Castagneto Carducci - or Castagneto
della Gherardesca, from the name of the family, Lombard in
origin, of which it was the fief.
The della Gherardesca family are today
the oldest Italian family, and the castle at Castagneto -
still inhabited today by the family's descendants - dates
back to the year one thousand.
The present-day name of Castagneto
Carducci was given to the ancient fief in 1907, in honour
of the poet Giosue Carducci who stayed there as an adolescent
and who always remained bound to it. For this reason, the
citizenry decided to change the name that it had at that time,
Castagneto Marittimo, to that of Castagneto Carducci.
Dominated by the castle of the della Gherardesca counts,
Castagneto Carducci appears with all the charm of a village
of medieval origins. The streets have been developed in concentric
rings starting from the castle, which was originally surrounded
by walls. Today, only a section of the walls remains, facing
In Via Carducci, there is the house where the poet lived
from 1848 to 1849 and in which the "Centro Carducciano"
has been set up. But a visit to Castagneto cannot end without
a walk to Piazzale Belvedere, located in a panoramic position,
from where all the countryside as far as the sea can be overlooked.
Where is Castagneto Carducci: is located in the south
of Livorno province.
How to reach Castagneto Carducci: From Livorno, take
direction south Grosseto on the fast road SS2. After about
50 Km exit Donoratico and follow for Castagneto Carducci which
is 6 km far.
Nearby: Visit Sassetta, Suvereto, Bolgheri, Populonia
Distances: Livorno 56 Km - Florence 120 Km - Pisa
72 Km - Siena 110 Km - Arezzo 190 Km
Correct name is Castagneto Carducci
Common mistakes are Castagnetto,
Casagneto, Castaneto, Carduci, Corducci, Cherducci