The Wine Road in Costa degli Etruschi

The Wine Road in Costa degli Etruschi

In the coastal strip of Tuscany there was once the fief “of the Gherardesca”: it was a vast property of this famous and historic family. Endless kilometers of almost deserted coastline, marshes rich in game, Mediterranean scrub and lands with big farms. Tables offered simple but eminently reliable country cooking, dominated by wild boar in all its sauces and other specialties only recently rediscovered by gourmets in search of rarities of the local cuisine.

This lovely and un-spoilt  area, in recent years,  has seen the birth of a “road” dedicated to wine tourism, the Strada del Vino della Costa degli Etruschi, running through the hills between Livorno and Piombino. The boom is due to the entry into the market in 1970 Sassicaia wine, excellence of world enology, king of the local wines, which has led to tow all the other products of the earth as honey, meats and extra virgin olive- oil, that still can be bought direct from the producers. The route runs through a maze of trails between medieval villages, churches, old farms, woods and wineries in the furthest corners of the province of Leghorn. In this area there are three wines DOCs, to witness a really important production reality for the quality: the Montescudaio, Bolgheri and Val di Cornia, in the various types (dry white, rosé, red and the traditional sweet vinsanto) to prove the wine vocation of this territory.  The wine is certainly the common denominator and becomes the guiding thread for a trip that takes places between known and unknown villages.

The road reaches Rosignano Marittimo

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ll castello di Rosignano Marittimo

and Bolgheri, with its monumental avenue of cypress trees (known for “high and frank cypresses” poetry of James Carducci), who leads in Castagneto Carducci to enjoy the scenery, tranquility and good food.

Bolgheri : il viale dei cipressi

Bolgheri : il viale dei cipressi

  In the area between Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci are visible the vineyards of Sassicaia.

For lovers of nature and walking there are the paths of the “Macchia  Magona” of Bibbona that climb the hills rich in farms.

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Sentieri trekking Macchia Magona

In the area between Bibbona and Bolgheri are the Ornellaia vineyards. Then there are the ruins of the Donoratico Tower, retreat of Count Ugolino after the disaster of Meloria.

torre-di-donoratico

Torre-di-Donoratico

 You can get to Sassetta, in the high hills surrounded by woods and it is the wildest stretch of the Wine Road. Here are the latest “charcoal”, witnesses of a trade in endangered. In these places at the table are the ravioli with spinach and ricotta served with wild boar sauce, pappardelle with hare sauce, grilled meat specialties, stews with olives.

 Then you arrive in Suvereto which is a village rich in medieval architectural remains (of San Giusto church and the Town Hall) and is surrounded by farms producing oleo-wine products.

In a few kilometers you will reach the other medieval village of Campiglia Marittima. An obligatory stop is at the archaeo-mining park of Rocca di San Silvestro (remains of an ancient village ………… ..).

Campiglia Marittima - Rocca di San Silvestro

Campiglia Marittima – Rocca di San Silvestro

Than the road descends to the Val di Cornia and you get to Venturina Terme where you can enjoy a bath with thermal water at 36 ° in the fully equipped thermal lake.

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Laghetto termale – Venturina terme

Continuing to get up to Piombino, with its interesting historical center and

Piombino- il Torrione

Piombino- il Torrione

with its promontory dominated by the Rocca di Populonia.

The last part of the Wine Route runs along the Gulf of Baratti and it reaches San Vincenzo across the street “Princess” which runs alongside the Rimigliano Natural Park, full of beaches, dunes, pine woods and Mediterranean bush.