scarlino-cala-violina-Rubén-PérezCala Violina

Cala Violina is located halfway between Punta Ala and Follonica and is undoubtedly the best known beach in the Tuscan Maremma.

The beach is famous for its sand, made up of quartz grains which, when rubbed together, emit a very light sound reminiscent of the strings of a violin … Cala Violina is also famous for its extraordinary beauty, completely surrounded by a luxuriant Mediterranean scrub and bathed by the turquoise waters of the Tyrrhenian coast, it is a wonderful natural oasis. The beach is accessible only on foot or by sea.

Cala Violina is included in the Bandite di Scarlino Nature Reserve.

The beach

Composed of quartz grains, the sand of Cala Violina is very rare, in fact, if walked on, it emits a light sound that resembles that of a violin. This phenomenon is very rare and determined by particular qualities of the sand, which must not be too smooth or too rough. Cala Violina shares this extraordinary peculiarity only with very few beaches in the world, Gold Coast in Australia, Eigg Island in England, Babadejuka in Brazil and Fort Dauphin in Madagascar.

The waters of Cala Violina are extraordinarily clear and calm, ideal for snorkelers.

Behind the beach, a large pine forest.

The beach is not very large, it is free, there are no establishments, only a small kiosk open only in summer, where you can buy sandwiches and drinks.

Bandite di Scarlino nature reserve

The Bandite di Scarlino reserve is a protected area of about 9000 hectares that affects the municipalities of Gavorrano, Castiglione della Pescaia, Follonica and Scarlino, in one of the most beautiful stretches of the Tuscan coast. The nature reserve is crossed by numerous paths, to be covered on foot or by MTB, which lead to the most beautiful coves of the Maremma, Cala Martina, Cala Francese and, of course, Cala Violina.

How to reach Cala Violina

From the provincial road 158 Grosseto-Follonica, take the exit for Pian d’Alma, after about a kilometer of unpaved road you will reach a large parking lot (paid only in summer), you will need to park your car here and continue on foot . A path starts from the car park which will lead you to the beach in about 25 minutes. The route passes through the Mediterranean scrub forest, with beautiful views of the sea and the unspoiled nature of this part of the Tuscan Maremma.

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