Even since Max and I started dating he told me about spending summers at the beach on the Coast of Tuscany in Italy. The whole family would spend a month in the town of Porto San Stefano and he has such fond memories of those days. Visiting his house the first time I saw photos of his nonno (grandfather) and nonna (grandmother), his zio (uncle) and zia (aunt), his cugino (cousin) and his papá and mamma at the beach. It seemed like the most amazing experience being with family at the beach spending time together and enjoying the ocean (which is really a sea, the Mediterranean Sea).
I have been very lucky to spend two summers at the beach with Max and his family since we have been married. On our last trip we were in Tuscany and stayed in Castiglione Della Pescaia. It is a typical Tuscan beach town that we all enjoyed. We stayed about 3 blocks from the beach and spent each day waking up, eating breakfast and over to the beach we went. I enjoyed my morning swim while Max and his mom took care of the kids. We would stay out until lunch time, go home for a nice meal, a little break time where the kids would nap, and then return back to the beach. During our stay at the beach Malina and Matteo spent a lot of time with their young cousin Asia and truly enjoyed the sea. It is a great place for kids to swim. There are not enormous waves crashing on you like the Pacific Ocean that we frequent here in Los Angeles.
Here are some photos from our last trip. I look forward to spending another summer on the Tuscan Coast, perhaps in Castiglione Della Pescaia again or another town in the province of Grosseto.
Max’s mom rented us chairs and an umbrella from Bagno Medusa. Each morning we would walk through the entrance and make our way to the beach. They had a bar, video games, and a restaurant as well here. We often visited the bar for our afternoon snacks and internet access.
Oh, how I miss the Italian Beach! The Mediterranean Sea is a great place for a swim for kids and adults alike.
It was about an hours drive to Porto San Stefano, the beach town where Max used to stay with his family when he was younger. I can so imagine him loving life here as a kid.
We would go to town in the afternoons either after lunch / nap time or after a second swim at the beach. The kids loved the park and I loved wondering around this nice beach town.
We will return to the beach in the next year or two and I look forward to enjoying family and going out for morning swims in the Mediterranean Sea at the wonderful Italian beaches in Tuscany.