At our stay in Castagneto Carducci we visited a little bit the surroundings. One of the places people recommended is the little hill village Bolgheri. It is located just 12 kilometers from the coast and Castagneto Carducci. We took the famous pine tree road.
The village has just 150 people living there but because of the tourists it seems much more. It lies at the foothills of the Colline Metallifere (metal-bearing hills) in the Maremma Livornese and the name has its roots in the fact that once here was a military camp of Lombards coming from Bulgaria. The place was first mentioned in 1075. The castle village was dominated by the Ghirardesca family and had the same history as Castagneto Carducci.
The Pine Tree Road (or cypress avenue) was very much recommended, and I was surprised that I wasn’t really was that impressed. Yes, the road is nice with all those pine trees aligned. But the road is famous thanks to Giosuè Carducci in his poem “Davanti San Guido” (In front of San Guido).
The picturesque castle owned by the Ghirardesca family has an interesting family coat of arms at the castle/village entrance. And staying with the nose in the air: look under the eaves, there are a lot of swallow nests!
We stayed over lunch-time in Bolgheri and enjoyed a nice little lunch in the piazza. The village has one road going in and out and it takes only a short walk to go through. What really takes time is to have a look into the nice little shops, enjoy the beautiful view over the surrounding lands and to have a nice meal. I recommend warmly to sit and have at least a coffee and ‘inhale’ the atmosphere. It is so relaxing, time seems to stand still here. BTW: the wine of Bolgheri is famous! The red Sassicaia for example.
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A little bit more about Bolgheri