Calambrone: sea, beach and fun

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Calambrone, by the sea between Pisa and Livorno

Calambrone is one of the main seaside resorts in the province of Pisa. Overlooking the Ligurian Sea, the city is located halfway between Tirrenia and Livorno. From an administrative point of view, Calambrone is part of the Municipality of Pisa.

Perfect for a beach holiday with the family, this destination is also very popular with business tourists thanks to its proximity to the cargo port of Livorno. The main strengths of Calambrone are its long and sandy beaches, its coastline that has remained quite wild and the remarkable offer of baths, hotels and facilities dedicated to sport and leisure.

History of Calambrone. From the Pisan port, to summer camps and luxury resorts

In medieval times, the area where Calambrone stands was occupied by the port of Pisa. With the fall of the Republic of Pisa in the early 1400s and the subsequent burial of Porto Pisano, the area was abandoned and soon became a large swamp.

These events were followed by a few centuries of oblivion until, in the 1930s, a series of summer camps were built around which the new center of Calambrone developed. Around the mid-twentieth century the colonies were abandoned so the city lost much of its appeal, going through a period of sharp involution.

Colonia Principi di Piemonte in Calambrone
Colonia Principi di Piemonte in Calambrone (Photo by Sailko / CC BY)

Calambrone: sea and beaches and bathhouses

Calambrone offers visitors a long beach of fine golden sand, ideal for a beach holiday with the family. The promenade is characterized by the presence of dunes behind which the beautiful Pineta del Tombolo extends, which is part of the San Rossore Natural Park.

Like Tirrenia and Marina di Pisa, Calambrone also boasts the important recognition of the Blue Flag, conferred by the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education).

Calambrone is also a popular destination for sailing and windsurfing enthusiasts. Thanks to its particular position, here there is never a shortage of wind and waves, two elements so loved and sought after by surfers and sailors.

The sea at first glance may not seem too clear but this is mainly due to the sandy bottom which remains particularly low for several meters before degrading more clearly. On the other hand, a shallow seabed is a guarantee of greater safety for children who swim in the sea and this is certainly positive news for families.

Along the Calambrone beach we find many bathhouses but also large stretches with free access. In addition to the classic umbrella and sun lounger, bathroom and bar rental services, several bathing establishments in Calambrone offer various sports and recreational activities. It is not uncommon to find tennis courts, swimming pools, beach volleyball or five-a-side football fields in the immediate vicinity of the Calambrone baths.

Holidays in Calambrone are not just diving in the sea and sunbathing but also lots of fun and outdoor sports.

Single Fin dog beach in Calambrone

Along the coasts of Tuscany there are several beaches for dogs. One of the best known is located in Calambrone. I’m talking about the Single Fin Tuscany Dog Beach, an establishment equipped to accommodate dogs. This is the only dog bath in the area, but it is also one of the best in all of Tuscany. Here you will find all the services you need for a beach holiday with your dog.

What to do in Calambrone

As already mentioned, Calambrone is equipped with valid sports and leisure facilities.

The bathing establishments provide customers with many fun activities and opportunities to play sports.

Near the beach there is also a water park, the Sunlight Park, with slides, water games and swimming pools, which is also very suitable for children.

In addition to the classic beach sports, sailing and the others already mentioned, in the vicinity of Calambrone there are also two golf courses.

Not far from the coast is the Bosco di Cornacchiaia WWF Oasis, ideal for a walk surrounded by wild nature.

Finally, for the evening, I would like to point out the presence of several clubs, including restaurants, bars and nightclubs where you can look for some nightlife.

How to get to Calambrone

Calambrone is located 17 kilometers from Pisa, 6 from Livorno and about 100 from Florence.

The city once had a train station, but sadly it was decommissioned a few years ago. Today the closest train stations are those of Livorno and Pisa. From both cities you can reach Calambrone by bus in half an hour or so.

If you travel by car you can easily reach Calambrone along the Florence-Pisa-Livorno (Fi-Pi-Li). Traffic permitting, it takes an hour from Florence. From Pisa and Livorno the journey takes much shorter (about 15 minutes). From both Pisa and Livorno you have to follow the signs to go towards the coast (north from Livorno, south-west from Pisa).

Where to stay in Calambrone

In Calambrone there are many places to sleep. Most of the hotels are located in the immediate vicinity of the beach. In addition to the aforementioned former colonies, in Calambrone there are also campsites, bed and breakfasts, hotels, villages and resorts. Find a hotel in Calambrone on Booking.com using the form below!

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