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Brun066 wrote a review Jun. 2020
Florence, Italy9,996 contributions1,028 helpful votes
The history of the urban form of Castiglioncello has in the building of this pedestrian promenade (as far as I understand around 1935) one of its happiest chapters. The promenade starts from the area of the "Ausonia" cove - which gave its name to the current bathing facility - which on the other hand is one of the most scarred of the town, being reduced to a sequence of concrete piers that have erased all traces of the former sandy shore: then the promenade proceeds towards the promontory called "Punta Righini". It is closed upstream by the fences of the villas which, built from the end of the nineteenth century, today almost completely occupy the promontory, and on the other side it faces the cliff, which by its size protects the waterfront from the waves of winter storms. Being facing south, the promenade is warm in winter and can be quite hot in summer. A refreshing dive in the nearby sea is always possible, but you have to cross the cliff on foot. The cliff, consisting of Miocene conglomerates and limestones, for a considerable stretch is quite low and filled with quiet pools of sea water occasionally renewed by the storms. As far as I understand, this unusual form of the cliff is because from here in the first half of the twentieth century large amounts of boulders for the piers of the Livorno port were extracted. The promenade is named after Alberto Sordi, a well-known Italian actor, who together with other movie stars attended Castiglioncello, especially in the 1960s. Further along, the actual promenade ceases and the path along the coast is possible (as it must have been in the first stretch before 1935) only by walking on the cliff. However, the path in this case is facilitated by a narrow concrete strip that covers the pipe of the former sewer drain of the town. We say "former" because since the 1980s this pipe has been decommissioned, and the sewers no longer end up in the sea of "Punta Righini", but in the municipal sewage treatment plant. It's thus possible today to fully enjoy the almost Caribbean scenery of the yellowish cliffs surrounded by an intense blue sea. Of course you have to accept the very rough surface of the cliffs (which also makes it difficult to place an umbrella), and the lack of any swimming facilities.…
Date of experience: May 2020
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Misha T wrote a review Jan. 2019
Lucca, Italy202 contributions15 helpful votes
Photos will speak for themselves. Highly recommend. End your walk in La Baracchina and have a great seafood dinner... al fresco or inside. Equally glorious!
Date of experience: August 2018
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Kimberly K wrote a review Apr. 2016
San Diego, California128 contributions30 helpful votes
For sure there are better walks in Italy.... But, this child friendly, a couple of playgrounds on the walk, other children, bathrooms, little caffe bars for lunch and coffee and ice cream for children. I had a great time time with my family taking this walk.
Date of experience: April 2016
Cippettina wrote a review Feb. 2016
Italy44 contributions6 helpful votes
This is a very perfect stop on the way to go anywhere else around this lovely area of the province in Livorno! A nice walk, enjoying either an easy but delicious lunch on the beach and beautiful overview by the sea! Nearby the Pineta, a great place to walk with dogs and relax!
Date of experience: February 2016
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Annette C wrote a review Jan. 2016
Sydney, Australia21 contributions13 helpful votes
This is nothing special, compared with other coastal walkways. The buildings and footpath have seen better days - plenty of rusty iron, cracked concrete and faded paint. Part way hemmed in by buildings and bathing huts. View of the sea not spectacular. The very modern marina is interesting for a quick look at the architecture.…
Date of experience: January 2016