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From the wild coast to the hills: here are some tips for nature lovers
Ideas for a motorhome trip in Tuscany

Tuscany offers many ideas for planning an adventure vacation: you can plan a trip by train, by car or on two wheels.

There are also a variety of possibilities for motorhome lovers: campsites or rest areas in the most sought-after and well-known destinations, from the coast to the hills.

Let's find out together which ones!

Coast and Natural Parks
 

Maremma is one of the wildest areas of Tuscany, perfect for experiencing a true adventure in contact with nature.

The landscape satisfies every need: there are forests of centuries-old pines, quiet villages and, of course, pristine beaches, both sandy and rocky.

Grosseto, is a good starting point for those arriving by motorhome: in addition to visiting the town and its attractions, you can find a wide choice of campsites. 

Castiglione della Pescaia, a popular seaside resort associated with fishermen's activities and to sailing, offers several options; there are also several blue flag beaches, a designation that indicates a high level of sustainability and care of services. 

Another option for those who enjoy calm, crystal-clear waters is Punta Ala, a well-known destination for its natural beauty and lifestyle. 

Orbetello and Monte Argentario are other places suitable for stopping and relaxing sea life. Right on the Argentario is the Nature Reserve of the Duna Feniglia, which guards a 7-kilometer beach perfect for traveling with one’s family. 

A short distance away, about 14 kilometers, you can visit the Maremma Regional Park, a green oasis of 9 thousand hectares.

Not far from there there is the Sterpaia Coastal Park, a valuable environmental system where dunes, wetlands, agricultural clearings, and wooded areas extend through it. On the coastal area there are many facilities: refreshment places, bathing establishments, public toilets and showers - accessible to the disabled as well - picnic areas and rest areas.

Traveling toward Livorno, on the Etruscan Coast, we find the Gulf of Baratti, a long beach of golden sand and clear waters from which it is easily accessible the Archeological Park of Baratti and Populonia, a real sea-facing overlook of the Etruscan civilization.  

A few kilometers away, continuing toward San Vincenzo, you can visit Rimigliano Natural Park, characterized by fine sand dunes, crystal-clear sea, and Mediterranean maquis.

Mountains

For those who love the mountains and cooler temperatures even during the warm season, there are numerous campgrounds at high altitudes, places where you can take a break from the daily hustle and bustle and breathe pure air.

Also around Grosseto, you can find rest areas and campsites on Monte Amiata.

For those looking for a bit more rugged nature, the Pistoian Mountain resorts are perfect : here are Abetone, Cutigliano, Marliana, San Marcello Piteglio and Sambuca Pistoiese.

Abetone is a popular ski destination where you can also go trekking and hiking outdoors in wild forests.

Countryside

For those who decide to visit the most characteristic places in Tuscany and plunge into the countryside, a must-visit destination is undoubtedly the Val d'Orcia: recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, it enchants visitors with its rolling hills and famous vineyards: it is here that some of the best-known wines such as Brunello di Montalcino are born.

There are many villages to visit, among which one of the most famous is Pienza - a true urban and architectural jewel - Castiglione d'Orcia - an ancient village surrounded by nature and Montalcino - a medieval town rich in art and history.

To continue the vacation along the wine roads, how can we not mention Chianti? With characteristic hills that host rows of vines as far as the eye can see, it offers small villages full of charm and history.

Castellina in Chianti, with its patrician palaces and ancient medieval Fortress; Radda in Chianti, where you can stroll through the narrow streets of the center as far as the Palazzo del Podestà; Greve in Chianti and its characteristic triangular square surrounded by striking arched loggias enlivened by stores, workshops and taverns.

In every corner of the Terra del Gallo Nero (Land of the Black Rooster) there are historic wineries to visit and stores with typical products.

Also very interesting are the trekking itineraries that touch on the most beloved villages.

Cities of art and villages

Finally, if your trip includes a stop in the cities of art, the Florence area offers solutions for motorhomes around Piazzale Michelangelo or in the enchanting town of Fiesole, from which you can admire one of the most spectacular views of the Renaissance city.

In Siena there are many campsites, both close to the city and in the surrounding countryside: from San Gimignano, with its famous towers silhouetted on the horizon, to the Crete Senesi – a magical hillside area southeast of Siena, whose clay composition gives unique colors and atmosphere - it will be easy to choose and enjoy unforgettable views.

Moving toward Pisa, it is possible to stop not far from the city or in one of the villages of the Val di Cecina such as Volterra - the ancient medieval town also known for its alabaster workmanship.

Lucca, too, deserves more than one stop: starting from the historic center of the city, one of the most beloved and well-known in Tuscany, passing through the small villages with ancient traditions that surround it, to Torre del Lago Puccini (Lake Puccini Tower) - where the famous Italian composer Giacomo Puccini lived for thirty years.