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Bolgheri

A typical mediaeval village, surrounded by a verdant country and luxuriant expanses of woods, accessible through the famous "cypress boulevard". This famous boulevard was celebrated in the poem "Davanti San Guido" by Giosuč Carducci and for many years it has been considered as a national monument together with the monumental cemetery where Granny Lucia, the poet's grand-mother, who cheered up little Giosuč's childhood with her tales, was buried.

Bolgheri was erected in the first half of the sixteenth century as a feud of the Della Gherardesca family, where they built a castle which, in spite of many restorations and refurbishments, still maintains its full original beauty and stands as the gate of access to the village. The turret above the arcade and the typical Guelph merlons were rebuilt at the end of the nineteenth century. The building still belongs to the Della Gherardesca family, who live there from time to time. Attached to the castle is the parish church of Saint Lawrence, dating back to the XII-XIII century.

Going back towards the Aurelian way, at the end of the cypress boulevard, stands the small optagonal oratory of San Guido, built one century ago by Count Camillo to commemorate his ancestor Guido, who was canonized after his death in 1115.

A few miles from the centre, along the coast, at the level of the boulevard, spreads the Faunistic Retreat of Bolgheri, a water oasis of great naturalistic and environmental value, managed by the WWF.

From November to May, a variety of species of migratory water-fowl can be admired and, in addition, the wild beach and the pine wood make it a veritable oasis for those who love nature and peace.

Cypress Boulevard
Bolgheri Castle
in village
entrance of the village