Piombino is the ideal starting point to discover the Etruscan coast. From Piombino, you can quickly travel to the Baratti and Populonia Archaeological Park, where you can visit the largest necropolis and Etruscan acropolis on the sea, as well as the beautiful beach of Gulf of Baratti and the quaintly sheltered gulfs along the Via dei Cavalledderi, the route often used by the Grand Dukes of Tuscany to watch over the Piombino Promontory. The road passes by Buca delle Fate, Spiaggia Lunga, Fosso alle Canne and Cala Moresca, leading to the Punta Falcone Park, home to the city’s planetarium. The varied sea bottoms are so interesting that they attract enthusiasts from across Italy. This coastline is well-equipped for all marine sports and the town isn’t short of sailing, surf and scuba diving schools that cater to all levels of experience.
Piombino is an important stop for boaters and those visiting the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago. Ritorto and Vignale are two small towns enchantingly situated between the hills and sea. They are full of endless beaches characterized by fine, clear sand and transparent waters. The University of Siena also leads important excavations of a large Roman-era villa in Vignale. The coastal area features important natural areas: don’t forget to see the Sterpaia Nature Park, leading to Cala Perelli e Torre Mozza, a stretch of coastline famous for its unspoiled beauty and Blue Flag beaches, the Montioni Nature Park and the Orti Bottagone WWF Nature Reserve.