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Beaches

Baratti Beach

Wonderful and pet-friendly free beach, surrounded by a shaded pinewood and a breathtaking etruscan necropolis.

Baia del Pozzino

Little-known pebbly beach, next to Baratti Gulf. Very quiet and relaxing.

Lo Stellino and Rimigliano Beach

The first one is a beautiful but hard to reach cove; the second one is a nice, 6-km long, golden beach with shallow and crystal-clear water, located within the park of Rimigliano. Most of it is a free beach. Suitable for children.

Buca delle Fate

Little cove located below the promontory of Populonia, made of rocks and pebbles, surrounded by a dense holm oak wood hiding etruscan tombs that date back to the second century B.C.

Spiaggia Lunga

Made of white pebbles, it’s the largest beach of the jagged and rocky coastline north of Piombino. Reachable from Reciso (Populonia) through ‘via dei Cavalleggeri’.

Fosso alle Canne

Another pebbly beach, with crystal-clear waters. A tranquil cove nestled in the woods of the promontory of Piom- bino.

Calamoresca

Pebbly and rocky cove, protected from the south-west wind (scirocco). Very clear water. With mask, fins and snorkel it’s possible to watch the numerous fishes that swim right above the seabed. It can be reached from the promontory, starting from Reciso and going through ‘via dei Cavalleggeri’.

Parco della Sterpaia

An absolute must-see. It’s a charming park filled with age-old trees, and an 8-km long beach awarded as one of the most beautiful in the country.

Quagliodromo

Rather long beach suitable for relaxing walks. Clean and crystal-clear waters.

San Vincenzo

Located at about 13 km from the gulf of Baratti, it’s a tourist town with wide sandy beaches and a beautiful seaside promenade.

Piombino

Located at about 8 km from the gulf of Baratti, it still preserves intact its historic heritage ranging from its etruscan origins to its period as capital of the principality of Piombino. In its historic city centre you can visit the Castle, the ancient walls, the Archaeological Museum and much more.

Journeys in nature and history

Promontory of Piombino

Following the path along the promontory between Populonia and Calamoresca you can enjoy peaceful walks in trails filled with mastic aroma, within the Park of Punta Falcone, and visit there the shelters built after the first world war. For a nice detour, there is the small church of san Quirico, hidden in the woods. It’s easy from this trail to acces a number of pebbly beaches (Buca delle Fate, Fosso alle Canne, Cala san Quirico).

Natural Park of Sterpaia

Natural protected area. It extends for 296 hectares in the gulf between Piombino and Follonica. It’s bordered by the beaches of Perelli, Carlappiano, Mortelliccio, Carbonifera and Torre Mozza, peculiar for their fine sand.

Natural Park of Montioni

It extends for about 7000 hectares between the valleys of Cornia and Pecora. It includes two natural pro- tected areas, namely ‘la Marsiliana’ and ‘Poggio Tre cancelli’. Within the park there are remains of the mines of alum and a mining village built by Napoleone’s sister, Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi.

Natural Park of Punta Falcone

Of volcanic origin, it is located between the gulfs of Salivoli and Calamoresca. It is a natural protected area, ideal for walks, horse riding and bike riding. It’s possi- ble to find there some equipment built after the first world war: naval defensive measures, four different shelters for weapons and ammuni- tions, a powder magazine and a telemetric station. It’s available to the public, almost free of charge, an astronomical observatory.

Archeological Park of Baratti and Populonia

Located between the promontory of Piombino and the gulf of Baratti, it comprises the area in which the etruscan and roman town of Populonia was originally built , with its large necropolis of tumulus graves dug in the rocks.

Castle of Populonia

A small medieval town perched on a promontory dropping sheer to the sea. It has a castle, a church and an etruscan museum. Rich in charm and history.

Etruscan Museum “Gasparri” of Populonia

This museum is home to various artifacts from the necropolis of Populonia (from excavations made in the first half of the twentieth century), and other objects found in the fields and sea of Baratti.

Archeological Museum of Populonia

Located in Piombino, it gives an extraordinary view of the history of the ancient city- state of Populonia from Paleolithic to late antiquity, with a special focus on etruscans and romans. The ancient ‘Anfora di Baratti‘ is not to be missed, a silver masterpiece found in the seas of the gulf.

“Casa Esagono” and “Casa Balena”

The first one is considered to be the first example of a building made out of a cement isoelastic membrane, that results in smooth-looking surfaces and curled floors. The second one is also called ‘house of the Dinosaur’. Both are found in the trail going from ‘Demos‘ restaurant to the Baron House.

Archeological Site “Poggio Del Molino”

Located in the promontory between the beach of Rimigliano and the gulf of Baratti. It’s the only roman settlement in the area.

Natural Park “Orti Bottagone”

Natural protected area. Located in the municipality of Piombino, it extends for about 92 hectares. It’s a brackish marsh, home to 220 species of birds including the Mal- lard duck, the pink flamingo, the white and grey herons, and so on. There are observation sites to look at the wild fauna.

Suvereto

Home to important local wineries (DOC Val di Cornia Suvereto), it’s considered one of the most beautiful villages (borghi) in the country. It was founded in the eleventh century A.D., its name comes from the latin word ‘suber’ (cork), from which the word ‘Su- vereto’ meaning cork woods. There are many monuments to visit: ‘Rocca Aldobrandesca’, ‘Pieve di san Giusto’, ‘Palazzo del Comune’, ‘ex Convento di san Francesco’ and so on.

Campiglia

It’s considered one of the most beautiful villages in the Etruscan Coast. Although its structure is typically medieval, it’s still rich of important etruscan and roman historical evidence. To be seen: the archaeological museum of ‘Palazzo Pretorio’, the ‘Concordi’ theatre, the ‘Pieve di san Giovanni’, the ‘Temperino’ mines, the archeaological mining park and the ‘Rocca di san Francesco’.

Rocca di San Silvestro

Known in the medieval era as the "pitosforo", it’s a fortified settlement founded in the tenth century A.D. with the intent of exploiting the rich ore body on the ridge of mount Rombolo, at an height of 300 metres. It was renovated in 2008.

Coastal Park of Rimigliano

It’s a park that extends between Piombino and San Vincenzo for a total of 650 hectares, overlooking the sea. The beach here is distinguished by its sand dunes. The vegetation is typical of the mediterranean zones, with woods consisting mainly of oaks, holm oaks, and pine trees.

Mines of San Carlo

The celebrated trekking pathway connects "San Carlo", a fraction of San Vincenzo, with the "Rocca di san Silvestro". There are, along this pathway, two deep rifts: "Buca del Grillo" and "Fossa del Serpente".

Bolgheri

One of the most charming tuscan towns. Located in the hinterland of the Etruscan Coast, it’s been described in a famous poem by Giosuè Carducci. It’s ideal both for gastronomic tours and for relaxing excursions. The "Viale dei Cipressi", meaning the cypresses avenue, is an extremely famous avenue to be found in the town.

Terme Sassetta

A succession of internal and external thermal waters, nestled in the oak and chestnut tree woods of the Park of "Poggio Neri".

Monte Calvi

Its summit can be reached from Campiglia. The downhill trails reach the sea and are suitable for walks, on horseback or for bike rides. There are, on the way, farms, estates and the local mines.