05 April 2023
Marina di Castagneto is one of the best known and most popular places on the Etruscan Coast, equipped with accommodation and entertainment facilities. The wide and sandy beach is equipped with numerous bathing establishments, while to the south and north of the town, kilometers of free beach, subject to daily cleaning, still offer the spectacle of the flowering of sea lilies and other pioneer plants. The Municipality of Castagneto, due to the quality of the environment, its protection and the services offered to citizens and summer users, has obtained and continues to obtain important recognitions such as, for example, the assignment of the “Blue Flag” and the recognition of Lega Ambiente “Eco system holidays”.
Due to all these amazing natural beauties and relaxing surroundings, Marina di Castagneto Carducci has been chosen as the perfect place to organize the SOMIRO School from October 9th to the 13th, 2023.
Are you wondering what you can do in Marina di Castagneto Carducci in addition to following the lessons held by our professionals? Here you can find 5 interesting things we will do together after having learned about robotics.
1. Morning jogging on the beach
If you are sporty and don’t want to miss the opportunity to get some movement even during the SOMIRO school days, this is the perfect place for you. With its 4 kilometers long sand beach, the Marina di Castagneto Carducci’s beach is the perfect place to have a regenerative run or even a relaxing walk.
If you decide to run or walk south to the historic villas overlooking the sea, don’t miss taking a dip in front of it, where the waters are clear and shallow and there is nobody there even in August: a real luxury!
2. Wine tasting with the Supertuscan
The Marina di Castagneto Carducci’s hinteland is famous to be the homeland of the so-called Super Tuscan wines.
The term Super Tuscan was coined in the early 1980s to describe a red blend from Tuscany. What makes “super Tuscan” wine different from other Tuscan wines (like Chianti) is the use of wine grapes that are not indigenous to Italy.
“Super Tuscan” is a term used to describe red wines from Tuscany that may include non-indigenous grapes, particularly Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. The creation of super Tuscan wines resulted from the frustration winemakers had towards a slow bureaucracy in changing Italy’s wine law during the 1970s. Winemakers began mixing ‘unsanctioned’ wine varieties (like Merlot) into their blends to make high-quality wines. The legal system eventually yielded in 1992 with the creation of IGT, a new designation that gave winemakers the ability to be more creative.
The First Super Tuscan
The most famous super Tuscan wine was called “Tignanello” and was created by Antinori in 1971. It was the first super Tuscan wine, and today Tignanello is a blend of 80% Sangiovese 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Tignanello commands about $120 a bottle, but you can find many other great valued super Tuscan wines today.
Coming to the SOMIRO school will give you the opportunity to visit one of the many wineries in the area and to taste its magnificent products, unique in the world.
3. A bike tour
If you love cycling, in Marina di Castagneto Carducci you will find how to train your calves! There are several itineraries ranging from the coast to the hinterland to discover bend after bend, pedal after pedal, the town among hills, vineyards and medieval villages.
4. Visit to Castagneto Carducci old town
Perched on a hill less than 10 km from the sea, Castagneto is developed around the imposing medieval castle (now a location for events and parties) located at the highest point of the town. The city originally called “Castagneto Marittimo” became, at the beginning of the 20th century, “Castagneto Carducci” in honor of the famous Italian poet, Giosuè Carducci, who spent part of his childhood here.
The house that hosted the young Giosuè Carducci is certainly worth seeing: it is located in the city center and is now the seat of the Casa Carducci Development Center, open for visits from Tuesday to Sunday in the summer. Here you can see the rooms where the poet lived and an archive of poems and documents related to him.
Walking through the city you certainly cannot fail to notice the imposing Palazzo Comunale, even more majestic thanks to its dominant position, at the beginning of Via Marconi, a long downhill road towards the coast. Today it houses the town hall and related offices. The Church of San Lorenzo (Propositura di San Lorenzo) is together with the Castle the oldest building in Castagneto Carducci, although it has undergone numerous restorations over the centuries. In the nearby Church of S.S. Crucifix is preserved a wooden Crucifix of the fifteenth century, an object of worship and veneration. The village of Castagneto is ideal for spending a relaxing evening, perhaps after returning from a day at the beach, for an aperitif or dinner, accompanied by a light sea breeze. On hot summer days the city appears rather empty and silent, but starting from the late afternoon the village instead comes alive with tourists and vacationers and is certainly even more pleasant to visit.
5. Flight to Pisa? You cannot miss Piazza dei Miracoli!
To reach the SOMIRO school, we suggest you to arrive at the Pisa airport. If you arrive in Pisa, you cannot miss to visit Piazza dei Miracoli,
Listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1987, you can admire the four monuments that form the center of the city’s religious life, called miracles (so named by Gabriele D’Annunzio in the expression “Meadow of Miracles”, contained in the novel Maybe yes maybe no, from 1910) for their beauty and originality: the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Campo Santo and the Bell Tower. From this derives the popular (and improper) name of Piazza dei Miracoli, which then spread after the war and still later in the era of mass tourism.
These are only some suggestion to discover the amazing sorrounding of the SOMIRO School location while you are learning more about robotics. For sure, there more than 5 things to do!
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