With 5 kilometers of sandy beaches and crystal clear sea, Vada is a popular spot for tourists from all over the world. This beach town near Rosignano Marittimo has been awarded the Blue Flag for clean beaches several times. There you can find both private beaches with sun loungers and sun umbrellas to hire as well as large stretches of public beach, all backing onto shady pine woods.
The Secche di Vada stretch of beach is an especially popular spot for fishermen. Other local areas of historical interest are La Rada del Saraceno, la Pineta di Pietra Bianca, Molino a Fuoco and la Mazzata.
Vada was once the port of Volterra and existed as far back as 330 BC. It also got a mention in the poems of Cicerone and other Latin poets. It went on to become a refuge for Saracen pirates who ravaged the coast line. Dating back to this period, many terracotta amphorae and vases have been found in the sea bed.
Today, Vada can offer many activities to tourists. In particular it is an important centre for sailing. The local diet is of course dominated by delicious seafood dishes from the area’s rich culinary traditions.