An itinerary of great environmental interest through Rimigliano Nature Reserve and the Gulf of Baratti. The itinerary is also of historical interest; a visit to the Baratti Etruscan Necropolis is possible.
Point of departure: San Vincenzo
Point of arrival: Baratti
Distance: 15.5km (one way)
Total climb: 50m
Altitude: min. 5 - max. 15
Road surface: asphalt and dirt
N.B. An itinerary of great environmental interest through Rimigliano Nature Reserve and the Gulf of Baratti. The itinerary is also of historical interest; a visit to the Baratti Etruscan Necropolis is possible. The beautiful beaches around Rimigliano and the coves before the wide Gulf of Baratti beach are easily reached. For the return journey, you can either take the same road back or catch a regional train for San Vincenzo from the Campiglia Marittima – Venturina railway station (10km from Baratti).
Depart from San Vincenzo on the “Principessa” (SP23). At 3.7km on SP23 (4.9km), leave the asphalt road and turn right into the Rimigliano Nature Reserve. The entrance is not well marked, so it is important to use the 3.7km mark on the Principessa as a reference. Go through the wooden gate to the picnic area 100m further on and turn left onto the dirt road that crosses the Nature Reserve. After about 1km (6.2km), turn right at the T-junction and continue on the main track as far as a picnic area with tables and information panels. From here the beach is within easy reach, but the itinerary carries on around the stone building.
Shortly after (8km), you leave the scrub and come to a large clearing with a refreshment stop (Podere Tuscania bar/restaurant). Continue on the little road behind the restaurant and after 200m cycle along a narrow path through Mediterranean scrub to a little stream (8.7km), which can easily be forded on foot. Continue on the left along a path almost covered in vegetation and after 50m you come out into a pinewood (8.9km) that runs alongside the “Principessa” (SP23) at 7.4km (Park Albatros camping site). The gravel road that crosses this clearing leads to the sea, but the itinerary carries on along a not very visible track running parallel to the asphalt road (to your left). Shortly after you come to the Al Tramonto bar/pizzeria (9.2km). Go back onto the asphalt Principessa, turning right towards Piombino. The road comes out of the pinewood near the Torraccia (on the right) and follows the sandy coast. Near the Casa Rossa (disco/bar/restaurant) which can be seen on the left, and just before the sign indicating 10km on SP23, turn right onto a gated dirt road (11.3km) with an access path for pedestrians and cyclists. Ride along the dirt road for 300m to a T-junction and go right down a gentle slope. The road then goes left through cultivated fields as far as the coast. Going past a gate (12.2km), you cycle for long stretches completely surrounded by thick vegetation along a lovely coast road with wonderful views of Baratti and Populonia. The little road passes a strange concrete building (“the mushroom”) before coming to a car park and two restaurants. From here, head towards Baratti pinewood and then along the asphalt road to the harbour (15.5km), passing in the vicinity of the Baratti-Populonia archaeological area.