Distance: 14 minutes
Cala Violina beach, located between Follonica and Punta Ala, inside the Bandite of Scarlino Nature Reserve, is a sandy bay of rare beauty, awarded by Legambiente as one of the 11 most beautiful beaches in Italy.
Set between two promontories and surrounded by dense and luxuriant Mediterranean scrub, it is characterised by very fine white sand made up of quartz grains and particularly limpid and crystalline waters with an enchantingly beautiful seabed.
The peculiarity that makes it unique and famous throughout the area is the sweet sound that the sand makes when it is trodden on; a sound reminiscent of a bow caressing the strings of a violin.
How to get to Cala Violina?
Cala Violina can only be reached on foot or by bicycle, through two distinct paths:
- From the Puntone side: following the provincial road SP 158 delle Collacchie, which connects Castiglione della Pescaia to Follonica, at Puntone go towards the tourist port and, once you are at the “Il Cantuccio” restaurant, you will find the Portiglioni barrier. Once you have crossed the barrier, walk along a wonderful panoramic path through the green Mediterranean scrub for about 4 km, and you will see the beautiful scenery of Cala Violina.
- From the Pian d’Alma side: following the provincial road SP 158, you will enter a dirt track that you will drive along for about 1 km. Then, once you arrive at the “Podere Laschetti” farmhouse, you will find a pay car park, from which, with a path of about 2 km, you will reach the beach.