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Between the ports of Livorno and Rosignano Solvay, there are 15-20 km sof coastline rich in wild cliffs, small beaches
and many other points of interest: an ideal route for a day's canoeing trip. The railway stations along the
coast allows you to return to take the car with a comfortable train, so you can even paddle in
one way. In short, this trip by kayak is amazing, not too tiring and ... absolutely unmissable!
The first village south of Livorno is Antignano, where the houses overlook the sea and the cliffs, among which the water is usually crystal clear. This is a specific feature of this stretch of coast, which becomes truly spectacular when on the rocks it appears a real castle.
Arrived in the natural reserve of Calafuria, the landscape becomes more wild, and the small rocks are replaced by sheer cliffs. It is a pleasure to kayak here. Under a modern bridge, in front of an old bridge, it opens up a beautiful beach.
After Calafuria the coast is lower again, alternating small pebble beaches and low cliffs with the occasional complex of houses. We head towards the Sonnino castle peninsula.
This rocky promontory is really fascinating, with a wild nature until you arrive at the crystal clear waters of the Bagni del Rogiolo.
At this point you paddle alongside pebble beaches and low cliffs covered with greenery up to the houses of the small town of Quercianella.
Shortly thereafter, there is the tiny village of Chioma with its marina that is only populated in summer. Here and there you meet villas overlooking the sea. The water is often very clear in this stretch without large cities.
The landscape begins to become wilder again, even if there are splendid villas on the sea as you approach Castiglioncello.
The most incredible "houses" that you meet while paddling on the kayak are those carved in the clay that appear all of a sudden just before arriving in Castiglioncello. After a couple of beautiful villas in fact, the cliff becomes of a clayey color.
Here someone dug some rooms, holes and tunnels building some very rustic sea view houses; there is the vague risk that everything will collapse at any moment, so it is not appropriate to approach, but the area is truly spectacular.
From here you reach quickly the village of Castiglioncello, where luxurious villas rise around a promontory with little cliffs and inviting water for a dip.
After Castiglioncello it begins a flatter and less beautiful area, with industrial sites of Rosignano Solvay and the white beaches of Vada (beautiful but not very natural, since their white color is due to the Solvay bicarbonate scraps).
For this reason, you can conclude the kayaking trip in the beautiful port of Castiglioncello. The train station it is very close (and reachable through a nice park, among other things).
And here is the end of this wonderful kayaking trip.
It is a very good idea to spend more days in this part of Tuscany, so you could wild camp (where legal) or click here to find the best offers for accomodation.
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In the southern part of Tuscany, there is tge wonderful Argentario peninsula.
ARGENTARIO BY KAYAK: PHOTOS AND INFO
Otherwise, in Tuscany you could also try circumnavigating the island of Elba.
ELBA BY KAYAK: PHOTOS AND INFO
Click here for all the kayaking trips in Liguria:
LIGURIA BY KAYAK
From Genoa to Portovenere paddling along the Italian Riviera: Portofino, Sestri Levante, Cinque Terre and more.
You can follow directly this link to access the webpage about the kayaking itinerary between Monterosso and Portovenere (including Cinque Terre) and here for the trip from Chiavari to Levanto (visiting also Sestri Levante, Moneglia, Framura).
For the western part of the Italian Riviera, and in particular Finale Ligure, Noli and Bergeggi, click here!!
It's amazing to visit Liguria and Tuscany by kayak, but there are other deserving destinations, of course.
And what about lakes? This is amazing.
LAKE ORTA BY KAYAK
Or, you might kayak the Ardeche river, in a canyon in the south of France.
If you love the sea, you'll appreciate also these trip reports full of photos:
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Desert beaches, mountain offroad, paths hanging on the sea: a wild approach to a spectacular Greek island
SICILY - PHOTOS AND TRAVEL ITINERARIES
Beaches, islands, culture and arguably the best food of the world
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