When people ask me where I happen often dress to go with absurd explanations in trying to understand exactly the area. Finally short cut with a “Bolgheri in Tuscany is more or less in front of the Island of Elba.” But despite everything, most of the time, I infer from the expression that my partner does not have a clue where I am. So I decided to tell you about the country where I live, and most importantly, what it is worth visiting.
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My parents decided to take the classic city escape when I was little. From the center of Milan they have seen fit to move to an area of Italy where the countryside reigns supreme. Exactly in an old farmhouse between the village of Bolgheri in Tuscany and that of Castagneto Carducci.
Bolgheri is nothing more than a beautiful fraction of the municipality of Castagneto Carducci in the province of Livorno. Populated by just under 200 people, a few steps from the sea and stands on a small hill of 96m s.l.m.
Its history is mainly characterized by the Della Gherardesca family and the poet Giosuè Carducci.
Nowadays, however, the village of Bolgheri is famous above all for the production of the best Tuscan red wines and for its WWF natural oasis. A weekend in these parts is ideal for those seeking peace, tranquility, nature, sea and countryside.
10 things to do Bolgheri in Tuscany
- San Guido and the Oratory of San Guido. The first is a spiritual center, in the past also used as an elementary school (which I personally attended). The second is a sacred building of the Della Gherardesca family near which there is an obelisk erected in honor of the poet Carducci one year after his death.
- Avenue of Cypresses. Road leading from San Guido to Bolgheri. Made famous by the poet Carducci and characterized by 2400 cypresses, almost all centuries old, which accompany it for 5 km.
- Churches of San Sebastiano and Sant’Antonio. At the end of the Viale dei Cipressi, on the left, is the twentieth century Church of San Sebastiano which was used by the Della Gherardesca family for burials. And, a little further on, the Church of St. Anthony with a single room built by the family to commemorate the liberation of Budapest from the Turks.
- Bolgheri Castle. Of medieval origin and owned by the Della Gherardesca, it gives access to the village via a pointed arch. Today it is used as a home and can therefore only be visited externally.
- Church of San Giacomo and Cristoforo. The church in Bolgheri where I got married too. Very small, of medieval origin and with a gabled facade. It’s a love.
- Nonna Lucia Cemetery. Small characteristic cemetery located at the end of the village where the adored grandmother of the poet Giosuè Carducci was buried.
- Castiglioncello di Bolgheri Castle and San Bernardo Church. Fortified castle where the Church also stands. Property Della Gherardesca, isolated on a hill at 400m a.s.l. which has made it an excellent fortress over the years. Sassicaia wine was produced for the first time in its cellars. Unfortunately it can only be visited on July 16 for the feast of the Madonna del Carmine.
- The wine route. Shortly before the end of Viale dei Cipressi, on the right, you can take this road that connects Bolgheri to Castagneto Carducci, so named for the numerous wineries in which the best wines of the area are produced.
- Wineries. Especially recommended are those of Guado al Tasso, Ornellaia and Sassicaia.
- WWF oasis of Bolgheri. Wildlife reserve dating back to the late 1950s where you can totally immerse yourself in the typical nature of the Maremma.
Credists: Bolgheri in Tuscany images viewable in “Travel” Pinterest board.