A few days in Tuscany! It’s a beautiful region even though it is full of tourists and very commercial. But still you can find places that are authentic and more quiet. So I opt for Tuscany around the Piombino area and found a nice place called Castagneto Carducci where to stay.
The place is a little fortified mountain town of the Middle Ages in the back-hills of Tuscany, very near to the sea and dense forests.
The apartment has an amazing view over the flat land towards the sea and up to the green forests. We found a parking place nearby, so we just had to walk a few minutes to the apartment which is located in an old house right in the center of the little town. Second floor, a wooden door and behind a nice little apartment. The apartment consists of one room with kitchen corner and a bathroom. All you need for a relaxed vacation! A good Internet connection, fresh water from the fountain in the fridge and coffee for me in the morning. And a lot of books – mainly in German as the owner of the place is originally from Germany.
I got a message with the exact description where exactly the apartment is located, where to find the key and how to open the door. Not many can really give indications, she did a very good job! In the apartment we found also a page with more information about the village, our stay and how to reach Eva, our host, in case of need. She lives somewhere nearby but out of the village.
I contacted her to tell her that we found all and later we fixed a date when to meet for a coffee. We met her at the bar at the corner the next day for a morning coffee and had a great talk about many different topics.
When we left we just closed the door and let the key where we found it.
Castagneto Carducci is a perfect place to explore many places in Tuscany. It is even not far away from Siena, San Gimignano, Piombino or Grosseto, San Galgano, Volterra and many natural springs like the Terme Petriolo. About 2 hours drive to Florence and one hour to Pisa is more far but still possible in a day-trip.
The whole coast is a huge beach. Most of the places are lidos (beaches with facilities), but there are also many natural beaches. Marina di Castagneto Carducci and San Vincenzo is the nearest touristic places.
Are you a history freak? We visited Populonia, an Etruscan archaeological site. It’s a little more than half an hour far driving along the coast southwards. The Etruscan people lived in the peninsula before the Romans became the major culture.
Bolgheri is another nice little mountain village, very touristy but a great place where to have lunch.
As being in the Alta Maremma the nature is really amazing. Very dense forests, mountains with hidden little villages, amazing views and really authentic Italian culture.
Studio with a View, Castagneto Carducci, Tuscany/Italy:
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About Castagneto Carducci
Studio with a View (on Airbnb)
Salita San Lorenzo, 2
57022 Castagneto Carducci