In this area, there are some fascinating archaeological trails waiting to be explored. The first one that we recommend is known as the Via del Ferro (the Iron Way), a journey among the tombs and burial mounds and the ancient buildings connected to ironwork.
Following these tracks opens up a number of ancient walls, behind which haematite used to be smelted. This was a necessary process, which the mineral had to undergo before being put in the ovens.
The Via del Ferro then breaks off into another route, known as the Via della Romanella, which leads to the ruins of the ancient walls of Populonia and then on to the town’s acropolis, via an ancient basalt road which today winds through the woods.
Nor should a walk on the Via delle Cave be missed. This path runs through a thick wood, passing burial chambers hacked into the rock and old quarries for stone to use in construction. From here, you can head towards the opposite side of the promontory, reaching the Benedictine monastery of San Quirico, and then towards the Acropolis of Populonia.