A Tuscan postcard
It is the most classic image of Tuscany: a row of cypresses outlines a road along a green hill. It is the Viale dei Cipressi di Bolgheri, a hamlet of the village of Castagneto Carducci. It is about 5 kilometers long and connects the historic center of the village to the Oratory of San Guido.
The road is a straight flanked by 2540 centuries-old cypress trees planted by Count Guido Alberto to connect San Guido to the village. The poet Giosuè Carducci, who lived here for a long time, sang Bolgheri's tall and blunt cypresses in a poem from 1874. At that time the cypresses were half and profiled a dirt road, paved only in the mid-twentieth century. It was Giuseppe della Gherardesca who completed the route and remembered the poet with an obelisk at the beginning of the avenue.
The road follows the ancient route of the Via Aurelia and reaches Bolgheri Castle a short distance from Castagneto Carducci. The trees will accompany you all the way, a continuous climb that follows the progress of the hill in the heart of the Maremma Livornese, between vineyards and olive groves as far as the eye can see. Here were filmed some scenes of cinematic kolossals such as Quo Vadis and The Gladiator.