Il parco archeologico di Baratti e Populonia

Following in the footsteps of the Etruscans

Archeology lovers at large

At the Archeological Park of Baratti and Populonia (Piombino) visitors can see necropolis, quarries and industrial quarters where local populations worked iron extracted from the island of Elba. Populonia, the only Etruscan center built on the sea, was an important commercial hub during ancient times and it faces the Golf of Baratti. Don’t miss a peek at the funereal possessions on show at the nearby archeological museum that bears witness to the wealth of these people. The Archeological Museum of the Territory of Populonia (Piombino) represents a main cultural center belonging to the Network of Val di Cornia and Populonia Parks. Thanks to important didactic programs, illustrative panels and historical reconstructions, visitors can see many treasures. The Necropolis of San Cerbone, for example, offers amazing examples of Etruscan funereal architecture. Visitors can participate in various workshops featuring several ancient arts and techniques ranging from ceramics to stone works, weaponry and Etruscan writing.

Cecina’s Archeological Museum, located in La Cinquantina’s eighteenth century Villa Guerrazzi, illustrates Val di Cecina’s history, including craftsmanship from Volterra, Casale Marittimo, Vada, Bibbona and Montescudaio.  Here, you can appreciate figurative Greek sculpture, weaponry, bronze objects and ancient jewelry. In the building’s twelve halls, you can now view an exceptional collection on loan from Florence’s Archeological Museum, Voltera’s Guarnacci Museum and Livorno’s Chiellini Collection. At the Archeological Park in San Vicenzino (Cecina), one can visit the remains of an ancient Roman villa and view a network of underground cisterns that are still visible today.  From the eight century onward, the area hosted a burial site. Rosignano Marittimo’s Civic Archeological Museum, located in Palazzo Bombardieri, offers a view of the territory surrounding the hills of Livorno and the high Cecina Valley. There, visitors can enjoy a peek at the contents of ancient luxurious dwellings, including remains of statues, mosaics and frescoes. On the first floor, you’ll find a reconstruction of the interiors of an ancient Roman villa from the first century AD. Archeology lovers also won’t want to miss Castiglioncello’s museum located in Poggetto’s vast woodsy area which once hosted more than 300 Etruscan and Roman tombs. Livorno’s Museum of Natural History of the Mediterranean boasts fossil remains of humanoids which may prove to be the missing link between African anthropomorphic monkeys and modern man!