. All of these specialities can be tasted at the Livestock Fair held every August.
TEXTS AND PHOTOS COURTESY OF "COSTA DEGLI ETRUSCHI" TOURIST AGENCY