Some details about the village of Castiiglione Della Pescaia  

GEOGRAPHY:

Castiglione della Pescaia consists of a High City (Borgo) built on the hill that ends a chain of hills towards the sea, and of a Low City at the foot of the High City, straddling the drainage canal and marina that form the central part of town. Castiglione is located in the South-Western portion of Tuscany, with a gorgeous view of the islands of Elba and Giglio, and of the promontory of Argentario. The hills that back the city slope into beautiful beaches that front the town in its entirety. To the East of Castiglione is the rich floodplain of the Ombrone. Nothing much remains of the ancient lake Prile that used to be Castiglione's lifeblood.  

The sea is crystal clear at Castiglione. There isn't one pollution industry in the entire area, and there is , on the other hand, a filtering and purifying system which is enormously efficient. The beach is very long: 25 kilometers of coastline, that is, 16 kms of fine, soft sand at the foot of the pine groves, and 9 kms of reef and rock against the backdrop of the Mediterranean bush. There are 28 bathing establishments for those who wants their comfort, but most of the beaches are open and there are even public parks in the pine groves.

HISTORY:

While Umbrians and Etruscans were most likely the first inhabitants of its location, Castiglione della Pescaia was first recorded under the name Salebrone in Roman times. The hill close to the coast proved to be an excellent location, as it dominated the sizable inland Prelius lake, while the lake itself provided food (fish) and trading goods (salt). In Medieval times, the city suffered from repeated pirate attacks and almost disappeared. It resurfaced in the 9th century AD under its current name, under joint protection of the Papacy and the Republic of Pisa.

The Pisans used Castiglione as a key element in their system of defense along the Tirrhenyan coast. They built first a single tower on top of the hill, later expanded that to three towers joined by a wall that became the nucleus of the citadel. The three towers of Castiglione dominate the city seal to this day. In the 13th century, Castiglione became an independent commune. Meanwhile, the river Ombrone had started silting up Lake Prile, which soon became a lagoon. In this new formed lagoon, malaria mosquitoes took hold, weakening the population of Castiglione. The city requested protection from various powers (Siena, the Medici, Aragon) and finally became part of the Grand Dukedom of Tuscany under the dynasty of Lorraine. The house of Lorraine started a series of projects that greatly enhanced the lives of Castiglionesi. The swamps were drained over decades, increasing the amount of arable land, as well as killing off the malaria carrying mosquitoes. After Tuscany became part of Italy in 1859, Castiglione became a commune in the province of Grosseto.

SHOPPING:

First of all, visit the market held each Saturday morning; everything can be found, from the rudimentary products of the local handcrafts tradition to current novelty designs, all at a variety of prices range and quality. Typical Tuscan products include straw bags and hats, leather boxes with gold tooling, exported throughout the world. Wrought iron, copper ware and ceramics. Bear in mind that the famous Meerschaum pipes, sold dearly in the best shops in London and Paris, are made at 'Massa Marittima' only a few kilometers far away from Castiglione, where such disparate articles as crossbows and gemstones can be purchased. Castiglione and Punta Ala are well-known outlets for resort clothing, the choices are broad and of excellent taste. Shoes and leather goods are also generally good buys. Fashion isn't Cstiglione's only strong buying point; don't leave without a local 'prosciutto', Tuscan pecorino cheese and a length of  wild-boar sausages!

SPORT & LEISURE

The entire territory of Castiglione offers visitors numerous and differentiated possibilities for recreation and entertainment, with a tourist season that last all year. The considerable reception structures; restaurants, pubs and discos, the bathing establishments and the equipped areas in the green of the pinewood, offer a wide range of possibilities to guarantee the full satisfaction of lovers of life at sea as well as those who prefer to relax by reading or taking natural walks. There are truly infinite opportunities to practice sports, offered to lovers of physical activities thanks to the presence of modern sport facilities, tennis courts, golf courses, a cricket pitch, stables and riding tracks. It is also possible to rent sail and motor boats, with or without crew; wind-surf boards are available as are yachts and compete in frequent sailing races, practice all type of aquatic sports and take part in excursion by ship to the nearby islands of Elba, Giglio and Giannutri.


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