Cala Violina is generally considered the most beautiful beach in Tuscany: its fame is due to the uncontaminated landscape of the bay where it is located – enclosed in the Regional Forestry Agricultural Complex of the Bandite di Scarlino and protected to the north and south by two headlands (respectively Punta Martina and Punta le Canne) -, to the whiteness of its sand (composed of quartz granules that when trampled emit a characteristic sound that can remember the slight rubbing of the strings of a musical instrument, peculiarity from which the cove derives its name) and to the transparency of its waters. Overall, especially in the low season or early morning, when the presence of bathers is minimal, Cala Violina conveys to the observer the feeling of being in an exotic place outside of Italy, as in a Caribbean beach, in Africa or in the Pacific. Because the cove is oriented towards the west, in the evening from the beach you can witness magnificent sunsets with the Elba Island in the background.
The sandy tongue has a length of 400 m and a width that varies from 2 to 10 m: therefore at peak times in high season (July-August), given the notoriety of the cove, it is difficult to find a place to lie down comfortably; however the cove extends north and south of the sandy tongue, where some flat rocks allow you to relax in the sun without difficulty. Who does not find a place or wants to go in search of other less frequented coves can take the beautiful path that follows the coast up to Cala Martina in the north and in particular to Cala Civette in the south, which has little to envy to the more known Cala Violina and that has more space to spend a day at sea in peace.
Behind Cala Violina there are toilets and tables for picnics in the shade of the Mediterranean scrub; only in the high season there is a small kiosk where you can buy food or drinks. Therefore, especially in the off-season it is advisable to bring along a packed lunch and liquids to quench your thirst. Moreover, due to the lack of trash cans (which would constitute a strong and dangerous call for wild boars living in the Bandite) it is necessary to have an envelope with you to bring back your waste.
Long path: Cala Violina can also be reached from the hamlet of Portiglioni – Puntone di Scarlino through a path of 4 km along the wide and scenic trail that winds from north to south along the coast. From the marina, follow uphill lungomare Giuseppe Garibaldi up to the promontory of Terra Rossa; from here begins the path that continues meeting the Cale di Terra Rossa and Cala le Donne, Cala Martina and finally Cala Violina. The route is particularly suitable for those who want to reach Cala Violina by bike, enjoying the magnificent panorama.
From Cala Martina: 30′ on foot, 10′ by bike.
From Cala Civette: 15′ on foot, 5′ by bike.
From Portiglioni – Puntone di Scarlino: 1 h 15′ on foot, 25′ by bike.
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