The Archaeological Park of Baratti and Populonia is an 80-hectare area excavated between 1996 and 1998, which today stands as the largest Etruscan necropolis in the world, not to mention the only one worldwide located directly on the coast. The site’s park includes the Etrusco-Roman town of Populonia, necropolises, quarries and industrial quarters, with well-preserved paths connecting all the different sites and affording jaw-dropping views of the gulf. The full ticket costs 18 euro and gives access to the three sites (car parking included). The well-organized park also offers tourists information points and signs scattered throughout the park.
The medieval village of Populonia is also worth visiting, especially to climb its tower, which boasts breathtaking views of the gulf and the Tuscan Archipelago. Baratti is a picturesque bay with kilometers of beautiful, sandy beaches, great swimming (the sea floor deepens after a few meters) and impressive pine trees. Walk a few minutes through a quaint forest dotted with picnic tables to reach the beach. Here, you’ll find countless entrances to bring you to the beach you prefer, from beautiful, deserted beaches to fully equipped areas. You’ll also find a seaside establishment (Bagno Altamarea) where you can rent sun umbrellas, sun beds and deckchairs. The price includes Wi-Fi, firm beach beds, showers, a well-equipped kids playground and a bathing wheelchair for the disabled. You can also opt to rent canoes and paddle boats.
Wildness: 3/5 Water: 5/5 Facilities: 4/5 Archaeological appeal: 5/5 Getting there: 4/5 Accessibility: 5/5* (*via the seaside establishment)