Populonia, originally an Etruscan city, is set high on the summit of a sea-surrounded hill, and defended by medieval walls and a powerful “rocca” from the fifteenth century.
The town overlooks the beautiful gulf of Baratti, with its shining, transparent waters and its pine grove. And from it alleys and artisan workshops one can easily walk down to the sea and visit the Baratti archaeological park, rich with important testimonies of Etruscan and Roman times.
Here, on an area of about 200 acres, rising from the seaside to the hilltops, one can discover how everyday life was in Etruscan and Roman times. The whole landscape is untouched and highly evocative, with its crystal waters and wonderful shores. They are among the most beautiful in Italy, and their context, both historical and contemporary, is uncommon in a fascinating way.