Marina di Grosseto, Castiglione della Pescaia, Follonica are popular tourist destinations just a few kilometers from Grosseto, known for its hilly countryside rich with Mediterranean flora and overlooking white sandy beaches on the Tyrrhenian Sea.
A large pine forest extends from Punta Ala to Uccellina,which was once a fishing village the fashion for sea bathing on the coast of Grosseto became popular in the end of 1800’s when young people used to venture into town (by horse-drawn carriages) in the marshes and then almost uninhabited beaches to escape the boredom and towns and heat to find on the beach refreshment and entertainment.
Since then, those same beaches have become a tourist destination of great attraction.
For its clean waters, the Grosseto area has received the Blue Flag of the FEEE (Foundation for Environmental Education in Europe). Marina di Grosseto, in the summer, August 16th celebrates St. Rocco, patron saint of the town, with a parade of floats downtown, and with fireworks launched from the sea. In 2003, the harbor port was inaugurated as a tourist destination.