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Visiting Castagneto Carducci in province of Livorno

Guide to Castagneto Carducci in Tuscany

Castagneto Carducci is a delicious hamlet located about seven kilometres far from the sea in the province of Livorno. The position at the center of the so called “costa degli etruschi, makes this village an excellent destination both for those in search of quiet and for those interested in a beach holiday. The closest seaside resort is Marina di Castagneto Carducci.

In the beginning the name of this hamlet was only “Castagneto” that means forest of chestnut; in the beginning of the twentieeth century was added the name “Marittimo” but few years later, in 1907, the name was changed again in Castagneto Carducci in honor of the great poet Carducci who lived here for some years.

Castagneto Carducci
Castagneto Carducci (Photo by LigaDue / CC BY)

Top things to do in Castagneto Carducci

The hamlet developed during the Middle Ages around the Castle of the Della Gherardesca that with the Chiesa di San Lorenzo constitutes the oldest part of Castagneto Carducci. Starting from this historic core, located in the highest part of the village, unfolds a Web of narrow streets which occasionally lead to some nice squares.

Let’s see which are the most important things to visit in Castagneto Carducci:

  • Castle
  • Propositura di San Lorenzo
  • Church of Santissimo Crocifisso
  • “Casa Carducci”
  • Museo archivio “Giosuè Carducci” and Parco letterario “Giosuè Carducci”

The Castle of Castagneto Carducci, that today hosts events and cerimonies, was built by the family Della Gherardesca around the year 1000. During the centuries it was remodeld many times untill it becane a noble palace in 18th century.

The propositura di San Lorenzo, located close to the castle, is documented as a parish church since 1212 but it could be even older; in 1926 the church was completely remodeled. Inside there are some frescoes made by Alberto Zardo during the 20th century.

Right at the foot of the Church of San Lorenzo, we find the chiesa del Santissimo Crocifisso. Founded during the 16th century, also this church was remodeled in the beginning of the 20th century. Inside there is a fiftheenth-century wooden cross, that is highly revered by the local people.

Things to do in Castagneto Carducci: visit the Propositura di San Lorenzo
Propositura di San Lorenzo (Photo by LigaDue / CC BY)

Centro di valorizzazione “Casa Carducci”

If your are interested in the poet Carducci, you can visit the palace Espinassi Moratti, this is the house where Carducci lived during his childhood. In addition to the rooms of the house here are preserved some archives related to the poet.

Address: via Carducci 59

Opening hours:
16 June – 30 September: tuesday-sunday 10.00-13.00 and 16.00-19.00
October – June: saturday-sunday 15.00-18.00
Also opened on reservation for groups and schools

Ticket: 1,50 euro

Museo archivio “Giosuè Carducci” and Parco letterario “Giosuè Carducci”

Continuing this visit on the traces of Carducci, you can visit the museo archivio “Giosuè Carducci” housed inside the Palazzo Comunale since 1982. Inside this museum are exposed many documents regarding Carducci. Here is also the seat of the Parco letterario “Giosuè Carducci” that offers four itineraries (only on reservation) into the surrounding territory often celebrated by the poet in its poems: “Viaggio sentimentale” (Sentimental journey) that also passes through Bolgheri; “Castagneto con i ricordi giovanili e la torre di Donoratico” (Castagneto with youthful memories and the Tower of Donoratico); i “percorsi enogastronomici” (wine and gastronomic excursions); “percorsi naturalistico-sensoriali e la guida parco letterario” (sensory nature trails and visit the literary Park ), the last visit also includes poems readings.

Address: via Carducci 1

Opening hours:
16 June – 30 September: tuesday-sunday 10.00-13.00 and 16.00-19.00
October – 15 June: tuesday-friday10.00-13.00; saturday and sunday 15.00-18.00

Ticket: free

Those interested in itineraries should book ahead (tel. 0565/765032; e-mail castagneto.archivio@comune.castagneto-carducci.li.it).

How to get to Castagneto Carducci

By car:
From north A12 till the exit Donoratico, then continue on SP329 till destination.
From south A12 till the exit San Vincenzo nord, then continue on via Aurelia in direction of Donoratico till the turn on SP329.

By Treno and Bus: you can take a train for Donoratico, from there you hate to take a bus line 006 or 014 by Tiemme Piombino.
Diring the summer the Municipality of Castagneto Carducci sets up a tourist bus service called “In borgo in bus” linking Marina di Castagneto, Castagneto Carducci and Bolgheri.

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