Let’s start this romantic weekend by stopping in San Guido, tiny village at the feet of Bolgheri, that looks like a corner of England in Tuscany. Close by there is the Oratory of San Guido, tiny church built by Della Gherardesca family in 1703, together with the other buildings in the area.
In front of you start one of the most scenic route in the world: the Viale dei Cipressi. The Strada Provinciale Bolgherese, or simply SP 16, is the beautiful avenue that goes to Bolgheri, it’s about 5 kilometers long and its framed by old cypresses. It became famous thanks to the Italian poet Giosuè Carducci, who wrote a famous ode that starts by poetically describing this avenue:
“Davanti a San Guido
I cipressi che a Bólgheri alti e schietti
van da San Guido in duplice filar,
This road is just the perfect Tuscan postcard that leads to Bolgheri. Nowadays it is a famous destination for wine lovers, because of the production in the area of some the Super Tuscans wines like Sassicaia and Ornellaia, just to name a couple, but it used to be a farming village where lived the beloved grandmother of Giosuè Carducci who is commemorated with a terracotta statue in the piazzetta.
After a lunch with view in Bolgheri, it’s time to drive to Monteverdi Marittimo, hidden gem located in between the Etruscan Coast and the Val di Cecina. This medieval town counts just few characteristic streets and it was founded in 754 with the ancient Badia di San Pietro a Palazzuolo, not too far and easy to reach by walking. Don’t miss the tiny village of Canneto: few houses built in stone within a small city center with flowers at the windows, just the authentic Tuscany you are looking for a romantic weekend.