Rare example of a sound beach
Cala Violina is a natural heritage of the highest value. In the heart of the Maremma, overlooking the Gulf of Follonica, this cove is part of the municipality of Scarlino, in the province of Grosseto.
The name derives from the peculiar structure of the sand, composed of tiny grains of quartz that resonate with every step. It is a rare example of a sound beach, described as early as the time of Marco Polo and of which there are only about a hundred examples worldwide.
To preserve the site, the beach is open to a maximum of 700 people per day. It is necessary to book in advance and pay a 1 euro fee per person, excluding children under 12.
The area can be reached on foot with a 30-minute walk within the Bandite di Scarlino nature reserve. The beach is part of the Padule e delle Costiere di Scarlino, a protected natural area covering an area of 752 hectares and including Portiglioni Bay, Cala di Terra Rossa, Cala Le Donne, Cala Martina and Cala Civette.
About a quarter of an hour's drive away is the seaside resort of Punta Ala, renowned for its marina and the annual Luna Rossa sailing regatta.