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Cycling on the Piombino promontory

Sea, nature and mountains

A beautiful and hilly cycling route through nature and along the Tuscan coast.
Point of departure and arrival: Piombino
Distance: 25 km
Total climb: 455 m
Average altitude: min. 6 – max. 270
Type of road: minor roads, mostly dirt tracks
Difficulty: medium

The hardest part of this route is the steep hill towards Populonia. The road along the promontory ridge can be rather scary, and you will need to read the instructions carefully along the stretch after Piombino, which skirts the bottom of the promontory ridge.

Set off from Salivoli, at the parking lot near Cala Moresca, and take Via Salivoli. The road skirts the tourist harbour before joining the waterfront road called Guglielmo Marconi. 200m after the roundabout turn left (the second street) onto via Ilio Barontini. Continue for 300m until Via del Desco, following the street until the junction with Via della Pace at a large roundabout (2.8km).
Continue for 250m along Via dei Lecci before turning right along Via del Pino. At the parking lot/clearing, take the dirt track uphill, keeping to the main path. Shortly after, the downhill stretch begins, which will take you behind a Penny Market. Here, continue parallel to the asphalt road to loc. Fiorentina. After the supermarket, which you will pass on your right, you will get to a T junction, at which point you should turn left uphill and, immediately afterwards, turn right along the asphalt road for around 200m until a junction. Here, the asphalt road continues to the left, and our route continues straight on, towards Woodstock and along the line of the electric cables.

At the next fork, keep right and follow the main road until a T junction where you should turn left uphill until the electricity pylons. Choose the furthest left path of the three which you will find here, which runs through an olive grove. Keep left as you continue along the undulating path.

At the first obvious fork in the road, continue straight (ignoring the path to the left towards Asca), through the olive trees. At the crossroads, turn right and head downhill until a sports field where the road becomes asphalt once more. Continue until the ‘Tutti i Santi’ farm where the road turns right. After around 450m, take the second road on the left which runs past some farms and, after a bridge, arrives at a T junction where you should turn left. After 160m keep right at the fork in the road (the left hand road leads to Campo alle Fave), and shortly afterwards you will meet a ditch on the left. After 700m, turn left at the T junction, along a dirt track. At the farm, the road continues straight but this itinerary turns off to the right, following the farm fence.

From here, follow the main path and you will soon find yourself at the Barratti – Populonia archaeological area. When you reach the asphalt road (at a T junction) turn left towards Baratti’s small port, where the steep hill up to Populonia begins. After 1.6km you will arrive at Reciso (it’s worth continuing on 600m to the town of Populonia), where you should turn left onto a dirt track which passes near the church of San Quirico and winds south along the ridge of the Piombino promontory up the slopes of Monte Pecorino (on the right), and then continues towards Poggio Grosso and Monte Massoncello. This road is known as ‘tagliafuoco’, and will lead you to Campo alla Sughera (235 metres above sea level), where you will head downhill once more towards Ghiaccioni (Piombino) and the Cala Moresca car park at Salivoli.