That stretch of the Maremma that goes from Cecina to San Vincenzo, is the ring of my childhood... I lived there, or, to be more precise, I played there from 1838 to April 1849. The gentle rolling hills, the Wine Road, the woods, the olive groves, the shady pine forests, the song of the cicadas, the vast beaches leading down to the crystal clear water, the Della Gherardesca castles. This is the scenario that characterises the historical villages surrounding Castagneto Carducci, Bolgheri and the proud Tower of Donoratico at whose black door Count Ugolin knocked. A preserved environment where Carducci (1835-1907), winner of the Nobel Prize in 1906, acknowledged the essence of a proud and courteous nature along Italy’s most famous boulevard of cypresses.