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Description

Castelnuovo Val di Cecina is a small village clinging to the side of a hill. It formed around a few streets, and its central sites are the Church of SS. Salvatore and the Holy Crypt. The lower part still has the ancient city walls, and nature trails spring off from them, including one leading to the bridge over the Torrente Pavone and another offering views of the Valle del Cornia. It is an area known for ​​mines, Etruscan ruins and geothermal steam. The subsoil warns inhabitants with acrid odours and offers warm waters, such as those of the Bagnone spa area. The town’s particular, unusual shape, like a bunch of grapes, distinguishes it from the other villages of the Val di Cecina and from the numerous nearby hamlets.
It is located on the border between the provinces of Pisa, Siena and Grosseto, at an altitude of 576 metres. This location, among the hills yet near the coast, encourages an influx of tourists seeking a picturesque landscape between the mountains of Le Cornate, the Torrente Pavone and scenery that shifts from the chestnut and beech woods of the higher areas to Mediterranean scrub as one approaches the sea. The numerous archaeological sites testify to the presence of the Etruscans and the Romans, who already appreciated the area’s favourable environmental conditions and establish settlements there.

Information
Consorzio turistico Volterra
Piazza Matteotti
56041 Castelnuovo Val di Cecina
t. +39 0588 20775 . + 39 329 6503747
www.comunecastelnuovovdc.it

 

 

Sasso Pisano
Consorzio turistico Volterra
Via dei Lagoni
56041 Castelnuovo Val di Cecina
t. +39 328 3210055
www.comunecastelnuovovdc.it

Geographical area
Val di Cecina

Population
over 2.000

Distance from Pisa
98 km

Come Trovarci
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Culture

Montecastelli Pisano
The village of Montecastelli offers tourist attractions such as the Buca delle Fate, a well-preserved Etruscan tomb, the Pieve Romanica dei Santi Giacomo e Filippo church, the Museo della Civiltà Contadina and the ruins of copper mines. From Montecastelli, nature trails spread out among the Rocca di Sillano mines and the Torrente Pavone.

Sasso Pisano
Full of fumaroles and medieval wash houses fed with thermal water. There is also a museum with Etruscan and Roman ruins.

Thermal baths of Bagnone in Sasso Pisano
A sacred thermal bath complex from the third century BCE. Some of the finds from the site are now at the Antiquarium in Sasso Pisano.

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Food and wine

Beer
The first Italian craft brewery to use geothermal energy as its primary energy source opened in Sasso Pisano.

Chestnuts
Wild and cultivated chestnuts of the Carpinese cultivar are the main products. The Castelnuovo Val di Cecina area also has an association of chestnut growers.

Olive oil
Three types of olive trees are grown in this zone: Frantoio, Leccino and Moraiolo. The taste of these “mountain olives” is very characteristic. They are grown up to 600 metres above sea level.

Wine
The local vines are autochthonous but allochthonous vines are sometimes used. Montecastelli is home to Tuscany’s most recent IGP denomination.

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Activities for visitors

Protected areas of the Val di Cecina
There are several protected areas in the Val di Cecina. There are no fewer than eleven reserves and sites of community importance and regional interest, occupying a total of 12,000 hectares of forests criss-crossed by rivers.

To Sasso Pisano through the Biancane
An 11-km-long hiking trail from the Biancane Park to the Lagone Cerchiaio, the area’s first power station, to reach the hot springs at Acqua di Chiorba, the natural lagoon and Acqua Forte, and on to Sasso Pisano with its biolake.

Villages and fumaroles
A route from Monterotondo Marittimo to Borgo Pisano to explore the wild land, the medieval atmosphere of the villages and the geothermal phenomena.

Biolake at Sasso Pisano
The hot springs have created structures, such as the biolake a Sasso Pisano, for personal care and relaxation, as well as for the extraction of substances essential for textile and energy production. The biolake is fed by the surrounding hot springs as well as cold springs heated using a geothermal system. It consists of a calidarium with 36-degree water and a whirlpool bath, a tepidarium and a phyto-purified room-temperature pond.

The two bridges
From Castelnuovo Val di Cecina, it is easy to get down to the Pavone valley along the ancient routes of travel.

Pavone mine
The mine of Montecastelli or Pavone is a copper mine located between the towns of Pomarance and Castelnuovo di Val di Cecina, in the province of Pisa, near the riverbed of the Torrente Pavone. The mine was used during the nineteenth century.

Parco delle Fumarole
The fumaroles are ground that “puffs” and offers shows of such beauty that visitors may think they are among the volcanoes of Iceland. This surreal scenario welcomes thousands of visitors every year, in awe of the slowly smoking ground simmering beneath their feet.

Sasso Pisano hiking trail
This route connects Sasso Pisano to Monterotondo Marittimo along a specially equipped trail. It is 3.5 km long, and can be completed in two hours for an easy but charming itinerary.

Risalita del Pavone
A route for experienced hikers. It is 10.6 km long and takes five hours and forty minutes. The route ascends an ancient and famous local stream.

Towards San Dalmazio
An itinerary of unique landscapes and roads to reach the Lardarello geothermal complex. With a detour to the Rocca Sillana.

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Camper area