After breakfast in Piombino, drive along the panoramic Via Aurelia towards San Vincenzo, which combines natural beauty and history. Its stunning beach, recognised for many years as a European Union Blue Flag Beach, provides the perfect stop for a stroll or a swim. Not to be missed is the Rimigliano Nature Park, one of the most breath-taking of the Val di Cornia parks, which includes a variety of thick pine wood, holm oak and fir trees as well as dunes covered in Mediterranean shrub and many small woodland animals that inhabit this park.
For those interested in finding out more about this area’s mining heritage, a little further inland you can find the Archaeological Mining Park of San Silvestro, to learn more about the processes and importance of the mining of metals from the Island of Elba.
San Vincenzo and its surroundings make up part of the renowned Etruscan Coast Wine Road, considered one of the best wine production sites in Tuscany. In the afternoon, take a turn slightly inland into the heart of Tuscan wine country, to discover the municipality of Castegnetto Caducci. Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Masseto are amongst the extraordinary wineries located here, and the surrounding countryside is perfect for discovering some of the finest Tuscan wines on offer.
Drive to the hamlet of Bolgheri through the spectacular Viale dei Cipressi, boasting a genuine picture-perfect vision of Tuscany. Viale dei Cipressi is a long, straight road with rows of dense, centuries-old cypress trees on both sides – 2,540 in total - which was built in the 19th century and famously mentioned by the Italian poet and former resident of the area, Giosuè Carducci in his poem “Davanti San Guido”.
You can’t take cars into the village of Bolgheri but you can park at one of the car parks at the entrance to the main gate and explore this beautiful medieval hamlet on foot. At the entrance of the village there is a red-brick castle. Inside, the alleys are paved, the ancient stone buildings adorned with geraniums; there are craft shops, wine bars, taverns and restaurants offering typical products and wines.
Spend the night here or, for an experience that brings you closer to nature, in one of the many high quality agritourisms in this area.