Quercianella, a bit of history

Quercianella, green and clean sea just a few steps from Livorno.
Quercianella is the last village in the south of Livorno, separated from the city by the protected area of Calafuria and Romito, about 5 km of rugged and natural coastline, bound and without human settlements. To the south Quercianella borders Castiglioncello, famous resort in the ’60s, when it was easy to meet many important people of culture and entertainment.
Since 2007, the sea of ​​Quercianella receive the Blue Flag.  But also the hill and the residential area keep the characteristic of ​​protected nature, surrounded by the Mediterranean bush, such as the Livorno Hills Park (Parco delle Colline), where you can travel along marked trails beginning upstream of the Rogiolo Bay and the mouth of the river Chioma.
The recent history of Quercianella is linked to Sidney Sonnino, who was head of the Italian government in the late nineteenth century. Sonnino had built a castle overlooking the sea (Castel Sonnino), renovating a watchtower source of Pisa (Torre del Salvatore), and chose to be buried there.
walking on the sea, Quercianella
On the cliff under the tower in previous centuries had lived hermits, which gave the name to that part of the coast.
From Roman times until the 60s of the 900 in the Romito the extraction of sandstone developed , with open slots on the rock from which the stone was directly transferred to the boats landing at the docks below. In more recent times the sandstone required for construction Livorno was extracted from the hills behind the Romito and transported to the sea by a cable car, of which the remains are still visible at the bay of Rogiolo.
The contemporary Quercianella born in the nineteenth century, with the construction of the first villas and, at the end of the century, with the train station (which replaced the old post station) along the Livorno-Cecina railway. In the first decades of the twentieth century there was the opening of the first bathing establishment (Bagni Paolieri)
In the ’60s, the epilogue of the famous film The Easy Life, by Dino Risi with Vittorio Gassman, Catherine Spaak and Jean-Louis Trintignant, was shot between Quercianella and Livorno along the Via Aurelia


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