Perched on the top of the promontory of Piombino, Populonia overlooks the panorama of the Gulf of Baratti. A city of ancient Etruscan origin, an ally of Rome and an important industrial processing center for iron, Populonia fell in ruins since the 1st century BC.
But its glorious past has not vanished into nothingness. There are numerous tombs in the Archaeological Park of Baratti and Populonia, but also temples and monuments that testify to the fervent activity of the town. In the medieval center, however, a museum has been set up, which collects many of the archaeological finds found in the sea and in the nearby camps. Mostly everyday items, amphorae and bas-reliefs.
Today’s hamlet dates back to the 15th century, when this area was rediscovered and reused as a strategic base for the defense of the Tuscan coast. Populonia’s fortress was built for this purpose: today, from its top, you can admire the islands of the archipelago, Baratti’s beach and the vast blue sea expanse.