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Val di Cornia, Suvereto

A hidden corner of Tuscany: Val di Cornia

(by Eduardo Lubrano). Between the provinces of Livorno and Grosseto lies the Val di Cornia. The area overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea with its flat part facing the island of Elba. While it extends inland as a hilly landscape, until it touches the Colline Metallifere (Metal-bearing Hills) of the Tuscan Anti-Apennines.

In its most north-eastern part, the Val di Cornia touches the province of Cecina. Despite the presence of important industrial and port centres such as Piombino, the Val di Corniarepresents a sort of summa of all the beauties that the magnificent Tuscan land can offer.

From the natural landscapes consisting of beautiful beaches, to those of the gentle hills of the hinterland, where nature is often the backdrop to breathtaking views, over the sea and the valley, among ancient mining settlements and beautiful parks. But that’s not all.

The Val di Cornia, in line with the rest of Tuscany, is an authentic melting pot of small, characteristic centres, more or less ancient, more or less well-known, often characterised by the presence of castles and other buildings dating back to the Middle Ages. In these places, the visitor is enveloped by the architectural beauty of the ancient buildings. Among the best knownare Suvereto, Campiglia Marittima and Populonia.

The Val di Cornia is therefore an excellent place to practise alternative tourism to the mass tourism typical of Tuscany’s world-famous art cities. Long, relaxing outings, running on foot or by bike up and down the narrow hillside streets, trekking. But that’s not all. You can visit wineries, oil mills, oil presses, farms and cellars.

Moving towards the coast, there is an equally wide range of activities on offer, including sunbathing, swimming and walking and breathing in the salt air. Lovers of slow tourism who wish to immerse themselves in nature will be spoilt for choice in the Val di Cornia.

Check out the trekking itineraries in the Val di Cornia.