Archives

Campiglia Marittima

18Feb

Situated on a hill overlooking the sea and the surrounding countryside, Campiglia Marittima is one of the loveliest old hill towns on the Costa degli Etruschi. Here in heart of the Val di Cornia where ancient traditions live on, remains bearing witness to the Etruscan, Roman and Medieval civilizations can be found.
The Costa degli Etruschi Wine Route – home of the prestigious Val di Cornia DOC wines – winds through olive groves, vineyards and Mediterranean scrub, where farms and producers of the excellent local extra-virgin olive oil and other delicious specialties can be found.
Inviting trails through the hills and woods can be enjoyed on foot or by bike.

Massa Marittima

18Feb

Situated 20 kms from the sea to a height of 400mts, Massa Marittima welcomes its guests in the “old town” around the magnificent cathedral, characterized by an intense medieval flavor and a great artistic value, and the “new city” , an expansion planned in 1228.

Suvereto

18Feb

Suvereto is set on the slopes of the hills overlooking the sea and the Costa degli Etruschi in the green valley of the River Cornia, and is a true jewel, rich in history and art. The town displays an enchanting architectural harmony and its ancient walls enclose paved streets lined with stone houses, historical buildings, impressive churches, and shady cloisters. Thick cork, chestnut and oak woods, andMediterranean scrub grow down to the sea. The Wine Route winds its way through countryside rich with grapevines and centuries-old olive trees. The region is swarming with agricultural enterprises, oil mills, wineries, and farmholiday resorts where you can try local products and traditional dishes. Suvereto’s old traditions live on in ancient crafts passed down from generation to generation. Country trades and handicrafts are reminders of centuries of hard work and dedication.

Bolgheri wine road

18Feb

The famous country road, known as the Bolgherese, is keen to travellers, and reveals its more recent vineyards to the north. Visitors can make their way south to the Sassicaia vineyards and along a journey among the more renowned names of the Bolgheri wine scene. The vineyards fan out to the east towards the foothills and to the west between the Bolgherese road and the old Aurelia road. Nestled against the foothills we find Castagneto, heading further south we find the district of Pianali which is home to the more recent vineyards belonging to the appellation.

Medieval villages

18Feb

Situated on hills overlooking the sea or in the heart of the countryside, the medieval villages and towns of Costa degli Etruschi have centuries-old historical and cultural traditions. Historical reminders of their civilisation are preserved intact in Castagneto Carducci, Bolgheri, Suvereto, Campiglia Marittimo, Bibbona, Sassetta, Rosignano Marittimo, Populonia and Piombino. Narrow flagstone streets lead the visitor to splendid buildings, ancient churches, parish churches, little theatres and fascinating museums.

Castiglioncello

18Feb

Originally an Etruscan village, Castiglioncello stands on a small headland at the foot of the Livorno hills. “The pearl of the Tyrrhenian”, this well-known holiday resort has a charm all its own. Seawatchers, divers and fishermen flock to this coast, along with sailing and windsurfing enthusiasts.

Livorno

18Feb

Livorno was founded in the second half of the 16th century and many reminders of the “Nations” which contributed to its birth and growth are still to be found in its churches, palazzos, historic cemeteries, archives and food.

Its unique, original history made Livorno an open, welcoming city, a meeting place for religions and different traditions.

Volterra

18Feb

Volterra, a haven of Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Rennaissance art, dominates the Cecina Valley, 550 metres above sea level, affording a spectacular view as far as the sea.

The city still retains traces of its majestic past which gradually unfurls as you wander through the narrow streets and explore the Etruscan Museum, the Art Gallery and Museum of Sacred Art.