Local attractions

The local beaches are sandy and good but can be crowded in August, if you have a car we can direct you to some beautiful less crowded sandy and rocky beaches (the latter are good for snorkelling). There is also a lake about 40 minutes away by car.

As we have lived here for 28 years we can provide information on interesting places to visit nearby and have a selection of maps and guidebooks.

It is a suitable place for people who are looking for a more sustainable type of holiday in the sun near the sea but who are not interested in staying in a luxury villa with pool and trimmings (and relative expenses!). The area is very beautiful and there are good walks from the door. Or you can go mountain biking if you are fit (it is very hilly!)

Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena, Volterra and other hilltop towns can all be easily reached by train.

Travel info

We are in an isolated spot, so if you have no transport and want to visit other areas it will mean walking and using public transport (we do collect from Donoratico station when possible).

Castagneto Carducci is in Tuscany on the west coast of Italy, 75 km south of Pisa and 264 km north of Rome. It is easily reached by car from State Highway No.1 the variante Aurelia - exit DONORATICO. The Autostrada web site supplies maps and travel information.

For more info on the area visit this site.

The nearest airport for Ryan Air, Easyjet and BA is Pisa : 1 hour's drive (car hire available) or 1½ hours by train.

The railway service is pretty good and inexpensive in Italy and the railway station is Castagneto Carducci-Donoratico, on the Genova - Rome line. The railways web site provides train times and travel information:

Prices for B&B:
Room with en suite bathroom
Euro 25.oo - £20 a night one person.
Euro 40.oo - £33 for two people
Reductions of stays of more than three nights.

Caravan with shared bathroom in the house or outside shower and compost toilet:
Euro 25.oo - £20 a night (sleeps 2)

Evening meal:
Euro 12.oo £10.oo for three-course evening meal using local and, when available, organic produce with locally produced wine.

30% deposit requested on booking.
Please contact us by email to request availability:

For more photos, see the slideshow here!