Castagneto Carducci is set on the top of a hill that overlooks the countryside and the near sea. This charming Medieval village springs up round the Castle of Della Gherardesca, built about during the year 1000.
The village has paved lanes, natural terraces that view the sea and the countryside, pleasant square, ancient craftsman shop and typical small restaurants.
Many historical evidences are worth of note such as the Praetorian Palace – now seat of the Municipality – S. Lorenzo and SS. Crucifix Churches (the latter because its woody crucifix of the XV century in the church).
At the beginning this village was named Castagneto Marittimo. Then, in the early XX c., it turned its name into Castagneto Carducci in honour of the great poet Giosuè Carducci that spent there many years of his life. Giosuè Carducci's house is now a museum full of evidences.
Bolgheri is located on a little height at the end of the famous Cypresses Boulevard that stretches from San Guido. The village is surrounded by woods, plenty of Mediterranean vegetation and a well-tilled plain.
Bolgheri is linked to Castagneto, - its borough - through "Via Bolgherese", a wonderful boulevard become famous as the "Wine Road" for its production of rare wines.
Through a mighty arch of a castle you will get into the old village.
Indoors, among its ancient lanes and squares, little "shops" spring up. There you may buy the typical products of the area and taste the natural local speciality.
Between 1838 and 1848 Giosuè Carducci lived in Bolgheri, chanted it in its lines and this village became known all over the world.
This lively resort on the Aurelia highway, a historical road first built in Roman times, has plenty of shops and holiday accommodation.
Donoratico lies halfway between Castagneto and Marina di Castagneto, and takes its name from the medieval castle situated near the town. The castle ruins and tower are open to visitors.
A lively town rich in craft and commercial businesses, Donoratico is also a centre for the construction of racing and leisure craft.
In Donoratico you can also buy the typical products of the area: wine, oil, vegetable, fish and meat, as well as the typical "fresh" pasta filled with vegetable and cheese.
Marina di Castagneto Carducci
Dense pinewoods and thick Mediterranean vegetation run down to the wide sandy beach of Marina di Castagneto where an ancient fort, built in Renaissance times to protect the coast, still stands.
The sea here is particularly clean and transparent. This resort, which has often been awarded the European Union’s Blue Flag for the quality of its sea, its environment and its accommodation, offers a choice of fully-equipped bathing beaches and ample stretches of public beach, with a guaranteed life-guard service (Punti Azzurri).
Hotels, boarding houses and campsites ensure a comfortable stay in close contact with nature and where all kinds of sports can be enjoyed.
Attractions at the Cavallino Matto (Crazy Horse), one of Tuscany’s biggest and best entertainment parks, are fun for children and adults alike.
Vignanova farm holding offers exclusive car parking at the free beach "I Pianetti" at Marina di Donoratico (one of the most beautiful beaches along the Etruscan coast).
The Etruscan Coast
The main area of the Etruscan Coast is in the central part of the coast and includes, apart the wonderful naturalistic oasis of Bolgheri, beautiful pine-woods along the coast of Cecina and Donoratico, the woody hills of Bibbona, Bolgheri and Monte Calvi - where you ma find the Mediterranean vegetation interspersed with chestnut trees.
The historical and cultural importance lies in the Medieval villages of Castagneto Carducci, Suverto e Campiglia Marittima, that still keep important traces of walls and stoned buildings. We have also evidences -thanks to some ancient ovens- that in the area of Monte Calvi there was a great activity of mineral extraction and working.
Another centre of interest is the area of Piombino promontory. In the Northern part of the area there are many naturalistic and archaeological traces: the wonderful gulf of Baratti and the necropolis of Populonia, the ancient Polulonia, the only Etruscan town grown as a maritime commercial base and a centre of working of extract metal in the Isle of Elba.
To note also the several Naturalistic Parks, such as the Park of Rimigliano in S. Vincenzo. This strip of coast called Etruscan Coast is a unique chance to taste every piece that make Maremma a land sweet and bitter.
The Etruscan Coast is an area where you may chose what to do in any season. For this reason, it is different. Here, throughout the year, it is holiday and desire to discover. In this part of Tuscany sea, nature, art and history live harmoniously together.
You may find many "souls" here: first of all a "marine" soul that reflects the crystalline nature of its sea-waters -from intense blue to emerald green. Large and long shores, reefs that smell of saline and wind, sheltered by large pine-woods. This is a corner of Mediterranean still alive.
Then the "nature" soul: a varied and rich environment that you may experience and discover numerous parks and protected areas, enjoying with care, botanic oasis, wildlife shelters, "home" of rare and protected species, a rich vegetation of big pine-woods and woods that hug the hills. Eventually, the "lazy and yellow-orange" soul of the country, with its smells, crossed by the Wine Road, where grown nobles vineyards and silver olive-trees, that make this land famous all over the world.
Finally, What about the gastronomy flavours in cooking? Warning: you really will experience the pleasure to search and discover unique tastes. Along the Etruscan Coast indeed you may get both the two souls of the Tuscan cooking: fish and meet, country and saline waters. Everything tightened in a centenary chained hug, with strong traditions and fixed customs.
Near the marine tradition there are also local restaurant typical for the cooking of wild boar and its hunting, with the flavour of local wines that the whole world is so interest in its origin and taste.
The wine Road of The etruscan Coast
From the Colline Metallifere, in the Pisa inland until the great island of the Tuscan archipelago: the island of Elba. This is the territory of the Wine road Costa degli Etruschi which unfolds mostly through the province of Livorno and the area of the Montescudaio Doc, in the Pisa inland.
Along this trail some of the most exclusive and refined vines of Italian and Tuscan production are cultivated. These are the lands that give origin to wines such as Ornellaia and Sassicaia, the wine invented by Mario Incisa della Rocchetta or the Guado al Tasso (Bolgheri Doc), not forgetting the production areas of Elba, Montescudaio and Val di Cornia.
A trail that unwinds, as many other wine roads, through areas concealing small and great artistic and naturalistic marvels: medieval villages, historical castles, parks and a wonderful sea, that of the Elba island.
The wine road Costa degli Etruschi divides into four production areas: Bolgheri Doc, which extends from the medieval village of Bolgheri towards Castagneto Carducci through the animal oasis of Bolgheri, recognised as wetland of International interest. In this area the prized wines of Bolgheri originate.
The Elba Doc area extends throughout the surface of the island in the Tuscan archipelago, and the vines that produce the Aleatico wine or the vin santo Occhio di Pernice are grown there.
The territory of the Montescudaio Doc extends from Cecina to reach the Pisa inland until Guardistallo, Casale Marittimo, Montescudaio to return then to the Livorno coast in Bibbona.
Finally the production area Val di Cornia Doc includes the area between Suvereto, through Campiglia Marittima and Piombino.
Unspoilt beaches and green pine groves, seaside holidays and golden tans, long walks and disco nights: the Etruscan Coast offers all this and much more. Great wines are also produced here, to the extent of attracting writers of specialist magazines and connoisseurs throughout the world.