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Located on a hill overlooking the Val di Cecina, Casale Marittimo enjoys an extraordinary panorama of the Tuscan Archipelago and the coast. It is immersed in the green of the typical Mediterranean scrub and there are places of archaeological interest such as Casalvecchio and Casa Nocera.
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Casale Marittimo  | Massimiliano Caria
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Casale Marittimo  | Massimiliano Caria
Casale Marittimo
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Casale Marittimo  | Massimiliano Caria
Casale Marittimo
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Casale Marittimo  | Massimiliano Caria
Casale Marittimo
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Casale Marittimo  | Massimiliano Caria
Casale Marittimo
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Casale Marittimo  | Massimiliano Caria
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A loot at Casale Marittimo
A loot at Casale Marittimo

About the village

Casale Marittimo is located in the Maremma Pisana on a hill overlooking the Val di Cecina, in Tuscany. It is set on a hill overlooking the Tuscan Archipelago and the coast, which is only 12 km away. It is immersed in the greenery of typical Mediterranean scrub and there are archaeological sites such as Casalvecchio and Casa Nocera.

"To the right comes a sloping hill that stretches out to the sea, and in whose last back is the modern Casale." Giovanni Targioni Tozzetti, an erudite traveler, in the middle of the 18th century, evidently gave voice to the tradition that two castles existed: Casalvecchio, whose name has remained to indicate a hill to the southeast of the present country, and Casalnuovo, today Casale Marittimo. The area, rich in mineral waters, game, salt, along with climatic mildness, had in the past favored human settlements ever since. And just on the hill of Casalvecchio, archaeological excavations have brought to light the remains of an Etruscan village of the seventh century BC But the most extraordinary discovery is that of the necropolis of Casa Nocera, a burial complex of orientalizing age, belonging to the warrior princes Etruscan, dominating the area. In the 6th century. B.C. the tomb of the Poggiarelle tholos dates back to 1896, an exceptional example of Etruscan funerary architecture, found in the archaeological museum in Florence.

The old town is made up of stone buildings that follow the development of the two medieval walled circles at concentric rings. The Castle is accessed via a ramp where the tower of the clock erected in 1854 rises. From the main square you reach the villages, quarters developed outside the castle walls from the late 1500's, with characteristic alleys, arcades and staircases. From the point of view of history are interesting the Pieve di Sant'Andrea, the palace of the Canonica, the Church of San Sebastiano and the Chapel of the Madonna delle Grazie, rich in archaeological finds of Roman era.

Around the country, and between this and the sea, extends a richly cultivated countryside that produces cerali, oil, honey and a fine wine, DOC Montescudaio.

Dense calendar, from spring to fall, that of fairs and parties. Among the various gourmet events in July, the traditional Snail of the Chiocciole and in August the wild boar.


On a hill not far from the sea and that of the sea has the aroma and purity, behind Cecina, on the tyrrhenian coast, behold Casale, refuge for those seeking relief and calmness from the life of the city as well as favorable area as urban settlement since ancient times, thanks to its mild climate, mineral waters and the abundant game. Already the ancient Etruscans had settled in the area: the archaeological excavations have brought to light the remains of a village of the VI century on the nearby hill and a complex of burials in the necropolis of Casa Nocera. Do not think, however, that over the centuries the settlement has had an easy life, between the incursions of the pirates and unhealthy air. But it is mainly due to the progressive reclamation of coastal marsh, which occurred in the course of the nineteenth century, that today the inhabitants of Casale, as well as tourists in search of peace and quiet, can enjoy a place with a high quality of life at a short distance from the sea, beaches and pine forests. Going up to the castle by a ramp that turns toward the sky, the curious visitor can take a look at the ancient clock tower and to the house of the Treasurer, among the oldest in the country, for then pleasantly take refuge in some Wine Bar open among the beautiful stone houses. On the counter is certainly unmissable a good glass of local white, Montescudaio or San Torpè, nor the even more typical cantuccini, in the basket a sweets.

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Village of Casale Marittimo
The Municipality of Casale Marittimo
Province of Pisa
Tuscany Region

inhabitants: 1.122
Altitude center: 214 m a.s.l.

The Municipality is part of:
Paesi bandiera arancione
Unione Colli Marittimi Pisani 

Municipality
Via del Castello 133 - Tel. 0586-653411

BY CAR

  • From the North: In Milan, take the A1 highway, follow the La Spezia - Parma Ovest direction, continue on the A15 highway and follow the Genova - Livorno direction, continue on the A12 highway, exit at Rosignano Marittimo and continue on the SS 1, exit at "La California - Cecina Sud", turn onto the SP 39 in the direction of Cecina, cross Cecina and continue on the SP 28 following directions for Casale Marittimo.
  • From the South: In Rome take the A12 motorway in the direction of Civitavecchia, continue on the SS 1 in the direction of Grosseto, exit at "La California - Cecina Sud" and turn onto the SP 39 in the direction of Bibbona - La California, cross the California and continue on the SP 28 following directions for Casale Marittimo.

ON THE TRAIN

  • Cecina railway station

BY PLANE

  • Pisa airport
  • Florence airport

Events

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november, 2020

Sant'Andrea

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