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Medieval villages along the Etruscan Coast
From Castagneto Carducci to Populonia: discover the historic cities overlooking the sea
The Tuscan Etruscan Coast is paradise on earth. Here, wild nature and fairytale-like views dazzle visitors. The beauty of this area, however, does not end once summer is over.  A little less known, a little less crowded, but no less important than the cultural and historical wealth of the Etruscans, are the fascinating medieval villages
Castagneto Carducci and Bolgheri
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- Credit:  Castello di Castagneto Carducci

Castagneto Carducci sits on the top of the hill, dominated by the Castello dei Conti della Gherardesca which, along with the church of San Lorenzo, forms the original center of the village. Visitors find themselves immersed in a magical atmosphere strolling through streets, alleys and squares. From the central Piazza del Popolo, look out onto the Belvedere Terrace, where a breathtaking panorama awaits you.

At the foot of Castagneto Carducci, you can find San Guido that marks the beginning of the famous Viale dei Cipressi made known by the words of the poet Carducci and which leads to Bolgheri. This romantic avenue is considered a national monument, together with the cemetery where the poet's grandmother, Nonna Lucia, is buried. The timeless Bolgheri Castle is particularly noteworthy. 

Castiglioncello and Rosignano Marittimo
Bolgheri Castle
Bolgheri Castle- Credit:  Allie_Caulfield

Castiglioncello is known as the pearl of the Tyrrhenian for its enchanting bays and crystal clear sea. It has inspired many  artists such as the Macchiaioli who gave birth to the Castiglioncello school, as well as being chosen by noted figures from cinema as their place of relaxation. The art, culture and park of Pasquini Castle are simply marvellous. Don't miss the imposing Medici Tower, from which you can enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the Tyrrhenian coast.

Rosignano Marittimo is a delightful medieval village with a magnificent castle vaunting two towers, one of which was once used as a prison and the other as a terrace of the Archbishop's farm. An important archaeological museum is located in Rosignano Marittimo.

Suvereto
Suvereto
Suvereto- Credit:  Valentina Dainelli

Nestled in between the hills and sea of the Etruscan Coast, the characteristic medieval streets of Suvereto glimmer. The historic and culturally rich village is still surrounded by ancient walls. The area "guarded" by the Rocca Aldobrandesca is filled with scents of the Mediterranean scrub. It's also known for its excellent food and wine products, such as oil and wine. In fact, the Wine Road passes here, a route that allows you to explore, step by step, the places where the flavors of the tradition are born.

Populonia
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- Credit:  Shutterstock / Paolo Querci

Populonia, in addition to an intriguing archaeological park and characteristic streets from the 1300s, it also preserves  14th-century walls built for defense against barbaric pirates. From the Rocca, which can be visited, you have an exceptional view of the Tuscan Archipelago and the land below.

Other villages along the coast
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The journey continues to the other pearls of the Tuscan coast: Campiglia, Bibbona, Sassetta and Piombino reveal many hidden beauties. On the hills of the Pisan hinterland, among cultivated fields and paths in the Mediterranean scrub, you can find the charming villages of Santa Luce, Castellina Marittima, Riparbella, Montescudaio, Guardistallo and Casale Marittimo. Perched on small promontories, these villages of medieval origin were developedinside centuries-old walls, dominating the surrounding landscape which changes colors every season. It's also an ideal area for cycling or horseriding with many itineraries making you fall in love with these stunning areas.

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