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.
Bolgheri, Castagneto Carducci, Livorno, Tuscany, Italy, Europe, Planet Earth
My parents decided to make the classic escape from the city when I was little. From the center of Milan they have seen fit to move into an area of Tuscany where the countryside reigns. Exactly in an old farmhouse in the village of Bolgheri to Castagneto Carducci.
Bolgheri is nothing more than a beautiful hamlet of Castagneto Carducci, in the province of Livorno. Populated by a little less than 200 people, a few steps from the sea and is located on a small hill of 96m s.l.m.
Its history is characterized mainly by Della Gherardesca family and the poet Giosuè Carducci.
These days, however, today the village of Bolgheri is most famous for producing the best Tuscan red wines and for it’s natural WWF Oasis. A weekend around here is ideal for those seeking peace, tranquility, nature, sea and countryside.
10 things to do Bolgheri in Tuscany
1. San Guido and the Oratory of San Guido. The first is a spiritual center, in the past also used as a primary school (which I personally attended). The second is a sacred building of Della Gherardesca near which is an obelisk erected in honor of the poet Carducci one year after his death.
2. Cypress Avenue. Road leading from San Guido Bolgheri. Made famous by the poet Carducci and characterized by 2400 almost all secular cypresses that accompany it for 5 km.
3. Churches of St. Sebastian and St. Anthony. At the end of the Avenue of cypress trees, on the left, there is the twentieth-century Church of San Sebastiano and was used by Della Gherardesca for burials. And, a little later, St. Anthony Church as a single hall erected by the family to commemorate the liberation of Budapest from the Turks.
4. Castello di Bolgheri. Of medieval origin and possession of Della Gherardesca, from access to the village through a pointed arch. Today it is used as a dwelling so open only outwardly.
5. Church of St. James and Christopher. The Bolgheri church where I got married too. Very small, medieval and façade. It’s a love.
6. Cemetery Nonna Lucia. Small quaint cemetery site at the end of the village where he was buried the beloved grandmother of the poet Giosuè Carducci.
7. Castle of Castiglioncello of Bolgheri and the Church of San Bernardo. Fortified castle where also is the Church. Della Gherardesca Properties, isolated on a hill 400m s.l.m. that made him great strength over the years. In his cellar it was produced for the first time Sassicaia wine. Unfortunately it is only open on July 16 for the feast of the Madonna del Carmine.
8. The road of Wine. Shortly before the end of the Avenue of cypress trees, on the right, you can follow this road which connects Bolgheri Castagneto Carducci so named for the many wineries in where they produce the best wines of the area.
9. Wine cellars. Recommended especially those Guado al Tasso, Ornellaia and Sassicaia.
10. WWF Bolgheri Oasis. Reserve faunal dating back to the late ’50s in which totally immerse themselves in the typical nature of the Maremma.