Baratti and Populonia Archeological Park, Piombino

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The Archaeological Park of Baratti and Populonia is located in the township of Piombino (Province of Livorno) and covers about 80 hectares between the slopes of the promontory of Piombino and the Gulf of Baratti coast. It is part of The Parks of Val di Cornia and was opened in 1998 for visitors to view some of the archaeological sites and remains found in the new digs archaeological conducted in the area since 1996.

The park includes several areas from the ancient Etruscan city of Populonia, the necropolis of San Cerbone, Casone and the grotto, and the cave of calcarenite. Inside the park is an experimental archeological laboratory.

There are currently several proposed routes:

San Cerbone necropolis, with tombs from the 7th-6th century BC;

the "Via delle Cave": from fields of the Arpa, a path leading to Etruscan cave of calcarenite (or stone bench), with tombs carved into the rock of the necropolis from the 4th-3rd BC

the "Via del Ferro" a path along the coast with the experimental archeology laboratory, which offers a glimpse into the industrial districts of the city, where housing buildings for the manufacture of iron can be found dating from the (6th-3rd century BC);

nature trails along the edge of the Caves.In 2007 a third area of the park was opened, the acropolis, which is located at the Castle in upper Populonia and includes remains from the most ancient Etruscans, up to the Romans.

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  • The place is interesting, stories heard here are something new, not that what u can read from the books of history. Maybe better to visit in the morning or in the May/September-many objects are...  more »
  • There are really 3 different sites to see here: you can do them in any order but here's what you need to know. If you choose to bike here -- the ride up to Populonia is steep and windy so I'd...  more »
  • For some years now I have been visiting the archaeological museum in summer, both for the activities for children and adults that you can do (Etruscan writing, weaving, mosaic, etc. ...) and for the different excursions that you can undertake. Immersed in nature you can find beautiful panoramic views of the Gulf of Baratti and the hills surrounding Populonia. The various routes differ in difficulty and distance, sometimes you need to equip shoes and clothing suitable for the most challenging stretches. There is a bar/restaurant and toilets next to the entrance to the park, with a small children's playground and benches for packed lunches. This place is worth at least one visit.
  • Great place to visit. Make sure you go through the barrier and don't pay and display! Choice of 3 routes one around burials, one through woods to the necropolis and another long way. As we had kids, we just did the walk to the necropolis. It was scorching, and until the woods, there is little shade. Took between 1-2 hours and there is a place to stop for a picnic halfway too.

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