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View of Populonia
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The beach of Baratti

Near the Etruscan city famous for working and trading in iron

Inside the medieval walls that were built to defend from the pirate attacks, and beyond a fortress dating back to the beginning of the XV century, there are paved streets, little shops and a private museum of Etruscan and Roman artifacts found in the surrounding area and the sea. A panoramic road offering wonderful views connects Populonia with the Gulf of Baratti, where you can find numerous reminders of Etruscan times. The 80-hectare archaeological park, which can be visited along organised routes, combines history and archaeology in a beautiful, unspoilt natural setting.

The San Cerbone monumental necropolis, the only one built near the sea, the remains of metalworking sites, the Cave necropolis and ancient stone quarries are all of great interest.

Baratti Beach
Baratti Beach - Credit: mompl
Populonia
ONE OF THE TWELVE CITIES OF THE ETRUSCAN DODECAPOLI, THE ONLY ONE NEXT TO THE SEA
Populonia is an ancient and extremely important Etruscan city; it is one of the 12 cities which make up the so-called Dodecapoli, the city-states which were part of Etruria, governed by a lucumone (similar to a king). The legacy of its illustrious past is still seen today in its small centre, filled with endless charm thanks to its location and spectacular ruins. ...
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