It’s amazing that a town like Scarlino isn’t more popular with tourists. Perched on one side of Mount Alma, Scarlino is a maze of houses that meander down the side of the mountain in between two vast oak-filled forests.
There is so much greenery surrounding Scarlino that the town appears engulfed by nature. It’s a small speck of civilisation in the wildest of environments.
At the town’s feet is the breathtaking Marina di Scarlino, one of the biggest harbours in the territory and the departure point for some very expensive looking yachts.
The beauty of Scarlino itself is overwhelming.
Once you climb the sloping hill that leads to the town centre, you can’t help but be charmed by the honest stone houses, modestly decorated churches and little family-run butcher shops, bakeries and supermarkets.
The locals aren’t rich, they’re mostly descendants of generations of farmers, but they live the good life and are always more than happy to guide you through the best sights this small town has to offer.
The crumbling medieval walls that once kept enemies away from Scarlino were built during the 11th century.
|Rocca di Scarlino
The first documents that mention this castle date back to 1108. Since then, it has seen its fair share of rulers and battles.
|Chiesa di San Donato
Built in the 11th century, this church beautifully merges the local Gothic and Romanesque styles, and will take your breath away.
This imposing building was the home of Scarlino’s common court during the Middle Ages. Back then, it was an important meeting place.
|Chiesa di San Martino
This church was originally built in the 13th century, but has been constantly restored, making it a melting pot of styles and artistic influences.
|Palazzo del Conte
Originally the residence of the Aldobrandeschi family, it’s worth a visit just to see the antique architecture and white-washed facade.
|Convento di Monte Muro
Located just outside Scarlino, this monastery is dedicated to Fra Tommaso Bellacci, who lived here in the first half of the 15th century.
|Centro di Documentazione del Territorio
A brief look into the history of the area and home to all the relics found in the nearby Rocca di Scarlino.
|Sagra del marrone e del porcino - October
Celebrating Scarlino’s most important and famous products, the chestnut and the porcini mushroom, this festival is all about enjoying good food and great traditional entertainment.