San Quirico Monastery and Cove

San Quirico Monastery Ruins

As I said in the article about Giannutri Island, last summer I was on a budget holiday in Follonica and I wanted to make the most out of it. Today I want to guide you to discover the ancient San Quirico Monastery and its Cove on the Tuscany coast.

I’m so passionate about history and whenever I can I try to learn more about the past and visit different sites. If you have never been to Maremma, you should plan a trip. Let me tell you why.

I spent most of my life in Tuscany and besides, I was born and raised here. Since I was a kid, I spent all my summer in Follonica where my family have a second house. Can you imagine how many things I could have done? Tons. Instead, I spent my long summer holiday with friends and family, playing with the other kids and going fishing with my dad. Then, when I grow up, instead of having a look around to discover the amazing place I had under my nose, I preferred to visit other parts of Italy and of the world. Now that I’m growing older, I’m paying much more attention to what the place where I live/stay can offer. Moreover, the Maremma coast has lots to offer.

The Monastery Ruins

San Quirico Church

Andrew and I come to know about a place roughly 20 minutes by moto from our Follonica’s home: Buca delle Fate. It is a lovely place on the “Costa degli Etruschi” exquisite for snorkeling.

We parked our FZ6 in a car park area at Reciso on the via to Populonia (be aware: the car park is free only in the prescribed area. I advise you to don’t park on the roadside because you’ll probably get fined).

From there, we cross the fence and took the path on the left side named “Via del Crinale”, path n. 300. If you turn on the right side instead, there is the path n. 301 which it’ll take you straight to Buca delle Fate.
It is a walk in nature and under the sun which in the summertime can be very hot – we brought plenty of water, sun cream and hats. Please, plan ahead to bring food and snacks as well because there aren’t any refreshment points.Monastery Ruins

After about 20 minutes of walking, we arrived at the San Quirico Church. It was closed, but we took a break on a bench before continuing to the Monastery. Unfortunately the Monastery it’s just some ruins accessible to anyone along the way. Still, it is a nice place to visit and learn more about Piombino’s Cape and its history. I’m in love with history and for this reason, I spent almost an hour and a half reading every sing telling about the Monastery, exploring the sites, and taking pictures while Andrew was resting on a bench and chilling.

The Cove

When I was satisfied with my knowledge of the place and the photos I’d taken, we continued onto the path n. 303 “Via di San Quirico” to the San Quirico cove.

The CoveThe cove is perfect for practicing rock balancing, a Zen meditation. In fact, the beach is mainly made up of stones as the path to enter the sea. The water is crystal, clear, deep blue, ideal to practice snorkeling. We bathed and enjoyed the sun and some good rest after the long walk.

Zen Rock Balance

From San Quirico Cove it is possible to come back to the car park from the same way, or if you are up to some more walking like we were, you can take path n. 302 named “Via dei Cavalleggeri”. It takes about 20 minutes to walk from San Quirico Cove to Buca delle Fate, another suggestive cove where it is possible to jump in the water from the cliff.

We swam again jumping from a cliff in Buca delle Fate and enjoyed the sun setting on the horizon. It is a breathtaking view of Elba Island, Corsica, and Capraia on the horizon.

From Buca delle Fate to Reciso car park is about a 30/40 minute walk. On the path, it is possible to admire typical Etruscan Tombs and a cave.

Fun fact

The first time I went to Buca delle Fate, I was wearing flip-flops. Although I made it to the location without twisting an ankle or breaking a leg, it is an excursion that is better done with sneakers. Bear in mind to bring sea shoes as well to not hurt yourself on the way to taking a swim.

Dirty Road to Sea

Monastery Ruins

San Quirico

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