The Tombolo Talasso Resort is an excellent base for those who wish to spend some
time visiting the medieval towns and the areas of artistic and cultural relevance
of this part of Tuscany. On the hills and facing the sea, or immersed in pinewoods
and forests, the villages of the Etruscan Coast have century old origins and traditions.
Their small stone roads will guide you among ancient churches, castles, buildings,
museums and theatres to discover this enchanting culture.
Castagneto Carducci e la Torre
The area of Castagneto Carducci offers a multitude of different landscapes: a
countryside scattered with villas, farmhouses and estates, soft hills in the typical
Tuscan shades, small medieval towns, and immense pinewoods reaching out to touch
the sea. Castagneto Carducci is a town full of tradition. Its old village clusters
around the Conti della Gherardesca Castle through a circular system of roads and
is well-preserved and rich in historical remains which can be admired while strolling
among the tight stone-paved alleys, the small squares and the charming ancient
The story of the Donoratico Tower, built by the Etruscans, is closely linked
to the life of the famous Count Ugolino. Born in 1210, e was Count of Donoratico
and second Lord of Pisa. In 1284 he lost the battle of Meloria against Genoa's
fleet and ended his life in the Gualandi Tower of Pisa where he was imprisoned
with his sons and nephews. The poet Dante Alighieri in the Divina Commedia makes
a dramatic and merciless description of him in the 33 rd canto of the Inferno
while he practices cannibalism on the poor children.
You reach Bolgheri by the Viale dei Cipressi, a beautiful shady road lined with
cypresses, sung in a famous poem by Giosuè Carducci, and enter the village by
an ancient brick arch. The Castle of Bolgheri has a charm all of its own: through
the years, the town has preserved its original architecture and everything is
as if time had stopped. Only the ever-changing colours of the countryside all
around measure the cycle of the seasons.
The town of Suvereto rises on a hill not far from the sea and is among the oldest
villages of the Conia Valley. The first settlements date back to the end of the
Roman Empire when the coastal communities where forced to move to the hills to
escape danger. The centre of the town still maintains its historical and artistic
value and a authentically medieval atmosphere.
Located 20 kms from the sea and 400 m above sea level, the town of Massa Marittima
is composed of the “old city”, the medieval village developed around artistic
treasures like the magnificent Duomo, and the “new city”, an urban development
begun in 1228. The town's main industry centres on the valorisation of its artistic
and cultural heritage and on the growth of its great tourist potential.
Though the history of Campiglia Marittima goes back thousands of years, the town
today still preserves the charm of the original medieval castle immersed in the
piece and silence of this beautiful hills.
The town of Bibbona, set on the hills north of Castagneto Carducci, still preserves
today the circular urbanistic plan, the small alleys and tight stairways of the
original medieval village. In addition to its artistic and historical interests,
Bibbona offers nature lovers the possibility of visiting the Macchia della Magona
national park which extends for over 1600 acres.
The town of Sassetta developed from a feudal castle build on a stony cliff among
the eastern hills which enclose the Cornia Valley and deserves to be visited for
its history, position and the beauty of the woods surrounding it.
Rosignano Marittimo is the third town of the Livorno province for size and population
and includes the districts of Rosignano Solvay, Vada and Castiglioncello. Rosignano
is a peaceful medieval town of Etruscan origin built on the hills and surrounded
by pinewoods and olive groves. Its hilltop districts like Castelnuovo della Misericordia,
Gabbro and Nibbiaia, are perfects spots for nature lovers and refuge to a number
of natural species.
Volterra is a city with a characteristic Medieval plan and almost completely
enclosed inside its 13 th century boundary walls. Thanks to the long isolation
which slowed the industrial and commercial development of the village, here a
genuine medieval atmosphere can still be found.
San Gimignano rises on a hill (334m high) dominating the Elsa Valley with its
towers. Once the seat of a small Etruscan village of the Hellenistic period (200-300
BC) it began its life as a town in the 10th century taking its name from the Holy
Bishop of Modena, St. Gimignano, who is said to have saved the village from the
barbarian hordes. The town increased in wealth and developed greatly during the
Middle Ages thanks to the "Via Francigena", the trading and pilgrim's route that
crossed it. Such prosperity lead to the flourishing of works of art to adorn the
churches and monasteries.