Hotel Zi Martino Castagneto Carducci Etruscan Coast TuscanyHotel Zi Martino, a charming 3 star country hotel along the winery road leading to Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci, about 4 km from the seaside in Tuscany. 
It is a family run hotel looking back over more than 40 years of history.
In 1965, when the Guarguaglini-family opened the Ristorante Zi Martino that, at that time was a small building and people were waiting outside in a cue to taste the specialities Isa (mom Guarguaglini) prepared.
In 1993 the family, besides restoring and enlarging the restaurant, added 23 huge rooms that can accommodate up to 4 persons.

Ristorante Zi Martino - Castagneto Carducci TuscanyToday, Isa has passed the cooking spoon to her son Fausto, today the head of the restaurant and the hotel who is continuing with the family's culinary tradition, alsways made of genuine local and Tuscan dishes, prepared in a simple, healthy and tasteful manner. 
Pasta is made every day, whereas meat, cold cuts and cheese are deriving from best quality local producers. Also fruit and vegetables are mainly used according to season and from local producers. Olive oil for cooking and on the tables derives from the surrounding countryside. Therefore guests may taste at Zi Martino a fresh, genuine and tasty cuisine.

Pasta Fresca fatta in casaThe dishes are perfectly accompanied by a good selection of local Bolgheri D.O.C. wines as well as of other Tuscan wines.
The hotel guests may choose between Bed and Breakfast, Half Board or Full Board.
Full- and/or half board guests can always choose their meals à la carte in the restaurant.
On the menu there is a good choice of pasta with meat or fish, main courses with fish or meat, side dishes and to finish one can choose between cakes or other sweet desserts, fresh fruit or cheese. The morning at Zi Martino always starts with a rich breakfast buffet that will satisfy every need.

Bike Tourism - Holiday by bike TuscanyCarlo Guarguaglini, Zi Martino's founder and husband of Isa, between the 50ies and 60ies was a professional cyclist of the Charly Gaul team. He accommodated the first professional cycling teams in Tuscany, when cycling tourism already didn't exist. Today, Zi Martino is a reference for all bikers and several professional teams (Armstrong, Simoni, Rabobank, Boogerd, Andy Hampsten, Davis Phinney...) that are meeting to pass a training period, especially during winter time together.
Also many amateur bikers and tourists adore the location, the homely atmosphere and the great knowledge and useful tips for a biker holiday.

Bike Tourism - Equipped Biker's GarageThe location is infact a real cycler paradise with an incredible variety of routes for everybody, from families over professionals, street bikers to mountain bikers...
Thankds to the cooperation with a bike shop of a nearby village, the hotel can offer a bike rental house service with the possibility to choose between mountain bikes, street bikes our professional bikes
At the guest's disposal there is a  bike garage for bike maintenance equipped with repairing kits, bike wash and many maps for bike excursions, especially in the surroundings along the Etruscan Coast.

Hotel Zi Martino - the swimming poolFurthermore, on request it is possible to organize bike tours with expert guides to discover the most beautiful angles of our marvellous countryside, also with a minibus and repairing assistance, especially for groups. 
Those who want to continue training at the gym, the hotel has an agreement for their guests with a nearby gym with a large equipment of weights.
Going up the few steps behind the hotel in the garden, one reaches the swimming pool, surrounded by a well-kept green lawn with sunshade parasols and sunbeds. Those who love the sea, the beach of the Etruscan Coast is only 5 minutes by car away.

The beach of the Etruscan CoastThe nearby seaside resort Marina di Donoratico offers a wide choice of bathing establishments as well as natural beaches that are bordering with the shady pine wood. 
Along the Etruscan Coast between Livorno and Piombino there are beautiful seaside resort such as Baratti, PopuloniaSan Vincenzo, Bibbona, Rosignano, Vada, Quercianella, Castiglioncello, where one has the opportunity to try every day another beach.
Piombino and Livorno are also harbour towns, from where are starting the ferry ships to the islands of Elba, Capraia and Sardinia and reachable in a short time. The Tuscan islands might be visited also for only one day.

Historic Center of Castagneto Carducci TuscanyThose who love visiting small medieveal hilltop village might do this in the immediate surroundings along the cost that are often also famous for their excellent wine production such as for example Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci (Bolgheri D.O.C. famous for the Ornellaia and Sassicaia), Suvereto (Val di Cornia D.O.C. wines), Montescudaio. It is possible to combine a visit to these places with a visit at the local producers and wine tasting.
Naturally, from Zi Martino it is possible to reach also the most important places of artistic and cultural interest in Tuscany, such as Pisa (80km), Florence (140km), Volterra (60km), San Gimignano (90km), Siena (100km) etc.


Hotel Zi Martino Loc. San Giusto 262 57022 Castagneto Carducci (Livorno), Tuscany
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