Coming from Bolgheri the minor road leading to Castagneto Carducci is flanked with forests, groves and vineyards which form part of the Strada del Vino. The road ascends a hill with Castagneto Carducci lying on its slopes.
The town walls surround the many narrow streets lined with houses and dominated from above by the castle (Picture 2) which once belonged to the Gherardesca, an influential family in the surrounding area.
For shopping for local oil and liqueurs head to L’Elixir which has been running for over a century (tel. 0565 76 60 17; Via Garibaldi 7).