The medieval town of Piombino and the old Etruscan town Populonia are the two most salient points on the southern "Riviera of the Etruscans." Together with the surrounding Val di Cornia, they are a treasure trove of art and culture, such as the Etruscan necropolis and the archaeological park in the hinterland of the Gulf of Baratti. Populonia was once the only Etruscan town that was by the sea. The heavy fortifications once protected the city on the hill. Within the walls you will find now a small, picturesque town with elegant shops. Down by the sea protected is a small harbor with fishing and excursion boats. Piombino in the metallurgy has always had tradition. Already in the 5th Century the Romans processed here, the iron ore from the island of Elba. Still harbor smoking chimneys. From the port, the ships dock to Elba (almost every hour!) From Sardinia and the other islands of the Tuscan archipelago. "Gulf of Baratti," with its gorgeous, sandy beach is a magnet for all water sports enthusiasts. To the vast, open sandy beaches with relatively shallow littoral zone is a beautiful, unspoilt coastline with ideal swimming.