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White Beaches

The white sandy beaches are part of the sandy coast of the town of Rosignano Marittimo, between the villages of Rosignano Solvay and Vada.

They form the outermost edge of the northern coast of Maremma.

The reason for the colour of the sand, forming the beach, a tropical beach, is the production of bicarbonate, which has been processed for years in a plant in Rosignano Solvay, about a mile from the coast.

The white sandy beaches are a popular tourist destination.

To reach the beach, take the street Aurelia, direction Grosseto Livorno and exit at Rosignano Marittimo. During the trip, you can admire beautiful views along the wild coast, up to the unusual stretch of white beach, which is approximately 4 km long.

In July 1994, the rugby players of Rosignano team met here for the first time for a sangria party on the beach. The following year also relatives and friends of the players took part to the event.

Each year, the number of people increased, until in 2003 came to 25,000 participants. Because of the enormous interest and therefore needs for equipment to ensure greater security, the annual festival was banned by the town of Rosignano Marittimo in 2004.

With its tropical look, the beach is also an important site for filming commercials.

Yet despite the wonder of this white sand, these 4 km of coastline, are not as healthy because of the presence of mercury and other pollutants, making this area one of the most polluted of Italy.

In fact, this coastline of white beaches is due to decades of factory work of Solvay. It ‘important to remember that bathing is prohibited in a part of the coast because of high pollution levels.

So attention: “The white beaches of Tuscany are a dream for the eyes, but not for the body.” You must see this beautiful stretch of coast, but you have to give up the dip in the waves.

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