Our accommodations at Residence Renaione are situated in Punta Ala, a breath-taking seaside resort that lies at the bottom of the northern hillsides of the promontory of the same name. Because of the natural environment characterised by crystal clear sea, splendid coastlines and uncontaminated nature, Punta Ala is the place to be if you are looking for a relaxing and sports vacation.
Renaione is the best destination to relax and unwind, thanks to its peaceful and soothing atmosphere interrupted only by the singing of cicadas, typical of summer days in Maremma.
Renaione serviced apartments are situated in the Mediterranean coastal pine forest, just a stone’s throw from the sea and the beach resort Bagno La Bussola, which cooperates with us and offers not only a stunning beach, but also an excellent restaurant for anyone who wants to be spoiled with culinary delights, as well as a Spa area to pamper yourself with massages and body treatments for a wellness boost.
Our serviced apartments offer a close proximity to many outdoor and indoor sport facilities, from tennis courts, sailing centres and football pitches to swimming lessons for all ages and abilities provided by local swimming schools. A real treat for every sport fan!
If you want to have a golfing vacation, hit a few golf balls at the Golf Club Punta Ala. If you are a horse lover instead, go to the Centro Polo for equestrian lessons. Moreover, Punta Ala is the ideal departure for mountain bike lovers, as there are plenty of paths that connect many of the local best beaches, like Cala Violina, and most spectacular hills.
While there is enough in Punta Ala to make you want to stay forever, with only a two-hour drive you can get to some of Italy’s most beautiful art cities such as Florence, Pisa, Siena and Lucca or delve into an atmosphere of complete relax in one of the many hot springs near Siena, Grosseto and Livorno.
The half-moon-shaped beach of Cala Violina and the rocky cove of Cala Martina are located only 10 kilometres from Punta Ala in the heart of the Bandite di Scarlino Nature Reserve. Cala Violina is one of the most beautiful beaches in Maremma and definitely a paradise on earth for those who love nature and hiking. It is a ribbon of golden sand, composed of tiny quartz pebbles, running between a turquoise sea and a vast expanse of dunes flecked by hardy green macchia scrub. Cala Violina has some of the clearest, shallowest water in Tuscany, making it a cracking choice for a proper swim and a top snorkelling spot. The curious name comes from a local legend whereby the sand emits a sound when you walk upon it, reminiscent of a violin melody. The beach is accessible on foot, with a 2-kilometres walk along the path immersed in the Mediterranean vegetation. In the vicinity of Cala Violina you can find a trick with coffee, sandwiches and cold drinks to cool you down on a hot day.
Castiglione della Pescaia, with approximately 7.000 inhabitants, was firstly populated by Etruscans and Romans and nowadays it offers every kind of service you will need for a superb beach vacation.
Regionally simply abbreviated as Castiglione, this small village is mostly known for its sublime beaches, nature and also for its magnificent medieval fortress. The historical castle of Castiglione is a must-visit place. Located on the top of a hill, it has a one-of-a-kind sea view. The crystalline sea has been repeatedly nominated as Italy’s best sea by the national non-governmental environmentalist Legambiente. But if you want to be right in the very heart of Maremma, a visit to the Diaccia Botrona Reserve is highly recommended. In this unique area hikings and different cultural events are often organised. Last but not least, if you feel like having a Tuscan meal made from great quality, fresh ingredients there are many restaurants offering traditional dishes and top wines.
Discover more about Tuscan history and visit the numerous archaeological sites near Punta Ala. Vetulonia, a village situated just a few kilometres from Castiglione della Pescaia, is a little jewel of history, ranging from Etruscan settlements to medieval buildings constructed on the Etruscan medieval wall.
In other words, Vetulonia is a top pick to discover the digs of the ancient necropolis and at the Museo Civico Archeologico di Isidoro Falchi (Civic Archeology Museum of Isidoro Falchi) you can see all the Etruscan artefacts you’d imagine. The museum exhibition is completed by an external archaeological path that goes from the centre of the village to the residential area (Costa Murata, Poggiarello, Renzetti) and, further down, to the necropolis.
While you are sojourning at Renaione, take the opportunity to venture out and explore the Italian country side, visit wine cellars and wineyards while tasting Italy’s finest wines. There are several events during the year where the producers offer specialised tours of their wine cellars. For a taste of Italy’s rich culture and daily life, instead, visit one of the many open-air markets in near towns. On Friday in Follonica and on Saturday in Castiglione della Pescaia.
Maremma Tuscany is also packed with culinary specialities and to get the most out of your travel in Tuscany, you don’t want to miss out on any event that includes home cooked food. Spend a lovely evening eating at one of the many "sagra" (food festivals) organised in evocative villages. They are a real omage to the most famous dishes in Maremma, great wine and folklore.
In short, Tuscany is notorious for good food. There are many restaurants where you can enjoy some delicious seafood and meat dishes that combine tradition with sophistication.