scarlino-cala-violina-Rubén-PérezCala Violina is the sort of beach you dream about and is perfect for couples and families. To get here all you have to do is follow the SP 158 and the easy-to-spot signs. When you get close to the beach, the SP 158 turns off onto a dirt road. Follow it for 1km and you'll find a parking lot. Once parked, you have to walk 1.5 km through gorgeous pine forest to reach the beach. In summer, there's also a bus that goes from the Castiglione della Pescaia and Follonica Station and stops about 2.5 km from Cala Violina. Just ask the bus driver to tell you when to get off.

Cala Violina is so beautiful and so popular because it is inside a nature park. The beach gets its name from the transparent and granular quartz grains that make up its sand, which sound like the humming of violin strings when you walk. The water here is crystal clear and the beach is surrounded by dense and lush Mediterranean vegetation. There are no bathing facilities, but in the summer, there's a kiosk with refreshments and sandwiches. In the pine forest, there are wooden tables and benches perfect for a picnic in the shade. If you're adventurous, you can follow the path behind the beach for several miles along the coast. It isn't easy, but the view is absolutely beautiful.

Photo: Rubén Pérez via Flickr.

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