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Spas and trekking on the Etruscan coast
A romantic three-day getaway in Campiglia Marittima
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The winding streets of Campiglia Marittima wrap around you like a warm hug. A stone labyrinth of streets will lead you to the historic fortress that dominates the valley. Don't be deterred by the steep climbs you'll have to overcome, it will be worth it. Take the time to appreciate the sunset from this incredible viewpoint.

Campiglia is one of those places where you can immediately feel at home, a safe haven where you can unwind after every adventure. From the village you can easily reach the beach at San Vincenzo, relax at the thermal baths in Venturina or visit an archaeological mining park. Every evening try something new to dine on and savour the best wine the Etruscan coast has to offer.

Campiglia has a range of accommodation options, from well-kept bed and breakfasts to bike hotels. Try traditional cooking or more experimental dishes and experience everything that is authentic and innovative in Tuscany. Above all, it is the hospitable people that will help you have the holiday of your dreams.

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Calidario, Venturina Terme
Healing waters for two in Venturina terme
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First things first: Enjoy the absolute luxury of massages, healing waters and as much pampering as time will allow. Venturina Terme is only 10 minutes away from Campiglia Marittima. A small town with an incredible history, the Etruscans and Romans used to flock here for its healing water, as the impressive remains in the area demonstrate.

Today, the town has two spas where you can choose to spend a day of rest and relaxation.

At Venturina Terme spa, hydroponic thermal treatments, thermal mud baths, balneotherapy and various other treatments are carried out by professionally trained staff. The thermal waters flow at 45° Celsius and have proven curative properties. They have been effective in healing respiratory illnesses, rheumatism and joint pain as well as other ailments.  

Calidario lake is a mere five minute’s drive from the spa. Here you will find a natural spring lake of about 3000 square meters fed by several water sources that flow at a permanent temperature of 36 degrees directly from the bottom of the lake. Spend a lovely day by the water and in the evening gaze at the stars. It’s even possible to order a floating aperitivo while on the water for certain special occasions.

Fun facts: the Calidario lake is inhabited by the Melanopsis Etrusca, a species of freshwater snail. The current population of Melanopsis at the Calidario is one of the last remaining in the region. Increasing sea levels, together with a decrease in temperatures, have resulted in a gradual shrinkage of their natural habitat. This Natural Spring is one of the few locations left in Italy where it is still possible to find them.

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Hiking at the Archaeological Mining Park in San Silvestro
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On the second day, explore the 450 hectares of the fascinating Archaeological Mining Park in San Silvestro. There are four walking paths connecting museums, mining tunnels and an abandoned Medieval village: the stunning Rocca di San Silvestro. This medieval village of miners and smiths was established between the 10th and 11th centuries as a feudal settlement aimed at exploiting the abundant local deposits of copper, lead and silver in order to mint coins. The village was abandoned in the 14th century due to a series of political events as well as the changes in the management of the mines and and the founding of metals as well as the dramatic fall in population.

Today, an itinerary brings visitors within the enclosure wall and through the former residential and artisan quarters to show what life was like in the Middle Ages. From the impressive entrance to an original bread oven, the road is lined with a number of panels which describe the various areas.

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Campiglia Marittima
Relax at the beach, enjoy the town
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The crystal-clear sea at San Vincenzo is bordered by dense pinewoods and thick Mediterranean scrub. The splendid beach, with its fine, golden sand, stretches for many kilometres and contains a variety of beach clubs and public beaches. If you are looking for something more rugged, go to the Rimigliano park: 120 hectares of coastline with the via della Principessa dividing the park into two distinct areas: the coastal strip with its dunes and beach, and the wider part of the park which includes farming areas, the former lake area of Rimigliano and the oak forest. Though there are no private beaches, there are showers and other services for visitors looking for some comforts in the wild.

Head back to Campiglia Marittima for an afternoon exploring the town. The majestic palazzo Pretorio is well worth a visit. Originally from the 13th century, this historic residence of the Captain of Justice has been modified several times over the centuries. Coats of arms from the 15th – 17th centuries adorn the main façade of the building. If you want to know more about local minerals, palazzo Pretorio features a Mineral museum with countless items that were extracted during the exploitation of the rich local territory. Over the years, the collection has grown to include examples of minerals from all over Italy as well as samples from North and South Africa and South America.

Campiglia Marittima is the perfect place to taste the best of Tuscan cuisine, whether you’re looking for fish- or meat-based dishes. Don't leave the town without tasting the local specialty, the schiaccia Campigliese: a crunchy cake made from flour, eggs, sugar and pine nuts, usually served with vin santo.

If you are coming in August, take part in one of the main Italian festivals dedicated to street theater that transform the alleys and squares of the village into one giant stage.