An important Etruscan city, later part of the Roman power and then a medieval fortress, Volterra has dominated the entire area over the centuries, down to the sea along the Cecina river.
A visit to the city centre reveals traces of its rich past at every corner: the Etruscan Museum, the remains of the Ancient Etruscan Wall, the Roman Theatre are unmissable; additionally, the fortress of the Medici family and its park, the numerous buildings in the historic centre and the even more numerous churches, and the city Cathedral.
The legends, the anecdotes and the history are hereby intertwined like the veils of the alabaster lamps that are still produced in the artisan workshops through the alleys of the centre.
Castagneto Carducci is a terrace overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Tuscan Archipelago. From here, on clear days, you can enjoy a wonderful view and unmissable sunsets.
The medieval town, which followed the fortunes and misfortunes of the Della Gherardesca family, offers characteristic glimpses and numerous views which you can enjoy while tasting excellent local food. There are many trattorias, restaurants, and cafés in the town. The Museum dedicated to the poet Giosuè Carducci, who born here, has recently been joined by the Multimedia Sensory Museum of Wine, which finds its inspiration in the recent history of the area.
In fact, from the promontories and ridges of the town come many of the most renowned Tuscan wines (for example Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Grattamacco) and we recommend everyone to visit the nearby village of Bolgheri and then return to Cecina from the majestic Viale dei Giganti which will bring you back towards the sea.
The reasons to visit Montenero are essentially two and they are interconnected: the splendid landscape over the city of Livorno and the sanctuary dedicated to the Madonna delle Grazie.
Many are the faithful who gather every year before the sanctuary to thank our Lady for a grace received or for requesting one. Few go up to Monte Nero, aware that this was once a den of brigands and evildoers, and for this reason it was considered the ” devil’s mountain”.
Populonia was one of the 12 cities of Etruria and is located north of Piombino.
The town of Populonia is located on the top of one of the promontories that make up the Gulf of Baratti. The medieval walls around the city were built to protect the city from pirates; the castle from the beginning of the 15th century closes around a typical 14th century town, located along the two main cobbled streets, San Giovanni di Sopra and San Giovanni di Sotto, where you will find small shops and cafés. Below the town there is a lively marina and a beautiful sandy beach.
The city was originally a one-of-a-kind Etruscan settlement situated along the coast. Together with Volterra, Populonia in Etruscan times was one of the most important centres of mining and development of metalwork.
Located on top of a hill surrounded by the sea, Populonia offers an indescribable viewing experience from the city. For the ancient world, it was more than just a beautiful vantage point: in fact, it was one of the most important cities of the time for its iron work and trade. Its location on the sea was also unusual and this characteristic distinguished it from all other Etruscan cities.
Castiglioncello experienced moments of authentic splendour alternating with even long periods of oblivion. Like much of the territory around us, artifacts of Etruscan origin have been found here as well.
The contemporary fortune of Castiglioncello is linked to the world of the arts. The art critic Diego Martelli settled here in the mid-1800s and hosted many painters of his time. Many of those painters became famous with the nickname of macchiaioli and gave rise to an artistic period which has become famous.
Castiglioncello thus became known for the beauty of the landscape both in Italy and abroad, and in the 1960s the famous film The Easy life (Il sorpasso) by Dino Risi was set here.