The Archaeological Park of Baratti and Populonia, extended on the slopes of the promontory of Piombino and on the Gulf of Baratti, preserves the archaeological monuments of the city of Populonia. Monumental traces of the city and the necropolis, with the remains of mineral and ferrous waste that shine along the paths, are a tangible sign of the importance of this centre in the Etruscan and Roman ages, until its final transformation in the Middle Ages. This history of landscapes, as different as they are, are united by a common thread that can be retraced through the itineraries of the
Park that allow you to cross the many aspects of the ancient civilization of Populonia within a natural environment of extraordinary beauty.
What to visit:
“Necropolis of San Cerbone”: the visit allows you to admire the oldest monumental Etruscan tombs of Populonia (VII-V century BC), including the Great Chariots Tomb.
“Necropolis delle Grotte”: the visit leads to the quarries and the Etruscan chamber tombs (4th century BC) carved into the rock.
“Acropolis of Populonia”: the heart of the ancient city of Populonia with houses, temples, baths and paved streets. In this area you can also observe traces of the city’s foundation.
“Monastery of San Quirico”: the Middle Ages of Populonia are revealed through the remains of the Benedictine monastery of San Quirico, hidden in the woods.
The “Davide Mancini” experimental archaeology centre: in the lower part of the park there is the centre of Experimental Archaeology, with a faithful reconstruction of a Bronze Age hut. Visitors to the Park, guided by experts, can personally experience the ancient techniques of working. For school groups and other groups, articulated workshops can be organized that deal with different themes of the production and daily life.