Populonia, Castiglioncello, Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci: a visit to the towns in this magical land is like taking a step back in time.
For a short holiday in this interesting area we suggest starting off in Livorno, the city expanded during the Renaissance by the Medici family, and then heading onto Castiglioncello. For those that love quiet and evocative places, an overnight stay in Castiglioncello is ideal: its pine groves and cliffs overhanging the sea are truly unique sights.
Another must-see town is Castagneto Carducci, given this name in honour of the famous poet Giosuè Carducci, who spent his youth there. You can also visit Castello della Gherardesca and the Church of the Most Holy Crucifix which preserves a 15th century wooden crucifix. Staying in Castagneto Carducci is a good strategy if you want to move towards the area of the Gulf of Baratti or to Sassetta and Suvereto, regarded as two of Italy’s most beautiful towns. If you are planning to come in the summer, Marina di Castagneto Carducci - the area of Castagneto by the sea - is the perfect choice. Once in the area you’ll also want to visit Bolgheri: the best way to get a real taste of this medieval village is to walk along the winding streets of the centre.
Of particular interest is Populonia, the first and only example of an Etruscan coastal city and a genuine treasure trove of history and culture. We also recommend to visit the nearby Archaeological Park of Baratti and Populonia.