If you head north up the Estruscan coast from Piombino, you’ll reach Bolgheri – one of the most attractive villages in Tuscany. It dates back to ancient times, but it wasn’t properly developed until the Gheradesca Counts built their castle there in the 8th century. Explore the historical centre of Bolgheri, with its typical houses of mismatched stone and bricks, and you’ll find the house where the famous Italian poet Giosuè Carducci lived. Outside of the old town’s walls, you’ll find fields and fields of vineyards. Bolgheri is one of the most prestigious wine-growing areas of Tuscany, as it enjoys sunny, dry and moderately windy weather – ideal for making wines. You’ll get a tour of one of the vineyards, starting in the cellars. The wines here are aged in wood barrels, so all of the red wines made at the estate have a woody taste. After the tour, you’ll be treated to a tasting session of three of the wines made by the estate. These will be paired with some complementary snacks. Think cold Tuscan meats, pecorino cheese, extra virgin olive oil, fresh bread, and almond biscuits, as well as a measure of a local spirit.
- SUITABILITY Little physical activity.