Well-loved by locals for its far-reaching view of the sea, Piazza Bovio
is one of the most famous spots in the medieval town of Piombino
. It is the largest square surrounded by the sea in Europe. Throughout the centuries, this unique square has always served as a natural terrace
, that almost appears to connect the continent with the Tuscan Archipelago
, particularly Elba Island
. When ships take off from the Piombino
’s Port, they only truly leave the city, once they have passed this square. Ships returning to the city’s ports must first pass the lighthouse overlooking the square’s farthest side.
Piazza Bovio has been the heart of the city
for centuries and it has recently become a top spot for tourists visiting the area. Italy boasts very few natural squares that can be compared to Bovio and its boundlessness made of sky and sea, suspended in the wind and saturated by the sun, revealing the free spirit of thos piece of Tuscany. The sea has always been a protagonist in the city’s history. In fact, its economic development occurred with the rise of the peninsula’s Marine Republics
when the Republic of Pisa transformed this small settlement into one of its most important maritime bases along the Tyrrhenian Sea.