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 sand-coloured houses that meander down the side of the mountain in between two vast oak-filled forests.
Here the mountain air is truly relaxing and the mountain views even better. There is so much greenery surrounding Scarlino that the town almost appears engulfed by nature – 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. It’s also the first stop for all the ferries that connect the mainland to the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago.
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 descendents from 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 973. Since then, it has seen its fair shares of rulers and battles.
|Chiesa di San Donato
Built in the 13th 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 14th century, but has been constanly restored, making a melting pot of styles and artistic influences.
| Madonna degli Angeli
Built in the late Middle Ages as hospital and shelter for wayfarers and the needy, this church/hospital is quite striking.
|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 Scalino, 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.