The most complete online resource about Italian villages
Login

Castelnuovo Val di Cecina


Share
A hilltop village in the shape of a bunch of grapes, Castelnuovo Val di Cecina is characteristic for its architectural homogeneity, the narrow and winding alleys paved with stone, the medieval doors, the views of the valley. From here, nature trails start that reach places of historical interest, such as the bridge over the Pavone stream, or panoramic views from which you can admire the Cornia Valley and the Gulf of Piombino.
  • Suitable for disabled people
  • Camper parking area
  • Orange Flag Countries
Castelnuovo Val di Cecina  | sladkozaponi/shutterstock.com
Castelnuovo Val di Cecina
sladkozaponi/shutterstock.com
Castelnuovo Val di Cecina  | robertonencini/shutterstock.com
Castelnuovo Val di Cecina
robertonencini/shutterstock.com
Castelnuovo Val di Cecina  | Toscana Promozione Turistica
Castelnuovo Val di Cecina
Toscana Promozione Turistica
Castelnuovo Val di Cecina  | Toscana Promozione Turistica
Castelnuovo Val di Cecina
Toscana Promozione Turistica
Montecastelli  | robertonencini/shutterstock.com
Montecastelli
robertonencini/shutterstock.com
Video by AnBerProds

About the village

Castelnuovo Val di Cecina is a hilltop village, in the province of Pisa, whose characteristic is its cluster-like shape of grapes.
Of Etruscan origin, it gained importance in the Middle Ages when it became a fortified village of the Pisan Republic on the borders of that of Siena.

Castelnuovo Val di Cecina is characteristic for its architectural homogeneity, the narrow and winding streets paved with stone, the medieval gates, the views over the valley. The parish church preserves a beautiful crucifix from the early 14th century considered one of the finest examples of the Pisan sculptural school. The Oratory of San Rocco and the church of the village complete the itinerary of the holy places.
The communal territory has a varied morphology that ranges from the Apennine environment to the Mediterranean scrub and then hills again with vineyards and olive groves. From Castelnuovo there are naturalistic trails that reach places of historical interest such as the bridge over the Pavone stream, or panoramic views from which you can admire the Valle del Cornia and the Gulf of Piombino.

Nearby are archaeological sites of the Etruscan and Roman period. Near the fortified village of Montecastelli, the Buca delle Fate, an Etruscan hypogeum of the 6th century BC and the remains of the copper mines, which were inactive since 1941, are noted. After a long excavation campaign, the Bagnone spa area is once again visited, a Hellenistic complex of the 3rd century BC from which water springs are still present at temperatures between 40 and 70 degrees. In the medieval hamlet of Leccia, there is the chapel dedicated to Madonna del Latte, whose celebration is celebrated on June 14 invoking its protection from hail.


In a sunny and mild day, you walk along the narrow and winding streets paved in stone of the village from the characteristic shape of a pine cone, facing, time after time, one of its medieval doors. Stopping to take breath, gaze toward the valley, enjoying the landscape view thanks to some of its suggestive and sudden glimpses. It is already autumn, but the weather is still beautiful, ideal for an excursion around Castelnuovo, between the thick chestnut woods that cover the surrounding landscape, coloring it of yellow, red, brown. You walk up to the Pavone stream, with its two splendid Renaissance bridges. But equally enjoiable are the walks in the village, with their taste of Middle Ages. The parish church houses a crucifix of the beginning of the Fourteenth Century, precious work from the Pisana School of Sculpture. If you go up to the fraction called Sasso, where the valley of the river Cornia begins, it is possible to observe the natural phenomenas of the "putizze" (cold gas exhalations) and of the “fumaroles” (gaseous emissions accompanied by steam), expressions of the intense geothermal activities that characterizes for millennia the subsoil of these areas. You can conclude the walk in this locality admiring the remains of an ancient etrurian spa.

Discover the other villages on the guide Tuscany - Unique Villages to Love

Village of Castelnuovo Val di Cecina
The Municipality of Castelnuovo Val di Cecina
Province of Pisa
Tuscany Region

inhabitants: 2.231
Altitude center: 576 m a.s.l.

The Municipality is part of:
 
Paesi bandiera arancione

Municipality
Via G. Verdi 13 - Tel. +39 0588 23511

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 in Cecina Nord, cross Saline di Volterra and continue on the SS 439 following the signs for Castelnuovo di Val di Cecina.
  • From the South: In Rome, take the A12 motorway towards Civitavecchia, continue on the SS 1 towards Grosseto, exit at Scarlino, continue towards Massa Marittima and continue on the SS 439 to Castelnuovo di Val di Cecina.

ON THE TRAIN

  • Saline di Volterra station

BY PLANE

  • Pisa airport
  • Florence airport

Events

monday
9
november, 2020

San Salvatore - Patron Saint

From the blog

Amongst the most beautiful Tuscan and Italian cities, Pisa has glimpses of rare beauty, so that, as you move away, you often want to turn around to look again to look up at the tall top of the leaning tower, dominating one of the most beautiful corners in the world for its architectural content. The extraordinary nature of Pisa and its territory has, not only priceless artistic treasures, a history that dates back to the times of the Mariti...
Continue
what else do you want
to discover?
e-borghi 2019-2020 All rights reserved • 3S Comunicazione - P. IVA 08058230965
Corso Buenos Aires, 92 - 20124 Milano | 02 87071950