Set off from Castiglione della Pescaia, with its famous Castello Aragonese that dominates the landscape and looks out over the coast. This seaside town is a destination point for its fine sandy beaches and lively town centre. Once on the road, follow the coves and head towards Rocchette. Cutting through the pine groves along SS3222, turn towards Follonica, and If you love golf, take a left for Punta Ala.
Our destination is Piombino, which you can get to by following the salt ponds and the Torre del Sale farm. Apart from being the departure point for ferries going to the Tuscan Archipelago, the town holds a nice surprise: piazza Bovio and its castle. The old Etruscan city of Populonia is the perfect place for a cultural stop: both the fortress and the necropolis are worth visiting, as is the golf course in Baratti.
Now head inland and visit two fabulous towns: Campiglia Marittima and Suvereto.The road in this stretch of the journey is a thrill of winding turns as it leads back to the coast, to Donoratico, passing through Castagneto Carducci, the birthplace of poet Giosuè Carducci. A brief return to via Aurelia offers an enjoyable view of the cypress trees that introduce Bolgheri and its castle. Along the way, stop in Montescudaio: on a clear day, from the piazza in front of the church you can see the islands of Capraia, Gorgona and Elba.