Well well, we got to the third and last day of our tour of Tuscany on the road, but don't worry, we have many other fantastic discoveries ahead of us! Our goal of the day is reaching Baratti and Populonia in the Etruscan coast, but first there's a little something you might want to see a few kilometres far from Monticiano...
Have you ever heard of the San Galgano Abbey? The magical medieval abbey with no roof that sits in the countryside between Chiusdino and Monticiano definitely deserves at least a quick visit while you're on your way to the coast.
Let us give you some friendly advice, spend at least a few hours in San Galgano and then drive west to the town of Baratti, which is only one hour drive away.
In case you're following this time-based tour during the summer, a perfect end would be spending a relaxing day at the beach of Baratti. On the other hand, if you're undertaking this tour in a different period of the year, or you just would like to add a little extra to your day at the beach, you could pay a visit to the Baratti and Populonia Archeological Park. We're talking about an real open air museum stretching over a vast area between the northern end of the Piombino promontory and the Gulf of Baratti. The Park is totally immersed in the green and includes what remains of Populonia, a unique Etruscan settlement that was built directly on the sea, and its necropolises.
That said, the history of Populonia hasn't stopped at the time of the Etruscan communities. Nowadays, the modern part of town presents itself as a lovely hamlet with a massive fortress dating back to the Middle Ages, medieval walls and charming streets. And that's a wrap, the visit to Populonia represents the end of our tour... or maybe not!
It's up to you to decide whether to spend some more time in the area or head back to Florence. If you want to keep on exploring, consider that from Baratti and Populonia you can easily reach either the Val di Cecina area to the north, or the Tuscan Maremma to the south.