"Today I visited Marina di Cala de' Medici, which is the very first marina on la Costa degli Etruschi (the central stretch of Tuscan shoreline is known as the “Etruscan Coast”), when arriving from the north. Castiglioncello is a charming little beachside town, and very popular with sailors and non-sailors alike. There are some great beaches, decent surf, and in the summer you’ll find the place full of well-to-do Tuscan families, many of whom have holiday villas here.
Since I was born and raised in Sardinia, I don’t have childhood memories tied to Castiglioncello, but I found it so nice – even in the off-season month of November – that I decided to have dinner (I ate the cacciucco, kind of seafood stew that’s a regional specialty) and stay the night.
The harbor in Castiglioncello is called the Marina di Cala de Medici. There I met up with Giulia, who, along with Leonardo and Nicola, helps manage a fleet of nine boats in Castiglioncello, and almost 30 more boats in Portisco, Sardinia. Their fleet offers various alternatives (read my base review here), ranging from a Sun Odyssey 35 to a classic Bavaria 50. I checked out the boats, and they looked great, and the whole team seemed exceptionally organized.
In general, Castiglioncello is a great place to begin a sailing holiday – especially worth considering for families with kids. The town is a little gem, and all of Tuscany’s legendary attractions are easy enough to get to by car, if you want to add on a few days before or after you get off the boat. And where would you sail from Castiglioncello? Take your pick from several islands: the small, volcanic island of Capraia, Elba, or Corsica are great destinations.
And with this, I bid you farewell until the next stop. I’m off to eat yet another bowl of cacciucco."