Baratti and Populonia archaeological park
Populonia, once an Etruscan city, and one of the main iron working and trading centres of the ancient world
Resting on the top of a hill surrounded by the sea, the charm of this small village is beyond description. Its medieval walls, built as a means of protection against pirates, and the Fortress, dating back to the first half of the fifteenth century, hide paved alleys, small shops and a private museum of Etruscan and Roman finds, collected both in the area and in the surrounding sea. A road blessed with wonderful views connects Populonia to the Baratti gulf, where much important evidence of the Etruscan era can be found. This archaeological park, about 80 hectares in size, can be visited following a system of organized pathways. It offers a captivating experience, where history and archaeology survive in enchanting and unblemished settings. Of great interest is the monumental necropolis of San Cerbone, the only one to be built in the sea. Also important are the old metal working buildings and the necropolis of the Caves, with its ancient stone quarries.