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Description

Castelnuovo Val di Cecina is in the southern part of the province of Pisa, on the border with the provinces of Siena and Grosseto.  Recognizable for its curious shape that recalls a tight bunch of grapes, it features stone houses, stairs, streets and the “chiassino”, a narrow alley 50 cm wide.

A place to discover

Located 576 meters above the sea level, Castelnuovo Val di Cecina is surrounded by a varied natural environment that ranges from the Apennine to the Mediterranean scrub, and then back to the hills with vineyards and olive groves. In the upper old part of the city, the Church of the Salvatore (Holy Savior) and the Holy Crypt, while in the lower area the walls still keeping two gates.

Its geographical position, the pleasant climate in summer, the proximity to the seaboard, the variety of the landscape and the presence of geothermal phenomena contribute to the popularity of the area among tourists.

Geothermal energy

Geotermia, Sasso Pisano

Geotermia, Sasso Pisano

The 19th century changed the face of the village and the area around, with the beginning of the exploitation of the geothermal resource to produce electricity. Currently geothermal energy is used for district heating in urban centers.

Nearby the archaeological sites from the Etruscan and Roman periods as well as pretty medieval fortified villages such as Montecastelli Pisano, with the Etruscan hypogeum of Buca delle Fate (The Fairies’ Lair; 6th century BC), the remains of copper mines, inactive since 1941, and a small Museum of Rural Life.

Around Sasso Pisano not to miss are the natural geothermal phenomena called “putizze” and “fumarole”: a sort of geysers that give the landscape a hellish appearance, with vapors coming out of the ground and an acrid smell of sulfur in the air. Here is the thermal area of Bagnone, a sacred complex from the 3rd century BC from which natural springs of water with temperatures between 40°C and 70°C still flow today. Finally, an impressive 11 km hiking trail connecting the Parco delle Fumarole to the Parco delle Biancane in Monterotondo Marittimo.

“Mountain” olive oil

In the area locals grow an extra virgin olive oil with a peculiar taste obtained from “mountain olive trees” growing at 600 meters, above sea level. The vines are mostly indigenous: Montecastelli Pisano boasts the youngest IGP certification in Tuscany. 



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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

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