Etruscan Coast
Etruscan Coast

Visiting Bolgheri, a wine wonderland in Tuscany

Bolgheri and its amazing food and wine heritage

Bolgheri is a small hamlet surrounded by nature, located less then ten kilometres to the see, near Castagneto Carducci.

To get to Bolgheri you have to you have to take a long avenue which travels straight between two rows of cypress trees, from the via Aurelia till the hamlet. This avenue is remembered in the verses of the great italian poet Giosuè Carducci‘s poem “Davanti San Guido”, in a memory of his childhood:

I cipressi che a Bólgheri alti e schietti
Van da San Guido in duplice filar,
Quasi in corsa giganti giovinetti
Mi balzarono incontro e mi guardar

Bolgheri - Viale dei cipressi
Viale dei cipressi

The poem talks about “San Guido” and in fact, a few steps from the beginning of this tree-lined street, we find a charming octagonal oratory, built in 1703: the Oratorio di San Guido.

things to do in Bolgheri Oratorio di San Guido
Oratorio di San Guido (Photo by Sailko / CC BY)

Things to do in Bolgheri, what to see?

At the end of the avenue linking San Guido to the hamlet (about five kilometres), we get to the main monument of Bolgheri: the Castle. The castle of Bolgheri was built during the Middle Ages but over the centuries it was remodeled many times until the last makeover of the facade, dated 1895.

The fortress is a red-brick building complex, crowned by battlements, consisting of various structures: the  palazzo Della Gherardesca, the city gate and the tower over it. Since the 12th century, the castle belongs to the familiy Della Gherardesca as documented by the coat of arms located just over the city gate.

things to do in Bolgheri the Castle of Bolgheri
The Castle of Bolgheri (Photo by wiccahwang / CC BY)

Just beyond the entrance to the hamlet, we find on our right the chiesa dei Santi Giacomo e Cristoforo. Built in romanesque style during the Middle Ages, this church is the most ancient building of Bolgheri.

The great wines of Bolgheri

At this point all you have to do is enjoy this little old town and take a tour among the shops and especially among the wineries because, as you surely already know, Bolgheri is a real wine excellence. Here, more than thirty wine companies, composing the consorzio Bolgheri DOC, produce some of the finest wines in the world. Among these wines the most famous are the red wines as the Bolgheri Rosso, the Sassicaia and the Ornellaia; however don’t forget even the rosé and white wines as the Vermentino and the Bolgheri Bianco… I don’t know about you, but I’m a real fan of red wines of Bolgheri!

Bolgheri wines and grapes
Where the wines of Bolgheri born… (Photo by David LienhardCC BY)

What to see around Bolgheri

As we said, Bolgheri is not far from the seaside, it takes just 15 minutes to get to the so called “Etruscan Coast”. Close to Bolgheri you may want to visit also the WWF Oasis of Padule di Bolgheri and the Castle of Castiglioncello di Bolgheri.

Coming to the other hamlets of the Etruscan Coast, I suggest you read the articles on Populonia, Piombino, Suvereto and Campiglia Marittima.

How to get to Bolgheri

By car:
from north: A12 highway till the exit La California, continue on Aurelia in direction of Grosseto till the turn on the cypresses avenue.
from south: A12 highway till the exit Donoratico, then take the via Aurelia in direction of Livorno till the turn on the cypresses avenue.

By Train and bus: you can take a train to Donoratico, than you have to take the bus number 006 by Tiemme Piombino.

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