Archaeological Park of Baratti and Populonia
Extending between the Promomory of Piombino and the Gulf of Baratti, the Archaeological Park of Baratti and Populonia is a large green area that preserves numerous Etruscan and Roman monuments.
Populonia was an important Etruscan town overlooking the sea and Baratti was its industrial center where iron was processed. From the 1st century BC however, from rich and animated as it was, this area lost its importance and was almost abandoned.
Fortunately, the necropolises in the park have kept the testimony of that period untouched. Opened in 1998 with visit paths perfectly suited to families, school and tourists, the Archaeological Park of Baratti and Populonia is a real open-air museum.
It is possible to visit the Necropolis of San Cerbone with the ancient Etruscan tombs of Populonia, the Necropolis of the Caves, which has graves dug directly in the rock, and the Acropolis of Populonia, the ancient city center with temples, monuments, houses, paved roads.
There are numerous signposts that point to nearby attractions to guide tourist along the paths.