This splendid corner of Tuscany in the heart of the Costa degli Etruschi constantly receives recognition, both at home and abroad, for its extraordinary beauty. History lives on in the medieval villages, and the holiday farms, hotels and campsites offer a warm, friendly welcome.
A wildlife oasis of exceptional naturalistic interest can be found at Bolgheri. Some of the most highly-prized wines in the world are produced along the Wine Route, and from the surrounding countryside comes extra-virgin olive oil of the highest quality.
The mild, temperate climate means holidays and sport can be enjoyed all year round. Cultural events – both traditional and spectacular enliven the tranquillity of the area.
Situated on top of a hill dominating the surrounding countryside and the sea, this enchanting medieval village clusters around Della Gherardesca Castle, which dates from around the year 1000.
The village is full of stone-paved alleys, natural terraces with views of the sea and countryside, harmonious squares, old craft shops and typical restaurants.
Some interesting historical sites are the Praetorian Palace, now the Town Hall, the Church of St Laurence and the Church of the Holy Cross, with its wooden crucifix dating from the fifteen century.
The Municipality, which was originally called Castagneto Marittimo, changed its name in the early nineteen hundreds in honour of the great poet, Giosuè Carducci who lived there for part of his life. The house where he lived is now a museum.
Marina di Castagneto
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.
TEXTS AND PHOTOS COURTESY OF "COSTA DEGLI ETRUSCHI" TOURIST AGENCY