Getting there
From LAX to Florence, connecting service (change of planes) is available on Lufthansa, Air France and British Airways. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $1,277.

From LAX to Rome, connecting service (change of planes) is available on Air France, Lufthansa, Swiss, Delta, Aer Lingus, British Airways, American, Continental, KLM, Air Canada and US Airways. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $1,020.

Castiglione della Pescaia is in the province of Grosseto about 15 miles from Grosseto, site of the closest train station. For train information, visit http://www.trenitalia.com . For more information about the area, visit http://www.grosseto.com .

When to go
June and September are preferable to July and August from the standpoint of heat and crowds.

Telephones
To call numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 39 (country code for Italy), 0564 (area code) and the number.

Where to stay
Hotel Approdo, 29 Via Ponte Giorgini, 58043 Castiglione della Pescaia; 93-3466, fax 93-3086, http://www.hotellapprodo.com . This downtown hotel, about five minutes from the beach, has a panoramic view of the town's port and the sea. Double rooms start at $63, including breakfast.

Hotel Riva del Sole, Località Riva del Sole, 58043 Castiglione della Pescaia; 92-8111, fax 93-5607, http://www.rivadelsole.it . Located in a dense pine forest, this hotel offers a private beach, swimming pool and open-air fitness center. Double room rates vary monthly during summer, from $164 for two, including breakfast.

Hotel Roccamare, Via delle Rocchette, 58043 Castiglione della Pescaia; 94-1124, fax 94-1133, http://www.roccamare.it . Surrounded by pine trees and overlooking the sea, this hotel offers a private beach, swimming pool, tennis and mini-market. Double room rates vary monthly during summer, starting at $114, including breakfast.

Alfa Immobiliare, 93-5070, fax 93-5070, http://www.alfaimmobiliare.it . This agency can help you rent an apartment or house.

Where to eat
Romolo, 10 Corso della Libertà, Castiglione della Pescaia; 933533. This restaurant in the historic downtown district specializes in fish and game prepared in traditional Maremma fashion. It opened in the early 1900s. Typical entree is about $20.

La Fortezza, 1/3 Via del Recinto, Castiglione della Pescaia; 93-6100. A variety of fish is available at this restaurant in the old town, from homemade tagliolini with cuttlefish ink to clams and mussels. Entrees $12-$14.

Pierbacco, 24 Piazza della Repubblica, Castiglione della Pescaia; 933522. Outdoor tables at this restaurant on Castiglione's main square offer a view of the evening crowd. The specialties are local fish and pasta. Entrees $13-$30.

To learn more
Italian Government Tourist Board, 12400 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 550, Los Angeles, CA 90025; (310) 820-1898, fax (310) 820-6357, http://www.italiantourism.com .

Castiglione della Pescaia Assn., 6 Piazza Garibaldi; 934228, fax 932277, http://www.prolococastiglionedellapescaia.it .