You are on holiday in one of the most beautiful places in the world: 90 km of coastline from Livorno to Piombino and an infinite number of surprises in the hinterland. What are you waiting for? Discover the wonders of our territory ...
Bolgheri welcomes the visitor at the end of the famous Viale dei Cipressi, quoted in the well-known poem by Carducci "Davanti San Guido", and invites to enter the walls and watchtowers. You will be able to lose yourself in the characteristic views offered by the alleys where you can find ancient buildings, craft shops, wine bars and typical taverns. Bolgheri wine is considered a world excellence and attracts tourists from all over the globe. You absolutely must not miss out on the opportunity to visit this splendid medieval village!
The Wine Route
It is not possible to name Bolgheri without "passing" through the Wine Route (Strada del Vino). The Bolgheri Wine Route is an essential stop for anyone on the Etruscan Coast: historic wineries await you to discover the most authentic flavors of the Tuscan food and wine tradition. Take the "Via Bolgherese" and let yourself be enchanted by the light that falls on the vineyards; every now and then, take a look towards the West: you will see some wonderfoul panoramas that arrive to the sea.
If you are a wine lover, you have surely heard of Bolgheri DOC. The red wine of Bolgheri is a full-bodied, intense, harmonious wine, embellished with a ruby color. The blends characterizing the reds of Bolgheri are Cabernet Sauvignon (0-100%), (Merlot 0-100%), Cabernet franc (0-100%), Syrah (0-50%) and Sangiovese (0 -50%). Bolgheri wines have carved out a place in the front row among the Supertuscans: for example, the 2015 Sassicaia won the title of Best Wine in the World (Wine Spectator). But don't underestimate the white Bolgheri DOC (Vermentino 0-70%, Sauvignon 0-40%, Trebbiano Toscano 0-40%): its fine, delicate and dry characteristics will leave an unforgettable sensation on your palate.
Top 10 Bolgheri Wineries
All the wineries in our area are excellent. Not surprisingly, on the Etruscan Coast most of the food and wine tourism passes through the Municipality of Castagneto Carducci! Among the most famous wineries, we can certainly include the following (in parentheses, you will find their most famous wines):
- Tenuta San Guido (Sassicaia; Guido Alberto);
- Ornellaia (producer of Masseto, one of the most worldwide famous wines; Le Serre Nuove);
- Antinori (Guado al Tasso; Cont'Ugo; Bruciato);
- Tenuta Argentiera (Argentiera; Villa Donoratico);
- Tenuta di Biserno (Biserno)
- Caccia al Piano (Levia Gravia; Ruit Hora);
- Gaja (Ca 'Marcanda; Magari Ca' Marcanda);
- Michele Satta (Cavaliere; Marianova)
- Donna Olimpia (Donna Olimpia 1898);
- Le Macchiole (Le Macchiole; Messorio).
But the list could go on again and again... Sapaio, Chiappini, Eucaliptus, La Bolgherese, Podere Grattamacco, Campo alla Sughera, Campo alle Comete, Le Fornacelle are some of the other wine excellences that are located on our wonderful territory in the heart of the Etruscan Coast.
Perched on a hill at the foot of the Della Gherardesca Castle, the soul of Castagneto Carducci is captured by admiring the hundreds of sun-kissed windows overlooking the sea. The Castle - whose tower still stands today on the top of the hill - once defended a fiefdom of endless territories of woods and coasts. Built around the year 1000, to represent an economic centre of power, the Castle still belongs to the Della Gherardesca family today. The Nobel Prize for Literature (1906) Giosuè Carducci grew up in Castagneto.
The Canado Club is located near the town of Donoratico, young but with an ancient tradition, as linked to the name of the Della Gherardesca: Counts of Donoratico family: they represent one of the oldest families in Europe, which includes, among others, the famous Count Ugolino, mentioned by the Supreme Poet Dante Alighieri in the Divine Comedy.
Baratti and Populonia
The park and the museum of Baratti and Populonia house important testimonies of the ancient and now extinct civilization of the Etruscans. In addition, the area is famous for its crystal clear waters and its seabed suitable for those who love scuba diving.
Modern maritime getaway about 5 km south of the Canado Club, it is known for its recently built port and for the charming centre where you can do some shopping.
Val di Cecina
The Val di Cecina is characterized by mainly flat land close to the Tyrrhenian Sea and by beautiful hills from which to admire it; the Val di Cecina is home to modern cities such as Cecina and more ancient villages such as Bibbona, Casale Marittimo, Guardistallo and Montescudaio. You may enjoy city bike rides and, for the more daring, trekking excursions in the Macchia della Magona.
Val di Cornia
In the Val di Cornia, the plains are transformed into beautiful mountains covered with typical Mediterranean scrub, on which rest the "stone villages" of Suvereto and Campiglia Marittima, whose Rocca di San Silvestro dominates the valley below.
The Wine and Oil Route of the Etruscan Coast crosses both valleys, thus offering the visitor a multitude of landscapes and flavours.
If you are a type who likes sea adventures, you can decide to take a tour of our islands. The waters of the Tuscan Archipelago constitute the largest marine park in Europe. The Island of Elba dominates the panorama and its marvelous jagged coasts offer unforgettable views of both rocks and sand. From the Canado Club you can see its majestic profile: you will almost feel like you are touching it. Furthermore, from our beach, you can admire the profile of the islands of Gorgona and Capraia.
Just 45 minutes by car from the Canado Club, Volterra - a city with more than three thousand years of history, which has crossed all the eras of Italy - Volterra is a charming village of inestimable historical value. Museums, parks, art galleries bear witness to this; a real city-museum, which looks like a diamond set in the heart of the Tuscan landscape. During the journey, you will feel like you are traveling inside a postcard!