Today a spent a few hours in Bolgheri, small enchanting village on the Etruscan Coast.
A bit of history
The name Bolgheri comes from the Lombard Bulgari, military defensive camp. But its origins are ancient when it was named Sala del Duca Allone and was included in document addressed to the Pope in 1075.
The castle of Bolgheri was mentioned in another religious document in 1158. It was property of the Gherardesca family and was invaded several times until it was included into the Florentine Republic.
During 18th century the Gherardesca family gave a new birth to the castle thanks to agriculture, that is still the main activity here.
What to see
Nowadays Bolgheri is a charming village on top of round hill, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. It’s perfect for a dinner out and for a nice and relaxing walk admiring the Tuscan countryside.
There was born the Italian poet Giosuè Carducci, who described the spectacular avenue to reach the village in one of his poems that is defined by tall cypresses. His grandma, Nonna Lucia, is buried in the monumental cemetery and you can take a picture with her statue in the main square. She’s kind of a local symbol!
In the small center there are a few shops and some restaurants and cafès. The beautiful Castle of Bolgheri dates back to 13th century even though it was transformed over the centuries. Enclosed into the walls there is the Church of Santi Giacomo and Cristoforo, that is the oldest building in town dating back to the Middle Ages.
But Bolgheri is famous all around the world for its wines that are included into the Super-Tuscans wines. Thanks to the particular characteristics of the soil and micro climate sunny, dry and moderately windy, the grape varieties of Bordeaux origin tend to thrive, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. For more information about Bolgheri wines contact your personal wine shopperPaola!
I like Bolgheri, but I think it’s overrated. It’s nice and well-preserved, characterized by a charming and relaxing atmosphere, but that’s it. Anyway, if you pass by I suggest you stop for a walk and a dinner out.