As you probably know, Tuscany is worldwide famous because of its wonderful medieval towns. If you are staying in San Vincenzo, visiting some of them may be a good idea when you don't feel like sunbathing. These towns are also popular because they organise traditional events and festivals where it is high likely to eat delicious food and wine. They usually strongly advertise these events with flyers, so pay attention to them.
These towns are small, you can visit more than one in a single day/evening.
Here are some towns I suggest: Bolgheri, Castagneto Carducci (the one I liked the most), Suvereto, Casale Marittimo.
Since San Vincenzo beaches are not free ( except for some small areas in between private beaches) we decided to explore other beaches outside the city. We found out a very nice gulf named Baratti, where beaches are free and clean and sand shines as if some of its grains are made of gold. We enjoyed the pine wood backing the beach for a fresh afternoon rest. A mobile bar is also located in the wood, and cooks excellent local food that you can taste under the trees. Public toilets are also available.
Rosignano is located 40 kms north of San Vincenzo, and its popularity comes from a big bicarbonate factory called Solvay; such a big company that part of the city has been renamed after it. The waste water coming from the bicarbonate production is thrown into the nearby sea, as a result the beach is as white ad snow and looks like a Caribbean beach. We don't know how safe the beach and the sea are, but it seemed a good idea to us to spend a day there. The sea looks like a swimming pool, no seaweed and fishes...
The beach parking area costs 7 euros for one day.
Part of the beach is reserved to a kite surf school.
There is no bar, remember to bring water and food with you.
Via Palombo 1, , San Vincenzo 57027
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La Selva is located in Sassetta which is 20 knave far from San Vincenzo, we found a few good reviews on the web and decided to go there for dinner. After we got lost in a forest while following our navigator, we manage to find the restaurant by simply following the signs to Sassetta. The restaurant is part of an hotel and looks old-fashioned, but the food is fantastically home-cooked whit traditional recipes. We had home-made pasta with boar sauce and grilled meat.
Desserts are not home-made and are not that special so I would advise you against saving a space for them, go ahead with the main courses!!
La Bussola restaurant is located in San Vincenzo city centre, right on the main pedestrian street. We stopped there becausewe loved the nice atmosphere of the inner room, with white tables and chairs. The menu was rich and not so expensive for a downtown restaurant. We had a nice pizza and excellent grilled meat. We noticed that atll customers looked satisfied. Definitely worthy.
Perfect place for people watching.
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Schiacciata is a local type of bread cooked with oil and topped with salt. It is generally served with ham, cheese and some vegetables which makes it the perfect lunch on the beach.
Dogs are not welcomed in San Vincenzo, signs are everywhere to forbid the entrance of dogs to public spaces, and to the beaches. A few dog beaches are available on the coast, but in my opinion they are not enough.